LESMURDIE couple Serafina and Giuseppe Taddei are preparing to celebrate a milestone 50 years together later this month.
Serafina said it was love at first sight when she met the 22-year-old Italian migrant at a family dance in Osborne Park in honour of St Anthony in 1966.
Raised by strict Italian parents Serafina said only a short courtship was allowed.
“It was just over a year later that we married on September 30, 1967 at St Kieran’s Parish in Osborne Park,” she said.
“We started a family right away with Gina our eldest daughter born shortly followed by Lisa.
“In 1974 we decided to relocate from the Wanneroo area and make a new family home for ourselves in the Lesmurdie Hills.”
Here, the couple welcomed son Paul and youngest daughter Anna to the world.
Serafina said they worked extremely hard to create and maintain their family business in staircasing and wood turning.
“Although we are now both retired, the business continues and has been taken over by our son, Paul,” she said.
Giuseppe and Serafina are grandparents to 10 grandchildren who range in age from four to 24.
Serafina said the couple believed it was not the easy times in marriage but the hard that were a true testimony to each other’s love and commitment.
The couple will mark their anniversary with a family celebration along with a weekend getaway and a trip overseas.