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Meant to be - Parsons Presbyterian Manor couples share stories of falling in love

Ed and Bernie Kuffler went to high school together right here in Parsons, but it was years later when they fell in love. Neal and Pat Wilkerson first met when she was working at Montgomery Ward, and he was a firefighter installing air conditioners.

Every love story has a beginning. As Valentine’s Day approaches, here are two such stories of Presbyterian Manor couples whose romance is still going strong.

The Kufflers reconnected after Ed returned from serving America in the Air Force. The two former schoolmates quickly hit it off, fell in love and were married. They now have three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren between them.

Ed taught school for 20 years while Bernie worked as a dental assistant.

The Wilkersons met when firefighter Neal had to stop by the credit department at Montgomery Ward to sign out an air conditioner he was installing. Pat worked in that department and Neal soon learned that he knew her cousin. The began dating and were married after about 5 years of courtship.

Neal eventually rose to the ranks of Chief of Police in Parsons, while Pat worked for Southwestern Bell.

Whether it’s old friends reconnecting and sparking a flame or a chance meeting at a department store, our community is filled with love stories. We look forward to celebrating all of them as Valentine’s Day approaches!

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