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Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: Park Springs Celebrates Newly-Weds!

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Mr. & Mrs. Allen and Peggy Rosset

Allen Rosset and Peggy Packard first met in 1949 when they attended Delhaas Junior High School in Bristol, Pennsylvania, and though they were friends throughout high school, they never dated. On January 28, 2012, eight months to the day after they met in person again, they were married in the Ballroom at Park Springs, the Atlanta area retirement community where Peggy has lived since 2005.

“I did have a crush on her in school. She was the first girl who impressed my heart,” said Allen. “The last time I saw Peggy was at our high school graduation before I left to go into the Army, and she told me then: ‘Some day, you’re going to make someone a wonderful
husband.'”

After high school, their lives took different paths, although they are now discovering a lot of interesting parallels. Both married and had three children each. “Between the two of us, we have 28 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a new baby on the way,” smiles Peggy, who was the Food Services Director at Atlanta Medical Center before retiring.

In 2010, Allen retired at age 75 from his job as Senior Intelligence Analyst for the US Air Force  to care full-time for his first wife of 51 and a half years, who passed away that same year.

“Last February, while visiting my daughter in Georgia, I decided to go online and check on Classmates.comto see if I could find any one of my old high school friends – and there was Peggy. I sent her an email immediately, even though we had not seen each other since 1953, and was delighted to find out that she lived in Georgia, and especially that she was single!”

Continues Peggy, “Between February and April, we exchanged at least 100 emails, and really got to know each other all over again. But only after the internet had been out for three days did Allen call me on the phone, because he had not heard back from me on
his last email!”

Talking by phone soon led to plans for Allen to travel from his home in Ohio to visit Peggy. On April 28, 2011, he had 19 red roses delivered before knocking on her door of her home in Park Springs, one for every three years they had not seen each other. “I knew then that I wanted to marry her as soon as possible, and she, after a lot of consideration, several visits and roses, made me a very happy man when she said yes.”

Just a few weeks ago, on January 28, Peggy’s son-in-law walked her down the aisle. There were 65 wedding guests, including a mutual friend from high school, and the radiant bride wore a beautiful long navy-blue gown. “We are thrilled to be able to share this time
of our lives at Park Springs,” notes Peggy. “Allen loves taking long walks at nearby Stone Mountain Park, and we are both on the Wii bowling team.”

When asked about their plans for Valentine’s Day, the newly-weds smiled and said, almost together: “For us, every day is Valentine’s Day.”

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