Whirlwind church romance leads to a long-lasting love

Albin and Irene Goetz recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Albin and Irene Goetz recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

CABRAMATTA'S Albin and Irene Goetz have 60 reasons to smile bright like a diamond.

The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and Cabramatta MP Nick Lalich gave them a certificate of congratulations.

The couple met at a Lutheran church in Goulburn Street, Sydney, when Mrs Goetz was 19 years old and Mr Goetz was 24.

They married three months later on June 19, 1954, at the same church.

Together, they raised four children — two boys and two girls — in Cabramatta.

They now have six grandchildren.

Mrs Goetz, 79, said the secret to their happy marriage was loving one another.

"Every marriage has arguments but always kiss and make up before bed," she said.

"We still hold hands, even when we sleep."

The couple have lived in their Cabramatta home since 1959.

It took them five years to build the house, working on it every day after work.

Mrs Goetz came to Australia with her family on April 27, 1949 from Germany.

She was born in the Ukraine.

Mr Goetz, 84, who is one of nine children, came to Australia to work as a baker for two years before meeting his wife.

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