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placeholder November 7, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
Senior Living & Resources

Frank and Arlene Goldsborough at the Anniversary Mass in 2012.
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Married 70 years: 'God has been good to us'

At a Fourth of July picnic in 1942, two teenagers who had met on the bus to San Leandro High School started talking. Then, as teenagers do, they started to dance.

"We've been dancing ever since," said Arlene Goldsborough.

Frank and Arlene Goldsborough were married at St. Leander Church on Sept. 1, 1946. The old one, she pointed out.

"We're 89 and 90," she said. "We've been going since we were 15 and 16."

"We've been very blessed," Arlene Goldsborough said. "God has been good to us."

They have one daughter, Diane, "the love of our life," Arlene Goldsborough said.

A party of 60 gathered at Dino's restaurant in Castro Valley to celebrate the milestone anniversary. All four grandchildren came, three from out of state. There are 11 great-grandchildren, with "one on the way, probably under the Christmas tree," she said.

After high school, the war beckoned. Frank Goldsborough served his country as a Marine.

"I was the girl back home," Arlene Goldsborough said.

After the war, he returned to San Leandro. They lived in San Leandro, where "our Diane" was born.

They moved to Hayward, buying a home in the Palma Ceia area, giving their daughter room to grow.

They were there until Diane's graduation from Tennyson High School. She later married and moved to Texas with her husband.

"Let someone else come in," Arlene Goldsborough thought of their Hayward home near an elementary school. Another family could make its memories there.

They are the original owners in the San Leandro mobile home park in which they've lived for 45 years.

"We love to travel," she said. The West — California, Oregon and Washington — has been a favorite destination.

"I don't think we missed seeing anything," she said. "All the missions. And two World's Fairs."

Frank Goldsborough retired in 1993, which gave them time to attend Marine Air Wing Squadron reunions that took them to Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

"We co-hosted one in San Francisco," she said.

They have been active at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in San Leandro, where Frank served as head usher. "We slung a lot of spaghetti and corned beef dinners," she recalled.

These days, they enjoy simple suppers together, and the pleasure of each other's company.

"We are so blessed and thankful," she said.

Some secrets to a long and happy marriage?

"Faith in the Good Lord," Arlene Goldsborough said. "Respect for one another. Patience."

The high school sweethearts have been invited to be guests of honor at a football game at San Leandro High School.

 
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