Practical advice for making your union last, from people who know: couples whose relationships have stood the test of time.

In high school, Bill dated June’s younger sister, but found that her more talkative sibling was a better match. After dating for two years, they wed, with sister Thelma happily serving as maid of honor. Today, Sedona, Arizona-based Bill, 84, and June, 82, are the grandparents of three and great-grandparents of five. “The sex part is the big thing when you first get married, then gee whiz! That fades in a hurry,” says Bill. “But June and I always felt like partners and friends, and that’s the most important thing in any marriage.” Video by Gillian Laub.

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