“Till Death Do Us Part”: Man, 103 Years Marries Wife, 99 After 80 Years As Couple

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Married after 80 years living together ... Martina Lopez, 99, and Jose Manuel Riella, 103, (C-L) take part in the religious ceremony of their marriage in Santa Rosa del Aguaray, San Pedro department, Paraguay on October 15, 2013. Lopez, 99, and Riella, 103, have lived together for 80 years, they have 8 children, 50 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. AFP PHOTO / CARLOS AQUINO Source: AFP

 Married after 80 years living together ... Martina Lopez, 99, and Jose Manuel Riella, 103, (C-L) take part in the religious ceremony of their marriage in Santa Rosa del Aguaray, San Pedro department, Paraguay on October 15, 2013. Lopez, 99, and Riella, 103, have lived together for 80 years, they have 8 children, 50 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. AFP PHOTO / CARLOS AQUINO Source: AFP
Married after 80 years living together … Martina Lopez, 99, and Jose Manuel Riella, 103, (C-L) take part in the religious ceremony of their marriage in Santa Rosa del Aguaray, San Pedro department, Paraguay on October 15, 2013. Lopez, 99, and Riella, 103, have lived together for 80 years, they have 8 children, 50 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. AFP PHOTO / CARLOS AQUINO Source: AFP

An old  couple has finally said “I do” 80 years after both were wedded in a traditional way. But both had always nursed the idea of getting wed in a Church.

‘The groom is 103 years old. The bride is 99. And after 80 years together, the Paraguayan couple  finally tied the knot in the eyes of the church.

From his wheelchair, Jose Manuel Riella married Martina Lopez in the backyard of their home, 320 kilometers north of the capital, Asunción.

Priest Christian Paiva led the religious ceremony and he told The Associated Press yesterday that the couple had been married by law for 40 years but not by the church.

At 103, Riella has some hearing problems but still recognizes his family members. His wife still takes care of all home chores.

The couple has eight children, 50 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren.

Lopez told the BBC she felt “very emotional” finally having their union blessed by a priest.

The family said the vows were followed by an “entertaining” party at the couple’s home in Santa Rosa de Aguaray.

 It’s all a bit much at my age ... Martina Lopez, 99, and Jose Manuel Riella, 103, marry after living together for 80 years. They have 8 children, 50 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. AFP PHOTO / CARLOS AQUINO Source: AFP
It’s all a bit much at my age … Martina Lopez, 99, and Jose Manuel Riella, 103, marry after living together for 80 years. They have 8 children, 50 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. AFP PHOTO / CARLOS AQUINO Source: AFP

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