'Just Love One Another': Lemont Couple Celebrates 70 Years
Posted On May 24, 2020
LEMONT, IL — Seventy years ago, Joe and Bernice Forzley were married — on April 23, 1950, at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Joliet. The Lemont couple celebrated their wedding anniversary a little differently this year, as family held a drive-by parade with some help from the community.
“They really amazed us — they were wonderful,” Bernice told Patch. The family had also decorated the couple’s yard with hearts, lips and XOs.
“There were at least 50 cars that drove by,” Bernice said. “It was just beautiful.”
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Bernice was born and raised in Joliet, while Joe is a Lemont native. The two met through their parents, who were good friends after immigrating to the area.
The couple are well-known throughout Lemont, and both Bernice and Joe were involved in various community organizations and groups.
“You wouldn’t see one of us without the other,” Bernice said. “We’re always together.”
Joe, a World War II veteran, served as mayor of Lemont as well as a village trustee. He worked for the 30 years at Argonne National Laboratory, and he served on several boards in Lemont including Lemont Little League, Lemont High School and Franciscan Village, as well as at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Joliet. He also helped to found the Wilco Area Career Center and the Blue Gold backers for Lemont High School.
Bernice worked at the Lemont National Bank and was a member of the Virginia Reed Park women’s club, which had ice cream socials every weekend in the summer.
Bernice said the couple’s motto for the past 70 years has been “faith, family and friends.”
When asked their advice for other couples, Bernice said, “Just love one another.”
“Don’t be drastic in making decisions,” she said. “You can always work things out. There’s a reason you both got married.”
The couple has three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.