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‘I always assumed they were the longest-married couple in Rhode Island, but to think the world. I am truly stunned.’ -- Lori Petros Granddaughter of John and Emilia Rocchio of North Providence (above and at left in their 1923 wedding photo)
‘I always assumed they were the longest-married couple in Rhode Island, but to think the world. I am truly stunned.’ -- Lori Petros Granddaughter of John and Emilia Rocchio of North Providence (above and at left in their 1923 wedding photo) (Globe Photos / Ellen Harasimowicz) Globe Photos / Ellen Harasimowicz

82 years later, R.I. couple still holding hands

Union is world's longest-running

By Sarah Schweitzer
Globe Staff / June 23, 2005

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NORTH PROVIDENCE -- It began with a passing glance, then a second look. ''She had on a white blouse, a blue skirt -- and legs. Wow! And legs ," John Rocchio recalled of the first time he saw Emilia Antonelli in Providence in 1922. ''So I says to myself, 'I need to meet that broad.' " (Full article: 942 words)

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