Globetrotting Seniors Have a Happy Brady Bunch


Edward and Rhoda Larson just returned from a 10-day trip to Europe, which is pretty cool for a newly-wed couple who are 82 and 75, respectively. These two faithful Catholics are young at heart – and happy to be in each other’s company.

“The lonesomeness of living alone was just not my cup of tea,” Ed says.

He met Rho on CatholicMatch last fall. Each brought a deep faith and a lifetime of love and loss. Ed, a retired restaurant owner, had been widowed twice. Rho, a retired teacher, had been widowed once. Between the two of them, they have 15 kids and 41 grandkids.

“The blending has gone very smoothly,” Ed says. “Both families seem to approve.” Every single one of their kids and their spouses were at Sts. Philip and James Catholic Church in Exton, Pa., July 17 to witness Ed and Rho’s wedding.

The two had been living just 10 miles apart but attending different parishes and socializing in different circles. Ed had initially tried to meet someone at his church, which didn’t pan out, and was then frustrated by memberships with eHarmony and AveMaria before joining CatholicMatch. Their first date was at a diner, where they talked for hours over coffee and eggs. They’re continuing the conversation today – be it in Poland or in their kitchen, where Rho’s culinary skills sizzle, according to Ed.

“It’s working out great.”



  1. Amanda-630957 December 4, 2010 Reply

    Life is a Joy and is filled with love. God bless them every minute of their life.

  2. John-560203 November 3, 2010 Reply

    What a wonderful story. It gives me hope that perhaps some day I may be totally silly goofy inlove agian. God bless you both!!!

  3. Marian-477145 October 26, 2010 Reply

    Wow! wonderful couple at that age.. Goodluck to both 🙂

  4. Christine-1065 October 13, 2010 Reply

    Brings a sweet tear to my eye…. 🙂 God bless you both, thank you for the inspiration~

  5. Kathy-370498 October 8, 2010 Reply

    Beautiful story, many Blessings to you and your family.

  6. Margaret-486763 October 7, 2010 Reply

    Pretty awesome and to think they only lived 10 miles apart and met on Catholic Match!!!

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  8. Janis-59313 September 25, 2010 Reply

    There is hope! Spring blooms eternal…or is that hope blooms eternal…who knows? But, alas there is hope!

    • Agnes-20830 September 28, 2010 Reply

      To a very fine couple…..many blessings during your married life…..what a big family huh? All the merrier……so happy for both of you…..when we leave things in God’s hands, look what He does.
      You give all of us hope.

  9. Nancy-619271 September 22, 2010 Reply

    god bless them as they start a new happily life

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