Ernie and Gayle Chiodo of Bristol celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 18.
Ernie recalls riding the bus to high school and first seeing his future bride in front of her home. The former Gayle Wiertz said she had seen Ernie “scooping the loop” with his friends in his ’49 Mercury convertible. Years later their paths crossed again while he was home on leave from the U.S. Air Force, stationed at O’Hare Airport with the 42nd Fighter Squadron. Ernie spotted Gayle at a dance and asked her out. The couple was united in marriage at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Kenosha on July 18, 1953.
Ernie and Gayle were the owners of City View Mobile Home Park. After selling the business in 1999, they retired and moved to a place on a small lake in Bristol. Through the years they have done a lot of traveling and agree with the adage, “There is no place like home.”
The Chiodos have two daughters, Carrie (Bill) Miner and Kim Chiodo, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. When asked about the success of their marriage, both attribute their longevity to always supporting one another.