Readers react to tale of enduring love
[Brendan Fitterer | Times]
Tampabay.com readers are touched by a St. Petersburg Times story about a stranger recovering the wedding ring of a couple married 68 years.
Mary Marzec, 88, accidentally flung her wedding ring into a field along Embassy Boulevard in Port Richey while waiting for a bus. After searching through the grass on her knees -- even using scissors to cut some -- her husband, Ed, suggested she give up. Eventually, an officer's tip and a metal detecting expert recovered the couple's symbol of love.
Marzac had tears in her eyes when she got her ring back.
"If you promise yourself to someone," she said, "that's for life."
The story is tampabay.com's most viewed today, and readers have posted more than 2,800 comments on the story. They are touched by the couple's commitment and a stranger's kindness. Take a look at a sampling of readers' reactions, then share yours:
"It's so refreshing to read a pleasant story with all that is going on in the world today. I only hope to find what the Marzecs have found. God bless them, and the wonderful people that helped them," wrote Harmony from New York.
"Very touching!! it really made me cry," wrote Helen. "I could feel how much love and life evolve in that ring. Thank you to Mr. Kollmer who made the love story of Mr. & Mrs. Marzec more meaningful."
The story is poetry of true love. I love it," wrote Sam from Saluda, N.C.
The story prompted Lily from California to share her wedding ring tale: "I totally understand Mrs. Marzec in her desperate need to find her ring. We bought my wedding ring with cash two days before our wedding 11yrs ago. It's a simple beautiful ring. I could have a bigger much lavish ring but it reminds us that simple is better."
Enrico from the Philippines wrote: "That is what you can call real love. It's hard to get that now a days."
Several readers questioned whether George Kollmer, who found the ring with his metal detector, should have taken $50 Mary Marzac gave him. Reporter Bridget Grumet says that Kollmer, told her he wanted to refuse the money but couldn't. Kollmer, 75, and his wife both have health problems and are going through some tough times -- and Marzac insisted he take it.
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