Steve Wrubel's name made newspapers around the world, but he never seemed much impressed. "It just means we're old,'' he said when he and Vickie briefly hit the No. 1 spot on informal lists keeping track of couples married longest.
They got hitched on Sept. 28, 1929 in Ubly, Mich. and moved to Holiday in 1978 after Steve retired from General Motors. They were especially well known at the local Polish-American Club, but achieved worldwide recognition on their anniversary in 2012 when they topped the list with 83 years. Seven months later, on April 8, Vickie died in a nursing home at 102.
Steve carried on, living in an assisted care facility near relatives in Romeo, Mich. Last week he complained of stomach pain, according to his niece, Jane Messing. He died on Sunday at age 104, one day after what would have been his 84th anniversary.
"I'm happy he and Aunt Vickie are back together again,'' Messing said.