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TROY — After 56 years of marriage, Carl and Linda Sexauer can read each other’s minds perfectly.
The Sexauer’s used that tool to answer a variety of tongue-and-cheek questions during the “Not-So Newly Wed Game” hosted by Troy Mayor Michael Beamish, along with the community volunteers who helped the couples during the game.
The couple, from Piqua, earned a perfect score competing in the annual Troy Strawberry Festival “Golden Couple” contest held at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s ballroom on Saturday morning.
The Sexauers earned all 85 points by answering questions comparing their spouses to what super heroes they are when it comes to home repairs or to even what color crayon best depicts their spouse.
“We were runners-up last year. It’s fun,” Linda said. “The questions are the fun part.”
Carl read Linda’s mind when asked if you had one wish, what would it be? While others chose their spouses’ health, dream vacations and world peace, Carl knew Linda would wish for a new home — earning them a perfect score.
It was the third time the Sexauers had participated in the pre-festival event held at the historic Troy-Hayner Cultural Center.
They were married Aug. 19, 1961, had one son, one granddaughter and three great-grandsons.
So what is the Sexauer’s secret to staying happily married for 56 years?
“Learn to put up with their …” said Linda, as Carl laughed and interjected saying, “She’s had her hands full.”
Carl shared how he’d drive by the house where Linda was babysitting on his motorbike. As he’d drive by, she’d sit outside on the porch and wave each time he passed.
“She’d be babysitting and I’d drive by on my motorbike and she’d wave at me. I’d keep going by so I could wave to her,” he said.
The two began dating after Linda’s sister married a good friend of Carl’s and they’ve been together ever since.
The Sexauers enjoy playing on the computer and going out to dinner every so often.
Liz and Nevin Fessler received the Troy Strawberry Festival’s Queen’s Court “Spirit Award” for their participation. The Troy couuple have been married for 53 years.
The following couples also participated in the 2017 Golden Couple contest: Glenna and Roger Rasor of Tipp City, married for 74 years; Gary and Sue Campbell of Troy, married for 52 years; Donna and Nevin Elleman of Troy, married 53 years; Liz and Nevin Fessler of Troy, married 53 years; Gail and Arthur Haddad of Troy, married 62 years; and Connie and Jim Millhouse of Troy, married 52 years.