On Sept. 3, Hilarious “Larry” Severin Struttmann and Angeline “Angie” Nellie Ciapponi Struttmann celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
Through good luck and exceptional health, their life together launched a legacy of six children, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. They share a love of travel and the great outdoors, which is where they met in 1948 on a hike at Portage Lakes in Akron, Ohio.
That afternoon, Larry, with his curly black hair and charming smile, was inspired by Angie’s warm and lively personality and jet-black hair. The two were from neighboring YMCA hiking clubs, Larry from Canton, Ohio, and Angie from Akron, Ohio, and were part of a group hike that day. On the return trip home, Angie and Larry rode in the same car. After their goodbye and before she reached her family’s doorstep, Larry rolled down the car window and called out for her phone number. She turned and obliged, smiling her lipstick cherry smile. Lacking pen and paper, Larry committed her number to memory. They dated for the rest of that year and into the next, marrying on Labor Day weekend in 1949.
Larry was born and raised in Rhineland, Mo., and was a graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla, Mo., in 1947. When they met, Larry had just begun his professional life as a mechanical engineer at Timken Roller Bearing. Angie was born and raised in Akron and was a rising star at the Quaker Oats Company as a full-time bookkeeper.
In 1950, they purchased a home in Canton, where their first child was born in 1955. For the next nine years, they would have five more children — four boys and two girls. Following Larry’s career, they moved to Ithaca, N.Y., in 1967 and would move six more times to six different states.
In 1996, they retired to their dream home in the woods in Tellico Village. Their life together has been filled with hosting parties, getting to know new neighbors, activities in the Catholic church, square dancing and later volunteering in the local community. Their travels took them to Alaska, northern and southern Europe as well as South America. In 2016, they moved to Columbus, Ohio, to live near one of their sons.
The couple celebrated the momentous event Sept. 3, hearing stories and singing songs of the past. At the celebration, descendants sharing learnings from the couple. Common themes in their voices were generosity, entrepreneurial spirit, problem-solving, patience and gratitude, which speaks to Angie and Larry’s legacy and their long, healthy lives.