Wilmington residents Dana and Jane Peck recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They were married in Jane's parent's home in Wilmington on June 3, 1944, three days before D-Day. Jane was 18 years old and Dana was 22.
After the wedding, the couple honeymooned at the Thousand Islands in Alexandra Bay. "The war was on and gas was being rationed," Jane said. "We had to save gas coupons so we could go on our honeymoon." While in Alexandra Bay, while listening to a radio broadcast, they learned of the allied invasion of France.
Dana joined the army in 1945 and was stationed in Florida where the coupled lived until he was discharged in 1946. They eventually returned to Wilmington and lived on property which became the Pale Face Ski Resort, after they sold it in 1962. Dana stayed on to manage the ski operations until 1979 when he took employment at The Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. Dana found the Olympics to be a very exciting time at Whiteface. Dana is currently serving in his 42nd year as an assessor for the town of Wilmington.
Jane retired after 30 years of service from the US Postal Service where she last served as a clerk in the Wilmington Branch. She currently volunteers at the Wilmington Library, knits for charity, and is very active in her church.
Both Dana and Jane credit their faith as being an integral part of keeping their relationship strong. When asked what advice they could give to young couples, Dana said, "Learn to give and take, it is a process with the Lord's help." Jane quoted Barbara Bush, stating, "In the end, faith, family and friends are what life is made of."
The Pecks have three sons, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, with another on the way. They are very proud of and love their family very much. They reiterated several times that they have been blessed during their lifetime together. After 70 years of marriage, Jane summed it up, stating, "I fell in love with him when I was 12 years old and never fell out."