The War Bride and the Soldier made a perfect pair


Toni and Willard on their 50th wedding anniversary

by Jeff Olsen

The son is their spokesman.

He's no longer a kid and knows from 20th Century history that others had it even tougher.

Still, the woman he admires, now deceased, lived through the terror and horror beginning when she was just 13 in another part of the world.

Others had it much worse.

They didn't survive.

It was World War II and staying alive meant everything since there was no guarantee that anyone couldn't end up in an unmarked grave.

Antonina was only 16 when the Nazis invaded Lithuania in the summer of 1941, defeating the Russians.

Her odds didn't look promising shortly after s...

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