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First Wedding at Vitality Living: Spring Hill Couple Ties the Knot

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On their divine journey from neighbors to life partners, Melvin Geloneck and Vicki Oberholtzer of Spring Hill will always remain the best of friends. Their blessed relationship will be celebrated at the couple’s upcoming wedding on July 7 at Vitality Living, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail in Spring Hill.
Vitality Living Spring Hill is a community specializing in independent living, assisted living, and memory care.

“This will be the first wedding at Vitality,” said Oberholtzer, 72. “The community has hosted a renewal of vows—but ours is the first wedding.”

The couple met last year when both were newly minted residents at Vitality. Introduced through friends in the community, they hit it off immediately. “It just seemed destined from the beginning. We really hit it off, then we fell in love,” said Geloneck, 68. “She’s so sweet, so kind. And we have so much in common. We come from the same generation, like all the same music and shows.”

Starting out as friends who enjoyed everything from movies to twice-weekly BINGO games at Vitality (where Geloneck, with his loud and commanding vocal tones, is acknowledged as a top-notch BINGO caller), the couple talked endlessly about their common interests and Midwestern background.

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Oberholtzer hails from Chicago, while Geloneck originates from Michigan. Soon, their feelings deepened, and they started dating seriously.

“We really love each other,” agreed Oberholtzer.

She says that their bond grew deeper last Thanksgiving when she took Geloneck—who had no family nearby and nowhere to go for the holidays—to her granddaughter’s home for a family holiday dinner. “I told my granddaughter that, as the family’s matriarch, I had the right to bring a lunch date, and things went so well, I decided to keep him,” she said with a chuckle.

The road to each other has been extended for this couple, both widowed with children. Both are retired from auspicious professions, Geloneck in the computer field and Oberholtzer in the finance industry.
“She keeps my finances straight,” Geloneck said with a chuckle.

As Geloneck and Oberholtzer met through friends at Vitality Living, it seems fitting that they will be married in the presence of their family and friends in the great room at Vitality, the social hub within the community, where they play BINGO, enjoy TV and movies, talk and socialize. The ceremony’s theme will be Hawaiian Casual, with guests and attendants encouraged to dress in summery garb and light refreshments being served, much in keeping with the light, fun spirit of the friendship that became so much more.

“Melvin’s daughter is getting married later this year,” said Oberholtzer. “I asked her, ‘What took you so long? I’m getting married now!’”

In the wake of their upcoming wedding, Geloneck and Oberholtzer have no plans for the future—beyond their everyday life plan of talking, laughing, sharing and having fun.

“We’ll just keep on,” promised Geloneck.

He has strong advice for folks of their age group who want to take the plunge and say, “I do!”
“Do it!” he encouraged.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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