In 1968, Noel Catterson arrived in Chicago at age 15 from Belfast, Northern Ireland. His dad brought the family here to avoid "the troubles." Noel was not happy to be here, and it was this disgruntled person sitting in front of me when I came to Evergreen Park High School as a student-teacher in 1970. Noel and I became friends over time. I joined the faculty at the high school after graduating from St. Xavier. We began dating in 1974, and in 1976, we married. We have two sons and four grandchildren. It's been an interesting "adventure," from start — to right here.
— Shirley Catterson
We both were 79 years old, on a bus trip into Chicago, to see a play with the Lifelong Learning group from Waubonsee Community College, when I sat down beside him. Ed and I discovered that we shared a love of the arts. He enjoyed showing me places in Chicago and elsewhere previously unknown to me. We fell in love like teenagers. Unfortunately, after three years, he developed mesothelioma and died in hospice at home on his 84th birthday. But we both understood we had been truly blessed by God with this late-life love.
— Audrey Reininger
In December 2011, I joined Facebook and fell in love. I gave my heart away to a man who I loved before and had not seen in over 20 years! I fell in love with him for a second time, heart and soul. Through encouraging posts and music, he defined our life together decades ago, and told our story in that amazing online space. Facebook gave us the opportunity to reconnect and fall for each other again, and we still hold hands through Facebook. Maybe someday we will hold each other's hands and hearts in real life.
— Helen L. Washington
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