At 76, Arne K. Wickstrom will be changing a few lifestyle habits, now
that he’s engaged to Doris J. Frost, 71.
The lifetime bachelor said he has to stop looking at other women
and learn to pick up his clothes.
“Doris said, ‘You can look, but don’t touch other girls, or you’re
out,’ ” said the retired Volvo mechanic, who lives in La Crescenta.
His fiancee also keeps an immaculate house.
“So I’ll have to pick up my clothes and fold them. I did that when
I was a kid, but forgot when I was a bachelor,” he said.
The changes he makes happily, he said, because he is looking
forward to getting married.
Born in Sweden, he came to the United States in 1969. He worked as
a Volvo mechanic in Santa Monica from 1970 to 1985.
Frost is retired after 25 years in the accounting office at
Glendale Community College. She graduated from Glendale High School
in 1949 and has lived in La Crescenta for more than 30 years. Her
first husband, Donald Frost, died in January 1999.
“I was a lonely widow for four years,” she said. “Arne has given
me a new life. I got lucky and got a good man. He makes me laugh all
The couple met at Sparr Heights senior center in Glendale. He is
the custodian and she volunteers as a receptionist.
“I looked and looked. Checked her out,” Wickstrom said. “I thought
maybe I would ask her to go out and dance with me. She said ‘Oooh, I
would love to go out to dance. I haven’t danced for 50 years. My
first husband didn’t dance.’ ”
Now the couple goes ballroom dancing once a week at the Joslyn
Adult Center in Burbank, and dance every Wednesday at the Rusty
Pelican in Glendale. They also attended the recent senior prom in
Montrose. Their favorite song is “Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller
and their favorite dance is the fox trot.
They go twice a week to the Foothill Athletic Club, where they
lift weights and swim. Wickstrom also rides his bicycle every day.
Wickstrom popped the question on top of Mount Wilson, giving her a
bouquet of flowers and a diamond ring. They drove back to Rusty
Pelican for a celebration dinner. The summer wedding will be in
Sweden, where Wickstrom’s brother, Moje Wickstrom, still lives and
they will honeymoon throughout Europe. His sister, Dajmar Wickstrom,
lives in Montrose.
Frost’s family members are daughter, Doreen Johnson; sister,
Kathleen Daniels; and two grandsons, Sean Johnson and Eric Johnson.
Eric and his wife, Jenny, gave Frost her first great-grandson,
Timothy Gabriel, on Jan. 20.