Grade-school crush led to marriage 60 years later

Gerald Lambert wrote love letter to Lorraine Suidzinski in 1930s

By Charles Davis
Green Bay Press-Gazette

Gerald Lambert wrote a bold love letter to his grade-school crush Lorraine Suidzinski in 1938. He hoped she would marry him and have his two children, a boy and a girl. He planned to work hard and save extra money. He signed his name, asserting he was sincere.

Gerald, 90, reconnected with Lorraine in 1998 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School’s 60th class reunion. Much had changed. Both married, had kids and suffered the loss of their spouses.

Gerald eventually got the courage to ask Lorraine out. She turned him down, not yet ready to date because her first husband died a year earlier. But Gerald was persistent and eventually she said, “Yes.” Two years later, she said, “I do.”

Gerald and Lorraine, 88, share a passion for golf, cards and living life.

The romance surprised their children.

“I was shocked,” said Lorraine’s daughter. “I never thought I would find a man who would care for my mother and take care of her as well as my father did — but I did.”

Gerald’s daughter-in-law and said Lorraine’s love gave Gerald’s life purpose.  “It’s just romantic, and it just shows you that even when you’re really down, there could be something around the corner that really makes you happy again — and that’s the way it was for the both of them.”

From a story by Charles Davis in the Green Bay Press Gazette, Green Bay, Wisconsin.