At the end of the evening Al asked if he could take her home. Dorothy, thinking that he had a car and could take not only her but her girlfriends home, said, "Yes." It turns out that Al didn't have a car and he took her home via the bus.
That first dance turned into a romance and about two years later Al asked Dorothy to marry him. Of course she once again said, "Yes." They were married in a lovely little Chicago church on a scorching August day.
Al still didn't have a car when they married, but he did manage to talk his parents into borrowing the family car so that he could take Dorothy on a honeymoon.
Their honeymoon destination was Colorado, where they visited Colorado Springs, the unique and beautiful Red Rocks amphitheater and several of the state's national parks. They had a wonderful time on their two-week honeymoon and returned back to Chicago with one silver dollar and a car that was leaking oil.
"We have had a wonderful marriage," Dorothy said. "Al is the kindest, most wonderful man and these 60 years have just flown by."
Dorothy and Al have carved themselves a cozy niche in La Cañada Flintridge. For almost 20 years Dorothy taught school at Mountain Avenue Elementary School and Al had a fulfilling career in engineering.
Dorothy and Al attend La Cañada Presbyterian Church and Dorothy is a member of La Cañada Thursday Club. Al is an avid golfer and visits the links at least twice a week.
The Ertels are very proud grandparents of six grandchildren: Lacy, Tiani, Stephen, Sara, Helena and Sunny.
It was a wonderful get-together Sunday afternoon and the party, planned by her children, was grand. There was a magician to entertain guests, as well as a balloon artist to make imaginative creations for the kids. A great ice-breaker was a game that Dorothy called, "Getting to know you."
After the socializing and game playing a wonderful dinner was served and the grand finale was the presentation of the anniversary cake which had a photo of Dorothy and Al created in frosting.
Dorothy and Al are 60 years wed and still in love — what a beautiful thing. Congratulations, you two!
JANE NAPIER NEELY covers the La Cañada social scene. E-mail her at email@example.com.