Berman Commons residents Abe and Yolanda Gaynes celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sunday, Feb. 14, with a party hosted by their children, Shelley and Bruce Gaynes.
The couple met at the Jersey shore in the summer of 1940 when Yolanda was 16 and Abe was 18, and it was love at first sight. They became engaged shortly before Abe was drafted into the Army, and when he returned home after World War II, they married Feb. 10, 1946.
Abe was the proprietor of Red Star Paint, a business his father started in Irvington, N.J. Yolanda was active in Hadassah and ORT. They retired to Boca Raton, Fla., in 1972, then moved to Atlanta eight years ago to be closer to their family, which includes five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.