Young Catherine Simon started chasing after the fearless Bill Comley in the third grade. He, who was described as "Solves all problems with his fist" by his Principle, was to busy playing to notice her affections but she was patient and waited.
Bill who was active in the Navy Reserves, was called up to active duty to serve in the Korean War and was assigned to the USS Missouri. There, as part of the T Division, he spent most of his time in the "Radio Shack" where he maintained the radios and sensors - and occasionally the Captain's record player.
His first lonely Christmas away from home, he wrote 10 Christmas cards to his 10 childhood sweethearts but the only person who returned his post was the ever patient Catherine. They quickly became pen-pals.
Upon returning home, they started dating and after a long time waiting Catherine finally got her man. On Feb. 12th 1955, in the midst of a big snow storm, they were married. Strange enough, from that day on, it snowed on Feb. 12th nearly every year.
Bill became an electrical engineer for IBM where he designed, built, and tested mainframe computers. He enjoyed his work and retired after 35 years. He also owned a Hobby Shop for a few years and helped start the Hudson Valley Railroad Society where he shared his passion for trains and model train layouts with others.
Catherine worked at the local hospital as a nurse; first in the ER and then later in Pediatrics. She retired early when they adopted twin five year old boys. They enjoyed their new family for six years before Catherine got sick and what she feared was cancer turned out to be a loving baby girl.
Bill loved to travel and so the family went on many trips. He fulfilled one life long dream to visit the hot deserts of Egypt and another to go on a photographic safari in Kenya.
"My parents did so much together. They shared each others hobbies and interests - even when Dad grudgingly took her to antique shops. My mother always wanted to help so one day when my father climbed up the ladder to the roof to fix a seam she followed up the ladder after him. He was pulling up a full, open, can of tar on a way too thin piece of string and when it broke and the can went tumbling down the ladder it landed squarely on the top of my mothers head. She was covered in tar. He just about fell off the roof laughing. At the time she had hair down to her waist and was due to start a shift in the ER in just a few short hours. My dad gave her a bath in kerosene to get the tar out of her hair. In sickness and in health they were there for each other." - Ruth Comley
Catherine (2013) and William (2021) are currently bar hopping and causing trouble in Heaven.