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EMU Love Story: David and Roberta Kromm

by Chris Vilag, Published August 22, 2011


Names: David and Roberta (Retzel) Kromm

Relationship Status: Married

Anniversary Date: September 17, 1960

Do you have children? How many? Yes, we have three children and six grandchildren.

How did you meet? We met at a Stoic Society social event in Starkweather Hall in the fall of 1959, though we did figure out later that we were in a class together a year earlier. We enjoyed talking with each other that evening and stayed in touch.

Where was your first date? To see The Messiah performed at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.

Any cute memories you have together at Eastern? I was a member of Sig Tau and after I gave Bobbie my pin, my fraternity brothers serenaded us in a beautiful candlelight ceremony in front of Downing Hall. Bobbie's parents drove to Ypsilanti from Detroit for the event.

In August, 2010, we returned to Eastern. All of our children (3 sons and 2 spouses) and grandchildren (6), who live in Kansas, Massachusetts, and North Carolina, came together for a week in Michigan to celebrate our Golden Wedding anniversary. We showed them where we lived and went to school as children and where their ancestors and other relatives are buried. On a sunny August day we took a stroll on campus with Bobbie's cousin, Beth Retzel Bucciarelli, a librarian at Eastern, who talked about the many new impressive buildings we saw. We showed them where we met, lived, took classes, and went on dates. Our greatest gift from Eastern was each other.

If married/engaged did they propose on campus? No, but in Ypsilanti. We were engaged in the spring and decided not to have a ring because we had no money. However, on the morning of graduation, I surprised Bobbie with an engagement ring in the lounge of Downing Hall .

Years attended Eastern: 1956-1960

Any romantic advice you would give to students: Always make time for each other.


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