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Reconnected high school sweethearts married after 55 years apart

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High school sweethearts reconnected after 55 years and now married.

"For better or for worse for rich or poorer in sickness and in health to love and to cherish as long as we both shall live," said Sheryl Martin.

Sheryl Martin said her vows to her beloved sweetheart, John Vorke.

Sheryl dated John back in high school and now 55 years later they finally said "I do."

"Yeah we're pretty excited," said Sheryl Martin and John Vorke, the newlyweds.

The couple reunited after a high school reunion in their hometown Baltimore, Maryland.

At the reunion, the pair found out they were both divorced.

"How it all happen it just felt like it was kind of miraculous getting together, we thought God definitely has his hand in this," said Martin.

Vorke said after spending decades apart they picked up right where they left off.

"It was actually in the plans so to speak it was fate it was God it was how it was suppose to work and it did," said Vorke.

And one thing they love the most about their relationship.

"We have alot of fun, we laugh alot," said Martin.

According the Riverside County, Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year to get married and at this location in Palm Desert 22 couples are tying the knot.


"It's the most romantic time of the year people want to get married because of the romance of it and also an easy day to remember for their anniversary," said Michele Martinez Barrera, Riverside County Assistant Assessor County Clerk Recorder.

Records show 66 ceremonies are scheduled countywide for the holiday.

One last message for the newlyweds.

"It's a happy day but today we know that there's going to be trials and challenges because thats what life is about and we'll take things how they come," said Barrera.

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