Rose Angela Filippi and Paul Reuther both live at Hackensack Meridian JFK Hartwyck at Edison Estates and never imagined that they would start a romance at the long-term care facility, fall in love and get married.
The couple originally planned to wed in June, but their plans were delayed because of COVID-19.
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They started out as friends, but Reuther said as he began to appreciate Filippi's warmth and sense of humor, things began to progress quickly.
"We started to messenger back and forth on our computers from our separate rooms after evening cards or Bingo games," Filippi said. "Over time, things got serious. One evening I asked Paul over messenger if something was brewing. He said, yes, and it's not coffee."
Now, they share a room at the extended-stay nursing care facility, which offers care to seniors with varying levels of disabilities.
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Filippi came to JFK Hartwyck at Edison for care following a fall two years ago at her home, which resulted in a complicated broken shoulder bone and a lengthy recuperation.
In 2011, Reuther, a widower, began riding a motorcycle, and a crash with a truck resulted in him sustaining compound leg fractures that required surgery and many months of rehabilitation.
"We came to realize that we have so much in common," Reuther said. "Rose Angela is Italian, and I love Italian food. My background is German and Irish, and she likes German food. We also realized we did the same fun things in our past and we like the same music. We were always in synch and we just like being together."
The couple also share a strong work ethic, and both built impressive careers.
Filippi, originally from Brooklyn, worked for more than 42 years in various customer service and finance positions at Con Edison, Goldman Sachs, Multiplan Insurance and other companies.
Reuther, who grew up in Warren Township, worked for many years as a machine operator in numerous plants.
"We are so happy to have met and to be together now at this time in our lives," Reuther said.
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