Couple Reunites After 43 Years Apart

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- A Walmart employee who has been with the company for 25 years got a special surprise this Valentine’s Day.

Louis Demetriades met Renate Stumpf in Germany in 1959 and they got married.

The marriage ended 12 years later, and until Dec. 2 of last year, they had not spoken for about 43 years.

He drove to the Walmart on Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith from Memphis to propose to her on Saturday (Feb. 14).

"Hey good lookin,’” Demetriades said as he greeted Stumpf with a sign that read, “Happy Valentine’s Day! Will you marry me?”

Her first response to the proposal was “No,” then she said “Yes, but not today!"

"43 years is a long time and to say 'yes' right away. I’m going to have to test him a little bit first! I will marry him though, because he's a good man,” Stumpf said.

"And why did I come to Walmart to propose to my wife again? It's because she has so many friends here and I knew she would like to share that with them,” Demetriades said.

"The best Valentine I ever had in my life,” Stumpf said.

The couple has three children.

They met when they were teenagers and now they are both 75.


  • Robin C.

    I’ve known Renate for many years and her family, she is by far the sweetest lady around. I love how she is, and I’m happy for her. she is amazing…….

  • Stella Miller

    aww that is awesome.i met my 1st husband again after not seeing him for 39 years ..on oct.25 2014 then on dec 12 2014 we got married again

  • jek

    This sweet guy Left her with three children to raise when he brought her here from Germany, and never Supported her with one dime of support, and she couldn’t speak a word of English! There is more to this than what meets the eye!

    • Proud american

      To JEK….You,act like you know everything,have you known this lady for all 43 years……you don’t know if she never learned English during this time, you don’t know the circumstance……what is the good part is she is happy again,and he is too. You don’t know the reasoning behind the divorce, that is between them, what matters is today…the past is the past, her English is just as good as most people today,….she has 3 wonderful grown children..all very successful carriers, she taught them how to be productive adults..

  • Heather

    I’m completely confused- how do you have 3 kids and yet not speak or see your ex-husband for 43 years after your divorce?

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