Story Last modified at 9:17 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2011
John and Roberta "Bobbie" Falcone
On June 4, 2011, longtime Eagle River residents John and Roberta "Bobbie" Falcone will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary. As a young couple fresh out of the Air Force, a memorable adventure to the grocery store left them with just enough cash to buy and share a single baked potato for dinner. Now, 59 years later, what they share is a lifetime of experiences and memories. Their family, friends and Alaska community wish them congratulations for their devotion and commitment to each other.
Prior to meeting in Cheyenne, Wyo., both Bobbie and John were born and raised in Pennsylvania. John grew up in West Chester, Penn., as the resident rascal in a family of three brothers and four sisters. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, Bobbie spent her childhood playing basketball for her high school and working at a local soda shop. Both ultimately joined the Air Force in their late teens and early 20s.
Stationed at the same base in Cheyenne, Bobbie and John met through a mutual friend, and John's sweetness and charm was what ultimately convinced Bobbie to break another date. They were married in 1952 in Cheyenne, and shortly thereafter were transferred to Alaska, where they have since made their home.
In 1961, Bobbie and John became proud parents to a daughter, Mariann Falcone. In the years that followed, Bobbie worked at the Federal Aviation Administration, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and an Eagle River greenhouse. She also became a founding member of the Eagle River Softball Association and a devoted softball mom. John built a career in the grocery business; working at Piggly Wiggly, S&F Foods, Eagle River's Value City, and ultimately as head executive and buyer for Alaska Wholesale, he solidified a reputation as an unforgettable character.
Eagle River residents may especially know Bobbie and John through their involvement in Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and as the owners of U-Do Mini Storage on the Old Glenn Highway.
Today, when they are not in Alaska, they are most likely romping around the Big Island of Hawaii.
This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.