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Westchester Couple Meets For Afternoon Dates After Four Decades Of Marriage

Justina Romashko, who teaches special education/social studies at Port Chester High School, spoke with Daily Voice about her 40-year marriage to Lloyd Miller, a retired emergency room nurse and former trauma program manager at Stamford Hospital.
Justina Romashko, who teaches special education/social studies at Port Chester High School, spoke with Daily Voice about her 40-year marriage to Lloyd Miller, a retired emergency room nurse and former trauma program manager at Stamford Hospital. Video Credit: Daily Voice

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Forty years after they said, "I do," a couple from Port Chester regularly meets for coffee or hot chocolate after school.

Justina Romashko teaches special education/social studies at Port Chester High School. Her husband, Lloyd Miller, is a retired emergency room nurse and former trauma program manager at Stamford Hospital.

They agreed to share some stories from their marriage on video with Daily Voice.

Justina and Lloyd met as college students at SUNY Stony Brook. They'll celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary in May.

Miller, 66, said paying attention is key to a lasting marriage.

His wife cited an example of that. She said Lloyd remembered a painting of a unicorn that she casually indicated a liking for. He surprised her on their 25th anniversary by secretly returning to a Manhattan gallery to buy it for her.

"I was so stunned,'' she recalled. "How can you not love someone like that?"

As Miller arrives at Romashko's classroom, the couple always kisses. He pulls up a chair before they catch up on one another's day.

"When I'm available, I'll bring over coffee or hot chocolate or go out to dinner from here," Miller said.

Ambar Lopez, a member of SUNY Purchase College’s Community Reporting Team, contributed to this article.

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