What’s love? Three kids, 32 years together, 25 years of marriage and never separated.
Jim Eberhart and Judy Cimmino met as friends while working a part-time job at Macy’s in New Rochelle.
Susan Keller, Judy’s maid-of-honor, said, “[Judy] had developed a crush on him and she told me she wanted to ask him to prom. I told her to go for it. They have been inseparable ever since.”
Judy still remembers the couple’s first date in 1980.
“It was June 7th during the Pelham Street fair. Kramer vs. Kramer was playing in the Pelham Picture House,” Judy said.
By September of that year she was wearing Jim’s Blessed Sacrament school ring. An early sign that the relationship was serious.
Their bond grew stronger. A year later, Judy’s left ring finger was sporting a Claddagh ring; representing the love, loyalty and friendship the two shared with one another.
The gold ring was worn every day until the night of Christmas Eve. Before the midnight mass, Jim proposed to Judy, giving her the gold wedding band. Jim’s grandmother’s stone made up the center of the wedding ring; a symbolic gesture representing the joining of two families as one.
“He teased me with the ring for weeks,” Judy said. “It has been in his dresser drawer.”
Laughing and talking to his wife, Jim said, “I had to make you work for it too.”
“We had talked about [marriage] for awhile. It was planned,” he said.
But his “plan” consisted of a plot twist that Judy never saw coming. Friends of the couple were recently engaged to be married and he told her he would propose to her on New Year’s Eve, her birthday.
Keller summed the couple up well. “They have a rare and wonderful chemistry. They are true soul mates. He instantly became her best friend …They typify the great American love story.”
Her wedding band was blessed when the two tied the knot on June 22, 1986.
“And that is the Jimmy and Judy Love Story. No bells, no whistles…just two Westchester kids falling in love,” Judy said.
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