Couple built a new life

Erika and Richard Spiewak say the secret to a happy marriage is tolerance, good communication and "once in a while you need to fight to make up". Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Erika and Richard Spiewak say the secret to a happy marriage is tolerance, good communication and "once in a while you need to fight to make up". Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

AN Oak Flats couple celebrated six decades of marriage in fine style last week.

The Spiewak family came together at Shellharbour Village on Saturday to mark the 60-year milestone for Richard and Erika Spiewak.

The couple enjoyed lunch and a warm hug from their four children and partners, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and close friends.

Their daughter Sonia Bout said they moved to Oak Flats 55 years ago, after the war, to build a better life for their family.

"It is a great feat to get to 60 years," she said.

"They came over from Europe after the war and built a new life in Australia.

"They were the first immigrants from Nürburg (in Germany) that paid for the passage to Australia.

Erika and Richard Spiewak say the secret to a happy marriage is tolerance, good communication and "once in a while you need to fight to make up". Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Erika and Richard Spiewak say the secret to a happy marriage is tolerance, good communication and "once in a while you need to fight to make up". Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

"Dad built the house himself in Oak Flats and they still live there.

"It's our family home and all still get together at Christmas, I think that's pretty special.

"The house is his pride and he hasn't been very well, so it has really been something that he is very proud of."

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