Couple returns to factory where they met 70 years ago

Frederick and Thelma Wright at the Piano Works Mall in East Rochester which was a factory when they met in 1948.

EAST ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Their love story began 70 years ago in an East Rochester factory. It was an accident that led to their first encounter.

Frederick Wright was working as a fly finisher on pianos.

"I had an accident, I had a screwdriver go in up here,” said Frederick gesturing to his forehead. "I had to go down to the nurse's office to have it checked out, and I didn't even notice her."

Lucky for Fred, Thelma noticed him. Two years later, they would be married. Friday, they marked 68 years of marriage and returned to the one-time factory where they met - now the Piano Works Mall.

"It's great, it's great,” said Thelma about returning.

“It's sad that it closed, because when I was in school, Aeolian Piano Works was the largest in the world,” said Frederick.

Though the factory closed, their love has endured. They have 10 children and just welcomed their 17th great grandchild.

Their secret?

"Just get along with each other, I guess,” said Frederick.

“Just helping each other, looking out for each other. With 10 children, what are you going to do?” said Thelma.

“She's my best friend,” said Frederick.

All of their children live in the area and once a month they host a family Sunday dinner.

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