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Carlton Senior Living Poet's Corner Pleasant Hill | February 8, 2018 | By Jessica Beck

George & Sanae’s Secret to Love

George and Sanae Otsuki
Established 1944

Thomas Merton famously quoted…
“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone- we find it with another.”

George and Sanae Otsuki’s love story has stood the test of time and transition. They first met while still in grammar school when their families knew one another. However, they did not actually begin dating as a couple at that time and were more acquaintances. As their daughter recalls, Sanae was initially reluctant to date George due to the fact that he was younger than she by almost 2 years. But, as most good things come together in life, George was consistent, persistent and ultimately insistent that Sanae was the one for him and him for her.

They mutually were brought together during the war while in Denver. At that time, per their daughter Carol, the Japanese had been forced to evacuate and her father George ended up working at a chicken ranch known as Toner’s in Denver. He was the first Japanese person that Toner’s had hired and they encouraged George to tell his friends that jobs were available. Sanae ended up at Toner’s as well seeking employment and thus began their journey of love as they started dating. They were married on June 10, 1944 in Denver Colorado. From their beautiful 73 year marriage and counting they raised two children, daughter Carol and son Lee and they have been blessed with 2 granddaughters, Janelle and Lindsey.

As their daughter Carol can recall her parents were always very devoted to one another. For them family came first both immediate and extended family. She can remember visiting relatives every weekend. George and Sanae never argued or yelled at one another and believed in upholding a household for their children that maintained a loving and supportive family. Their children and grandchildren were and are cherished.

Since becoming residents at the Carlton it is clear to all who meet them that the secret to a lasting marriage and their love is remaining true to old fashioned values. They remain committed to doing things together and caring for and to one another in their daily interactions. Sanae demonstrates the importance of waiting for George to begin her day, attend an activity or head to a meal. They are a very sweet couple that is committed to their privacy and remaining comfortable in their life together.  They have truly demonstrated that the meaning of life is best sought after together, to lean on, to support, to uplift and to celebrate life and all that it has to offer.