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LONGEVITY MARRIED 65 YEARS: BELLA AND BEN RIFF.

Byline: -- Andy Wang

Bella and Ben Riff of Valley Village celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with friends and family on Nov. 30 at Tony Roma's. They were married on Nov. 30, 1940, five years after meeting on a stoop in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ben was born on Aug. 6, 1917, in New Haven, Conn. He worked as an assistant chief shipfitter during World War II, and, after attending Brooklyn Tech in New York, joined his two uncles in the printing business. Ben later began his own typesetting business.

Bella was born on May 23, 1919, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She attended Girls Commercial High School in Brooklyn and worked in the financial industry.

In 1952, Ben sold his business and the couple moved with their son to Hollywood, where Ben later started his own printing company.

Ben and Bella retired in 1993. Members of the Tuesday Dance Club of Arleta, they enjoy socializing and dancing every week. Ben loves to cook and play poker with his buddies, while Bella plays mahjong and card games with her friends every week.

The couple has one son: Harvey Riff of Sherman Oaks. They also have three grandchildren.

MARRIED 60 YEARS: HAROLD AND EVELYN ENGLISH

Harold and Evelyn English of Van Nuys celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family on Dec. 23, at Victorio's Ristorante in North Hollywood. They were married on Dec. 23, 1945, in Toronto.

Harold was born on July 23, 1925, in London, Canada. He has three brothers who still live in Canada. Evelyn was born on October 25, 1927, the youngest of 10 siblings in Toronto, Canada. Her remaining siblings still live in Canada as well.

The couple opened the first television sales and repair store in Canada. Harold and Evelyn decided to move to Los Angeles while visiting friends in the area; in 1963, they moved to California with their daughters.

Harold enjoys coin collecting and golf, and is thought of by his family as a jack of all trades. Evelyn is an avid reader and enjoys knitting and crocheting. She is a member of the Red Hat Society.

They have two daughters: Elaine Shink of Valencia and Lynda Feldman of North Hollywood. They also have three grandchildren.

MARRIED 60 YEARS: JUDY AND WILLY GOLDSMITH

Judy and Willy Goldsmith of West Hills celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family on Jan. 13 with a cruise to Mexico. They were married on Jan. 12, 1946, in New York.

The Goldsmiths were introduced to each other by friends while living in New York. They moved to Los Angeles in 1969.

Judy attended Yonkers High School in New York. She was a bookkeeper for many years, and is now a travel agent. She has been a member of the West Valley Jewish Community Center for 35 years.

Willy attended DeWitt Clinton High School in New York. During World War II, while serving in the Army's 9th Division, Willy was captured by the German army -- but escaped. He sold decorative hardware for a living, and retired in 1993.

Judy and Willy have three children: Maralyn Soifer of West Hills; Rick Goldsmith of Canoga Park; and Lauri Roberts of Colorado Springs, Colo. They also have nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

MARRIED 55 YEARS: MARCIA AND HERB ROSENHECK

Marcia and Herb Rosenheck of Northridge celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a dinner party with their friends and family on Dec. 24. They were married on Dec. 24, 1950, in Los Angeles.

Herb, a native Angeleno, graduated from Dorsey High School in 1947. A Korean War veteran, he graduated from Southwestern University and worked as the vice president of TRW until his retirement. Herb now works as a computer consultant.

Marcia was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. She graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School. In 1947 she moved to Los Angeles, where she attended L.A. City College.

Herb and Marcia enjoy spending time with their family and traveling. They have visited Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Scandinavia, Russia, Israel and Alaska -- and are planning a trip on the American Oriental Express.

They have two children: Robin Rose of Northridge and Michael Rosenheck of Sherman Oaks. They also have four grandchildren.

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