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Love story: Angie & Frank Bossio, Riverhead

Angie and Frank Bossio of Riverhead are still very much in love after 55 years of marriage. Angie tells their story.

First time I met Frank, in 1951, I was 13 years old and he was 16. His sister and I were friends and went to the same grammar school. We all lived on Bleecker Street in Ridgewood, Brooklyn, a few long blocks away from each other.

We started dating in February 1953. It wasn't love at first sight for me, but it was for Frank. I planned to go to college and didn't want to get serious with anyone, so we broke up.

As fate and my good luck would have it, Frank took me to my prom at Bushwick High School the next year, and we started going steady.

Our families got along very well. Frank's mother had died when he was young, and he started calling my mother "Mom" as soon as he met her. She adored him.

We became engaged in 1955. The day of our engagement party there was a gas leak at Frank's house, and he, his father and his 2-year-old nephew were rushed to the hospital. Everyone was OK. Frank's father insisted we go on with the party. He was a wonderful man.

Frank and I were married on Nov. 20, 1955, and we are as much in love today as the day we married. We are blessed with a great family, and we are proud of our two children and four wonderful grandchildren.

Frank and I retired in 1988. He worked as a district manager for 30 years with Prudential Insurance Co. I was an office manager for 15 years with Bossio, Ross and Associates, my daughter's commercial property insurance brokerage.

In 2001, after 42 years living in Middle Village, Queens, on a whim we decided to buy a home 75 miles away at Sunken Pond Estates in Riverhead.

People were telling us we have to be crazy to move there. We are crazy . . . crazy about all the wonderful people and friendships we have made there.

We are constantly busy playing poker, golf and pinochle. We spend time in Las Vegas and visit a few casinos in Atlantic City. Maybe more than a few. We have a running joke with our children - that if they find anything when we are gone, we did something wrong.

Frank and I have had a few rough years. I am a five-year breast cancer survivor. But thank God we have had more good years than troubled ones. Frank is my best friend and my forever love.

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