JHS Sweethearts; First Loves Marry 45 Years Later (VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – John Beiter and Diane Schmitt were sweethearts at Jasper High School. The relationship ended not long after John left for IU in 1971.

But, on Sunday after more than 40 years apart, John and Diane became husband and wife


Sunday, John Beiter married his high school sweetheart in a private ceremony at a Jasper pub.

The ceremony comes 45 years after John graduated from Jasper High School, 44 since Diane left. Though only an hour away in Bloomington, the distance and time was too much. They would marry others; raise their own families. Pursue their careers.

But on Sunday, with about 200 friends looking on, many from high school, and family, including Diane’s granddaughers, these first loves became forever loves… (John, for the first time (laughs), you may kiss your wife…(John on camera: ┬áThis completes a circle, we’re very much in love).

John and Dianne reunited about a year ago in Nashville, TN where John is a music excutive…(Diane on camera talking about John inviting Diane to a Ken Mo concert in Nashville. ┬áMo is a client of John’s).

The ceremony at Snap’s Cafe, a local pub special to the groom…(John on camera: My great, great, great great Grandfather, Anton Habig built the building, and his brother-in-law’s grandfather, Snap Giesler owned it for decades, so the place has special memories for the groom).

There’s a poem that says Distance, is a test of love, many will fail, but for those who can overcome the distance and pass the test… in the end they will find their true love, maybe again!


A U. S. study found that people who rekindled youthful romances at least five years after they had split up had a 76 per cent chance of staying together, compared with a 40 per cent chance of successful marriage in the rest of the population. The study is the first done on people reunited with a lost lover after years apart.

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