Abe and Yolanda Gaynes, residents of Berman Commons celebrated their 70th anniversary with a party hosted by their children Shelley and Bruce Gaynes on Sunday, Feb. 14. The couple met at the Jersey shore in the summer of 1940, when Yolanda was 16 years old and Abe was 18. It was “love at first sight.” They dated for two to three years and became engaged shortly before Abe was drafted into the army. When he returned home after WW II the couple was married on Feb. 10, 1946. Abe was the proprietor of Red Star paint, a business that was started by his father in Irvington, N.J. During those years, Yolanda was active in Hadassah and ORT, In 1972 when Abe retired the couple moved to of Boca Raton, Fla. There, they both played tennis, and Abe was able to pursue his interest in nature and animals by becoming a tour guide at various nature centers.
They also traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean, Israel, China, and many countries in Europe.
Abe and Yolanda moved to Atlanta eight years ago to be closer to their family which includes five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.