THEN & NOW: Sue and Jon Winner
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THEN & NOW: Sue and Jon Winner

As an Atlanta Jewish Times tradition, we spotlight some of the city’s most optimistic and fun-loving couples who share how they met and their secrets to longstanding marriage.

After 35 years with the Atlanta newspapers, Marcia currently serves as Retail VP for the Buckhead Business Association, where she delivers news and trends (laced with a little gossip).

Sue and Jon Winner
Sue and Jon Winner

Years Married: 57 years
August 1965
Location: Lincolnwood, Ill. Hyatt House Hotel (suburban Chicago)

Initial Attraction?
Sue: My parents drove me to Iowa City to start the university. The day after they helped me move into the dormitory, I connected with friends who called some guys she knew over to meet us. One of them, Jon, had been giving his fraternity pledges a tour of the “important spots on campus” like girls arriving at the dormitory. Jon asked us to go for a Coca-Cola.
Jon: “If that redhead (Sue) was Jewish, I would marry her in a minute…but she’s not!” I declared. When I saw she was going to the SDT house, I was a little shaken.
Sue: He was considerably more pale as I responded that we were all Jewish. I chased him for four years before we married, so much for “in a minute.” He was then a junior in medical school and I taught school to support us.
Jon: Seeing her for the first time, I was thunderstruck that she could be my mate forever.
Sue: Jon was really cute, red-headed, sweet, and smart.

Secrets?
Sue: We understood that we were a team and faced challenges with love and respect.
Jon: Humor…the ability to laugh with each other and at ourselves. We learned how to express our feelings and situations we encountered without disrespect.
Sue: Years ago, Jon won a city-wide WSB radio contest, describing love. His definition was “an energy force, emanating from the soul, that bonds without limitations.” And that has not changed to this day.
Jon: The prize was $500 worth of Cindy’s Hamburgers which had to be used within a year. Cindy’s Restaurant did not make it, but Sue and I have!

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