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Love springs anew for Quad-Cities couple - Quad Cities Online

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Glen Vincent and Christine Vincent Schnaufer shared naval experience when they got married, then they got divorced. They reunited at a son's wedding and are getting married on 12-12-12. They originally wanted to wed aboard his old ship, the USS Enterprise, which is soon to be decommissioned, but there was not enough time to get it squared away.
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Love springs anew for Quad-Cities couple

 

Originally Posted Online: Nov. 27, 2012, 5:15 pm
Last Updated: Nov. 28, 2012, 7:27 am
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By John Marx, jmarx@qconline.com
Petite but not shy, Christine Vincent Schnaufer grabs fiance Glen Vincent's hand, and they laugh.
Everyone on the porch overlooking the gorgeous Geneseo meadow laughs. If Glen Vincent is within a 10-mile radius, you can bet people are laughing.

"Been there, done that, got the T-shirt to prove it,'' Glen says of the many unique twists and turns life can take. Glen and Christine, salt-of-the-earth people, are in the middle of one of those turns.

And the twist to their story is nothing but good.

Glen and Christine, both in their 60s, are getting married Dec. 12, 2012, after they return from a final visit aboard the U.S.S Enterprise (CVN-65) at Norfolk, Va. The Enterprise was the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the ship Glen served aboard during the Vietnam War. It's the ship he and Christine -- as newlyweds -- walked to at Alameda, Calif., as he prepared to serve his country.

Approximately 200,000 American members of the U.S. Navy served aboard the Enterprise during its 50-year carer.

Glen Vincent is one of the lucky Enterprise alums who were selected to take a final tour of the vessel. It is being decommissioned and torn down over the next few months.

"Amazing,'' Glen says of the Enterprise, which was used in the filming of the movie "Top Gun,'' starring Tom Cruise.

Christine and Glen met at East Moline's Skateland in the early '60s and were bitten by the love bug. He was 18, she 15. Glen had to gain permission from Christine's police-officer father to be alone with her. They married three years later.

"It wasn't easy,'' Christine says. "If it wasn't my dad keeping an eye on us, it was other cops.''
The two divorced in 1976.

"My family loved him,'' Christine says of Glen. "We remained friends through it all. I know that doesn't always happen, but we did.''

Both married for a second time. Christine lost her husband four years ago. Glen, single again, caught up with Christine at the wedding of their son, Scott, soon after. They have been together ever since, courting as they did when they were kids -- sans local police officers watching their every move.

They wanted to have a Navy chaplain marry them this week aboard the Enterprise, but that wasn't possible.

"It just didn't work out,'' says Glen, who, thanks to an early Navy release in 1968, escaped a fire that killed 27 aboard the Enterprise in 1969. "We'll just get married and throw a party. Everyone loves a party, right?''

Christie and Glen understand there is not much traditional about them finding each other -- and love -- again. Conventional to them is just another word.

"We even went out dancing the night before we decided we would go ahead and get divorced,'' Glen says. "At the time, it wasn't working. We moved on, but down deep there still had to be something there. That and having a son together made us stay away from the bitterness.

"It's OK to go back where you started -- at least for us it is.''


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