Editor's note: As Valentine's Day approaches, we will post love stories of Bolingbrook couples. This story was originally posted in 2011 and written by Toni Greathouse.
The Prazaks consider themselves truly blessed.
Circa 1969, they found their love at the Vatican’s Basilica Square and long strolls by Castel Sant'Angelo after being set up by a mutual friend.
Art, an Air Force veteran, and Lidia, a self-described Army brat, became convinced with each date that no two other people could have been more aligned.
"We could talk about everything and anything." Lidia said. "Our morals and values were the same and when we were together, our focus and concentration was only on each other. After one week, we wondered if our mutual affection was real or if were we under the spell of Rome."
By the end of the second week, Lidia and Art were engaged; two months later they were married. They quickly relocated to Germany in a small flat that was within eyeshot of Frankenstein’s castle.
Today their vows have proved to stand the test of time, spanning both decades and continents.
Bolingbrook residents since 1972, Lidia and Art have literally done everything together. In the early 1970s, they commuted to Northbrook-based GTE where they both worked before transitioning to dual careers in real estate.
In 1989 the couple were reunited in business at the local Coldwell Banker office where they currently work as a team.
"At first I fought so much togetherness," she said. "Now it is very natural for us. Where I am weak, he is strong and vice versa. "We are still in love because we respect and care for each other. We have created a family together, but all our attention is still focused on each other.
"Our life together is like a big adventure. Each day we’re discovering and exploring."
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