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Mary Lou and Maynard Peterson

Married 65 years, Northland couple die just hours apart

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Their song was "It Had to be You," and it was aptly symbolic for the seven decades Superior Central High School sweethearts Mary Lou Pouti and Maynard Peterson spent together.

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They were certain of their love through war and 65 years of marriage. This week, they were together through death -- Maynard passed away Friday morning just hours after his wife.

"They were always together," daughter Julie Aili of Esko said of her parents, who eventually settled in Cloquet.

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