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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.


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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