Do you remember writing to a pen pal when you were
in elementary school?
Many of us do.
and it's now part of our past.
But the women you're about to meet.
formed a unique friendship more than a half century
that's still going strong today.
If friendship was measured in money...
than Corrine Eilers of La Crosse...
and JoAnn Moyer of Pottsville, Pennsylvania would
:00 Just imagine how rich we would be if we counted
up all our stamps, 70 years worth :06
For these two.
the conversation comes easy...
especially considering this is only their second time
meeting in person..
But their past actually goes back more than 60 years
when both were little girls in grade school.
:15 I remember our teacher saying we were going to
try to get pen pals.
She had a friend that they went to college together
and she had a class in Wisconsin and they wanted their
classes to write :32
With Corrine at a school
in Holmen, and JoAnn in Pennsylvania.
a friendship was born.
out of a pen and paper.
:40 I didn't know anything about pen pals, you know,
I didn't go to kindergarten so what do I know :46
:42 I thought, well this is neat.
I was an only child so I didn't have a sister or brother,
I thought oh, I'll get to meet somebody :49
While their assignment ended that year.
their friendship did not...
One by one.
the years past.
but Corrine and JoAnn kept on writing...
:44 It was like writing in a diary, you know, you
could confess things and she didn't care and she could
do the same to me :53
:47 We became very close in letters, like she became
my sister and I became her sister.
We were just close through letters :54
They talked about everything.
:44 Everything laughs :46
:01 Boyfriends and marriage problems and if we didn't
get our way.
there wasn't very much that we didn't leave out :15
:23 I told her not to dare let my secrets out :25
But with all of life's ups.
came some difficult downs....
and they were there for one another when it was needed
:30 We lost a daughter when she was 30 and that was
one of the hardest things, but Corrine was there,
comforting me and talked :37
:09 It was her rocking, in a rocking chair with her
child knowing that her mother was dying, she had that
:30 And of course with my husband dying and everything,
she was right there by phone or by letter :38
The two met one other time.
when Corrine decided to road-trip to Pennsylvania
She showed up on JoAnn's doorstep.
:34 I was so stupid and went and knocked on her door
which I sure would shoot her if she did that to me
:22 Two hours was probably two years worth and to
finally meet her and the kids.
oh god, they're wonderful people :32
JoAnn's visit to La Crosse this fall was planned..
and it was as if they had never left each others side
after all those years.
:53 It was amazing.
Our mouths went like this.
it was like we never stopped talking and seeing each
It was really neat :04
:24 I am so happy them being here and the happiness
they've brought in my life right now becuase with
my husband dying , it hasn't been easy, I've had pneumonia
3 times in a year and a half an dit ahsn't been the
best time for me.
And then to come in and accept me with all this love,
man,i'ts like aI died and went to heaven :51
Neither believed this friendship would still be going
63 years later.
:05 I certainly didn't think I'd last this long, let
alone be writing all these years :11
but they both know.
their lives are certainly richer because of it....
:36 I don't ever remember having this closeness, except
for when I met my husband.
It's just a warmth from way deep down.
a miracle :58
Corrine and JoAnn are still writing each other.
once or twice a month...
JoAnn's grandkids are teaching her to use a computer
so we'll have to see if they migrate over to the digital
world with their letters...
And we wanted to mention.
so many people.
strangers who heard about this reunion.
made JoAnn's visit to La Crosse this fall so memorable.
by providing things like gift cards.
and meals while they were in town.
A sign of a great community..