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Keep the Love | 3 generations of West Michigan couples share their secrets to successful marriage

Three West Michigan couples, from three different generations, share how they keep the love in their relationships.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Google Trends study, conducted by Hernom.com, found that around Valentine's Day the phrase "how to break up" was searched the most in the United States.

The results were divided into seven categories. Out of the seven, Michiganders fall under the "Heart breakers" category with searches, on how to jump ship, peaking just before the most romantic day of the year. 

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But, all hope is not lost. Despite the numbers love can, and does, survive.

Here are three Michigan couples, from three different generations destined to keep the love in their relationships. 

Shirley and Patrick Miles Sr. - married 60 years

Shirley and Patrick Sr., are active members in the Grand Rapids community. Pat is a Steelcase retiree and Shirley is a retired school teacher. The two are also the parents of Patrick Miles Jr., the first black U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan and Angela Miles the Founder and Executive Producer at Business First AM - National TV Show. 

J Schwanke and Kelly Blank - together 25 years

J is a fourth-generation florist, author, and floral educator. His lifestyle series, "Life in Bloom" focuses on flower arrangement, design and instruction. His husband, Kelly Blank is the man behind the scenes making sure everything is done right. 

Sarah Anderson and Michael Lang - engaged 4 months

Sarah Anderson is a Freelance Journalist and member of the BISSELL Pet Foundation Junior Board. Michael Lang is an Account Manager for Axios HR.


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