Sultanas cap-off 2020 celebrating 60 years of marriage

Joseph and Rita Sultana celebrated 60 years of marriage on the final day of 2020.

Daughter Josephine (Joyce) Williams said her parents were well-known around the Hawkesbury district, living in their family home at Schofields for 50 years before it was bought-out by developers, at which time they relocated to Riverstone, where they now live.

Diamond anniversary: Joseph and Rita Sultana celebrated 60 happy years of marriage on December 31, 2020. Picture: Supplied

Diamond anniversary: Joseph and Rita Sultana celebrated 60 happy years of marriage on December 31, 2020. Picture: Supplied

"Their love story began in March 1960 when Joseph and Rita officially came together for the first time. December of the same year - the 31st of December, to be exact - they began their journey as husband and wife," Ms Williams said.

Mr and Mrs Sultana were both immigrants from Malta and worked hard to save their first deposit for their house at Schofields, which they purchased in 1964.

Two years later, they were blessed with their first child, Victor in 1966, followed by Mary in 1967, John in 1969 and their youngest, Josephine in 1973.

"They have worked very hard over their years, Joseph working very long hours at Ford Motor Company at Homebush while Rita was home working the market garden and raising their four children," Ms Williams said.

"Even after their children got married both Joseph and Rita helped look after their grandchildren, 11 in total, and not to forget three great-grandchildren."

Joseph and Rita Sultana on their wedding day on December 31, 1960. Picture: Supplied

Joseph and Rita Sultana on their wedding day on December 31, 1960. Picture: Supplied

Ms Williams said she thought her parents had reached an "incredible milestone" and the secret to their 60-year marriage had been "patience, faith and loving each other".

"God bless you both and may you be showered with many years to come," Ms Williams said.

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