Local couple celebrates 60 years together

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

In this day in age, where “Till death do us part” turns into until “our first fight,” one couple has defied those odds with their unwavering love for one another.

Bud and Shirley Karst have been married for almost 60 years, and will be celebrating the milestone this May.

“If there was a secret [to our marriage] I would have wrote a book and made a million dollars,” said Shirley, she said that her and Bud enjoy going dancing, and it is a big part of their relationship because the two of them had actually met when they were both out dancing.

Shirley said, the biggest thing her and Bud dealt with is when they were first married was that the wife had a role and the husband had a role.

She said couples now think the roles have to be divided equally between both, and it doesn’t have to be that way.

Shirley added, sometimes its 90 per cent one person and 10 per cent the other, sometimes one person did more than the other in the marriage.

“We stuck together for a reason she says. We made a commitment, for better and for worse, said Karst,” adding that they had both better nd worse.

Bud and Shirley feel they are both each other’s best friend, and they do almost all their activities together and always have.

The couple still goes out on dates and love to travel.

The two of them have been to multiple places including Europe the Caribbean, the United States and Nova Scotia Canada.

Shirley says she got married when she was 20 years old and at the time 21 was the legal age so Bud had to ask her father for her hand in marriage and permission.

“I always tease Bud saying it’s a good thing my dad liked you”

The Karsts moved to Slave Lake in 1972 from Winnipeg, Manitoba, for work. Bud had taken a job with the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre as the accountant.

The Karsts, were very active members of the community over the past 40 years.

“We used to be very active members of the community, said Shirley Bud was involved in multiple sports and me in various groups.”

Although the pair is not as involved in in actual groups the two still go out to several events around town.

The couple does not have any anything special planned for their anniversary but said they will be spending the day with family and close friends.

Shirley and Bud Karst, apparently heading out on their honeymoon after their 1958 wedding.

Shirley and Bud: 60 years later and going strong.

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