Carl Woodin and Ilene Rovner began their courtship early on, and are still making a life in Montco and traveling the world, writes Kellie Patrick Gates for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
After meeting and dating as kids at George Washington High School in Philadelphia, they found themselves commuting from home to Temple University.
In 1984, Carl took Ilene on a date to the location of their very first date in 1977, at the Ice Palace (now vacant) and proposed.
Carl worked at Shared Medical Systems in Malvern and was sent to Japan. No texting or email then, but Ilene wrote him love letters which Carl kept. Ilene did her student teaching at Wissahickon High School in Ambler.
In 1985, the couple wed at the Oxford Circle Jewish Community Center, where both sets of their parents also got married previously. Carl and Ilene moved into a Maple Glen townhouse, where they still reside.
When the couple had two young boys, they decided to take a family trip to England and they kept their townhome and traveled instead.
“We decided we would spend our money on experiences, and since then, we have been all around the world together,” Ilene said.
The family has been to Columbia, Iceland, Scandinavia, Norway, Russia, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates, to name a few. “We knew that traveling was the best education we could give our boys,” said Carl.
Currently, Ilene is now in her 36th year at Wissahickon High School and Carl started his own company, AZtech, producing events and exhibits around the world, as well as the rising president of the Alumni Society for the Great Valley Campus.
The couple lives in Maple Glen in Montgomery County.
Read more about Carl, Ilene and their family at The Philadelphia Inquirer.