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Vivian and Steve Durflinger

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Tied the Knot: June 20, 2020

“We believe our meeting again, later in life, was divine intervention,” affirm Vivian (Auen) and Steve Durflinger. After 33 years, COVID delayed their wedding six weeks but certainly couldn’t prevent it.

Vivian, 65, graduated from Irvington High School in 1972, attended Modesto Community College and Stanislaus State and graduated from the respiratory care program. 

Steven B. Durflinger, Sr., 67, graduated from Irvington High School in 1971 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army. He received an honorable discharge after seven years and continued education at Sacramento State. He retired after 25 years from city government public works in 2015. Vivian and Steve live in Manteca, California, at Del Webb Woodbridge Community. 

“Steve and I originally met at my then-boyfriend’s house,” Vivian remembers. “He was respectful of my situation, so I was never aware of the special feelings he held for me. After high school, we journeyed different paths and only saw each other occasionally during the next few years. Life brought us both positive and negative lessons, along with failed marriages. Between us, we have six wonderful adult children and ten grandchildren.”

“Viv and I met in 1970 while attending high school in Fremont, California,” Steve relates. “Instantly, I was extremely attracted to Vivian, but because of circumstances, my pending graduation and enlistment into the Army, she never knew my feelings for her. Vivian’s brother, Dean, was an Army veteran and instrumental with advice for a safe Army enlistment. After losing touch for 33 years, my affectionate thoughts of Vivian never wavered. Amazingly, our paths crossed and it wasn’t long before I knew I couldn’t lose her again. I hosted Vivian’s 65th ‘Medicare Birthday’ celebration with our friends and while toasting, knowing I always loved her, I proposed!” 

The blissful couple tied the knot on June 20, 2020, after their original plans of using the community clubhouse were canceled due to the pandemic. Instead, the couple chose a small ceremony in their backyard with immediate family. Mya Vogel, Vivian’s granddaughter, served as Maid of Honor; Vivian’s son, James McVey, gave the bride away. Nolan McVey, Vivian’s grandson, served as ring bearer. Vivian and Steve’s friend, Evelyn Reyes, officiated the ceremony.

“The favorite part of our day was the happiness between us and visiting with our family and friends and, of course, our awesome photographers, Shawna and Richard Briggs, who kept everything calm, relaxed and fun during the whole photo shoot process!” Vivian shares. “COVID-19 rearranged our original honeymoon plans from an Alaskan cruise to a few wonderful days in Monterey Bay wearing face masks. Our cruise has been rescheduled next year to celebrate our first anniversary. Our wedding cake topper said it the best: ‘God Gave Me You.’” 

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