Anna and Ejlif Mose with their two oldest children, Allan and Harry, before emigrating to Canada. (Photo submitted)

Anna and Ejlif Mose with their two oldest children, Allan and Harry, before emigrating to Canada. (Photo submitted)

B.C. couple celebrating nearly 70 years of Valentine’s

Chemainus pair Ejlif and Anna Mose still very much in love after nearly 70 years of marriage

Inspirational stories leading up to Valentine’s Day are abundant, but few can match how true love has stood the test of time quite like long-time Chemainus couple Ejlif and Anna Mose.

They’ll be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this year on June 9.

The date they tied the knot in their native Denmark way back in 1951 just happens to coincide with Ejlif’s birthday. “That was so he would remember the anniversary,” joked daughter Jane.

Ejlif will turn 93 on June 9 and Anna reaches another milestone later in the year with her 90th birthday on Oct. 8.

So what’s the secret to their long and endearing relationship?

RELATED: Valentine’s Day roses in short supply due to COVID-19: floral industry

RELATED: ‘You cohabitate my heart’: New Valentine’s Day cards reflect unique times

“We get along very good,” said Ejlif.

“I still love him,” added Anna. “He bugs me once in a while, but I still love him. In the long run, we’re getting along just fine – we must be after that many years. I would have run away a long time ago.”

Ejlif’s hearing isn’t quite as good as it used to be. Then, again, that can work out as a convenient excuse if he ever needs one for not following Anna’s instructions.

The couple has enjoyed a prosperous life mostly in Chemainus with their family.

Oldest sons Harry, now 69 and a former mayor of Port Hardy living in Nanaimo, and Allan, 66, of Campbell River were both born in Denmark before Ejlif and Anna emigrated to Canada in 1958.

Once in Canada, Brian, now 61, of Nanoose Bay and Jane, 56, of Saltair were their additions to the family. The Moses have 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and even three great-great grandchildren.

Ejlif and Anna (nee Ohlenschlaeger) were living in Esbjerg, Denmark when they met on March 9, 1950.

“We just met out of the blue,” recalled Anna.

“It was about 20 minutes after I came out of the navy,” said Ejlif.

“Thank God he was out of that,” remarked Anna.

Following their early years of married life with the two kids, they thought about relocating.

“Over there in those days, it was hard to get anything to live in,” said Anna. “We always thought we wanted to get out and get somewhere.”

So Canada it was, as good a place as anywhere.

Ejlif made the move over first. “I wanted to have a look at it,” he explained.

“I had Harry and Allan, I came five months later,” noted Anna. “Harry and Allan were six and three years old.”

It was a long trip, five days on the train from Halifax, before arriving on the west coast.

“We came to Canada, fell in love with it, Vancouver Island, and we’re still here,” enthused Ejlif.

There were trying times since they actually had to learn English on the fly.

They settled in Ladysmith first for about a year and then bought a house on Henry Road in Chemainus where they stayed for 10 years before moving to Hawthorne Street for 32 years. They’ve been in their current residence for another 20 years since 2001.

Ejlif spent the bulk of his working days divided between commercial fishing and the graveyard shift at the previous Chemainus sawmill for 25 years until it closed in 1982.

“He’d sleep three hours and he’d be gone again,” said daughter Jane. “It was crazy.”

But commercial fishing was in Ejlif’s blood and he just stepped up that aspect of his life when the mill closed. He bought a bigger boat and fished fulltime after that. With the family all grown up, Anna went out fishing with him for 10 years.

“Sadly, he had a heart attack or he would have still been fishing,” she said. “You couldn’t get him away from it.”

“I survived, but the doctor told me not to go fishing anymore,” noted Ejlif. “I sold my boat.”

He’s otherwise enjoyed good health and so has Anna.

“We’re still in fairly good shape, I feel I’m getting tired now,” he said. “I like to read, but my sight is not so good.”

“I’ve had my little problems, but I’m still here,” she smirked. “When things come up, you have to think you’re not 25 anymore.”

The couple has been fortunate to travel extensively over the years, with numerous trips back to the old country and Hawaii, in particular.

“We’re very lucky and we’re here and we’re still together,” added Anna. “It’s what we’re still thankful for. It is hard to believe we’ve been together that long. Time has just flown. It’s unreal it’s been 70 years. It hasn’t always been peaches and cream. If someone tells me different, they’re lying.”

As much as their love remains strong after so long, this Valentine’s Day is also a reminder of how much they love Chemainus and how the town’s been such an integral part of their lives.

“I’ve seen many countries, but this is special, our town,” said Ejlif. “It’s a beautiful place to live. I love it here.

“We met so many nice people here over the years. I can think only good things.”

For more news from Vancouver Island and beyond delivered daily into your inbox, please click here.

CommunityHolidays

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Cozy home in Chemainus suits Ejlif and Anna Mose as much as ever. They wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cozy home in Chemainus suits Ejlif and Anna Mose as much as ever. They wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Longtime Chemainus couple Ejlif and Anna Mose seal their love with a kiss. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Longtime Chemainus couple Ejlif and Anna Mose seal their love with a kiss. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Anna during the days when she first met Ejlif. (Photo submitted)

Anna during the days when she first met Ejlif. (Photo submitted)

Ejlif and Anna Mose emigrated from Denmark in 1958 and absolutely love Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Ejlif and Anna Mose emigrated from Denmark in 1958 and absolutely love Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Ejlif in his navy days when he met Anna. (Photo submitted)

Ejlif in his navy days when he met Anna. (Photo submitted)

The happy couple looking great on their wedding day. (Photo submitted)

The happy couple looking great on their wedding day. (Photo submitted)

Anna and Ejlif Mose with their first-born child, Harry, before emigrating to Canada. (Photo submitted)

Anna and Ejlif Mose with their first-born child, Harry, before emigrating to Canada. (Photo submitted)

Ejlif and Anna Mose are still very much in love after nearly 70 years of marriage. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Ejlif and Anna Mose are still very much in love after nearly 70 years of marriage. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Just Posted

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
43 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health

368 cases in the region remain active

The Williams Lake Trail Riders Arena is slated to have a new roof installed this spring after funding from the province’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Trail Riders Arena, stable stalls, to get new roof at Stampede Grounds

Some of the stalls currently aren’t able to be rented out due to leaks in the roof

A sign is seen this past summer outside Yunesit’in Government office west of Williams Lake reminding visitors and members to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Yunesit’in First Nation completes second round of vaccinations

A total of 26 people have since recovered from COVID-19 after having tested positive

A 100 Mile RCMP officer stands watch at the intersction of Highway 97 and Horse Lake Road. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Volunteers, police search Highway 97 for articles related to high-speed chase

Search will stretch from Canco Gas Station in Lac La Hache to 150 Mile House.

An aerial photograph captures snowmobile tracks in the Cameron Ridge area earlier this year, which is closed to snowmobilers. The closures are in place to protect sensitive caribou herds. (Conservation Officer Service photo)
Snowmobilers fined for operating in closed caribou habitat near Likely, B.C.

The investigation revealed they had spent several hours in the closure leaving extensive tracks

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The City of Vancouver estimates there are 3,500 Canada geese in the city right now, and that number is growing. (Bruce Hogarth)
Help tame Vancouver’s Canada goose population by reporting nests: park officials

The city is asking residents to be on the lookout so staff can remove nests or addle eggs

Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson (Office of the Chief Justice)
Judge questions whether B.C.’s top doctor appreciated right to religious freedom

Lawyer for province says Dr. Henry has outlined the reasons for her orders publicly

A sample of guns seized at the Pacific Highway border crossing from the U.S. into B.C. in 2014. Guns smuggled from the U.S. are used in criminal activity, often associated with drug gangs. (Canada Border Service Agency)
B.C. moves to seize vehicles transporting illegal firearms

Bill bans sale of imitation or BB guns to young people

BC Housing minister David Eby is concerned that Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter will result in a “tent city” similar to this one in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / Black Press file)
‘Disappointed and baffled’ B.C. housing minister warns of tent city in Penticton

Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter could create tent city, says David Eby

A recently published study out of UBC has found a link between life satisfaction levels and overall health. (Pixabay)
Satisfied with life? It’s likely you’re healthier for it: UBC study

UBC psychologists have found those more satisfied with their life have a 26% reduced risk of dying

A vial of some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
Federal panel recommends 4-month gap between COVID vaccine doses due to limited supply

The recommendation applies to all COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in Canada

A vial of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a family doctor office, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Paris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Christophe Ena
Trudeau ‘optimistic’ that timeline for rollout of COVID vaccines can be accelerated

Canada set to receive more than 6M COVID-19 vaccine dose than initially expected, by end of March

Most Read