Man surprised ex-wife with marriage proposal after not speaking to her for 43 years

Rebelander Basilan
May 18, 2018
07:36 P.M.
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The couple Louis Demetriades and Renate Stumpf are set to be re-married after 43 years of being separated.


The couple met in 1959 in Germany and tied the knot shortly after that. They had three children together, but their marriage ended 12 years later, as reported by 5 News.

Demetriades hadn't talked to his ex-wife for about 43 years until December 2, 2014. Since they got divorced, the couple began talking to each other for the first time when Demetriades tried to reach his daughter through Facebook.

As the German pair started to reconnect, Demetriades decided to propose again on Valentine's Day with a shocking surprise at her workplace.

Demetriades drove to the Walmart on Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith from Memphis to pop the question.


Stumpf, who has been a Walmart Employee for more than 2 decades, was working at the store when Demetriades walked in and said, "Hey good lookin'.”

He then held up a sign that read: “Happy Valentine’s Day! Will you marry me?”

Stumpf initially refused to tease her ex-husband, before saying "Yes, but not today!"


She told 5 News: "43 years is a long time and to say 'yes' right away. I’m going to have to test him a little bit first! I will marry him though because he's a good man.”

"And why did I come to Walmart to propose to my wife again? It's because she has so many friends here and I knew she would like to share that with them,” Demetriades also told the news outlet.

According to Stumpf, the moment was the best Valentine she ever had in her life.

In an interview with ABC News, Stumpf said that they had both remarried. However, their second spouses had passed away.

"There's no rush at my age. God put us together again, and it couldn't be any other way after all these years," she added.

Demetriades and Stumpf, who now live in the United States, met when they were teenagers and now they are both in their 70s.