SHARING A SECOND SPECIAL DAY — Betty and Tony Tornatore, front left and right, were unable to be with their daughter Lisa when she got married in Massachusetts in October, so Lisa and her husband, Dan, donned their wedding finery once again for a second celebration at The Grand on Sunday, Nov. 19. (Photo submitted)

Love is in the air as wedding bells ring at The Grand

Published Jan 28, 2018 at 9:00am

Wedding bells rang at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in November as a pair of Grand residents celebrated their daughter’s marriage.

Betty and Tony Tornatore were unable to be with their daughter Lisa when she got married in Massachusetts in October, so Lisa and her husband Dan donned their wedding finery once again for a second celebration at The Grand on Sunday, Nov. 19.

It was a family affair as Dan and Lisa, the youngest of the Tornatore’s nine children, exchanged vows at The Grand and were married by Lisa’s brother Michael.

While Dan and Lisa both live in Massachusetts, Lisa insisted they would find a way for her parents to attend her wedding, despite the distance.

“I told my father, ‘Dad, I am going to be getting married and one way or another, you are going to be there,’” said Lisa.

The mood was festive at The Grand with family members and guests enjoying lively music, Italian cuisine and a delicious wedding cake.

It was, however, Lisa’s bouquet that stole the show, made from an assortment of brooches that Betty, who had worked as a jeweler, had collected over the years.

Betty has been at The Grand since 2015 with Tony joining her one year later.

Both are well-loved by the residents, staff said, and everyone was excited to share the special moment with them.

“We work hard to make sure that everyone at The Grand feels like they are part of the family,” said Administrator Kristen Spohr-Fulmer.

“We were so honored to be able to share this milestone event with Betty and Tony and felt like honorary Tornatones as we celebrated Lisa and Dan’s wedding,” Spohr-Fulmer said.

Having enjoyed Lisa’s wedding at The Grand, Betty, who is 78, and Tony, who is 89, had a Grand celebration of their own: their 39th wedding anniversary on Dec. 2.

“Betty and Tony are truly wonderful people,” said Leigh Nicholas, director of Recreation.

“It was a privilege to share Lisa’s wedding with them,” Nicholas said, adding that “we look forward to enjoying many more joyous occasions with them in the future.”

More information about The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is available on its website, http://thegrandhealthcare.com/rome