Seniors relive joys of wedding nuptials during GloCo mock ceremony

David Madden
August 07, 2018 - 5:23 pm
A mock wedding ceremony at the Jefferson Health Care Center included a bride, who works at the facility, and a groom, who used to work there.

David Madden | KYW Newsradio


SEWELL, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Residents of a senior care facility in Gloucester County took part in a wedding — sort of — as a couple renewed their vows in a mock ceremony.

This affair came complete with a reluctant flower girl and ring bearer, catering, and an officiant who works at the Jefferson Health Care Center. The mock bride works at the facility, and the groom used to.

Carol Prendergast, activities director for more than 100 residents, played the role of wedding planner.

"It's great for them to be able to feel like they're still in the community and be able to enjoy life," she said.

Among the bridesmaids was 99-year-old Mary Petrillo, who has played the role more than a few times before.

"It's a lot of excitement, I can tell you," Petrillo said. When asked if she looked forward to having a piece of the wedding cake, she responded, "Yeah. But I'm not a cake eater anyhow."

She'd rather have ice cream, which happens to be on the menu for Friday.