Hacienda Heights couple celebrate 75 years of marriage, get gift from pope

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Albert and Bernice Trujillo are shown during their 75th wedding anniversary alongside an old photograph of them.
Albert and Bernice Trujillo are shown during their 75th wedding anniversary alongside an old photograph of them.
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LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Hacienda Heights couple celebrated their 75th anniversary, and even received a special gift from Pope Francis.

Albert and Bernice Trujillo met in New Mexico in 1940, marrying a year later. In 1972, they settled in Hacienda Heights.

Their priest delivered a blessing at a celebration Sunday, along with a special plaque from Pope Francis.

"My parents celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary has just been a really emotional time for the whole family because we're extremely proud of them," their daughter, Cathy Henno, said. "They're terrific role models - 10 children, and my dad has provided for our family all these years. We're extremely proud and so happy for them."

The Trujillos have 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.