STAMFORD — Pat and Gloria Battinelli celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 18. They hosted a dinner at The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien with their children and 11 grandchildren.

They met in elementary school, and after much convincing on Pat’s part, they began dating and became high school sweethearts. Pat went off to serve his country with the U.S. Marine Corp. and returned to make Gloria his bride. They raised their family in Stamford, where they reside still today.