Boca Raton couple in love since age 16, married 75 years

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By: Dale King Special to the Boca Newspaper
Lou and Edith Bluefeld, who live at Boca West Country Club, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary earlier this year. The couple met at age 16, and have been inseparable ever since.
Lou’s family owned a kosher catering business in Baltimore, and he worked long hours there as a teen. If fact, he told Edith that if she wanted to see him, she would have to come work beside him.
So, she did.
Their own catering firm, Bluefeld Caterers, the Orchid Touch, did a heck of a business on its own. In fact, it delivered kosher food to the White House kitchen when the Middle East Peace Accords were announced by President Jimmy Carter. That was the first time a kosher meal had ever been served at the White House.
The Bluefelds catered all the meals for Menachim Begin while he was in Washington, D.C. the week the Peace Accords were reached. They even catered President Nixon’s Inaugural Ball and have provided food at events for congressmen and senators.
In addition, many non-Jewish socialites in Baltimore society used Bluefeld Caterers for their affairs, even though the food was Kosher, because the company was considered the best catering firm in the city at that time.
The Bluefelds have lived in Boca West Country Club full time for more than 30 years. A number of their former customers have moved into the community as well.
“We never took deposits. Our business was built on trust,” Lou Bluefeld said. And he always took a personal interest in his work. “When we catered a wedding, it was never just another wedding. We knew how much each event meant to our customers.”
Lou presented unsigned contract after unsigned contract to demonstrate how the business was built on a handshake.
Today, Lou is 95, Edith is 94, and both are still as sharp as tacks, remembering their years together as if it were yesterday.
Lou and Edith’s life together is a real love story. When they were 19, Lou’s mother asked him what his intentions were. He told Mom he didn’t have the money to get married and she told him not to worry about it. His mother put on a beautiful wedding for them, with her favorite flowers, orchids, everywhere. His mother died suddenly later that year.
During World War II, Edith traveled for three days by train across the country to say goodbye to Lou when he shipped out from California. And, when the war ended, Lou stood in line for nine hours to send a radiogram to Edith with details on when he would be coming home.
Both Edith and Lou have been active volunteers at Boca West Country Club. She still organizes luncheons for her building.
“We’re so thankful we’re both well,” Lou said. “More and more, health means everything and money is nothing.”
When asked about the most important life lesson this vibrant 95-year-old could pass on, Lou recalled what his father always told him: “Name is everything. Your good name is what is most important.”

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