True Love Bench honors & welcomes Bishop couples

Sarah Hartzheim and Martin Clark ’14.
Cody ’08 and Julia ’06 Hatfield, with children Grady, left, and Owen.
Bob and Sylvia Stevens ’59
Jane ’69 and George ’66 Welsheimer

Love has bloomed at Ohio Wesleyan for countless couples who met on campus, married, lived long lives together, and maybe even raised some future Bishops. Thanks to an alumni couple from 1948, OWU has a new spot on campus dedicated to what links all those Bishop couples.

The True Love Bench now sits amid Elliott, Merrick, and University halls, welcoming OWU couples of all ages, in honor of that day in 1946 when students Paul Greve and Muriel Mannino met. The bench was created through a gift from the children of Paul and Muriel.

Paul had served in the Navy during World War II and returned to OWU in 1946. He and Muriel met that fall, they graduated in 1948, and married in 1950. In their 58-year marriage, they raised six children in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, three of whom attended Ohio Wesleyan: Paul Jr. ’73, Joseph ’76, and Thomas ’78. Joseph married Sheryl Liuzzo ’77.

During Alumni Weekend, we took photos of several OWU couples at the True Love Bench, and we share a few of them here:

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