BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A couple in Battle Creek didn't let a ban on visitors stop them from letting a close family friend be a part of their engagement.
Due to COVID-19 precautions that keep visitors out of assisted living centers, Marilyn Neubert wasn't able to leave Lakeview Assisted Living or have loved ones in for visits. So Taylor Crocetti and her new fiance Jeremiah Williams made some plans allowing Neubert to be a part of their special day.
Crocetti and Williams actually got engaged back on March 14th.
Since they couldn’t tell her in person, Jeremiah re-popped the question right outside Neubert window.
The phone and through windows has been the only way Crocetti and Williams have been able to talk Neubert for more than a week now.
Earlier this week, Williams got back down on one knee with Marilyn watching from her window.
The couple said Neubert and her husband, Ben, had been waiting for this moment for a while.
“He was on me heavy to marry her right away, so he was getting a little impatient with it, but eventually it happened, It’s unfortunate he’s not here with us to experience this moment,” said Williams.
Ben Neubert passed away last month.
Crocetti said, “Her being confined to her room has been pretty husband, her husband passing away last month, that was a big toll on her, so it was special to give her something to look forward to.”
Even during the big moment, Neubert was waiting for something else to happen.
Williams said, “She was surprised there was no pastor there, she waiting on the pastor. She thought we’d get married right on the spot.”
They even got Neubert in the proposal photo.
The group met three years ago while Crocetti and Williams were moving into their new apartment.
Crocetti said, “Marilyn was creeping out the window because she’s a social butterfly.”
They’ve been inseparable ever since.
“They’ve been a solid rock in our relationship and our lives I don’t have any grandparents near me, so it’s been nice to have a grandma and have that constant person to go to with everything,” Crocetti said.
Lakeview Assisted Living and Marilyn’s daughter also helped make that big moment happen for her.
Crocetti and Williams said they’re hoping to get married sometime this summer.