Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze's Widow, Engaged to Albert DePrisco

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Patrick Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi, is engaged to Albert DePrisco, a 58-year-old jeweler. He proposed on Christmas Eve after a year and a half of dating.

Niemi first went public with DePrisco last October in Miami.

The duo met through a mutual friend at a birthday party.

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Reports surfaced last month claiming Niemi and DePrisco were headed for marriage. She allegedly bought a condo in Boca Raton, Fla., to be close to him.

Swayze and Niemi married in 1975, and were together until his death in 2009 from pancreatic cancer. She waited three years to remove her wedding ring.

So why'd she take it off?

"About a year ago or eight months ago, all of a sudden I had this bizarre thought and it didn't really make sense to me," Niemi recalled in an interview.

"I had a moment when I went, 'you know what this ring says? I'm married to his physical form,'" she added of her decision to finally remove the ring.

"My connection to him, since he has been gone, has been much deeper than that. I felt like in a way, for me personally, wearing the ring was lying about the depth of our relationship."

We wish her the best in her engagement. Congratulations!

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Hope she finds love with her fiance like she did with Patrick