Celebrity Patrick Swayze's Widow, Lisa Niemi, Is Engaged Jeweler Albert DePrisco proposed to Niemi on Christmas Eve By Julie Jordan Julie Jordan Instagram Twitter Julie Jordan is an Editor at Large for PEOPLE. She has been with the brand for 25 years, holding various roles in the Los Angeles Bureau including Associate Bureau Chief. In 2006, she relocated to the Midwest where she continues to cover all things entertainment and Hollywood, including celebrity covers, features and specials such as Sexiest Man Alive and the Beautiful Issue.Prior to joining PEOPLE, Jordan freelanced for magazines such as SOUTHERN LIVING and graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. She is well-versed in what it takes to be the Sexiest Man Alive (having interviewed 11 of them for their cover stories) and considers shooting a confetti cannon on-stage alongside Garth Brooks during his performance of "Friends in Low Places" a career highlight. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 28, 2013 02:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: John Lamparski/WireImage Lisa Niemi has found love again. The actress and dancer, who lost her husband of 34 years, Patrick Swayze, to pancreatic cancer in September 2009, is engaged to jeweler Albert DePrisco, 58, her rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE. “Albert proposed to Lisa on Christmas Eve,” the rep says. The couple met through mutual friends at a birthday party for Niemi and have been dating for a year and a half. A year after Swayze died, Niemi, 57, told PEOPLE she was open to the possibility of being married again. “I would love companionship love. Absolutely. I hope I m not one of these women who never want to have another relationship,” she said. “But who knows, that s another bridge I ll cross when I come to it. I may get there and go, I don t know. But I like to think that I can.