January 22, 2017
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Current Anniversaries

Merkes 65th

Longtime Kenosha residents Al and Bea Merkes plan to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a Mass at Holy Rosary Church on Feb. 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Al and the former Bea Schoenfuss were married at St. Joseph’s Church in Stratford, Wis., on Jan. 24, 1952. They met when Al’s brother was dating Bea’s sister, a couple who also married.

Al served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and was the owner of Abbey Carpet until his retirement in 1995. Bea retired from Advantage Bank in 1997. Both were active volunteers at their church and in their community, including the Quota Club and the Breakfast Kiwanis Club, as well as in the schools their children attended. They were members of St. Thomas Aquinas Church for 45 years when the church closed.

Nelson 50th

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Gary and Carol Nelson, lifetime and longtime residents of Kenosha, respectively, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Saturday with a party for family and friends at the Nelson family farm.

Gary Nelson and the former Carol Taff met at a Fourth of July picnic, during which he asked her to go for a ride on his motorcycle to feed his cattle at the farm. Carol said she hated motorcycles, but went with him anyway. They became a couple and were married in Palmyra, Wis., at Palmyra United Methodist Church on Jan. 20, 1967.

Kuffel 60th

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Jim and Jeanne Kuffel of Kenosha celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family party at The Summit Restaurant in Racine on Thanksgiving Day.

Jim and the former Jeanne Gnifkowski met in high school and were married at Holy Angels Catholic Church, St. Cloud, Minn., on Nov. 22, 1956. They have been Kenosha County residents for 55 years.

Wohlgemuth 70th

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Howard and Doris Wohlgemuth of Kenosha celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a dinner party on Nov. 26 at Bartley House.

Howard and the former Doris Hengst met at Beachland Roller Rink in Racine. Howard was asked by a friend to set up a date for him with Doris, but instead he decided to ask Doris out himself and she agreed. They were married in a candlelit ceremony at Immanuel Methodist Church in Kenosha on Nov. 16, 1946.

Presterl 60th

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Wayne and Dianne Presterl of Salem plan to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner and then include a road trip and cruise in the spring.

Wayne Presterl and Dianne Braze met as students at Bradford High School and were married by the Rev. Earl Collins at First Congregational Church in Kenosha on Dec. 8, 1956.

Wilson 50th

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Glen and Donna (Ziehr) Wilson of Kenosha plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in the spring. The couple, who met while “scooping the loop,” were married by a justice of the peace in Waukegan, Ill., on Nov. 29, 1966.

Glen retired from AMC/Chrysler in 1990. Donna worked at Oliver’s Bakery, as a carrier adviser for the Kenosha News and as a lunch worker at Strange School. They are members of Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church. Donna also volunteers in the children’s area at the Southwest Library. They have been Kenosha County residents for the duration of their marriage.

Cima 50th

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Tony and Marisa Cima of Kenosha celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a vow renewal at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church followed by a family dinner at the Italian American Club on Oct. 29.

Tony and Marisa Riva grew up in the same small town in Italy and were friends from a young age. Marisa moved to America with her family in 1958, but the two kept in touch and, during a return visit to Italy, Tony proposed. The couple married at S.S. Annunziata Church in Norma (LT), Italy, on Oct. 29, 1966, and began their life together in Kenosha the following year.

Brown 50th

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Jim and Ruth (Eldridge) Brown of Pleasant Prairie, who met as students at Zion Benton High School, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner on Saturday at Birchwood Grill. The couple was married on Nov. 26, 1966.

Jim worked at Outboard Marine Corp. for 34 years before retiring in 2000. He then worked for General Binding Corp. in Pleasant Prairie, retiring in 2012 after 11 years. Ruth is a homemaker. The members of Journey Church in Kenosha enjoy cheering for the Green Bay Packers and spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Hubbard 50th

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In honor of their golden wedding anniversary, Elton and Karen Hubbard of Kenosha gathered with their family Saturday to celebrate at Paisano’s Steakhouse in Richmond, Ill.

Elton and the former Karen Jensen met by luck and enjoyed “scooping the loop” together. They were married in Kenosha at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Nov. 19. 1966. When St. Thomas closed, they became members of St. Peter’s Church.

Nighbert 50th

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Terry A. and Kathleen M. Nighbert of Kenosha enjoyed a family party in honor of their golden wedding anniversary at HobNob Supper Club on Oct. 29.

Terry and the former Kathleen Gaffney met in a ninth-grade religion class at St. Joseph High School in 1959. The couple became great friends and were married at St. Mark’s Catholic Church on Oct. 22, 1966.

Stader 60th

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Dick and Terry Stader of Kenosha celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a trip to New England last month and will continue marking the milestone Saturday with a family dinner at Villa D’ Carlo Restaurant followed by a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Therese Church next Sunday.

Dick and the former Terry Losarcos met in July 1955, while Dick was serving in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Barcelona, Spain. Dick says it was love at first sight and told his best friend, “I am going to marry that girl,” which he did on Nov. 19, 1956, at Monastery San Cugat del Valles, Barcelona.

Nikutin 50th

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Viktor “Vik” and Linda Nikutin of Silver Lake celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a formal reception for family and friends at Twin Oaks Country Inn in Wilmot on Nov. 5.

Vik and the former Linda Kitchen met through a friend while “scooping the loop” in Waukegan, Ill. The couple dated and corresponded for a few months and were married at First Baptist Church in Waukegan on Nov. 5, 1966, while Vik was on leave from the Army before being deployed to Vietnam. Upon his return, they resided in Waukegan and Beach Park, Ill., before moving to Silver Lake in 2005.

Gyurina 65th

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Lifetime Kenosha County residents Edward and Marion Gyurina are celebrating their 65th anniversary today with a family dinner at their home.

Edward and the former Marion Gandt met while in 12th grade at Bradford High School. They were married on Oct. 27, 1951, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Kenosha.

Dunnum 60th

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Richard “Dick” and Thelma Dunnum of Kenosha will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Thursday.

Dick and the former Thelma Schroeder met in their home area of western Wisconsin. They were married on the birthday of the Marine Corps, at the School of Warfare in Yorktown, Va., on Nov. 10, 1956.

Andres 50th

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Ernest and Barbara Andres of Twin Lakes plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner and western Mediterranean cruise.

Ernie and the former Barbara Shannon met during her senior year in high school. She worked in the kitchen of a local supper club in Richmond, Ill., which was purchased by Ernie and his father in November 1964. Barbara said they “endured a good bit of teasing from the staff during our courtship, but proved them all wrong when we wed in November 1966.” They were married in Richmond, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, on Nov. 5, 1966.

Szikil 50th

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Tony and Karen Szikil, lifelong Kenosha residents, will be celebrating their golden wedding anniversary with their family.

Tony and the former Karen Scoville met through mutual friends. The couple married at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Nov. 5, 1966.

Gyurina 65th

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Lifetime Kenosha County residents Edward and Marion Gyurina are celebrating their 65th anniversary today with a family dinner at their home.

Edward and the former Marion Gandt met while in 12th grade at Bradford High School. They were married on Oct. 27, 1951, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Kenosha.

Otka 50th

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Robert and Patricia Otka of Somers celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Saturday.

Bob and the former Pat Pahl met on a blind date arranged through a mutual friend while he served in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Great Lakes Naval Base, North Chicago, Ill. The couple was married at Gurnee Community Church, Gurnee, Ill., on Oct. 29, 1966.

Sponenburg 60th

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Donald J. and Jean (Jensen) Sponenburg of Beach Park, Ill., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Thursday. The couple was married at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Wadsworth, Ill., six months after they met, on Oct. 27, 1956.

Donald, born and raised in Kenosha County, worked on his father’s farm in Kenosha for several years and is retired from Dan Lodesky Trucking. His interests include working in the barn, mowing the lawn and tending his garden. Jean, a homemaker, was also born in Kenosha County. She volunteers her time preparing food for funerals at their church, Our Lady of Humility. Over the years, Donald and Jean enjoyed baby-sitting their grandchildren as well as attending their sporting events and musical performances. They now look forward to the birth of their first great-grandchild, who is due to arrive in a few months.

Aldrich 50th

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Roy and Ruth Aldrich of Pleasant Prairie celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Saturday with family and friends at Christ the King Church.

Roy and the former Ruth Bagent met when her brother brought him home during leave while serving together in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Norfolk, Va. Ruth was in nursing training at the time. They were married on Oct. 22, 1966, and have been Kenosha County residents for 48 years.

Schmidt 50th

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Lifetime Kenosha residents George and Donna Schmidt will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner and a trip at a later date to the East Coast.

George and Donna Applegate met at the age of 15 when he moved into her neighborhood, a house away from hers. They married in Benton Harbor, Mich., on Oct. 18, 1966.

Past Anniversaries

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries include:

— Ryan and Carolyn (Kreutz) Marquart of Kenosha, 15 years on Jan. 12.

— Thomas and Linda (Nelson) Nielson of Kenosha, 45 years on Jan. 22.

Send information to celebrations@kenoshanews.com or mail it to Celebrations, 5800 Seventh Ave., Kenosha, WI 53140.


Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Troy and Heidi (Kramer) Ford of Kenosha, 10 years on Dec. 8.

— Kevin and Sue (Lake) Gerber of Silver Lake, 40 years on Dec. 11.

Send information to celebrations@kenoshanews.com or mail it to Celebrations, 5800 Seventh Ave., Kenosha, WI 53140.


Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Dennis and Anita (Smith) Ogren of Pleasant Prairie, 40 years on Nov. 20.

— Ike and Judy (Johnston) Ricchio of Kenosha, 45 years on Nov. 20.

Anthony and Shannon (Spencer) Domenk of Kenosha, 5 years on Nov. 22.

— Chris and Debbie (Lukassen) Knudsen of Pleasant Prairie, 15 years on Nov. 24.

— Rick and Marie (Johnston) Blasi of Kenosha, 50 years on Nov. 26.

Send information to celebrations@kenoshanews.com or mail it to Celebrations, 5800 Seventh Ave., Kenosha, WI 53140.


Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Jeff and Cathy (Aiello) Eggert of Kenosha, 30 years on Nov. 8.

— Ken and Karla Ambrosini of Kenosha, 10 years on Nov. 11.

— Randy and Barbara (Kudella) Seiberlich of Pleasant Prairie, 45 years on Nov. 13.

— Mark and Rhonda (Clay) Shodis of Kenosha, 35 years on Nov. 13.

— Jeffrey A. and Janet L. (Brown) Gascoigne of Kenosha, 30 years on Nov. 15.

Send information to celebrations@kenoshanews.com or mail it to Celebrations, 5800 Seventh Ave., Kenosha, WI 53140.


Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Dale and Robin (Ancevic) Pelt of Kenosha, 40 years on Nov. 6.

— Bob and Terri (Schmidt) Minga of Kenosha, 40 years on Nov. 6.

— Steven and Denise (Freitag) Mosher of Kenosha, 35 years on Nov. 7.

Send information to celebrations@kenoshanews.com or mail it to Celebrations, 5800 Seventh Ave., Kenosha, WI 53140.


Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries include:

— Tim and Gayle (Peckus) Kemen of Bristol, 35 years on Oct. 24.

— Jim and Sharon (Seitz) Mollman of Kenosha, 30 years on Oct. 25.

— Tim and Cheri (Tribur) Vaccaro of Kenosha, 35 years on Oct. 31.

— Mark and Jackie (Schiller) Wideman of Pleasant Prairie, 15 years on Nov. 3.

— Jared and Samantha (DeMarino) Lechusz of Kenosha, five years on Nov. 5.

Send information to celebrations@kenoshanews.com or mail it to Celebrations, 5800 Seventh Ave., Kenosha, WI 53140.


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