The Rev. Grady and Bonnie (Wagner) Nichols of Kenosha celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 19. The couple was married June 1, 1954, at First Baptist Church in Kenosha.
Grady served in the 45th Thunderbird Division of the 179th Medical Company during the Korean War. He retired after 43 years of ministry in the Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee areas. He was bi-vocational pastor in his early ministry until he retired in 1973 from Fansteel in North Chicago, where he was employed for 34 years. He was instrumental in starting two churches in the Kenosha area: Fellowship Baptist Church and Pleasant Prairie Baptist Church. He enjoys fishing and spending time with his family. In addition to helping her husband in his ministry, Bonnie was a preschool, kindergarten and quilting teacher. She has taught children in Sunday school for 43 years and is known as “Miss Bunny.”
The couple has three children: Lorri Jackson of Kenosha, Larry Nichols of Racine and Kelly Nichols of San Francisco. They also have two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
They feel that in a successful marriage it is important to put God first.
Lifelong Kenosha residents William and Charmayne Spencer celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 28 with a surprise luau-themed reception attended by family and friends at the home of Eric La Macchia.
Bill Spencer and Char Ausen met as playmates at 4 years of age. They danced at local dance halls during junior high and began dating in high school when he took her home after a dance in his 1940 Chevrolet Coop called the “Little Demon.” They married at Bethany Lutheran Church on June 27, 1964.
Bill worked for American Brass for 38 years, Lawter International and retired from Great Lakes Naval Base. Char is a homemaker and volunteer.
The Spencers have four children, all of Kenosha: Rhonda (Jeff) Kozerski, Grant Spencer, Lee Ann Powell and Shannon (Anthony) Domenk. They also have six grandchildren.
They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is patience, accepting all the ups and downs and having a strong, loving and supportive family.
Robert W. and Patricia C. Nelson, residents of Kenosha County for 46 years, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 28 with a party at Olive Garden restaurant in Racine.
Bob and the former Pat Rizzo met at Warwick Electronics. After completing the first phase of missile training, Bob came home and proposed in his Air Force Blues and shiny new missile badge. Pat said yes and, after Titan II Missile training, they were married at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on June 27, 1964, and off to Arizona they went. Pat went from civilian life to the Air Force Strategic Air Command and Bob was assigned to a Titan II Combat Crew.
Bob, a retired master sergeant with the Air Force Reserve, has worked for Warwick, Dynapar, AMC and Mitsubishi. He now works for Allen-Bradley/Rockwell Automation. Pat was the full-time caregiver for 33 years and now the primary advocate for their daughter Lisa at the Prader-Willi group home in Oconomowoc. They are members of St. Lucy Catholic Church in Racine and look forward to attending the 390th Strategic Air Command Missile Wing’s biennial reunions.
The Nelsons have three children: Shireen (Larry) Chapel of Prairie Grove, Ill.; Lisa Nelson of Oconomowoc; and Mathew (Julie) Nelson of Mt. Prospect, Ill., They also have seven grandchildren.
They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is “Many things, but the most important is to keep God at the center of your lives at all times. Everything else will fall in place.”
Ken and Jeanne Skendziel of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 20 with a dinner for family and friends at Circa on 7th.
Ken Skendziel and the former Jeanne Pollack lived in the same neighborhood as kids. They began dating after he gave her a ride home from the bicycle races in the summer of 1963. The couple married at St. Thomas Church in Kenosha on June 20, 1964.
Ken worked for Vista International Packaging for 28 years before retiring in 2005. Jeanne worked as a licensed practical nurse at St.Catherine’s and then as a store manager at the Factory Outlet Mall. She retired in 1994. After living in Kenosha for most of their lives Ken and Jeanne retired to Tennessee, where snow shovels aren’t needed.
The Skendziels have three children: MaryBeth (Michael) Nelson of Racine; Barbara (Alan Cox) Scott of Albertville, Ala.; and Charles (Jamie) Skendziel of Kenosha. They also have 10 grandchildren.
They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is cooperation, patience, love, humor and a strong family life.
Earl and Barbara Quirk of Antioch, Ill., will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday.
Earl Quirk, a Burlington native, and Barbara Wheatley of Ohio met in 1953 at a dance at the Palladium in Pasadena, Calif. Earl was stationed nearby and Barbara had moved to Los Angeles for work. The couple was married in Beallsville, Ohio, on July 17, 1954. They have lived in Antioch for 54 years, but plan to start a new adventure in Bristol soon.
Earl served in the Marine Corps from 1952-1954, stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He worked for Antioch Township until his retirement in 1994. Barbara is a homemaker. They enjoy making their home and yard beautiful, and are members of Christ Lutheran Church in Paddock Lake.
The Quirks have three sons: Darrell (Theresa) Quirk of Salem, David (April) Quirk of Racine and Jeff (Barb) Quirk of Bristol. They also have seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Frank and Theresa (Ruffolo) Chianello of Kenosha will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family trip to Mackinac Island, Mich.
The couple met in Marano Principato (Cosenza), Italy, and were married there on July 5, 1964. They have been Kenosha County residents for 49 years.
Frank works as a barber at South Beach Salon and Theresa retired from Tremper High School in 1996. They are members of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.
The Chianellos have two children, both of Pleasant Prairie: Dr. Josephine (David) Berman and Al (Anne) Chianello. They also have five grandchildren.
They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is a a strong faith in God and respect for one another.
Lifelong Kenosha residents William and Theresa Zielsdorf plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in late August with Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church followed by a family dinner at Casa Capri.
William and the former Theresa Rynders met at a Halloween party while attending high school. They were married on July 11, 1964, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Kenosha.
The Zielsdorfs have four children: Christine Gagne of St. Louis, Mo., and Brian (Vicki) Zielsdorf, Doug (Lauren) Zielsdorf and Lynn (Dan) Cox, all of Kenosha. They also have six grandchildren.
William worked for American Brass and then as a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual Life, retiring in 2006. Theresa taught for 32 years in several Kenosha schools before she retired in 2004.
They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is “always being there for each other, strong family values and not sweating the little things.”
Jim and Bonnie (Hermann) Ankney plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a cross-country trip.
They met at Jim’s brother’s home in Kenosha when Jim came to look for a job after he completed military service. The couple was married on June 27, 1964, at Zion Lutheran Church in Bristol.
Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1963. He retired from Wiessel Printing and works at the Westosha Senior Center. Bonnie raised the couple’s children, produced a series of do-it-yourself craft shows and retired from the American Girl Co.
The Ankneys have three children: Dawn (Jim) Lingo of Kenosha; Todd (Tracy) Ankney of Vernon Hills, Ill., and Dustin Ankney of Kenosha. They also have six grandchildren, one adopted grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Their daughter noted that her parents “are a great source of encouragement to a large, extended family for whom they have created a legacy of caring and generosity. They enjoy visiting with relatives and taking the scenic route through life. They joke that the key to a successful and lasting relationship is being too stubborn to do anything else.”
Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:
— Tony and Linda (Potenziani) Ceschin of Kenosha, 30 years on July 21.
— Ron and Cindy (Erickson) Peterson of Kenosha, 25 years on July 29.
— Randy and Jeanie (Raith) Le Claire of Kenosha, 10 years on July 31.
— Cody and Stephanie (Seidler) Koprovic of Kenosha, five years on July 31.
Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries include:
— Ronnie and Jae (Peterson) Studdard of Kenosha, 30 years on July 13.
— Gary Anderson and Karen Ackerman of Kenosha, 10 years on July 16.
— Dick and Joan (Smestad) Reynolds of Pleasant Prairie, 55 years on July 18.
— Stephen and Rita (Michalski) Billon of Silver Lake, 45 years on July 19.
— Jerome and Anita (Olivares) Christmas of Kenosha, 25 years on July 22.
Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries include:
— Rick and Darlene (Rasmussen) Zampanti of Kenosha, 20 years on July 9.