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Mastronardi 60th

Andrew and Mary Ann (Bindelli) Mastronardi, lifelong Kenosha County residents, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house for family at a later date.

The couple, who initially met in junior high school and then again at a cousin’s wedding, were married at Holy Rosary Church on May 7, 1955.

Andrew worked for Bindelli Construction and Holy Rosary, retiring in 1996. Mary Ann was a hairdresser for 40 years and served as an apartment manager. She retired in 2008.

The Mastonardis have three children: Nancy (Raymond) Kerce, Robert (Cindy) Mastronardi and James (Michele) Mastronardi; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

They say that the key to a successful and lasting relationship is to “Always kiss goodnight, never go to bed mad and kiss again in the morning.”

They added, “Pa is boss everyone knows, but what ma says always goes.”

Capponi 50th

Lifelong Kenosha County residents Joe and Judy (Fuhrer) Capponi will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family cruise. The couple, who met while “scooping the loop” in downtown Kenosha, were married at St. George Catholic Church on May 8, 1965.

Joe served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1963, including 30 months in Germany. He worked as a carpenter for Lexington Homes for 27 years before retiring in 1995. Judy retired in 2005 after 31 years with Kenosha County. They are members of Journey Church.

The Capponis have three children: Rick (Beth) Capponi of Kenosha; and Donna (Todd) Rover and Debbie (Rick) Vojtisek, both of Pleasant Prairie. They also have eight grandchildren.

When asked to comment on what they would tell others is the key to a successful marriage, they said, “Each day is a gift and a blessing from God. Live it to the fullest in love and service.”

Arzt 50th

Albert and Julie Arzt of Kenosha will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a small dinner reception at Hob Nob for their family and wedding party. They plan to continue the celebration with a family trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Albert and the former Julie Morrissey met on a blind date set up by his brother and sister-in-law at Surfside Lanes. They married on May 1, 1965, at St. George Catholic Church in Kenosha.

Albert served in the Wisconsin National Guard (32nd Division) and was activated in 1961 to Fort Lewis, Wash. He worked for more than 32 years at American Motors/Chrysler before retiring in 1988. His interests include classic cars and tractors. Julie worked at Sears for 25 years. She enjoys knitting and working at the Shalom Center. Together, they enjoy taking casino bus trips, playing cards with friends, laughing with their family and spending time at their vacation home in Florida. They have been members of St. Mary Catholic Church for 50 years.

The Arzts have three children: Patty (Steve) Ignarski and Tom (Jennifer) Arzt, both of Pleasant Prairie, and Pam Conforti of Appleton. They also have two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

They say the key to lasting togetherness is having strong faith, a loving, supportive family and being each other’s best friend.

Johnson 50th

Gerald and Carol (Robers) Johnson, lifelong Kenosha County residents, plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Birchwood Grill.

The couple married at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Paris Township on April 24, 1965.

Gerald is a U.S. Navy veteran. He retired from J.I. Case/Tennaco in 1994 after 29 years working in the gear division as a set-up man in the grinding department. Retirement has allowed him to enjoy hunting, fishing and trapping. Carol is a homemaker, worked various clerical positions at Warwick Manufacturing, Benson Corners and Dansac Inc., and retired after 15 years from the Kenosha County Department of Human Services as a senior office associate. She continues to provide periodic clerical office assistance. Carol’s interests include crafts and decorating. The Johnsons enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and traveling, with trips to Niagara Falls, Washington, D.C., and the East Coast next on their bucket list.

The Johnsons have four children: Andrew (Patricia) Johnson of Bristol, Thomas Johnson of Waterford, Nicole (Michael) Harmon of Pleasant Prairie, and Alice (Gregory) Buchanan of Salem. They also have 11 grandchildren, ranging in ages from 6 to 24 years of age.

They attribute the success of their marriage to God’s help, working together, mutual truth, trust, love and their commitment to each other, family and friends.

Wisnefski 50th

Lifelong Kenosha County residents Mark “Mike” and Barbara Wisnefski will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on May 2 with a 2 p.m. church service, 4 p.m. reception and 5 p.m. dinner for family and friends at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and Michael’s on the Lake Banquet Hall.

Mike and the former Barbara Epping knew each other through mutual friends and interests. The couple dated for four years before marrying at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on May 8, 1965.

Mike was a carpenter for Local 150 for 45 years. He retired in 2003 after years with Camosy and Boller Construction. He also served 30 years as a Kenosha County Board supervisor. After college, Barbara worked for the Kenosha County Division of Aging for 11 years. She was a hairdresser and owner of French Doll Beauty Salon for 11 years and did home hair care at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged for 25 years. She retired in 2011. Mike and Barbara remain friends with their entire wedding party and have stayed active in their church and community.

The Wisnefskis have five children: Patti (Scott) Clements, Wheatland; Lori (Terry) Strebe, Pewaukee; Michael (Jorie) Wisnefski, Chicago; Ted (Becky) Wisnefski, Oak Creek; and Lynne (Neil Frasser) Wisnefski, Glasglow, Scotland. They also have nine grandchildren.

In addition to faith, family and friends, they say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is “love, respect and trust in each other and good communication.”

Other anniversaries

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

* Jim and Sharon (Spence) Johnson of Kenosha, 45 years on April 25.

* Chet and Dorothy (Foerster) Ramcheck of Kenosha, 55 years on April 30.

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

Clark 60th

David D. and Betty J. Clark of Kenosha plan to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at a later date.

David and the former Betty Sweeney met as 16-year-olds through a mutual friend in Baraboo, Wis., and were married there on April 23, 1955. The couple moved to Kenosha in 1961.

David worked for American Brass for 32 years, until 1992, and the Zion Nuclear Plant until 1996. He then worked for his son at the Blast Shop in Kenosha until 2008. Betty worked for Flambeau Plastic in Baraboo, Western Printing in Racine and was a self-employed house cleaner until 2009. They attend the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and enjoy talking to people about the Bible. They also enjoy playing pinochle with friends and spending time with their family. David has a great fondness for cars and working in his yard. Betty enjoys bargain shopping.

The Clarks have two children, both of Kenosha: Richard (Jane) Clark and Michael (Nancy) Clark. They also have three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

They attribute the success of their marriage to the enjoyment of being with each other and worshipping together, following the Bible’s counsel on marriage.

Thurau 50th

Bill and Asenath Thurau of Kenosha plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a dinner party hosted by their sons.

Bill Thurau, of Long Island, N.Y., and Asenath Swanningson of Kenosha met on Dec. 15, 1961, while he was serving in the U.S. Navy and she was working for the Naval Finance Center at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, North Chicago, Ill. They married at Wesley United Methodist Church in Kenosha, where they are still members, on April 24, 1965.

The couple moved to Long Island, N.Y., where Bill graduated from the RCA Technical Institute, then to Berlin, Mass., in 1968, before moving back to Kenosha in 1971. They soon started Business Typesetters, which they operated for 25 years. Bill and Asenath enjoy traveling, especially to their favorite city, Albuquerque, N.M., model railroading, Scouting, cooking and spending time with their family.

The Thuraus have two sons: Gregory (Mary Jane) Thurau of Libertyville, Ill., and Bradley Thurau of Kansas City, Kan. They also have four grandchildren.

They say the key to their successful relationship is love, patience and a sense of humor.

Other Anniversaries

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Anthony “Tony” and Christine (Metallo) Geliche of Kenosha, 25 years on May 5.

— Tim and Anna (Burnette) Simo of Kenosha, 20 years on May 6.

— Dale and Jennifer (Perkins) Milkus of Pleasant Prairie, 10 years on May 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 this week include:

— Bob and Diane (Ferch) Zapf of Kenosha, 45 years on April 18.

— Brad and Kathy (Kopesky) Matthews of Kenosha, 30 years on April 19.

— John and Patricia (McGinley) Dolnik of Pleasant Prairie, 25 years on April 21.

— Brian and Tami (Niesen) Kilmer of Somers, 20 years on April 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 include:

— David and Pamela (Lake) Gyger of Wilmot, 40 years on April 5.

— Bill and Dorothy “Dot” (Pilarski) Ennis of Kenosha, 45 years on April 11.

— Jerry and Pam (Peterson) Becker of Kenosha, 40 years on April 12.

— Joe and Jaime (Lang) Minneci of Kenosha, 15 years on April 16.

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





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