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Fonk 50th

James and Frances Fonk of Kenosha will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Oct. 10 with a family party at Hiawatha Bar.

James Fonk and Frances Merten met at a friend’s wedding and were married on Oct. 2, 1965, at St. Scholastica Church in Bristol. They are lifelong Kenosha residents.

Jim served in the Army National Guard during the Berlin Crisis. He worked at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for 32 years until his retirement. Frances retired from Kenosha Unified School District after working there for 27 years.

Frances plays the accordion and Jim loves to fish.

The Fonks have five children: Arthur (Sandra) Fonk of Kenosha, John Fonk and Cole Fonk of Port Washington, Elizabeth Fonk of Oshkosh, and Sarah Fonk of Madison; and three grandchildren.

Jim and Frances attribute the success of their marriage to sharing and enjoying family, friends, sports, grandchildren’s activities, golf, travel and gardening together.

Nelson 50th

John and Joyce Nelson of Kenosha will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Oct. 9.

John Nelson and Joyce Winans met at a church youth group meeting and were married on Oct. 9, 1965, at Zion Lutheran Church in Oconto. They have lived in Kenosha for 39 years.

John retired from Snap-on in 2004, and Joyce worked at LeBlanc, retiring in 2004. They are members of Immanuel Baptist Church.

The Nelsons have five children: Tim Nelson of Madison, Ron (Jen) Nelson, Dan (Angie) Nelson, and Susan (Chris) Neuhaus, all of Kenosha, Steven, deceased, and seven grandchildren.

The couple says that faith in God, love of family and respect for each are are the key to a successful relationship.

Miller 60th

Marvin and Dorothy Miller of Pleasant Prairie, lifelong Kenosha County residents, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner.

Marv and the former Dorothy Ebener met through a mutual cousin in the halls of Bradford High School in 1952, when she was a junior and he was a senior. They were married at Bethany Lutheran Church in Kenosha on Aug. 13, 1955.

Marv worked for Outboard Marine Corp., Waukegan, Ill., for 43 years prior to retiring in 1997. He later worked for Bruch Funeral Home. He’s played the saxophone in many local bands for 70 years, currently with the Kenosha Pops Band and Parkside Community Band. Dorothy worked for Simmons Co. until she had children and became a homemaker. She also has been a poll worker in Pleasant Prairie for many years. They are active members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

The Millers have four children: Tim (Marie) Miller of Burlington, Tom Miller of Kenosha, Dan Miller of Mount Pleasant and Robin (Todd) Conkey of Madison. They also have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

They said, “Our faith in God, trust in each other, love of family and a good sense of humor are key to a lasting and happy relationship.”

Felsing 60th

Longtime Kenosha residents Chester “Chet” and Myrna Felsing will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 4 with a luncheon for immediate and extended family at HobNob Restaurant.

Chet and the former Myrna Richardson met through her sister and his brother, who were married to one another seven years prior. Chet and Myrna entered into marriage at Bethany Lutheran Church in Milwaukee on Oct. 2, 1955.

The Felsings have three children: Donna (Bryan) Menarek and Mark (Julia) Felsing, both of Kenosha, and Brian (Deborah) Felsing of Park Ridge, Ill. They also have four grandchildren.

Chet was a teacher for Kenosha Unified School District for 25 years, retiring in 1990. Myrna was a homemaker and worked for Wisconsin Telephone Co. and Bethany Day Care before she retired in 1992. They have been members of Mount Zion Lutheran Church for 50 years and were active in church organizations.

They say the key to their successful relationship is “having Jesus’ love and forgiveness and then in turn following his example by loving and forgiving each other, our families and all others.”

Nelson 65th

Lifelong Kenosha residents Bob and Rose Nelson celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family party at their son’s home on Sept. 12.

Bob and the former Rose Gallo met in December 1949 at a dance at the Eagles Club. They married at Holy Rosary Rectory on Sept. 9, 1950.

The Nelsons have one son, Larry A. (Kathy) Nelson, and a daughter, Judy A. (Allan) Kohlmeier, both of Kenosha. They also have four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Bob is president of Bane Nelson Inc. and Rose is a homemaker. Bob has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years; Rotary Club; Serra Club; a member of the Headquarters Battery of the 126th Field Artillery Wisconsin National Guard; employee support for the Guard and Reserve, and Kenosha Area Business Alliance. Rose is the area coordinator of the Kenosha/Racine Magnificat. She also has been active in the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church and attends the Charismatic Prayer Group, which is held in the St. Mary’s Chapel at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. They have been members of St. Mary’s for over 60 years.

Bob and Rose believe the key to a successful marriage is having God at the center of your marriage. “We pray together every day and ask Jesus to bless us and every member of our family with his grace and mercy. We thank God for the wonderful 65 years we have had together,” they said.

Taylor 55th

Caxton and Judy Taylor celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Sept. 17. The couple, who met at Simmons Beach in Kenosha, married on Sept. 17, 1960, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

Caxton served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Alaska, with Judy joining him there for two years before he was discharged and moved back to Kenosha. He retired from We Energies after 47 years of service. Judy enjoyed being a beautician most of her life.

The Taylors have two sons, Darren and Ryan, both of Kenosha, and a daughter, Cheryl, in California. They also have three grandchildren.

Houston 50th

Alan “Al” and Brenda Houston of Kenosha took an Alaskan cruise in June to commemorate their golden wedding anniversary. Their children also hosted an open house in their honor on Aug. 15.

Al, a lifelong Kenosha resident, and Brenda Pierce, a Kentucky native, were introduced by her neighbor, who was also Al’s barracks buddy at Fort Knox, Ky. Al served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965, stationed in Italy with the 8th Logistical Command. Four months after his discharge, the couple married at Rockford Lane Baptist Church in Shively, Ky., on Sept. 25, 1965.

Al, a 1958 Bradford High School graduate, attended Kenosha Technical Institute (now Gateway Technical College) and worked for American Motors/Chrysler. After retiring in 1994 after 37 years, he took a part-time ranger position, which he held for 15 years, at Petrifying Springs Golf Course. Brenda graduated from Manual High School in Louisville, Ky. She worked for FAMCO, Woodcreek and Gateway before retiring in 1996. Snowbirds to Clearwater, Fla., for 20 years, they enjoy motorcycling and have traveled to various parts of the U.S. and have taken many cruises throughout the Caribbean. Al and Brenda have been members of Calvary Memorial Church in Racine since 1965.

The Houstons have three children: Tracy (Jonathan) Stapleman, Thomas (Ramona) Houston, and the late Sharon Houston. They also have seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, with another due this month.

When asked to comment on the key to a successful relationship, they replied, “Knowing Jesus as saviour has sustained us through trying times.”

Ammendola 50th

Rosalbino “Bino” and Karen Ammendola of Kenosha celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Friday with a party for family and friends at Bristol Oaks Country Club.

Bino went to visit a friend at the old St. Catherine’s Hospital where Karen Schuch was working. He knew one of her co-workers and arranged a date. The couple dated until Karen finished nursing school since, at that time, nursing students couldn’t be married. The couple married seven weeks after her graduation on Sept. 25, 1965, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Kenosha.

Bino was born in Italy and came to the U.S. when he was 15 years old, moving to Kenosha in 1958. He served seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Bino worked at American Motors/Chrysler for 31 years, retiring as a supervisor in 1989. He continued working as a builder, and was a maintenance supervisor at St. Thomas Church until 2000, and a maintenance and special projects supervisor at St. Mary Church until 2009.

Karen was born in Chicago and moved with her family to Kenosha in 1955. She was a registered nurse at St. Catherine’s Hospital for 22 years, where she worked in staffing and supervision. Karen was a manager of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee/UW-Parkside nursing lab for five years, was a registered nurse team leader at Hospice Alliance, and taught nursing at Gateway Technical College for 15 years until her retirement in 2011. She now teaches at Gateway as an adjunct instructor.

The couple attended St. Thomas Aquinas Parish until its closure in 2000. They have been members of St. Mary Parish for 15 years and active on various church committees. Bino is an avid gardener and bocce ball player, and enjoys woodworking, deer hunting and fishing. Karen knits for the St. Mary Prayer Shawl ministry and makes jewelry gifts for charitable donations. Her hobbies include cooking and baking.

Bino and Karen have three children: Edward (Valerie) Ammendola of Caledonia; Tina (Hugh) Rafferty of Pleasant Prairie, and Lisa (Robert) Dixon of Kenosha; eight grandchildren and one step-grandchild.

The Ammendolas attribute the success of their relationship to faith in God, commitment to vows, love of family and respect for each other. They say it’s probably a good idea to “agree to disagree,” and define marriage as two imperfect people who never gave up on each other.

Other Anniversaries

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Skip and Stephanie (Kudella) Thomas of Pleasant Prairie, 40 years on Oct. 4.

— Chuck and Sally (Prybylski) Gierl of Kenosha, 25 years on Oct. 6.

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:

— Michael and Doris (Barndollar) Carney of Kenosha, 45 years on Sept. 26.

— Charlie and Peggy (Wallen) Hermann of Pleasant Prairie, 40 years on Sept. 27.

— Wayne and Virginia (Solberg) Ramcheck of Kenosha, 30 years on Sept. 28.

— Chuck and Linda (Andrey) Madsen of Kenosha, 25 years on Sept. 29.

— Michael and Lynn (Monsees) Callovi of Kenosha, 20 years on Sept. 30.

— Harold and Marilyn (Thiede) Elverman of Twin Lakes, 60 years on Oct. 1.

— Alex and Susan (Johnson) Legler of Kenosha, 45 years on Oct. 3.

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:

— Thomas Lee and Sylvia (Benis) Johnson of Pleasant Prairie, 30 years on Sept. 21.

— Gary and Jane (Schekel) Romanowski of Pleasant Prairie, 30 years on Sept. 21.

— Tony and Michelle (Rack) Kisonis of Kenosha, 15 years on Sept. 23.

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

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