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Rose 60th

Donald and Patricia (Ramer) Rose of Bryant, Wis., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this month with a family vacation to Mexico. The couple was married in Antigo, Wis., on Feb. 26, 1955, and were Kenosha residents for 31 years.

Donald retired from Abbott Laboratories in 1993. He is a member of the American Legion. Patricia retired in 1995 from Kappus Bread. She is a member of the Women’s Homemaker Club and volunteers at Avail in Antigo. They are members of St. James and Stanislaus Catholic Church.

Donald and Patricia have four children: Katherine (George) Borst, Michael (Julie) Rose, Rebecca (Jim) Alan, and the late Donald Rose. They also have eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

McCormick 65th

Lifelong Kenosha residents Stanley and Genevieve McCormick plan to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with family in the summer.

Stan McCormick and the former Gen Stulgaitis, Bradford High School sweethearts, were married at St. Peter Catholic Church on Feb. 18, 1950.

Stan served in the U.S. Army for 18 months and retired from Chrysler Corp./AMC in 1989 after 39-plus years of service. Gen retired from Madrigrano, Gagliardi & Zievers law office. The couple was active in Kenosha organizations, coaching a variety of sports, as well as volunteering for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. They enjoy traveling, golfing and playing cards and are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Stan and Gen have spent many fun-filled winters in Florida with fellow Kenoshans Pat and Oliver Christiansen and Carolyn and Frank Gagliardi. With their large family, the couple also enjoys celebrating several birthdays a month together.

The McCormicks have six children: Sherry McCormick, Kathy Gagliardi, Kevin McCormick, Colleen (Scott) Craft, Jackie (Brad) Persons and Kelly (Lisa) McCormick; 20 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

They believe that taking time for each other keeps their connection strong, so each day they sit together relaxing and talking over a cup of coffee. Their faith has been their strength over the years and feel that the Lord and blessed mother Mary walk beside them every step of the way.

Saldivar 50th

Louis and Ayda Saldivar, Kenosha residents for 40 years, plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a reception in August.

Louis Saldivar and the former Ayda Contreras met on their first day of medical technology school in Houston, Texas, and were married on Feb. 12, 1965.

The Saldivars have four children: Margaret Piccolo, Kenosha; Louis Jr. (Laurie) Saldivar, San Antonio, Texas; Ruben (Val) Saldivar, Bristol, and Lita Saldivar, Oak Creek. They also have 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Louis served four years in U.S. Air Force, specializing in communications. He retired as a medical technologist for Abbott Laboratories in 2006. Ayda, a biochemist working on antiviral research (primarily HIV) for Abbott Laboratories, retired in 2001. They enjoy traveling and taking road trips.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is communication, having similar interests and always making family a priority.

Ticha 50th

William “Skip” and Kathleen (Schramm) Ticha of Twin Lakes plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner. The couple, residents of Kenosha County for 35 years, were married at St. John Bosco in Chicago on Feb. 13, 1965.

Skip and Kathy own a woodworking business, for which they travel all around Wisconsin and Illinois, working at craft shows and selling their products. They are members of St. Patrick’s Church in McHenry, Ill., and enjoy taking family trips.

The Tichas have four children: Bill (Joan) Ticha, Racine; Mike (Diane) Ticha, Twin Lakes; Missy (Ben) Olson, Twin Lakes; and Jon (Amanda) Ticha, Kenosha. They also have nine grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is patience and understanding.

Kowalke 50th

Ken and Dolores “Dolly” Kowalke of Paddock Lake plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a party for family and friends at a later date.

Ken and Dolly Firestone grew up in the same Chicago neighborhood and were introduced by a mutual friend as teenagers. They married at St. Luke’s Church in Chicago on Feb. 6, 1965, and have been Kenosha County residents for 42 years.

The Kowalkes have two daughters, both of Union Grove: Doreen (Mark) DeLong and Debbie (Chad) Rueber. They also have four grandchildren.

Ken retired from American Motors/Chrysler in 2001 after 27 years. Dolly worked for Cooperative Educational Services Agencies 2 for 25 years, until 2000, and the village of Paddock Lake for nine years, retiring in 2014. They are members of Holy Cross Church in Wilmot.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is to “Always tell the truth, work together and not take each other for granted. Enjoy lots of time with family and grandkids.”

Kopesky 65th

Lifelong Kenosha residents Joseph and Winifred Kopesky will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Saturday with a family dinner in their honor at Birchwood Grill.

Joseph and the former Winifred Fox met at the Eagles Ballroom in 1949, dancing to their favorite song, “Tea for Two,” all night long. They were married at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kenosha on Jan. 28, 1950.

The Kopeskys have four daughters, all of Kenosha: Kathleen (Bradley) Matthews, Peggy Guibault, Jane (Jay) Gyurina and Tina (Fernando Jr.) Llanas. They also have seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Joseph served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked for the city of Kenosha Street Department until his retirement in 1989. Winifred retired from Washington Manor Nursing Home in 1990. The couple enjoys playing cards with family and friends and working in their flower gardens.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is “love, laughter, honor, respect and always doing what your wife says.”

Freeman 60th

William and Carol (Hughes) Freeman plan to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family party. The lifelong Kenosha residents were married at St. Mark Catholic Church on Jan. 29, 1955.

Bill, who retired from Snap-on on Jan. 15, 1993, and Carol, a homemaker, are members of St. Therese Church. Over the years, Bill was a member of several bowling leagues and played a lot of golf. The couple enjoyed fishing, boating and water skiing with family at their place in Eagle River, which they recently sold after 40-plus years.

The Freemans have five children: Diane (Rick) King, Gary (Mary) Freeman, Richard (Connie) Freeman, Mark (Christy) Freeman and Sandra Freeman. They also have 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

When asked to comment on their successful union, Carol joked, “He wouldn’t take the kids and I wouldn’t take them. The next thing we knew, the kids were all gone and 60 years had gone by.”

Smith 50th

John and Jeanette (Hoener) Smith of Twin Lakes celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Friday. The couple met in Silver Lake at a small bar called Bacarra and were married on Jan. 16, 1965.

The Smiths have five children: Annette Flynn, Twin Lakes; Joseph Flynn, Keaau, Hawaii; Anita (Mark) Morris, Salem; Maria (Dave) Barr, Verona, Wis.; and Tom (Debbie) Smith, Twin Lakes. They also have eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

John, a self-employed painter, retired in 2010. Jeanette retired from the Silver Lake Post Office in 2000. They are members of Holy Cross Church and Knights of Columbus in Wilmot and Milwaukee Marriage Encounter.

They believe faith in God and communication are the keys to a successful and lasting relationship.

Other Anniversaries

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries include:

— Peter and Kara (Weiss) LaChapelle of Kenosha, 10 years on Feb. 14.

— Raymond and Sandra Bollendorf of Kenosha, 55 years on Feb. 27.

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:

— Jerald and Carol (Gallaugher) Streich, formerly of Kenosha and now of Burlington, 40 years on Feb. 15.

— Dave and Judy (Arbet) Kirchner of Somers, 25 years on Feb. 17.

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:

— Vincent and Patricia (Heinzman) Belotti of Kenosha, 55 years on Jan. 23.

— Mike and Sue (Benicek) Gifford of Kenosha, 15 years on Feb. 14.

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





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