Beck 70th

Longtime Kenosha County residents Roy and Dorothy Beck celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on April 9 with a party for family and friends at their home.

Roy Beck and and the former Dorothy Alldredge began dating as sophomores in high school. They married on April 9, 1944, at Immanuel Reformed Church in Alliance, Ohio.

Roy served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for four and a half years during World War II and was an instructor/pilot of B-17 and B-29 bombers. His childhood dream of flying continued into civilian life. He worked at American Brass and then as a broker at Beckwood Real Estate, which Dorothy established in 1968. She also served a term as president of the Kenosha Board of Realtors. The couple retired in 1985.

The Becks have three children: Carol (Neil) Rowe of Long Grove, Ill.; Thomas (Barbara) Beck of Newberry, Fla., and Cindy (Stephen) Nelson of Salem. They also have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The couple says they “are fascinated that with the varied paths of people, two who might be the most desirable match could actually cross paths in the first place, and recognize the significance in the second place. Life at its best!”

Madison 50th

James and Marie Madison of Kenosha will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family get-together.

James Madison was born and raised in Kenosha. The former Marie Weddel was born in Peshtigo and moved to Kenosha as a teenager. The couple met while working at Warwick in Waukegan, Ill., and married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kenosha on April 4, 1964.

Jim, an avid gardener, retired from Ladish Tri-Clover in 1996 and Marie, known for her cooking and baking, retired form Precise Corp. in 2000. They enjoy visiting with family and friends at their northern vacation home.

The Madisons have three children, all of Kenosha: Kimberly (Ken) Kukawski, Shelley (Jon) Lindquist and James (Lori) Madison. They also have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The key to their successful and lasting relationship is sharing responsibilities of family and home; placing trust in each other; and having a partner that knows when to push or pull during life’s hills and valleys.

Riese 50th

Lifelong Kenosha residents James and Sandra Riese will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner on Friday and a party in the summer.

Jim Riese and the former Sandy Singer were introduced by a mutual friend while he was attending Gateway Technical College and she was attending St. Therese School of Nursing in Waukegan, Ill. They were married at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Kenosha on April 4, 1964.

Jim spent 31 years in the purchasing field, retiring from InSinkErator. He is a substitute teacher for KUSD and All Saints Schools and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Kenosha Serra Club. Sandy worked as a registered nurse manager at St. Catherine’s Hospital, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and retired from Aurora Health Care. She serves as Women & Children’s Horizons Board president, is a member of the Hospice Alliance Foundation Board and Kenosha Women’s Network, and serves on the Kenosha County Commission on Aging and the Kenosha County Falls Prevention Coalition. Both enjoy golfing and are active members of St. Mary Catholic Church.

The Rieses have four daughters, all of Kenosha: Julie (Paul) Kresse, Mary (Mike) Roach, Amy (David) Zoerner and Becky (Michael) Clements. They also have 11 grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is faith and trust in God and each other.

Kessro 50th

Norman and Suzanne Kessro of St. Germain, Wis., celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in February.

Norm and the former Sue Zirbel met in 1962 at Sam’s grocery store in Pleasant Prairie. At the time, it was the place where kids hung out after school. They were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kenosha on Feb. 29, 1964. Before moving to St. Germain, they were residents of Pleasant Prairie until 1995.

Norm worked as a truck driver at Charles Horton & Son and Kutzler Express, both in Bristol, and retired from Fink Brothers Trucking in Woodruff, Wis. He enjoys feeding and watching wildlife, gardening and working in the yard. Sue worked at First National Bank and Bank One for 15 years, and retired from US Bank as branch manager in St. Germain. She enjoys reading, baking and traveling and volunteers at church and the Lioness Club.

The Kessros have four children: Terri (Randy) Torgerson, Viroqua, Wis.; Gary (Connie) Kessro, Kenosha; Ray (Anna) Kessro, St. Germain; and Sherri (Billy) Lawrence, Waukegan, Ill. They also have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

They say that the key to a long and happy marriage is lots of love, consideration of each other’s feelings and not being afraid to work at it.

Davis 60th

Longtime Kenosha County residents James and Gloria Davis, Silver Lake, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February.

James Davis and Gloria Blanchard met in the summer of 1952 at Lake Lawn Lodge, Delavan, where the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was playing. Jim was there with his buddies to try and meet big-city girls. Gloria was there with friends from La Grange, Ill., for a weekend of fun and dancing. The couple was instantly attracted to each other because of their love of dancing. They were married on Feb. 20, 1954.

Jim worked for Finish Master and Gloria worked for Lakeland Newspapers.

The couple has four children: James P. Davis Jr., Chicago; Kevin P. Davis, Silver Lake; Laura K. Davis-Jerde (Randy Jerde), Silver Lake; and Scott W. Davis, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. They also have five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is patience, good communication, a great sense of humor and saving the last dance for each other.

Altergott 60th

Longtime Kenosha residents Ronald and Sandra (Wadewitz) Altergott plan to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a summer picnic for family and friends.

The couple met at Red’s Roller Rink in downtown Kenosha and were married at St. Lukes Lutheran Church on March 2, 1954.

Ron retired as a truck driver for Kutzler Express and enjoys working and relaxing in the yard. Sandy is a homemaker and an avid reader. They are members of St. Lukes Lutheran Church.

The Altergotts have five children, all of Kenosha: William Altergott, Pamela (Keith) Brothen, Tina (Ronald) Tritt, Bruce (Debra) Altergott and Tamera Altergott. They also have nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful relationship is faith in God, being there for each other during hard times, doing things as a family and a sense of humor.

Palmen 50th

Kenneth C. and Diana L. Palmen plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner on Saturday.

Kenny and the former Diana Tribur began dating when he was 16 and she was 14 years old. They saw each other every night, never missing a day, until they got married on Feb. 8, 1964, at St Matthew’s Church in Kenosha.

Ken worked at Werner’s Laundry, Servomation Vending and retired from MasterBrew Vending. Diana worked at Sentry Foods, Piggly Wiggly and retired from Kenosha Hospital. They enjoy family time and working side-by-side beautifying their home and yard.

The Palmens have two sons: Jeffrey (Annette) Palmen and Brian (Dawn) Palmen, both of Kenosha. They also have five grandchildren.

They say the key a successful union is to follow marriage vows and to love and respect one another.

Williams 50th

Lifelong Kenosha residents Robert “Willie” and Kathleen Williams of Kenosha plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Fireside, their favorite restaurant, and a trip to Florida.

Willie Williams and the former Kathleen Wallo met through mutual friends after a dance at Washington Junior High School. They were married at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Feb. 8, 1964.

Willie worked for American Motors and retired from Ameritech in 1999 after 35 years. Kathy worked in several doctors’ offices, retiring in 1999 from the office of Dr. Jairo Mendivil. They enjoy spending summers at the lake home in Mauston, Wis., golfing and boating and swimming on Castle Rock Lake. They are members of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.

The couple has two children, Laurie (Milan) Pavlica and David R. Williams, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Other Anniversaries

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Ron and Renee (Andreucci) Smith of Kenosha, 25 years on April 15.

— Roger and Kathy (Doerflinger) Phillipsen of Kenosha, 20 years on April 16.

— Leonard and Maralyn (Rowlands) Stec of Kenosha, 50 years on April 18.

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Bill and Marge (Huck) Hall of Kenosha, 55 years on April 4.

— Lyle and Rosella (Schaff) Wilson of Wheatland, 55 years on April 4.

— Walter and Sally (Fox) Mutchler of Kenosha, 45 years on April 7.

— Donald and Gigi Hauke, formerly of Kenosha, now of Rotonda West, Fla., 50 years on April 11.

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Bruce and Carol (Gastaldi) of Fredrickson of Pleasant Prairie, 25 years on April 1.

— Merwyn and Patricia (Laughery) Tetzlaff of Kenosha, 10 years on April 1.

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