Paul and Patricia Perks of Salem celebrated their golden wedding anniversary this month by returning, for the first time in 50 years, to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich. They plan to continue their celebration with a dinner for family and friends at Casa Capri on Oct. 11.
Paul Perks and the former Patricia Jarr met in 1964 as next-door apartment neighbors in Cicero, Ill. While Pat was outside washing her windows, Paul introduced himself and then finished the chore for her. They were married at Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Cicero on Sept. 5, 1964. They have been Kenosha County residents for 34 years.
Paul retired from Illinois Bell Telephone Co. in 1994 and has been a member of the Southeast Wisconsin Tavern League for 25 years. His hobbies include weight lifting and making home brew. Pat worked for Western Electric Co., Cicero, and Americana Lake Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, before retiring in 1992. She is a member and past president of the Home and Community Education Group, served as president of the Burnham PTSA in Cicero, and has been a viewer of “General Hospital” for 45 years. The avid Green Bay Packers fans are members of St. Alphonsus Church in New Munster as well as volunteers for Meals on Wheels and the Friendly Visitor Program.
The couple has two children: Steven (Tracy) Perks of Salem and Kimberly (Neil) Gwynne of Somers. They also have five grandchildren.
They say the key to a successful relationship is staying true to your wedding vows, maintaining family relationships and keeping God in your life everyday.
Merlin and Lucy Anderson of Black River Falls, Wis., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family vacation in Wisconsin Dells.
Merlin and the former Lucy Hansche met as attendants in another couple’s wedding and were married two years later on Sept. 1, 1954, at First Presbyterian Church in Lawton, Okla., while Merlin was serving in the U.S. Army.
Merlin was employed by Eaton/Dynamatic and retired in 1994. He is an active member of the American Legion, Masons and the Sons of Norway. Lucy worked at St. Catherine’s Hospital, retiring in 1998. She is also a member of Sons of Norway and Little Norway Ladies Circle. The couple moved to Black River Falls in 1998 after having lived in Kenosha for most of their lives. They are past members of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church and current members of Little Norway Lutheran Church.
The Andersons have five children: Debra Sanders, Merle (Scott) Haarbauer, Michael (Theresa) Anderson and Gary (Karen) Anderson, all of Kenosha, and the late Kenneth Anderson. They also have three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
They say the key to a lasting relationship is having strong faith, a supportive family and being each other’s best friend.
Dennis and Noreen Filippelli of Kenosha recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at a family outing in Door County.
Dennis and the former Noreen McIlhone met while students at Dominican College in Racine. They were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waukesha on Aug. 22, 1964.
Dennis was employed by the Racine and Kenosha Unified School Districts as a teacher and psychologist. He was also the executive director of the Developmental Disabilities Service Center for over 20 years. In recent years he worked for Carthage College as a supervisor of student teachers. Noreen worked as a surgical technician at Kenosha Hospital for over 23 years. She also owned and operated Nikki’s Friars Wood Cafe and worked for Grainger Industrial and Grande Prairie Health and Rehabilitation Center. The couple has been active with many community and volunteer organizations throughout the years.
The Filippellis have two sons, Michael (Heather) Filippelli of Pewaukee and Mark (Jasmin) Filippelli of Kenosha. They also have four grandchildren.
Dennis and Noreen attribute the success of their lasting relationship to love, compromise, patience and respect for each other.
Don and Rigmor Bruno of Highlands Ranch, Colo., celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with an open house during a visit to Kenosha on July 6.
Don and the former Rigmor Nilsson met in Chicago. While in between acting engagements, Don served as front desk clerk at an apartment building. Rigmor had recently arrived from Sweden and was serving as an au pair for one of the tenant’s children. Don talked the postman into giving him her overseas mail so he could call her to the desk to deliver it. The couple married at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Kenosha on Aug. 29, 1964, and were residents of Kenosha County from 1972 to 2012.
Don was a teacher in Chicago for 10 years, with TV taping experience of episodes on Chicago life. He taught in Racine for 24 years, worked as a Professional Ski Instructor of America Level II at Grand Geneva Resort for 38 years and is in his 14th year as a tour director. He is past commissioner of the Kenosha Transit Commission, past board member of the University of Wisconsin Kenosha Alumni Association and a member of the Bradford High School reunion committee. Rigmor commuted to Chicago for her career as a pediatric medical assistant. She retired in June 2012 after 47 years with Chicago Streeterville Pediatrics. She also served as the president of the Forest Park School PTA. She now teaches at the Brain Balance Center of Highlands Ranch.
The Brunos have two children: Antony (Lisa) Bruno of Centennial, Colo.; and Tia Kristina Bruno of Tujunga, Calif. They also have one grandchild.
When asked for the key to a successful and lasting relationship they responded, “Feel free to follow your individual interests and activities and rejoice and support your spouse’s choices, and do them together as often as possible.”
Lifelong Kenosha County residents Stanley and Dorothy Kerkman will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.
Stanley and the former Dorothy Nienhaus met at a Bassett Town Hall dance in Bassett, Wis. They were married at Wilmot Catholic Church on Aug. 27, 1949.
Stanley was the owner of Kerkman Brothers Construction Company and retired in 1992. He served as a Kenosha County Board member for 20 years and as director of 1st Bank Southeast for 10 years. He enjoys music, singing and playing his guitar. Dorothy was a homemaker who loved to garden, bake and raise her chickens. She shares her husband’s love of music. They are members of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in New Munster.
The Kerkmans have four children: Kenny (Karen) Kerkman, Gary (Marta) Kerkman and Patti Kerkman, all of Burlington, and Diane (Norm) Pluess of East Troy, Wis. They also have 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
The key to a successful relationship is love, good communication and faith in God.
A family dinner was held recently in honor of Thomas and Elizabeth DeSanto’s golden wedding anniversary.
Tom and the former Betty Buss met on a blind date arranged by a friend. They married at Cathedral of Christ the King on June 20, 1964, in Superior, Wis. They have been Kenosha County residents for the duration of their marriage and are members of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.
Tom worked as a Kenosha Unified School District teacher for 37 years, at Jefferson and Jeffery Schools, until his retirement in 2000. Betty is a homemaker.
The DeSantos have three children, all of Kenosha: Tony (Debbie) DeSanto, Debbie (Jayson) Binninger and Kathy (Chuck) Diel. They also have four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is love and patience.
Anthony and Rita Bisciglia of Pleasant Prairie will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary tonight with a family dinner.
Tony spotted the former Rita Savaglio on the Bradford High School Homecoming Court float during the Memorial Day Civic Veterans Parade and thought she was someone he should get to know. They did not connect until a Labor Day wedding reception, where they met, danced and agreed to get together. The couple married at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where they are still members, on Aug. 22, 1964.
Tony served as a member of the U.S. Air Force 440th Troop Carrier Wing and received a Presidential Citation for service in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Devoting over 50 years to education, he worked as a teacher/counselor in the Milwaukee Public Schools and as an elementary and a junior high school principal in Kenosha Unified Schools. He served as KUSD superintendent until his retirement in 1995. Since then, he has been an educational consultant and for 15 years was the editor/publisher of “The Effective School Report.” He has served as president of the Rotary Club of Kenosha West, UW Alumni Association of Kenosha, United Way Board, Serra Club, Phi Delta Kappa and the KUSD Administrators Association. He is currently vice president of All Saints Catholic School Board. He has chaired numerous fundraising efforts, including the United Way Annual Campaign and the Archbishop’s Fund Appeal in Kenosha County. He also served as chairman of the group that helped develop the first Area Development Plan for Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and Somers. Rotary International awarded him a Group Study Award to study education in Australia.
Rita operated Little Learners Preschool as its teacher/director for 25 years until her retirement in 2000. She served as president of the Kenosha’s Junior Women’s Club and St. Mary’s Catholic Church Altar Society. She served on various boards, including the Forest Park School and McKinley Junior High PTAs, Kenosha Girl Scout Council and Bradford’s 1959 Reunion Committee. She is also a member of the Holy Rosary Altar Society.
The Bisciglias have three children, all of Pleasant Prairie: Anthony J. Bisciglia, Susan (Kevin) Murray and Linda (Daniel) Chiappetta. They also have eight grandchildren.
They attribute the following to their successful union: “We have a deep, strong love, commitment and respect for each other and our family. Also, a strong faith and belief in God has been very important. And finally, having a sense of humor and a positive outlook has been wonderful through the years.”
Jim and Sherry (McDermott) Luzar of Chapin, S.C., plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a tour of Scotland and Ireland.
The couple married in Kenosha at St. Mary Catholic Church on Aug. 22, 1964. Jim was a Kenosha County resident for 25 years and Sherry for five.
Jim attended Kenosha schools and earned a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne and spent 35 years in the plastic industry as a controller, operations manager and in sales management positions. Sherry graduated from Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio, and worked as an X-ray technologist at Kenosha Hospital and various sports medicine clinics. The couple retired in 2000 to Lake Murray, S.C., after having lived in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Dallas.
The Luzars have four children: Jamie (Chuck) Shive, Mason, Ohio; Jodie (Rick) Silva, Augusta, Ga.; John (Wendy) Luzar, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and Jerry (Shannon) Luzar, Smyrna, Ga. They also have 10 grandchildren.
They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is to “be flexible, respect each other, solve problems together, enjoy similar activities, laugh a lot and remember that God comes first, then Gallo followed by Guinness!”
Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:
— Jeffrey and Deborah (Denney) Grundman of Pleasant Prairie, 30 years on Sept. 1.
— Timothy and Marianne (Kraak) Millard of Kenosha, 25 years on Sept. 2.
— John and Pamela (Macari) Sanberg of Randall, 20 years on Sept. 3.
— Rick and Jeannie (Swanson) Schneider of Kenosha, 20 years on Sept. 3.
Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries include:
— Brad and Deborah Kovachik of Pleasant Prairie, 15 years on Aug. 18.
— Steve and Chris (Hartman) Allemand of Kenosha, 30 years on Aug. 24.
— William and Nina (Pawlowski) Underhill of Bristol, 10 years on Aug. 24.
— Ryan And Ashly (Ramcheck) Revoy of Pleasant Prairie, 1 year on Aug. 24.
— Tom and Dianna (Nedza) Underhill of Bristol, 35 years on Aug. 25.
— Rick and Fran (Lauksmen) Wielgos of Pleasant Prairie, 35 years on Aug. 25.
— Gary and Sue (Champion) Loberger of Kenosha, 45 years on Aug. 30.
Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries include:
— Jan K. and Patricia M. (Roberts) Ocker of Kenosha, 20 years on Aug. 13.
— Thomas and Mary (Wieczorek) Kressin of Kenosha, 40 years on Aug. 17.
— Kenneth and Laura (Koos) Rasch of Kenosha, 30 years on Aug. 18.
— Frank and Shirley (Frederick) Furlin of Kenosha, 65 years on Aug. 20.
— Lawrence and Laura (Glassen) Christensen of Somers, 20 years on Aug. 20.
— Bob and Betty (Schmidt) Raddatz of Kenosha, 65 years on Aug. 20.