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Sauer 50th

Lifelong Kenosha residents Charles A. and Jean M. (Vernezze) Sauer III will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary today with a 5 p.m. reception at Casa Capri. The couple was married at First Congregational Church in Kenosha on Aug. 28, 1965.

Charles served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from MacWhyte Wire Rope Co. on June 15, 1999. Jean retired from Timber Ridge Restaurant in 1988.

The Sauers have four children: Judith L. (Mark) Uelmen, Jerry A. (Kelly) Reeves, Charles A. (Rachel) Sauer IV and the late James Reeves Jr. They also have 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is trust, love, respect, family closeness and keeping romance in the marriage. Jean said that her husband always holds her hand and opens doors for her.

Plous 50th

John and Helen Plous of Kenosha celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with family this month at the Rocking Horse Ranch Resort in Highland, N.Y.

John and the former Helen Cohn met at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after Helen decided to venture to the cold of Wisconsin from her warm southern home in Mobile, Ala. They started dating only after she had dated some of his roommates and they had double dated. They married at Spring Hill Avenue Temple in Mobile on Aug. 29, 1965.

John returned to Kenosha in 1967 to practice law with his father until 1989 and then as a sole practitioner until 2001. He served as a Circuit Court Commissioner for Kenosha County from 2001 until his retirement in 2013. He has been an active member of the Lions Club of Greater Kenosha since 1967 and a past member of the board of directors of the Kenosha Lions Foundation. He is also a member of the board of directors of Every Child’s Place, Women and Children’s Horizons, Hospice Alliance Operations and Foundation and has been a member of the Kenosha County Bar Association for 48 years. He is also an active member of Beth Hillel Temple, having served two terms as its Leadership Council president. He enjoys golf, tennis and Brewers games.

Helen was a speech language pathologist for Kenosha Unified School District from 1967 to 1969 and then at United Hospital System from 1969 to 2003. She concluded her career at Hospice Alliance as a speech pathologist and volunteer coordinator from 2004 until retirement in 2014. Helen is also an active member of Beth Hillel Temple and served on its Leadership Council. She is a charter member and past president of the Lioness Club of Greater Kenosha and past member of the Kenosha Achievement Center Board of Directors. She was a longtime member of the Kenosha Junior Women’s Club, enjoying participating in the “Follies.” Helen enjoys dancing, playing the ukulele, cooking and especially time with her grandchildren.

Together, John and Helen enjoy traveling, gardening, treasured friends and family.

They have two children, Robin (Brian) Udany of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Amy (Paul) Bornstein of Northbrook, Ill.; and four grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is putting each other first, and remembering that “With my beloved by my side, every day is good to awaken to, and every moment together is a gift.”

Henry 50th

Bob and Carolyn Henry of Pleasant Prairie will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family cruise on Lake Geneva.

Bob and Carolyn, native Chicagoans, met in 1965 on a weekend club hiking trip to Brown County, Ind. They were working in Chicago’s Loop at the time, Carolyn as a reservationist for Eastern Air Lines and Bob as a claims adjuster for CNA Insurance. The couple was married on Sept. 4, 1965, in suburban Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Bob, a graduate of Ripon College, spent his career in insurance claims work throughout Chicagoland, with the exception of seven years in the 1970s when he was in charge of the State Farm fire claims office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Carolyn was a homemaker and later worked part time for Pepperidge Farm and Hyatt Hotels. Bob began his retirement as a tram driver-tour guide at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. After eight years, in 2005, the couple moved from Bolingbrook, Ill., to Pleasant Prairie.

The Henrys have two children, Stephen (Denise) Henry of Kenosha and Catherine (Wade) Dauner of San Antonio, Texas. They also have three grandchildren.

They say acknowledging that marriage is a lifetime of caring and commitment is the key to a successful union.

Bisceglia 50th

Francesco and Palma (Carnevale) Bisceglia of Kenosha celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Saturday at Infusino’s Banquet Hall. The couple, who met in Rota Greca, Italy, got engaged on their third date and married there eight months later, at St. Mary’s on Aug. 29, 1965.

The Bisceglias have two children, both of Kenosha: Roberta (Charles) Bisceglia-Glassen and Massimo (Jamie) Bisceglia. They also have four grandchildren.

Francesco retired in 2004 from J.I. Case. Palma was a homemaker. They have resided in three countries — Italy, Canada and the U.S. — and have been Kenosha County residents for 41 years. They enjoy gardening, making homemade wine, traveling and cooking Italian meals together. Francesco and Palma, members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, look forward to and cherish Sunday family gatherings.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is loving one another endlessly and living each day aware and thankful for your blessings.

Hassel 50th

Longtime Kenosha residents Charles “Chuck” and Kathleen “Kathy” Hassel recently spent a weekend away in Lake Geneva with family and friends to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

Chuck Hassel and Kathy Rothman met in Wausau through mutual friends and were married on Aug. 27, 1965.

The Hassels have three daughters, all of Kenosha: Dawn (Joe) Sullivan, Marcy LaFond and Lora (Mark) Lehmann, and six grandchildren.

Chuck worked as a civil engineer in the Public Works Department for the City of Kenosha, retiring in 2001. Kathy was a homemaker. The members of Great Lakes Church enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending their sporting events and activities.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is forgiving one another quickly and spending quality time together.

Lecy 50th

Gary and Colleen Lecy of Kenosha recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with family at Fireside Restaurant.

Gary Lecy and the former Colleen Donley-Dodson were married at Grace Lutheran Church on Aug. 28, 1965, soon after meeting at a local Kenosha County establishment.

Gary served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. He worked for Snap-on Tools for over 40 years before retiring in 2004. Colleen retired in 2011 after working as an orthodontist assistant for Dr. Herz for over 30 years.

The Lecys have two daughters, Tracey Lecy and Rhonda (Rick Mutchler) Lecy, both of Kenosha, and four grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is love, commitment, taking the good with the bad, and patience, according to Colleen, and a good sense of humor, according to Gary.

Koessl 65th

Wayne and Patricia (Warren) Koessl of Kenosha will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a dinner party and a trip to Cancun, Mexico, with their family.

The couple, introduced by a mutual high school friend, were married at St. Matthew’s Church on Aug. 19, 1950, and are lifelong Kenosha residents.

Wayne served in the Korean conflict with the U.S. Navy, Sub Group One, and retired from We Energies in 2013 after 64 years. He served on the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors for 30 years (County Board chairman 1979-1980) and as president of the Wisconsin Counties Association. He has volunteered as a Little League manager, for the United Way Campaign Committee and for the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, among others. He serves on the Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission, Wisconsin Retirement Board Chairman and the Shalom Center Board of Directors.

Pat worked for various employers, including Bell Clothing House, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Great Lakes Naval Base, Kenosha Unified, and served as treasurer of Pleasant Prairie for 21 years, retiring in 1997. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and is on the board of Adventures in Lifelong Learning. She also volunteered for United Way and St. Mary’s Lutheran Church.

The Koessls have three sons: Jeffrey (Kathy) Koessl and Roger (Debbie) Koessl, both of Kenosha, and Thomas Koessl of Chicago. They also have four grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful union is love and respect for each other.

Benkstein 65th

Walter and Gladys Benkstein of Pleasant Prairie celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the Corner House restaurant in Racine.

Walter Benkstein and Gladys Sitarz met while roller skating in McHenry, Ill. They married at St. Thomas Church, Crystal Lake, Ill., on Aug. 26, 1950.

Walter worked for Johnson Motors, Waukegan, Ill., before retiring in 1986. Gladys was a homemaker. The couple also farmed in Bristol for 40 years, until 1999. The members of Holy Cross Catholic Church have traveled by RV for many years, visiting 49 states. Walter and Gladys enjoy playing euchre with friends and at the Moose Club. They have been Kenosha County residents for 56 years.

The Benksteins have four children: Ken (JoAnne) Benkstein, McMinnville, Ore.; Judy Simonsen, Pleasant Prairie; Terry (Tom) Feuker, Kenosha, and the late Larry Benkstein. They also have eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Other Anniversaries

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Francis and Susan L. (Petersen) Singer of Kenosha, 45 years on Aug. 28.

— Edward and Suzette (Mulligan) Salo of Kenosha, 45 years on Aug. 29.

— David and Patricia (Wirch) Singer of Kenosha, 35 years on Aug. 30.

— Angelo and Kristin (McShea) Finaldi of Kenosha, 20 years on Sept. 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:

— Craig Anderson and Christina Perez-Anderson of Kenosha, 20 years on Aug. 26.

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:

— Todd and Janet (Ewer) Pickos of Kenosha, 25 years on Aug. 11.

— Marvin and Dorothy Miller of Pleasant Prairie, 60 years on Aug. 13.

— Bill and Roxanne (Busse) Harris of Kenosha, 30 years on Aug. 17.

— Scott and Christine (Fonk) Fredrick of Kenosha, 20 years on Aug. 19.

— George and Marie Jean (Benoit) Gontscharow of Kenosha, 55 years on Aug. 20.

— Bill and Judy (Schultheis) Royce of Kenosha, 45 years on Aug. 22.

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





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