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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.

Farago 50th

In honor of their golden wedding anniversary, longtime Kenosha County residents Ralph and Aurora Farago plan to take a family trip to Disney World and Naples, Fla.

Ralph came to the U.S. as a teenager with his mother, worked various jobs and served in the U.S. Army for two years as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. He then owned and operated Farago’s Pizzeria in Silver Lake. He returned to Albi, Catanzaro, Italy, to visit family and was introduced to Aurora Corea by Ralph’s sister and brother-in-law (Aurora’s cousin). The couple dated for three months before marrying at San Nicola da Tolentino on Dec. 20, 1964.

Ralph and Aurora, who was 18 at the time, moved to the U.S. for the opportunity to work and save money. The plan was to move back to Italy in five years, but they remained — with her learning English on her own and attending classes with her two children in tow in order to receive her U.S. citizenship.

Ralph and Aurora owned and operated Villa Capri Laundry and Drycleaning for 16 years, retiring in 1992. Ralph also worked as a technician at Canteen Corp. for 38 years before retiring in 2007. They are active members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, where she is a member of the Ladies Society and he is a member of the Holy Name Society. Ralph is also a member of the Italian American Club.

The couple values an active lifestyle. Ralph was the 1957 Golden Gloves boxing champ, a black belt in karate, a marathon runner, and his current love is cycling. Aurora keeps in shape by walking daily and can often be seen in the gym. Her other interests include sewing, knitting, cooking, baking and spending time with her grandchildren and family.

The Faragos have two children, Rita (Mark) Van Guyse of Pleasant Prairie and Chuck Farago of Kenosha. They also have three granddaughters, plus one grandson who died at birth.

They would tell others that the key to a successful and lasting relationship is to “Always have faith in God. You must be understanding and unselfish with each other and enjoy every moment with family.”

Stevens 65th

Fred Sr. and Esther Stevens will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Wednesday at the Casa del Mare assisted living facility in Kenosha.

Fred and the former Esther Pedersen met at Spot in the Woods, a small dance hall/tavern in Arkdale, Wis. They were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arkdale on Dec. 17, 1949. They have been Kenosha County residents for 45 years.

Fred is an Army veteran who was wounded in action in Korea and earned a Purple Heart award. He worked for Ladish Co., Tri-Clover Division, which became Alfa Laval before he retired. Esther worked for Jockey International.

The couple has five children: Fred Jr. (Pat Chastain) Stevens, Kerrville, Texas; Ronald (Betty) Stevens, Kenosha; Debbie (Bob Wheeler) Stevens, Kenosha; Susan (Jeff) Dempsey, St. Louis, Mo., and Jeffrey (Donna Gaddy) Stevens, Kenosha. They also have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

They say that mutual respect is the key to a successful and lasting relationship.

Kowalski 50th

Longtime Kenosha residents John and Olga Kowalski celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in three ways: with a two-week trip out west with friends, with an open house/party on Nov. 29 and with a vow renewal, which was held on Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where Olga works part time and is a member.

John Kowalski and Olga Allsopp’s fathers worked together at U.S. Steel, Gary, Ind. The two families became friends. At that time John was 8, and Olga was 6. John, his sister and his cousin attended Olga’s 6th birthday party. They were married by the Rev. Robert Trendel, who also performed the vow renewal, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Highland, Ind., on Nov. 28, 1964.

John is a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam, and works part time at KIX/Kutzler Trucking. The couple enjoys camping with friends, travel and football.

The Kowalskis have two children, both of Kenosha: Jamie (Dennis) Blatnik and Amy (David) Prondzinski. They also have five grandchildren, one of whom is deceased.

Huss 50th

Jim and Connie (Nelson) Huss of Rapid City, S.D., recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

Jim served in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1962. He was honorably discharged and returned to Bismarck, S.D., where the couple met and were married at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Nov. 27, 1964.

In January 1967, after finishing college, they moved to Kenosha, where Jim began his 30-year teaching career at Lance Junior High School. He also coached track and basketball and served as adviser to the yearbook and photography club. After retiring in 1997 he worked at Kenosha Memorial Hospital as director of volunteers. Connie worked at Carthage College for the Humanities and Social Science Divisions from 1985 through 2000, at which time she retired and they moved to Rapid City. Jim and Connie were members of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church.

The couple has two sons, Gregory (Barbara) Huss of Kenosha and Gary (Rebecca) Huss of Montgomery, Texas, and seven grandchildren.

They believe the secret to a lasting marriage is respect and love for each other and family.

Other Anniversaries

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Harold and Marcy (Schweitzer) Piehl of Kenosha, 65 years on Jan. 21.

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:

— Tom and Judy (Burmood) Lukassen of Pleasant Prairie, 50 years on Jan. 19.

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:

— Bob and Marcia (Delcorps) Schmidt of Coto de Caza, Calif., 30 years on Dec. 22.

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





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