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Hooper 50th

Richard and Carol Hooper of Kenosha celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday with a party at the Union Club.

Richard Hooper was born in Wausau and moved to Kenosha in 1960. The former Carol Thomas was born in Eagle River; she moved to Kenosha in 1963. The couple met singing in the choir at First United Methodist Church and married a year later at Congregational Church in Eagle River on Oct. 24, 1964.

Richard worked in the engineering department of We Energies, involved with such notable projects as the construction of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the Pleasant Prairie Power Plant and LakeView Corporate Park, for 44 years before retiring in 2007. He enjoys reading, woodworking and gardening.

Carol worked as a licensed practical nurse at Kenosha Memorial and St. Catherine’s hospitals and as an occupational therapist assistant at several nursing homes before retiring in 2005. She is an avid knitter and has been singing with the Kenosha Chorus and Riverport Chorus of Sweet Adeline’s International for 50 years.

The Hoopers have two sons: Tom Hooper of Twin Lakes and Mark (Fran) Hooper of Kenosha. They also have four grandsons and one great-grandson.

They say the key to their successful relationship is sharing responsibility of family and trust in each other.

Adams 50th

Bruce and Donna (Hermance) Adams of Richmond, Ill., celebrated their golden anniversary with family and friends at Crandall’s Restaurant in Hebron, Ill., on Oct. 3.

The couple met at her mother’s tavern, La Hacienda. Donna proposed to Bruce at his request, as it was leap year, and he said yes. They were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pell Lake on Oct. 3, 1964, with the Rev. John Grow officiating.

Bruce graduated from Genoa City High School and Worsham Mortuary College in Chicago. Donna graduated from Richmond-Burton High School in Richmond, Ill., and Stevens Secretarial School in Milwaukee. They have enjoyed their summer cottage in Twin Lakes since 1987 and the Model A Fords they have restored throughout their married life. They have been active in their church and community and at their family-owned funeral homes in Richmond and Hebron. Bruce is a member of the Southeastern Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association.

They have two children, Adrianne (Randy Karls) and Paul (Sue), three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

They attribute their lasting marriage to true love, devotion to each other and their family and to their faith.

Bauman 50th

Ron and Donna Bauman recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a family trip to Door County. The couple met at a dance in Twin Lakes in 1962 and were married on Sept. 19, 1964, in Berwyn, Ill.

Ron, from Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Kenosha as a teenager. He graduated from Bradford High School, attended Gateway Technical College and a host of information technology classes. He taught, served on advisory committees and was a member of various IT organizations. He spent his career in the IT field, retiring as vice president of information services for Superior Bulk Logistics in June.

Donna Peterman, originally from Berwyn, graduated from Morton East High School and moved to Kenosha when she married. She was a stay-at-home mom and volunteer at schools, hospitals and church. She later earned an associate degree in marketing and worked in the tourism industry.

The Baumans are members of First Presbyterian Church and have been involved in numerous church activities, committees and offices.

They have one daughter, Dawn (Rod) Fritts, and two grandchildren, who reside in Mukwonago. They enjoy time with family and friends on outings to Door County, Devil’s Lake, Florida and family reunions.

They say the key to their successful marriage has been faith in God, faith in one another and mutual love and understanding.

Van Wie 65th

Duane and Shirley Van Wie of Salem will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary and Shirley’s 90th birthday Saturday with a family party at Moy’s Restaurant in Elkhorn, Wis.

Duane Van Wie and the former Shirley Axtell met in May 1944 in Los Angeles when Duane was stationed at Camp Pendelton and Shirley was visiting the area. After seeing a movie with friends, conversation about Kenosha began and they discovered that they knew some of the same people. In 1949, mutual friends arranged for them to meet again in Kenosha. The couple married five months later at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church on June 24, 1949.

Duane served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He worked at Lange Engineering and retired from Payne and Dolan in 1988. He is a member of the Wilmot Masonic Lodge and traveled to Washington, D.C., in June 2012 on the Honor Flight with his daughter serving as guardian. Shirley worked at Nash Motors, Simmons Co. and Gander Mountain and is a former member of the Eastern Star.

The Van Wies have three children: James A. (Susan) Van Wie of Westfield, Wis.; Patti L. (Dan) Plough of Mequon, Wis., and Jeffrey A. (Lori) Van Wie of Salem. They also have eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

They say the key to a lasting relationship is love and respect for each other and being best friends.

Ruffalo 50th

Lifelong Kenosha residents Albert and Mary Pat Ruffalo celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with family and friends in Las Vegas over the Labor Day weekend.

The couple met while attending St. Joseph High School and were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where they are still members, on Oct. 17, 1964.

They moved to Madison so that Al could pursue a business administration degree at the University of Wisconsin. Mary worked in the office for the school’s Math Statistics Department. After graduating in 1967, Al decided to return to Kenosha to work with his father, uncle and brother at Ruffalo Decorating Co.

In 1981, when his father closed the business, Al and Mary decided to continue the Ruffalo family heritage and started Ruffalo Painting Co. Inc. in their dining room. Over the years, they expanded the business into Illinois and at its peak served more than 50 large general contractors in Wisconsin and Illinois. They painted and decorated many new schools and commercial facilities in the Kenosha area. The couple retired in 2013.

They were members of the Painters and Decorating Contractors of America; Al served as president for the Kenosha chapter for eight years. They were also members of the Tri-County Contractors Association, Lake County Contractors Association and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, where Mary served as an ambassador for several years. Mary was also a Cub Scout den mother and classroom volunteer at St. Mary’s Catholic School when her children were young. She enjoys gardening, sewing, knitting, cross stitching and reading. Al and Mary enjoy traveling and spending time with family.

The Ruffalos have three children: Michael (Annie) Ruffalo, Ottumwa, Iowa; Christopher (Betty) Ruffalo, Tustin, Calif., and Danielle (Chris Gill) Ruffalo, Dallas, Texas. They also have two grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is love, patience, understanding, working together and support of family and friends.

Petersen 55th

Jack and Mary Petersen of Kenosha plan to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary with a family dinner and a family trip to Hawaii later this year.

Jack and the former Mary Hall were 15 when they met at a community dance held at the Southport Beach House, where they “danced the night away and into each other’s hearts.” They married at First Baptist Church in Kenosha on Oct. 10, 1959. Their reception was held at the Danish Brotherhood Lodge.

Jack was the owner of Petersen’s Delicatessen in Kenosha. After he sold the business he went into sales for Dearborn Wholesale Grocers in Chicago. He is now a salesman for Holiday Wholesale, Wisconsin Dells. Mary worked as a licensed nursing home administrator for Sheridan Medical Complex and Woodstock Health and Rehab Center, an independent healthcare consultant, and as vice president of customer service for Boulevard Healthcare in Skokie, Ill., retiring in 2003. She now serves as a nanny to her grandsons.

Jack and Mary have one daughter, Jacqueline (Brett) DeRousse of Pleasant Prairie, and two grandsons.

The couple says that “Making family your number one priority is the most important thing you can do for each other, followed by nurturing your common interests, but also recognizing and encouraging your partner to nurture his/her own. And finally, having a good sense of humor is vital because the more you have laughed together the more you have lived.”

Parmentier 50th

David and Janet Parmentier of Pleasant Prairie, lifelong Kenosha County residents, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Saturday with a family party at the Hobnob Restaurant.

David and a 12-year-old Janet Wiersum met when her family moved into the Forest Park neighborhood. They began dating as high school sophomores and were married at First United Methodist Church in Kenosha on Oct. 3, 1964.

David attended Kenosha Area Technical School and works as a custom builder for Parmentier Builders with Janet and his three sons. He is a member of the Wisconsin Builders Association. His interests include fishing, football games and woodworking. Janet attended Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She retired in 2011 from the special education department of Kenosha Unified Schools. She is a former Sunday school teacher and volunteer tutor at the Kenosha Literacy Council. She also enjoys quilting and reading.

Members of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church in Kenosha, they enjoy traveling when time permits and taking road trips to Gull Lake, Minn. They hope to travel to Italy in the spring to see their granddaughter. The couple enjoys spending time with their grandchildren and attending their sporting events.

The Parmentiers have four children: David P. (Karen) Parmentier, Thomas J. (Nancy) Parmentier and Brian K. (Lisa) Parmentier, all of Pleasant Prairie; and Anne E. (David) Blair of Kenosha. They also have nine grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is faith in God, love and respect for one other and working together to solve problems.

Schlevensky 50th

Lifelong Kenosha County residents Jan and Carol Schlevensky will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the Hobnob Restaurant on Oct. 18 and a trip to Tulum, Mexico, in November.

Jan and Carol Klitzke met while working at Franks Bakery, but didn’t start dating until college. They were married at Bethany Lutheran Church in Kenosha on Oct. 10, 1964.

Jan played in local bands for over 35 years. He worked at Eaton Dynamatic and Frank L. Wells, from which he retired after 26 years. Carol worked in the medical field for over 40 years. They were members of the Jaycees/Jaycettes, the Kenosha Senior Center and Kenosha Moose Lodge. The couple enjoys fishing, golfing, traveling, especially cruising, and summers with the whole family in Shawano. Carol also enjoys bowling and playing cards of any kind.

The Schlevenskys have three children: Jack Schlevensky and Kurt Schlevensky, both of Kenosha, and Kelly Neu of Racine. They also have five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

They say the key to a lasting relationship is communication, doing things together but also spending time apart and being close to your family.

Other Anniversaries

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Donald and Susan (Andre) St. John of Kenosha, 35 years on Oct. 22.

— Travis and Hannah (Balk) Chapin of Kenosha, 1 year on Oct. 26.

— Robert and Deborah (Everson) Swartz of Kenosha, 40 years on Oct. 26.

— Paul Jr. and Marybeth “Beth” (Panapada) Guilbert of Pleasant Prairie, 40 years on Oct. 26.

— Rade and Cindy (Tredup) Dimitrijevic of Kenosha, 35 years on Oct. 27.

— Wesley and Anne (Burnett) Ricchio of Pleasant Prairie, 25 years on Oct. 28.

— Jeff and Dee Dee (Marko) Schiller of Kenosha, 20 years on Oct. 29.

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:

Otto and Bettie (Summerford) Wawrzyniak of Kenosha, 55 years on Oct. 10.

Robert and Laura (Monson) Wieske of Kenosha, 30 years on Oct. 12.

Terry and Barb (Ciotti) Paskiewicz of Kenosha, 40 years on Oct. 19.

Jeff and Kathy (Hohenberger) Koessl of Kenosha, 30 years on Oct. 20.

George and Terry (Neal) Sorenson of Somers, 25 years on Oct. 21.

Kurt and Kathy (Hotchkiss) Sinclair of Kenosha, 25 years on Oct. 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 include:

Brian and Heather (Haught) Beth of Kenosha, 15 years on Oct. 2.

Stanley and Nancy (Lambrecht) Demske of Kenosha, 20 years on Oct. 15.

Reuben and Judy (Hahn) Demske of Pleasant Prairie, 20 years on Oct. 15.

Damian and Lisa (Bradley) Reyes of Kenosha, 10 years on Oct. 16.

Jeff and Angie (Hernandez) Wollschlager of Kenosha, 15 years on Oct. 16.

Donald and Shirley (Kraning) Wilson of Pleasant Prairie, 55 years on Oct. 17.

Gary and Chris (Martin) Schroeder of Kenosha, 45 years on Oct. 18.

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





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