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Lenci 65th

A Catholic Mass of celebration will be held in honor of Romano and Lida Lenci’s 65th wedding anniversary at Holy Rosary Church on Nov. 29. Afterward, the celebration will continue with a family party at Fireside Restaurant.

Although their families were acquainted with each other for several generations, Romano Lenci and the former Lida Del Frate didn’t meet until after World War II, at a showing of an American movie in Lida’s village in Italy. After a courtship, the couple married in the village of Camigliano, Lucca, Italy, on Nov. 19, 1950.

Romano worked for Simmons Mattress and retired from American Motors in 1985. Romano and Lida were the founders/owners of Lenci’s Delicatessen from 1965 to 1983. Lida also worked for Vincent McCall. The longtime Kenosha residents are members of Holy Rosary Parish, the Italian American Club, the Moose Club and the Knights of Columbus.

The Lencis have three children: Mauro (Carol) Lenci of Kenosha; Dominic (Jeannie) Lenci of Mount Pleasant, and Sandra (Charles) Ambrosini of Kenosha. They also have seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Romano and Lida are strong in their faith and believe that with faith, hope, love, tolerance and a little luck, all things are possible.

Easter 60th

Doyle and Bettye (Noe) Easter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in October with a family dinner party at Wine Knot in downtown Kenosha. The couple met in high school and married on Nov. 9, 1955, in Greenwood Springs, Miss.

Doyle retired from Snap-on Tools in 1998. They are members of First Baptist Church, Winthrop Harbor, Ill.

The Easters have three children: Steve (Annette Slover) Easter of Trevor, Terry (Candy Carson) Easter of Kenosha and Keith (Ginny Stich) Easter of Kenosha. They also have seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is believing the Bible is the source of all power, striving to obey its teaching and using it as a guide to live by. They also recommend saying “I love you” every day and never going to bed angry.

Yurchak 50th

Lifelong Kenosha residents Steve and Karen Yurchak plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner on Nov. 27.

Steve and the former Karen Kaiser met on a blind date arranged by mutual friends shortly after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy. They married at Immanuel Baptist Church in Kenosha, where they are still members, on Nov. 6, 1965.

Steve retired from In-Sink-Erater, Racine, in 1998. Karen did office work for American Motors Corp. and then worked as a classroom assistant for Kenosha Unified. They enjoy spending time up north at their family cottage and traveling to visit their sons and their families in Texas and North Carolina.

Steve and Karen have three children: Gary (Alona) Yurchak of Grand Prairie, Texas; Thomas Yurchak of Parkton, N.C., and Julie (Rob) Kluz of Juneau, Wis. They also have 12 grandchildren.

They say the key to a lasting union is faith in God, prayer, family, commitment and a sense of humor.

Gentz 50th

Virgil and Gail Gentz celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Sept. 13 with an open house at St. John the Baptist Church in Paris.

Gail Wisnefski met Virgil Gentz at Central High School, and they started dating when Gail asked Virgil to a turnabout dance. The couple was married on Oct. 23, 1965, at St. John the Baptist Church.

Virgil taught science and social studies at Bristol Grade School for 33 years, retiring in 2000. He has served on the board for the town of Paris for more than 35 years, and has been town chairman since 2001.

Gail worked for attorneys Nathaniel Lepp, Burton Lepp and Donald Mayew for many years until running for clerk of circuit court of Kenosha in 1988. She retired from that position in January 1989. Gail has served on the board of directors for the Shalom Center since her retirement.

They have three children: Theresa (Joe) Gentz Eloundou of Caledonia, Kelly (Gregory) Holley of Milwaukee, and Kimberly (Mike) Schmidt of New Berlin, and five grandchildren.

The couple enjoys playing golf, reading, spending time up north at their cabin, and watching their grandchildren participate in various sports.

Virgil and Gail say their marriage has been successful because they have tried to have a consistent investment of time, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, love and affection, prayer, mutual respect and a rock-solid commitment. They are also best friends.

Spata 50th

Jim and Lyla Spata celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren on a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., in August. The week was filled with days at the beach, fun activities and great dinners together.

Jim Spata and Lyla Foss met at Spata’s Pizza, when Jim’s cousin told Lyla about a job available at his restaurant. Two years later they married on Oct. 30, 1965, by the Rev. Milian Swasko, at Northlake Lutheran Church.

In 1973 they moved to Kenosha, owning and operating Valeo’s Pizza for 40 years until their son, Eric, bought it in 2013. Today, Jim works there part time.

Throughout the years, Jim has supported many youth-centered activities in the community and at Christian Life School. He belongs to two men’s breakfast groups and is active in his neighborhood community. His biggest passion is attending activities for his grandchildren and spending time traveling with Lyla. Lyla works for Kenosha Unified and previously at Journey Church. She has volunteered at church and her grandchildren’s schools. She served as a member of the “Focus 2000” panel for several years. Her hobbies are crocheting baby blankets, gardening, reading, cooking for her family and traveling to historical sites around the world.

The Spatas have five children: Michelle (Jody) Bossie, West Chicago, Ill.; Tammi (Kirk) Gunhus, St. Louis; Dori (Alan) Cloherty, Kenosha; Eric (Christal) Spata, Kenosha; and Cara Scholey, Kenosha. They also have 13 grandchildren.

Jim and Lyla say their commitment to Christ and to their marriage, in both the good times and the hard times, forgiving each other, working hard together and putting the family first, along with trying to see humor in every situation are the key factors of a lasting marriage.

Woodward 50th

Gene and Judy Woodward of Kenosha celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 23 with a party for family and friends at the Italian American Club.

Judy Spence and Gene Woodward met in Kenosha in the late 1940s when they were just babies. Their parents played cards together and brought Gene and Judy along with them. They met again through friends at First Christian Church in Kenosha. When Judy was in 10th grade, Gene called from the Spot Drive-in and asked her for a date. He later told her that all of his buddies had dates, and he picked her up since she wasn’t dating anyone.

Later that same year, Gene was in a serious car accident and was taken to the hospital. Judy called her mom and asked her to take her to visit Gene. When they arrived, Judy’s mom was surprised to see Gene’s mom; up to that point the women hadn’t made the connection that they had played cards together when Gene and Judy were babies.

The couple dated throughout high school, and on Tremper High School graduation day in 1965, Gene asked Judy to marry him. They were married on Oct. 9, 1965, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kenosha.

Gene worked at Chrysler Security and American Motors Corp. for 40 years. Judy was employed by Korfs, Segals and Herbert’s, and also worked as a nanny.

The Woodwards have four children: David Woodward, Marietta Woodward, Georgia Woodward, and Michael (Stephanie) Woodward, and three grandchildren.

Gene and Judy enjoy going up north with family and grandchildren, dancing, traveling to Georgia to see their son, and sightseeing in Wisconsin. Gene likes going to car shows, watching drag racing, the Packers and Brewers. Judy enjoys baking and working in their yard.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is faith, love, communication, never going to bed angry, and lots of hugs and kisses. Judy adds, “If it weren’t for the connections between family and friends, our love story might never have happened. It’s been a wonderful 50 years of marriage!”

Tabbert 65th

Bunk and Dee (Ruthe) Tabbert of Somers celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with family on Oct. 10 at Fireside Restaurant.

The couple was married in Sturtevant on Oct. 7, 1950. They have been Kenosha County residents for 85 years.

The Tabberts have three children, all of Somers: Kathy (George) Wojtak, Jim (Teresa) Tabbert and Carrie (Darin) Tabbert-Schnabel. They also have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Welk 60th

William “Bill” and Lois Welk of Oshkosh enjoyed a chartered boat trip with family followed by dinner at the Ramada Inn and Waterpark in Waupaca on Aug. 8-9 in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary.

High school sweethearts, Bill Welk and the former Lois Ament were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill, Wis., on Aug. 6, 1955.

Bill retired from 7Up Bottling Co. and Lois worked for Wonder Bread and Hostess Cake. They were Kenosha County residents for 13 years and are former members of Messiah Lutheran Church and the Lions and Lioness clubs in Kenosha. The couple has traveled throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. Bill enjoys fishing, hunting and watching sports. Lois keeps busy sewing, gardening and reading.

The Welks have six children: Linda (Mickey) Jackson, Kenosha; Karen (Dennis) Puckett, Wautoma; Gregory (Jill) Welk, Wautoma; Marjorie (Lennie) Lambert, Racine; Gerald (Ellen) Welk, Oshkosh; and Brian (Debra) Welk, Hortonville. They also have 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

They say their strong faith and trust in the Lord has attributed to their long and happy marriage.

Other Anniversaries

Week of

Couples celebrating significant anniversaries include:

— Louis and Sandra (Lawrence) Regina of Kenosha, 50 years on Nov. 27.

— Jerry and Barb (Sexton) Grevenow of Kenosha, 40 years on Nov. 22.

— Tim and Betty (Piehl) Neu of Pleasant Prairie, 30 years on Nov. 9

— Benjamin and Nicole (Davis) Saari of Culver City, Calif., one year on Nov. 16.

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:

— Ed and Teresa (Stroschein) Roach of Bristol, 40 years on Nov. 15.

— Jack and Cathy (Stroobosscher) Ogren of Kenosha, 60 years on Nov. 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 include:

— Joseph and Brenda (Lambert) Miller of Kenosha, 15 years on Oct. 28.

— Louis and Nelly (Adriaenssens) Ricchio of Kenosha, 70 years on Nov. 3.

— Richard “Sarge” and Tina (Charniak) Lampe of Kenosha, 20 years on Nov. 4.

— Gil Kroll and Pam (Malkowski) Kroll of Powers Lake, 45 years on Nov. 7.

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

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