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Engberg 50th

Elliott and Carol Engberg, Kenosha County residents for 46 years and winter visitors to Sun City, Ariz., celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with family and friends at the Fireside Restaurant.

Elliott Engberg and Carol Holem met while teaching at Aurora East High School in Aurora, Ill. They were married three years later, on May 15, 1965, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ventnor City, N.J., where Carol was working for the Foreign Mission Society.

After a period of teaching in Minnesota, the couple moved to Kenosha in 1969. Elliott became a school counselor at Bullen Junior High School and later at Tremper High School, where he retired in 1997. Carol worked as the nutrition program director, Trinity Senior League director and then volunteer coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, retiring in 1998. They are members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

The Engbergs have two sons, John (Connie) Engberg of Trevor and the late Scott Engberg. They also have three grandsons.

In 1967 they won the “couple most likely to stay married” award. They say faith in God and sharing life’s experiences as one has kept their marriage sound over the years.

DeFranco 50th

Luigi and Maria DeFranco plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family party at the Italian American Club.

Luigi and the former Maria Gentile met in Italy as children through family members. Luigi’s family eventually immigrated to Kenosha for a better lifestyle. After seven years, Luigi returned to Italy, where the couple got engaged and married one month later, on May 23, 1965, at the Madonna Della Conzolazione Church in Arcavacata Rende Cosenza.

Luigi served as a tailor for three years when he first arrived in Kenosha. He worked at Warwick Electronics for 11 years and then at Chrysler for 33 years, retiring in 2004. Maria worked at Jockey for six years before becoming a homemaker to raise the couple’s children. She then worked for LeBlanc for 19 years, retiring in 2006. Luigi and Maria are active and faithful members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, where she is a member of the Ladies Society and he is an usher.

The DeFrancos have two children, both of Kenosha: Rose Greco and Tony (Tabitha) DeFranco. They also have three grandchildren.

When asked to comment on the key to a successful and lasting relationship, they said, “Respect, integrity and communication with each other, your children and grandchildren. Also, always remembering to keep God in your hearts and never taking one second of life for granted.”

Richter 70th

Lifelong Kenosha County residents Ray and Marion Richter of Burlington will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary June 7 with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Biersack Center at St. Alphonsus in New Munster.

Ray and the former Marion Weis met freshman year at Burlington High School and were married on June 9, 1945, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Burlington.

Ray retired from Burlington Farm Implement in 1998. Marion worked for Burlington Savings and Loan, now known as Associated Bank.

The Richters have three children, all of Burlington: David (Marge) Richter, Peter (Dolly) Richter and Donna (John) Carpenter. They also have five grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is to cross every bridge as it comes to you.

Richards 50th

Rich and Connie (Widmar) Richards of Mount Pleasant plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary this summer with a picnic at their home on July 11. They met on a blind date at the Brat Stop and were married at the Waukegan, Ill., Courthouse on May 21, 1965.

Rich served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years. He worked for Xerox Corp. for 33 years and R.J. Jansen Confectionary Equipment for nine years before retiring. Connie, now retired, served as a licensed practical nurse for Sheridan Nursing home for four years, Dr. Thompson’s office for 11 years, the Birthing Inn for four years, and an obstetrics/gynecology clinic for 13 years. She has sung with Sweet Adeline International for 26 years, winning three gold international medals.

The Richards’ have two children, Dawn Marie Jasionowski and the late Adam Patrick, and four grandchildren.

They say deep love, compromise, respect, lots of laughter and being best friends are essential for a successful marriage.

Walter 50th

Jack and Gloria (Lanzo) Walter of Twin Lakes plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the Ishnala Supper Club, Lake Delton, Wis., on Saturday. The couple, Kenosha County residents for 36 years, were married in Chicago at Our Lady Help of Christians on May 15, 1965.

Jack enlisted in 1955 and served four years with the U.S. Air Force. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 44 years before retiring in 2000. Gloria worked for Salem Grade School for 22 years and retired in 2012. She is a member of the Paddock Lake Village Board. Jack and Gloria are active members of St. Mary Catholic Church in Kenosha.

The Walters have two children: Cheryl (Norman) Godin of Salem and Cindy (Shane) Flesch of Twin Lakes. They also have one granddaughter.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is a good sense of humor, a belief in God and respect for one another.

Arzt 50th

Albert and Julie Arzt of Kenosha will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a small dinner reception at Hob Nob for their family and wedding party. They plan to continue the celebration with a family trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Albert and the former Julie Morrissey met on a blind date set up by his brother and sister-in-law at Surfside Lanes. They married on May 1, 1965, at St. George Catholic Church in Kenosha.

Albert served in the Wisconsin National Guard (32nd Division) and was activated in 1961 to Fort Lewis, Wash. He worked for more than 32 years at American Motors/Chrysler before retiring in 1988. His interests include classic cars and tractors. Julie worked at Sears for 25 years. She enjoys knitting and working at the Shalom Center. Together, they enjoy taking casino bus trips, playing cards with friends, laughing with their family and spending time at their vacation home in Florida. They have been members of St. Mary Catholic Church for 50 years.

The Arzts have three children: Patty (Steve) Ignarski and Tom (Jennifer) Arzt, both of Pleasant Prairie, and Pam Conforti of Appleton. They also have two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

They say the key to lasting togetherness is having strong faith, a loving, supportive family and being each other’s best friend.

Mastronardi 60th

Andrew and Mary Ann (Bindelli) Mastronardi, lifelong Kenosha County residents, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house for family at a later date.

The couple, who initially met in junior high school and then again at a cousin’s wedding, were married at Holy Rosary Church on May 7, 1955.

Andrew worked for Bindelli Construction and Holy Rosary, retiring in 1996. Mary Ann was a hairdresser for 40 years and served as an apartment manager. She retired in 2008.

The Mastonardis have three children: Nancy (Raymond) Kerce, Robert (Cindy) Mastronardi and James (Michele) Mastronardi; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

They say that the key to a successful and lasting relationship is to “Always kiss goodnight, never go to bed mad and kiss again in the morning.”

They added, “Pa is boss everyone knows, but what ma says always goes.”

Capponi 50th

Lifelong Kenosha County residents Joe and Judy (Fuhrer) Capponi will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family cruise. The couple, who met while “scooping the loop” in downtown Kenosha, were married at St. George Catholic Church on May 8, 1965.

Joe served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1963, including 30 months in Germany. He worked as a carpenter for Lexington Homes for 27 years before retiring in 1995. Judy retired in 2005 after 31 years with Kenosha County. They are members of Journey Church.

The Capponis have three children: Rick (Beth) Capponi of Kenosha; and Donna (Todd) Rover and Debbie (Rick) Vojtisek, both of Pleasant Prairie. They also have eight grandchildren.

When asked to comment on what they would tell others is the key to a successful marriage, they said, “Each day is a gift and a blessing from God. Live it to the fullest in love and service.”

Other Anniversaries

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Garry and Gail (Richio) Dougvillo of Kenosha, 40 years on May 17.

— Robert and Carol (Minkowski) Gelden of Kenosha, 30 years on May 18.

— Barry and Theresa (Spallato) Laabs of Kenosha, 10 years on May 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:

— Stephen and Christine (Daun) Schneider of Kenosha, 40 years on May 10.

— John and Janet (Pietkiewicz) Schoettler of Kenosha, 30 years on May 11.

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:

— Anthony “Tony” and Christine (Metallo) Geliche of Kenosha, 25 years on May 5.

— Tim and Anna (Burnette) Simo of Kenosha, 20 years on May 6.

— Dale and Jennifer (Perkins) Milkus of Pleasant Prairie, 10 years on May 7.

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





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