Anniversaries

Hawkins 50th

Jim and Mary Hawkins of Kenosha celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a dinner for two at Hob Nob on April 11 and a family dinner at Radigan’s on April 12.

Jim Hawkins, a lifelong Kenosha resident, and the former Mary Aschenbrenner, born in Sheboygan, met in March 1963 as members of a committee that planned parties and dances for single young professionals. During a conversation after five weeks of dating, Jim asked if he could see the ring Mary always wore. She took it off and handed it to him. He “palmed” it and substituted an engagement ring, returning it to her. The conversation continued for a bit before he finally asked her to marry him. He then told her it was a good thing she said yes because she had been wearing the engagement ring for about 15 minutes. They married a year later at St. Dominic’s Church in Sheboygan on April 11, 1964.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, Jim returned to Kenosha and held several jobs in sales, including those at Chiappetta Clothing and as a driver/salesman at Badger Wholesale before starting at the Kenosha News as a classified advertising salesman on Jan. 22, 1963. He retired on Jan. 22, 2005, after a 42-year career. Mary worked as a special education teacher at Southport School and retired after 27 years at Gateway Technical College in July 2003.

The couple has three children: Meredith (Joel) Wood of Kenosha; U.S. Navy Captain James (Kathy) Hawkins of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Robert (Lori) Hawkins of Bristol. They also have five grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is having a sense of humor, understanding and a lot of luck.

Dolnik 60th

Lifelong Kenosha residents Joseph and Thomasia Dolnik will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the Olive Garden restaurant.

Joseph Dolnik and the former Thomasia Chudada met while bowling in a church league. They were married on May 1, 1954, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Kenosha, where they are lifelong members and were active in ministries.

Joseph retired as head custodian for the Kenosha Unified School District in 1989. He enjoys working on puzzles daily. Thomasia worked for the Blood Center of Southeastern Wisconsin until her retirement in 1994. She is an avid reader, volunteers at the Kenosha History Center and is a member of the Catholic Women’s Club.

The Dolniks have three children: Lawrence (Janet) Dolnik and Mary (Bruce) Stebbins, both of Kenosha, and Thomas (Barbara) Dolnik of South Milwaukee. They also have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful relationship is to love one another, your children and God. The couple has also acknowledged their anniversary on the first day of each month for the duration of their marriage.

Schmidt 50th

Lifelong Kenosha residents Dale and Judy Schmidt recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner.

Dale and the former Judy Baker met at Raddy’s Canteen, a small corner store with pinball machines and a juke box, where he was a paper boy and she served hamburgers and malts. The couple married at Bethany Lutheran Church on April 18, 1964.

Dale retired from AMC/Chrysler after 30 years in 1994. Judy retired from retail management in 1992.

The Schmidts have three sons: Dale (Jennifer) Schmidt, Craig (Kristina) Schmidt and Kurt (Jody) Schmidt, and six grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful relationship is to stay true to each other, honoring the marriage vows and having a loving family.

Hanlin 50th

Daniel and Margaret Hanlin of Adams, Wis., celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a small gathering for immediate family.

The couple met when Dan went along with his father to put a roof on a rental house for Margaret’s father. After working on the roof, Dan was invited back for a sandwich, where he was introduced to the former Margaret Oakes. The couple, Kenosha County residents for 40-plus years, were married at Mount Zion Church in Kenosha on April 18, 1964.

Dan retired from Fire Control Inc., Wheeling, Ill., in 2005 and works part time at Point Bluff Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Margaret was the owner of The Way Station, Mauston, Wis., until 2008.

The Hanlins have three children: Brett Hanlin of Rocky Mount, N.C.; Robert (Julie) Hanlin of Kenosha; and Dana (Henry) Biesterfeldt of Pleasant Prairie. They also have seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Dan says the key to a successful and lasting relationship is to “Keep the home fires burning. Be best friends and partners in everything you do, and do it all together.”

Beck 70th

Longtime Kenosha County residents Roy and Dorothy Beck celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on April 9 with a party for family and friends at their home.

Roy Beck and and the former Dorothy Alldredge began dating as sophomores in high school. They married on April 9, 1944, at Immanuel Reformed Church in Alliance, Ohio.

Roy served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for four and a half years during World War II and was an instructor/pilot of B-17 and B-29 bombers. His childhood dream of flying continued into civilian life. He worked at American Brass and then as a broker at Beckwood Real Estate, which Dorothy established in 1968. She also served a term as president of the Kenosha Board of Realtors. The couple retired in 1985.

The Becks have three children: Carol (Neil) Rowe of Long Grove, Ill.; Thomas (Barbara) Beck of Newberry, Fla., and Cindy (Stephen) Nelson of Salem. They also have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The couple says they “are fascinated that with the varied paths of people, two who might be the most desirable match could actually cross paths in the first place, and recognize the significance in the second place. Life at its best!”

Madison 50th

James and Marie Madison of Kenosha will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family get-together.

James Madison was born and raised in Kenosha. The former Marie Weddel was born in Peshtigo and moved to Kenosha as a teenager. The couple met while working at Warwick in Waukegan, Ill., and married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kenosha on April 4, 1964.

Jim, an avid gardener, retired from Ladish Tri-Clover in 1996 and Marie, known for her cooking and baking, retired form Precise Corp. in 2000. They enjoy visiting with family and friends at their northern vacation home.

The Madisons have three children, all of Kenosha: Kimberly (Ken) Kukawski, Shelley (Jon) Lindquist and James (Lori) Madison. They also have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The key to their successful and lasting relationship is sharing responsibilities of family and home; placing trust in each other; and having a partner that knows when to push or pull during life’s hills and valleys.

Riese 50th

Lifelong Kenosha residents James and Sandra Riese will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner on Friday and a party in the summer.

Jim Riese and the former Sandy Singer were introduced by a mutual friend while he was attending Gateway Technical College and she was attending St. Therese School of Nursing in Waukegan, Ill. They were married at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Kenosha on April 4, 1964.

Jim spent 31 years in the purchasing field, retiring from InSinkErator. He is a substitute teacher for KUSD and All Saints Schools and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Kenosha Serra Club. Sandy worked as a registered nurse manager at St. Catherine’s Hospital, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and retired from Aurora Health Care. She serves as Women & Children’s Horizons Board president, is a member of the Hospice Alliance Foundation Board and Kenosha Women’s Network, and serves on the Kenosha County Commission on Aging and the Kenosha County Falls Prevention Coalition. Both enjoy golfing and are active members of St. Mary Catholic Church.

The Rieses have four daughters, all of Kenosha: Julie (Paul) Kresse, Mary (Mike) Roach, Amy (David) Zoerner and Becky (Michael) Clements. They also have 11 grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is faith and trust in God and each other.

Kessro 50th

Norman and Suzanne Kessro of St. Germain, Wis., celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in February.

Norm and the former Sue Zirbel met in 1962 at Sam’s grocery store in Pleasant Prairie. At the time, it was the place where kids hung out after school. They were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kenosha on Feb. 29, 1964. Before moving to St. Germain, they were residents of Pleasant Prairie until 1995.

Norm worked as a truck driver at Charles Horton & Son and Kutzler Express, both in Bristol, and retired from Fink Brothers Trucking in Woodruff, Wis. He enjoys feeding and watching wildlife, gardening and working in the yard. Sue worked at First National Bank and Bank One for 15 years, and retired from US Bank as branch manager in St. Germain. She enjoys reading, baking and traveling and volunteers at church and the Lioness Club.

The Kessros have four children: Terri (Randy) Torgerson, Viroqua, Wis.; Gary (Connie) Kessro, Kenosha; Ray (Anna) Kessro, St. Germain; and Sherri (Billy) Lawrence, Waukegan, Ill. They also have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

They say that the key to a long and happy marriage is lots of love, consideration of each other’s feelings and not being afraid to work at it.

Other Anniversaries

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Marvin and Jan (Becwar) Ellis of Kenosha, 40 years on April 20.

— William and Jean (Becwar) Hergott of Chandler, Ariz., 40 years on April 20.

— David and Cheryl (Lambrecht) Lessman of Kenosha, 35 years on April 21.

— David R. and Carla (Howen) Salas of Paddock Lake, 25 years on April 21.

— John and Dynette (Kreuser) King of Kenosha, 25 years on April 22.


Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Ron and Renee (Andreucci) Smith of Kenosha, 25 years on April 15.

— Roger and Kathy (Doerflinger) Phillipsen of Kenosha, 20 years on April 16.

— Leonard and Maralyn (Rowlands) Stec of Kenosha, 50 years on April 18.


Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Bill and Marge (Huck) Hall of Kenosha, 55 years on April 4.

— Lyle and Rosella (Schaff) Wilson of Wheatland, 55 years on April 4.

— Walter and Sally (Fox) Mutchler of Kenosha, 45 years on April 7.

— Donald and Gigi Hauke, formerly of Kenosha, now of Rotonda West, Fla., 50 years on April 11.





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