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Matthews 50th

Donn and Susan Matthews of Twin Lakes will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 29 at the Town of Salem Fire and Rescue/Trevor Station on Highway C.

Donn and the former Sue Eckert met at the ice cream parlor where she worked in Twin Lakes. Donn’s family vacationed in the area and she would give his dog an ice cream cone when the family came in. The couple married at Wilmot United Methodist Church on March 27, 1965.

Donn served in the U.S. Navy from 1961-1966. He worked for GMT Technology as a computer consultant to Waukegan Public Schools, retiring in 2009. He has also been a member of the Trevor Volunteer Fire Department since 1967. Susan worked for Defense Printing Service, Great Lakes, Ill., for 25 years before retiring in 2006. She serves as trustee at the church where they were married and is a member of the Trevor Fire Department Auxiliary.

The couple has one daughter, Malena (Tom) Matthews-Koplin of Brookfield.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is to “Stay friends, be patient and try not to annoy one another.”

Stanich 50th

Longtime Kenosha residents Jeff and Martha Stanich celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in February.

Jeff and the former Martha Holley met at church when they were both 14. They dated for seven years before marrying at First Assembly of God Church in Kenosha on Feb. 6, 1965.

Jeff is the founder/owner of SIMIX Solutions. Martha works at Stacey Stanich Appraisal Service. They attend Journey Church and enjoy playing tennis and golf together. Jeff and Martha also spend a good deal of time helping with their grandchildren and loving it.

The couple has three children, all of Kenosha: Jeff Jr. (Lana) Stanich, Stacey Stanich and Michelle (Jan) Anderson, and nine grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is staying committed and focused on the marriage and family.

Rose 60th

Donald and Patricia (Ramer) Rose of Bryant, Wis., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this month with a family vacation to Mexico. The couple was married in Antigo, Wis., on Feb. 26, 1955, and were Kenosha residents for 31 years.

Donald retired from Abbott Laboratories in 1993. He is a member of the American Legion. Patricia retired in 1995 from Kappus Bread. She is a member of the Women’s Homemaker Club and volunteers at Avail in Antigo. They are members of St. James and Stanislaus Catholic Church.

Donald and Patricia have four children: Katherine (George) Borst, Michael (Julie) Rose, Rebecca (Jim) Alan, and the late Donald Rose. They also have eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

McCormick 65th

Lifelong Kenosha residents Stanley and Genevieve McCormick plan to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with family in the summer.

Stan McCormick and the former Gen Stulgaitis, Bradford High School sweethearts, were married at St. Peter Catholic Church on Feb. 18, 1950.

Stan served in the U.S. Army for 18 months and retired from Chrysler Corp./AMC in 1989 after 39-plus years of service. Gen retired from Madrigrano, Gagliardi & Zievers law office. The couple was active in Kenosha organizations, coaching a variety of sports, as well as volunteering for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. They enjoy traveling, golfing and playing cards and are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Stan and Gen have spent many fun-filled winters in Florida with fellow Kenoshans Pat and Oliver Christiansen and Carolyn and Frank Gagliardi. With their large family, the couple also enjoys celebrating several birthdays a month together.

The McCormicks have six children: Sherry McCormick, Kathy Gagliardi, Kevin McCormick, Colleen (Scott) Craft, Jackie (Brad) Persons and Kelly (Lisa) McCormick; 20 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

They believe that taking time for each other keeps their connection strong, so each day they sit together relaxing and talking over a cup of coffee. Their faith has been their strength over the years and feel that the Lord and blessed mother Mary walk beside them every step of the way.

Saldivar 50th

Louis and Ayda Saldivar, Kenosha residents for 40 years, plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a reception in August.

Louis Saldivar and the former Ayda Contreras met on their first day of medical technology school in Houston, Texas, and were married on Feb. 12, 1965.

The Saldivars have four children: Margaret Piccolo, Kenosha; Louis Jr. (Laurie) Saldivar, San Antonio, Texas; Ruben (Val) Saldivar, Bristol, and Lita Saldivar, Oak Creek. They also have 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Louis served four years in U.S. Air Force, specializing in communications. He retired as a medical technologist for Abbott Laboratories in 2006. Ayda, a biochemist working on antiviral research (primarily HIV) for Abbott Laboratories, retired in 2001. They enjoy traveling and taking road trips.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is communication, having similar interests and always making family a priority.

Ticha 50th

William “Skip” and Kathleen (Schramm) Ticha of Twin Lakes plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner. The couple, residents of Kenosha County for 35 years, were married at St. John Bosco in Chicago on Feb. 13, 1965.

Skip and Kathy own a woodworking business, for which they travel all around Wisconsin and Illinois, working at craft shows and selling their products. They are members of St. Patrick’s Church in McHenry, Ill., and enjoy taking family trips.

The Tichas have four children: Bill (Joan) Ticha, Racine; Mike (Diane) Ticha, Twin Lakes; Missy (Ben) Olson, Twin Lakes; and Jon (Amanda) Ticha, Kenosha. They also have nine grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is patience and understanding.

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.”

Other Anniversaries

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Paul and Pam Covelli, former Kenosha residents now living in Kissemmee, Fla., 40 years on March 22.

— Daniel and Brenda (Ricard) Dietman of Pleasant Prairie, 10 years on March 22.

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:

— John and Ellen (Owsichek) Folland of Pleasant Prairie, 35 years on March 7.

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:

— Adam and Angela (Shutz) Bucher of Kenosha, 10 years on March 11.

— Larry and Ruth (Goforth) Hanrath of Kenosha, 45 years on March 14.

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





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