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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.

Kintis 60th

Ray and Marji Kintis of Kenosha celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday with a family dinner at Fireside Restaurant.

Ray and the former Marji Gerber met while working for Capital Airlines at Mitchell Field in Milwaukee. They were married at Sacred Heart Church in Racine on Oct. 2, 1954.

Ray retired from United Airlines in 1994 after 47 years. Marji retired from Gateway Technical College in 1988. They are members of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Marji is a lector, council member, Ladies Society member and Mission Lady member. She is also involved with the Southport Quilters Guild and Four Seasons Garden Club.

The couple has three sons: Mark (Vi) Kintis of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Bill (Sue) Kintis of Belvidere, N.J., and Mike (Lisa) Kintis of Round Lake, Ill.; and three granddaughters.

They say the key to their successful union is that they love each other.

Anderson 50th

Bruce and Darlene (Orth) Anderson of Eagle River, Wis., who met while “scooping the loop” in downtown Kenosha on a Friday night, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a party for family and friends at Maplecrest Country Club on Sept. 13.

The couple was married at St. Anthony’s in Kenosha on Sept. 26, 1964. They were Kenosha County residents for 60 years.

Bruce was employed by Johnson Motors for 17 years and for 39 years by Coca Cola, retiring in 2005. Darlene retired after 22 years of service at Ladish Tri-Clover in 2002. In their free time they enjoy riding their motorcycles, visiting all the U.S. states with the exception of Hawaii. They belong to several motorcycle organizations.

The Andersons have four children: Shirley (Pat) Daugherty, Karen (Ken) Gorman and Alan (Lisa) Anderson, all of Kenosha, and Roxanne (Blair) Stowell of Pleasant Prairie. They also have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

They say that “Marriage is a full-time job and takes time and effort by both people. Communication is extremely important and is the key to succeeding.”

Bailey 50th

Byron and Miriam Bailey of Kenosha plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner in October.

Byron and the former Miriam Paschke met at the Rapid City Roller Skating Rink while he was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D. They were married in the Base Chapel on Sept. 19, 1964.

Byron worked as an electrical engineer for Alfa-Laval and Custom Control Products before starting his own company, Bailey Automation Systems Corp. Miriam worked for Woodstock Healthcare. They are members of First United Methodist Church and the American Legion.

The Baileys have two sons: Bryan (Jing) Bailey of Kenosha and Brent (Annette) Bailey of Silver Lake. They also have three grandchildren.

They say the key to a lasting relationship is to support each other’s choices and to do as many things together as possible.

Other Anniversaries

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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.


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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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Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries include:

Walter and Kathleen (Jensen) Christensen of Kenosha, 20 years on Oct. 1.

Mark and Mary (Burke) Bose of Kenosha, 15 years on Oct. 2.

Neil and Kathy (Meyer) Crowley of Pleasant Prairie, 40 years on Oct. 5.

Nathan and Sarah (Lauf) Knautz of Kenosha, 5 years on Oct. 10.

Dennis and Ruth (Doerflinger) Hogan of Salem, 45 years on Oct. 11.

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





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