Donald and Arlene Hall celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a trip to Disney World along with a get together with their family.
Don and Arlene moved to Kenosha months apart of each other. Don came from Newport, R.I., and Arlene arrived from Dayton, Ohio. He was working for Dynamatic and so was Arlene’s brother-in-law, John. They became friends and John introduced them to each other. Four years later, Don and Arlene Mitchell were married Sept. 12, 1964, at St. Mark’s Church.
He worked at Chrysler as a machinist while she was a beautician. In addition, Don is a member of Unity Masonic Lodge — Kenosha Shrine Club, and Arlene is a part of Prayer Shawl Ministry and the Lord of Life Book Club.
The couple has two children: Diane (Sandy) Spiers of Kenosha and JoAnne (Rob) Klein of Baraboo.
They also have four grandchildren.
They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is to listen to each other, have faith and do a lot of compromising.
Alan and Helen Hould celebrated their 65th anniversary by spending a week in Green Lake, Wis., with all their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Alan and the former Helen Clements, who were high school sweethearts, were married June 18, 1949, at St. Francis Church in Dollar Bay, Mich.
The two have been Kenosha County residents for 62 years.
Alan retired from Eaton/Dynamatic after 38 years of service. He continued to work part-time at Harmony Hall until 1993, and then worked part-time at Sports Physical Therapy until 2009.
Helen was a homemaker. They are members of Our Lady of Holy Rosary Church.
The Houlds have four children: Susan (Bill) Letsom of Kenosha, Jane (Tom) Stone of Kenosha, Chris (Dina) Hould of Frankfort, Ill., and Karen Tenuta of Kenosha.
The couple also has 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Alan and Helen feel that unconditional love and support, along with respect and a sense of humor, are instrumental to a successful relationship. They make sure to always put their family first.
Paul and Patricia Perks of Salem celebrated their golden wedding anniversary this month by returning, for the first time in 50 years, to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich. They plan to continue their celebration with a dinner for family and friends at Casa Capri on Oct. 11.
Paul Perks and the former Patricia Jarr met in 1964 as next-door apartment neighbors in Cicero, Ill. While Pat was outside washing her windows, Paul introduced himself and then finished the chore for her. They were married at Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Cicero on Sept. 5, 1964. They have been Kenosha County residents for 34 years.
Paul retired from Illinois Bell Telephone Co. in 1994 and has been a member of the Southeast Wisconsin Tavern League for 25 years. His hobbies include weight lifting and making home brew. Pat worked for Western Electric Co., Cicero, and Americana Lake Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, before retiring in 1992. She is a member and past president of the Home and Community Education Group, served as president of the Burnham PTSA in Cicero, and has been a viewer of “General Hospital” for 45 years. The avid Green Bay Packers fans are members of St. Alphonsus Church in New Munster as well as volunteers for Meals on Wheels and the Friendly Visitor Program.
The couple has two children: Steven (Tracy) Perks of Salem and Kimberly (Neil) Gwynne of Somers. They also have five grandchildren.
They say the key to a successful relationship is staying true to your wedding vows, maintaining family relationships and keeping God in your life everyday.
Merlin and Lucy Anderson of Black River Falls, Wis., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family vacation in Wisconsin Dells.
Merlin and the former Lucy Hansche met as attendants in another couple’s wedding and were married two years later on Sept. 1, 1954, at First Presbyterian Church in Lawton, Okla., while Merlin was serving in the U.S. Army.
Merlin was employed by Eaton/Dynamatic and retired in 1994. He is an active member of the American Legion, Masons and the Sons of Norway. Lucy worked at St. Catherine’s Hospital, retiring in 1998. She is also a member of Sons of Norway and Little Norway Ladies Circle. The couple moved to Black River Falls in 1998 after having lived in Kenosha for most of their lives. They are past members of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church and current members of Little Norway Lutheran Church.
The Andersons have five children: Debra Sanders, Merle (Scott) Haarbauer, Michael (Theresa) Anderson and Gary (Karen) Anderson, all of Kenosha, and the late Kenneth Anderson. They also have three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
They say the key to a lasting relationship is having strong faith, a supportive family and being each other’s best friend.
Dennis and Noreen Filippelli of Kenosha recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at a family outing in Door County.
Dennis and the former Noreen McIlhone met while students at Dominican College in Racine. They were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waukesha on Aug. 22, 1964.
Dennis was employed by the Racine and Kenosha Unified School Districts as a teacher and psychologist. He was also the executive director of the Developmental Disabilities Service Center for over 20 years. In recent years he worked for Carthage College as a supervisor of student teachers. Noreen worked as a surgical technician at Kenosha Hospital for over 23 years. She also owned and operated Nikki’s Friars Wood Cafe and worked for Grainger Industrial and Grande Prairie Health and Rehabilitation Center. The couple has been active with many community and volunteer organizations throughout the years.
The Filippellis have two sons, Michael (Heather) Filippelli of Pewaukee and Mark (Jasmin) Filippelli of Kenosha. They also have four grandchildren.
Dennis and Noreen attribute the success of their lasting relationship to love, compromise, patience and respect for each other.
Don and Rigmor Bruno of Highlands Ranch, Colo., celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with an open house during a visit to Kenosha on July 6.
Don and the former Rigmor Nilsson met in Chicago. While in between acting engagements, Don served as front desk clerk at an apartment building. Rigmor had recently arrived from Sweden and was serving as an au pair for one of the tenant’s children. Don talked the postman into giving him her overseas mail so he could call her to the desk to deliver it. The couple married at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Kenosha on Aug. 29, 1964, and were residents of Kenosha County from 1972 to 2012.
Don was a teacher in Chicago for 10 years, with TV taping experience of episodes on Chicago life. He taught in Racine for 24 years, worked as a Professional Ski Instructor of America Level II at Grand Geneva Resort for 38 years and is in his 14th year as a tour director. He is past commissioner of the Kenosha Transit Commission, past board member of the University of Wisconsin Kenosha Alumni Association and a member of the Bradford High School reunion committee. Rigmor commuted to Chicago for her career as a pediatric medical assistant. She retired in June 2012 after 47 years with Chicago Streeterville Pediatrics. She also served as the president of the Forest Park School PTA. She now teaches at the Brain Balance Center of Highlands Ranch.
The Brunos have two children: Antony (Lisa) Bruno of Centennial, Colo.; and Tia Kristina Bruno of Tujunga, Calif. They also have one grandchild.
When asked for the key to a successful and lasting relationship they responded, “Feel free to follow your individual interests and activities and rejoice and support your spouse’s choices, and do them together as often as possible.”
Lifelong Kenosha County residents Stanley and Dorothy Kerkman will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.
Stanley and the former Dorothy Nienhaus met at a Bassett Town Hall dance in Bassett, Wis. They were married at Wilmot Catholic Church on Aug. 27, 1949.
Stanley was the owner of Kerkman Brothers Construction Company and retired in 1992. He served as a Kenosha County Board member for 20 years and as director of 1st Bank Southeast for 10 years. He enjoys music, singing and playing his guitar. Dorothy was a homemaker who loved to garden, bake and raise her chickens. She shares her husband’s love of music. They are members of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in New Munster.
The Kerkmans have four children: Kenny (Karen) Kerkman, Gary (Marta) Kerkman and Patti Kerkman, all of Burlington, and Diane (Norm) Pluess of East Troy, Wis. They also have 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
The key to a successful relationship is love, good communication and faith in God.
A family dinner was held recently in honor of Thomas and Elizabeth DeSanto’s golden wedding anniversary.
Tom and the former Betty Buss met on a blind date arranged by a friend. They married at Cathedral of Christ the King on June 20, 1964, in Superior, Wis. They have been Kenosha County residents for the duration of their marriage and are members of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.
Tom worked as a Kenosha Unified School District teacher for 37 years, at Jefferson and Jeffery Schools, until his retirement in 2000. Betty is a homemaker.
The DeSantos have three children, all of Kenosha: Tony (Debbie) DeSanto, Debbie (Jayson) Binninger and Kathy (Chuck) Diel. They also have four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is love and patience.
Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:
— Larry and Tammy (Brown) Dillow, 25 years on Sept. 9.
— Bill and Cathy (Banski) Parker of Kenosha, 25 years on Sept. 15.
— Stanley and Catherine (Hanes) Prostko, 66 years on Sept. 13.
— Bruce and Janice (Funk) Bosman, 40 years on Sept. 14
Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries include:
— Tom and Jane (Hould) Stone of Kenosha, 30 years on Sept. 1.
— Gary and Carol (Kraning) Rice of Kenosha, 40 years on Sept. 7
— David and Heide (Doerflinger) Maginn of Kenosha, 25 years on Sept. 9.
Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:
— Jeffrey and Deborah (Denney) Grundman of Pleasant Prairie, 30 years on Sept. 1.
— Timothy and Marianne (Kraak) Millard of Kenosha, 25 years on Sept. 2.
— John and Pamela (Macari) Sanberg of Randall, 20 years on Sept. 3.
— Rick and Jeannie (Swanson) Schneider of Kenosha, 20 years on Sept. 3.