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Sironen 60th

Raymond and Doris (Pokela) Sironen, who met when she invited him to a sixth-grade dance in Paynesville, Mich., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Thursday.

The couple married at Ewen Church in Michigan on Nov. 20, 1954, and have been Kenosha residents for 51 years.

Ray worked for Carpenter’s Union Local 161 and then as a private contractor. Doris worked in home health care and as a carpenter’s assistant. They both retired at age 62. They enjoy family gatherings, their great-grandchildren’s ball games and the Packers. In their spare time they make pasties, do handwork and sewing, and enjoy music. For many years Ray and Doris traveled all over the United States remodeling retail stores.

The Sironens have three daughters: Polly (Robert) Beasy, Kenosha; Bonnie (Eugene) Misurelli, Kenosha, and Patricia Welch, Paddock Lake. They also have three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is to think positive and stay close to family.

Matrise 50th

Lifelong Kenosha residents Frank Sr. and Sandra Matrise celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Saturday with a family gathering at Maggiano’s Restaurant in Chicago.

Frank and the former Sandra Silk met at a Catholic Singles Bowling Center in the fall of 1960. They married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Nov. 21, 1964.

Frank retired from St. Joseph High School in 2006. A coach for 25 years, he was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010, and served as athletic director at the school for 42 years. He also retired as a summer city inspector in 2008. Frank is a member of the Wisconsin Catholic Guidance Association; American Football Coaches Association; Milwaukee Catholic Coaches Association; National Council of Secondary School Athletic Directors; American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Wisconsin Football Coaches Association; Wisconsin Athletic Director’s Association; Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Director Association; Wisconsin Association for Counseling and Development; National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association; Wisconsin Career Guidance Association; Pi Delta Kappa; National Administrators Association; Roma Lodge; Selection Committee for Holy Rosary Sports Night; Hall of Fame Committee at St. Joseph Catholic Academy; and was chairman of the Lakeshore Conference, 2002-2003.

Sandra retired from Carthage College in 2000. She served as president of the Christian Women Society at St. Mary’s Catholic Church; president of the Home and School Association and room volunteer at St. Mary’s Grade School; assistant Girl Scout leader at St. Mark’s Grade School, as well as on the Auction Committees at St. Mary’s Catholic Academy and St. Joseph Catholic Academy.

The Matrises have five children: Frank Jr. (Wendy) Matrise, Kenosha; Julie (Dave) Rivera, Kenosha; Gina (Adam) Wnuck, Foristell, Mo.; Kathy (Tim) Figlewski, Bolingbrook, Ill.; and the late Marie Matrise. They also have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

They say the key to a successful union is “thoughtfulness, faith in God, understanding and love for family. You have to work hard and enjoy life!”

Del Frate 60th

Ronald and Rose Marie Del Frate of Kenosha will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Casa Capri on Saturday.

Ronald Del Frate met Rose Marie Wurster in the cafeteria at St. Catherine’s High School in Racine. They were married on Nov. 25, 1954, at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church in Sturtevant. Ron is a lifelong Kenosha resident and Rose Marie has lived here since getting married.

Ron worked in the family business, Model Market. Rose Marie worked at Walker Manufacturing in Racine. Ron’s dedication to the family store didn’t leave time for vacations, but Sunday trips with the children proved to be fun and educational. The kids helped Ron build a carriage house, monkey bars and an in-ground trampoline, which became a favorite gathering place for the kids in the neighborhood. Now that they have time on their hands, they say they have discovered what a godsend the Senior Center is.

The couple has eight children: Catherine (Tod) Paulsen, Anthony Del Frate, Elizabeth (Jim) Gentile, James (Michelle) Del Frate, Fred Del Frate, David Del Frate, John (Pam) Del Frate and the late Mary Rose. They also have 12 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful marriage is lots of hugs and kisses. “Besides being longtime sweethearts, we are still best friends,” they added. They also feel fortunate to have been raised with strong Christian values.

Christiansen 65th

Oliver and Patricia Christiansen of Pleasant Prairie will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

Oliver and Patricia Ecklor met at Bradford High School in November 1946. They attended a high school dance held at Petrifying Springs and walked all over the golf course looking for the 17th hole to match Patricia’s age, taking the flag to keep as a memento of when they met. They were married in Kenosha at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, where they are still members, on Nov. 19, 1949.

Oliver served in the U.S. Army beginning in November 1946 and as part of the occupation of Japan from 1947 to March 1948. He retired from Christiansen Heating & Sheet Metal in 1989. Patricia worked at Vi Christensen Hair Salon from 1948 to 1955.

The Christiansens have three sons, all of Pleasant Prairie: Lee Sr. (Kathy) Christiansen, Glenn (Rita) Christiansen and Daniel Christiansen. They also have four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is “to love and respect each other as God has blessed our marriage and life together forever.”

Grochowski 60th

Joseph and Marcy Grochowski of Kenosha recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family.

Joseph and the former Marcy (Galeweski) met in South Milwaukee, where she worked with his sister at Fenger’s Bakery. They were married at St. Adalbert Church in South Milwaukee on Oct. 23, 1954. Joseph and Marcy lived in Waukegan before moving to Kenosha in 1957.

Joseph graduated from South Milwaukee High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1944 until he was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant on Nov. 30, 1946. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1951, he worked as a chemical engineer with Abbott Laboratories, holding several management positions in corporate engineering and traveling extensively to help build and oversee additions to Abbott plants all over the world. He retired in 1986 after 35 years. Marcy was a homemaker.

The Grochowskis have six children: Michael Grochowski, Kenosha; Patrick (Jacquelyn) Grochowski, Madison; Alan (Sue) Grochowski, Hoffman, Estates, Ill.; Paul (Barb) Grochowski, Pleasant Prairie; Susan (Scott) Sheaffer, Pewaukee, and Debra (John) Kunz, Lake Forest, Ill. They also have 12 grandchildren.

Joseph and Marcy have been members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for 57 years. They take one day at a time with love, respect and commitment. They also take great pride in their family.

Severson 50th

Rodney and Karen Severson of Kenosha recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a luncheon for family and friends at the Italian American Club.

Rodney and the former Karen Morris met at his 21st birthday party while he was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Station and she worked there as civilian. The couple married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kenosha on Nov. 14, 1964.

Rodney served in the U.S. Navy and retired from Abbott Laboratories in January 1998. Karen was a homemaker and worked at various jobs, including running her own cleaning business. She now works for Society’s Assets in Racine. They are active members of Crossway Community Church, including serving in the senior care ministry.

The Seversons have three children: Scott (Angie) Severson of Austin, Texas; Sanford (Lori) Severson of Kenosha, and Rodney Jr. (Stephanie) Severson of Union Grove. They also have four grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful marriage is putting Jesus and his word first.

Roach 50th

John and Sharon Roach of Wausaukee, Wis., will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Saturday with a reception at the Parkway Chateau.

John was born in Baraboo, Wis., and moved to Kenosha when he was a young boy. The former Sharon Gustavus was born in Kenosha. They met in April 1964 when he picked her up so she could babysit for his brother’s children. The couple married at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha on Nov. 14, 1964.

John retired after 40 years at J.I. Case, Racine, in 2004. He enjoys spending time outdoors and was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He also taught his girls how to hunt and was a member of the Kenosha Bowmen. Sharon retired from Brookside Care Center, Kenosha, in 2001 after 25 years of service. She also spent many years doing private nursing. She enjoys fishing, crocheting and was also a bow hunter. The couple enjoys trips to the casino, playing bingo, meeting with their friends and having fun with their usual crowd. John, Sharon and the family were members of the Kenosha Wheelmen and raced bikes at Washington Bowl, now known as the Washington Park Velodrome. The best part of retirement, they say, is when their grandkids come to visit.

The couple has three daughters: Samantha (Edward) Bell of Wallace, Mich.; Patricia Couvion of Wausaukee, and Jodi (Matt) Zahn of Kenosha. They also have five grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful marriage is being around family and friends, loving each other, being honest, laughing a lot and having faith.

Grno 65th

Lifelong Kenosha residents Bob and Emma Grno recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a small private party held in their honor. They plan to continue the celebration throughout the year with family and friends.

Bob and the former Emma Faraca met while she was working at her brother and sister’s portable diner, located on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 49th Street. They were married by the Rev. Stephen Fiedler at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Oct. 29, 1949. Their wedding reception was held at Burger Hall and the couple honeymooned at the Palmer House in Chicago, where they have celebrated many anniversaries since.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy as a photographer and film projectionist. He started a construction foundation company, partnering with others in Kenosha, and expanded into other commercial service businesses, including a gas station, car wash and laundromat. Bob designed and built the couple’s home and other family residences as well as performed commercial architectural design and engineering. He is an independent art photographer and stained glass artist. He built a 27-foot sailboat and enjoys sailing on Lake Michigan. Bob’s interests also include space, having photographed comets and many galaxies, and he was honored this year for his donation of a large telescope to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Astronomy Department for a future observatory.

Emma was employed by Specialty Brass Company, Great Lakes Naval Base and other U.S. Naval bases, and the Kenosha School District for 41 years, at Bose Elementary School. In 1987, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and women’s studies from UW-Parkside. She is a member and officer of Holy Rosary’s Catholic Women’s Club and active in church functions.

The couple enjoys music, oriental art and cooking their famous family recipes. They have traveled all over the U.S. and Emma has made a trip to Italy to visit relatives and the family’s hometowns.

Bob and Emma’s family of five grew to become a large and extended family with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Other Anniversaries

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

Norbert and Laydene (Prott) Fliess of Union Grove, 65 years on Nov. 19.

William and Tanya (Dezoma) Nelson of Kenosha, 60 years on Nov. 20.

— 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:

Pat and Julie (Nudi) Scott of Kenosha, 30 years on Nov. 17.

Ken and Linda (Ambrose) Chovan of Kenosha, 45 years on Nov. 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 this week include:

— Mike and Kathy (Fornero) Robinson of Burlington, 40 years on Nov. 9.

— John and Debbie (Myers) Cronin of Bristol, 35 years on Nov. 10.

— Earl Jr. and Barb (Garland) Belongia of Pleasant Prairie, 45 years on Nov. 15.

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

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