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.
Anthony and Rita Bisciglia of Pleasant Prairie will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary tonight with a family dinner.
Tony spotted the former Rita Savaglio on the Bradford High School Homecoming Court float during the Memorial Day Civic Veterans Parade and thought she was someone he should get to know. They did not connect until a Labor Day wedding reception, where they met, danced and agreed to get together. The couple married at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where they are still members, on Aug. 22, 1964.
Tony served as a member of the U.S. Air Force 440th Troop Carrier Wing and received a Presidential Citation for service in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Devoting over 50 years to education, he worked as a teacher/counselor in the Milwaukee Public Schools and as an elementary and a junior high school principal in Kenosha Unified Schools. He served as KUSD superintendent until his retirement in 1995. Since then, he has been an educational consultant and for 15 years was the editor/publisher of “The Effective School Report.” He has served as president of the Rotary Club of Kenosha West, UW Alumni Association of Kenosha, United Way Board, Serra Club, Phi Delta Kappa and the KUSD Administrators Association. He is currently vice president of All Saints Catholic School Board. He has chaired numerous fundraising efforts, including the United Way Annual Campaign and the Archbishop’s Fund Appeal in Kenosha County. He also served as chairman of the group that helped develop the first Area Development Plan for Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and Somers. Rotary International awarded him a Group Study Award to study education in Australia.
Rita operated Little Learners Preschool as its teacher/director for 25 years until her retirement in 2000. She served as president of the Kenosha’s Junior Women’s Club and St. Mary’s Catholic Church Altar Society. She served on various boards, including the Forest Park School and McKinley Junior High PTAs, Kenosha Girl Scout Council and Bradford’s 1959 Reunion Committee. She is also a member of the Holy Rosary Altar Society.
The Bisciglias have three children, all of Pleasant Prairie: Anthony J. Bisciglia, Susan (Kevin) Murray and Linda (Daniel) Chiappetta. They also have eight grandchildren.
They attribute the following to their successful union: “We have a deep, strong love, commitment and respect for each other and our family. Also, a strong faith and belief in God has been very important. And finally, having a sense of humor and a positive outlook has been wonderful through the years.”
Jim and Sherry (McDermott) Luzar of Chapin, S.C., plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a tour of Scotland and Ireland.
The couple married in Kenosha at St. Mary Catholic Church on Aug. 22, 1964. Jim was a Kenosha County resident for 25 years and Sherry for five.
Jim attended Kenosha schools and earned a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne and spent 35 years in the plastic industry as a controller, operations manager and in sales management positions. Sherry graduated from Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio, and worked as an X-ray technologist at Kenosha Hospital and various sports medicine clinics. The couple retired in 2000 to Lake Murray, S.C., after having lived in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Dallas.
The Luzars have four children: Jamie (Chuck) Shive, Mason, Ohio; Jodie (Rick) Silva, Augusta, Ga.; John (Wendy) Luzar, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and Jerry (Shannon) Luzar, Smyrna, Ga. They also have 10 grandchildren.
They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is to “be flexible, respect each other, solve problems together, enjoy similar activities, laugh a lot and remember that God comes first, then Gallo followed by Guinness!”
Roger and Sandra (Klemens) Beth of Bristol celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary at their home on Squaw Lake in Minocqua, Wis.
The lifelong Kenosha County residents were married at St. John’s Church in Paris on Aug. 8, 1959.
The Beths have three children: David (Sharon) Beth of Brighton, Doug (Becky) Beth of Eagle, Wis., and Deanna (Kurt) Krumm of Paris; and seven grandchildren.
Roger retired as an electrician from American Motors/Chrysler. Sandra worked as a registered nurse for the Wisconsin Southern Center, Kenosha Hospital and the Paris Rescue Squad. She was one of the original members of the squad, with Roger driving her to the calls. They are active members of St John’s Church. The couple enjoys their Squaw Lake home and spending time with their grandchildren.
They say the key to a lasting relationship is “Enjoying the great times and working through the hard ones. Giving all you have to family and friends and loving every minute you share with them. Watching our children grow up and give us grandchildren. Taking care of each other and holding hands.”
Charles and Jean Kuklenski, both raised in Kenosha, celebrated their golden anniversary on Aug. 1 at a party with family and friends at Jantz’s Club.
Charles and the former Jean Coshun met through mutual friends and married at St. Mark Catholic Church in Kenosha on Aug. 8, 1964.
Charles served as a staff sergeant in the National Guard for six years and retired from American Motors/Chrysler in 1988 after 30 years. Jean worked as a teacher and principal in Kenosha’s Catholic school system, retiring from St. Therese School in 2006. Charles enjoys spending time working in the yard and on his classic car. Jean has done some redecorating in the house and has fun meeting up with her friends.
The Kuklenskis have two daughters, Joanne (Todd) Padgett of Oklahoma and Jodi (Brian) Rummelhart of Pleasant Prairie, and six grandchildren.
They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is to work at it like you would for any job you want to succeed at, listening to each other, compromise and staying close with your family.
Roger and Sara Lyngen of Kenosha celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Saturday with family and close friends at Fireside Restaurant and Lounge.
Roger and the former Sara Hughes met in 1960 at Club Midway and Ballroom in Independence, Wis. They were united in marriage at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Whitehall, Wis., on Aug. 8, 1964.
Roger graduated from Whitehall High School in 1956 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving for two years. In 1962 he moved to Kenosha to work for AMC/Chrysler, where he had a 38-year career before his retirement in 2000. Sara graduated from Independence High School and Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, Minn. She has been employed for 39 years by the Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Kenosha SC for Drs. Amrit K. and Kulwant S. Dhaliwal.
The Lyngens have two children: John (Cheryl) Lyngen of Kenosha and Brenda (Kevin) Cantwell of Caledonia.
They attribute the success of their lasting relationship to patience, understanding, the love of a great family and friends and their faith in God.
The Rev. Grady and Bonnie (Wagner) Nichols of Kenosha celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 19. The couple was married June 1, 1954, at First Baptist Church in Kenosha.
Grady served in the 45th Thunderbird Division of the 179th Medical Company during the Korean War. He retired after 43 years of ministry in the Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee areas. He was bi-vocational pastor in his early ministry until he retired in 1973 from Fansteel in North Chicago, where he was employed for 34 years. He was instrumental in starting two churches in the Kenosha area: Fellowship Baptist Church and Pleasant Prairie Baptist Church. He enjoys fishing and spending time with his family. In addition to helping her husband in his ministry, Bonnie was a preschool, kindergarten and quilting teacher. She has taught children in Sunday school for 43 years and is known as “Miss Bunny.”
The couple has three children: Lorri Jackson of Kenosha, Larry Nichols of Racine and Kelly Nichols of San Francisco. They also have two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
They feel that in a successful marriage it is important to put God first.
Lifelong Kenosha residents William and Charmayne Spencer celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 28 with a surprise luau-themed reception attended by family and friends at the home of Eric La Macchia.
Bill Spencer and Char Ausen met as playmates at 4 years of age. They danced at local dance halls during junior high and began dating in high school when he took her home after a dance in his 1940 Chevrolet Coop called the “Little Demon.” They married at Bethany Lutheran Church on June 27, 1964.
Bill worked for American Brass for 38 years, Lawter International and retired from Great Lakes Naval Base. Char is a homemaker and volunteer.
The Spencers have four children, all of Kenosha: Rhonda (Jeff) Kozerski, Grant Spencer, Lee Ann Powell and Shannon (Anthony) Domenk. They also have six grandchildren.
They say the key to a successful and lasting relationship is patience, accepting all the ups and downs and having a strong, loving and supportive family.
Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries include:
— Jan K. and Patricia M. (Roberts) Ocker of Kenosha, 20 years on Aug. 13.
— Thomas and Mary (Wieczorek) Kressin of Kenosha, 40 years on Aug. 17.
— Kenneth and Laura (Koos) Rasch of Kenosha, 30 years on Aug. 18.
— Frank and Shirley (Frederick) Furlin of Kenosha, 65 years on Aug. 20.
— Lawrence and Laura (Glassen) Christensen of Somers, 20 years on Aug. 20.
— Bob and Betty (Schmidt) Raddatz of Kenosha, 65 years on Aug. 20.
Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries include:
— Mario and Maria (Greco) Miceli of Kenosha, 45 years on Aug. 3.
— Robert and Marla (Doxtater) Fischer of Kenosha, 30 years on Aug. 4.
— Bryon and Rebecca (Frye) Kozak of Pleasant Prairie, 15 years on Aug. 14.
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Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:
— Tony and Linda (Potenziani) Ceschin of Kenosha, 30 years on July 21.
— Ron and Cindy (Erickson) Peterson of Kenosha, 25 years on July 29.
— Randy and Jeanie (Raith) Le Claire of Kenosha, 10 years on July 31.
— Cody and Stephanie (Seidler) Koprovic of Kenosha, five years on July 31.