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Farago 50th

In honor of their golden wedding anniversary, longtime Kenosha County residents Ralph and Aurora Farago plan to take a family trip to Disney World and Naples, Fla.

Ralph came to the U.S. as a teenager with his mother, worked various jobs and served in the U.S. Army for two years as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. He then owned and operated Farago’s Pizzeria in Silver Lake. He returned to Albi, Catanzaro, Italy, to visit family and was introduced to Aurora Corea by Ralph’s sister and brother-in-law (Aurora’s cousin). The couple dated for three months before marrying at San Nicola da Tolentino on Dec. 20, 1964.

Ralph and Aurora, who was 18 at the time, moved to the U.S. for the opportunity to work and save money. The plan was to move back to Italy in five years, but they remained — with her learning English on her own and attending classes with her two children in tow in order to receive her U.S. citizenship.

Ralph and Aurora owned and operated Villa Capri Laundry and Drycleaning for 16 years, retiring in 1992. Ralph also worked as a technician at Canteen Corp. for 38 years before retiring in 2007. They are active members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, where she is a member of the Ladies Society and he is a member of the Holy Name Society. Ralph is also a member of the Italian American Club.

The couple values an active lifestyle. Ralph was the 1957 Golden Gloves boxing champ, a black belt in karate, a marathon runner, and his current love is cycling. Aurora keeps in shape by walking daily and can often be seen in the gym. Her other interests include sewing, knitting, cooking, baking and spending time with her grandchildren and family.

The Faragos have two children, Rita (Mark) Van Guyse of Pleasant Prairie and Chuck Farago of Kenosha. They also have three granddaughters, plus one grandson who died at birth.

They would tell others that the key to a successful and lasting relationship is to “Always have faith in God. You must be understanding and unselfish with each other and enjoy every moment with family.”

Stevens 65th

Fred Sr. and Esther Stevens will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Wednesday at the Casa del Mare assisted living facility in Kenosha.

Fred and the former Esther Pedersen met at Spot in the Woods, a small dance hall/tavern in Arkdale, Wis. They were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arkdale on Dec. 17, 1949. They have been Kenosha County residents for 45 years.

Fred is an Army veteran who was wounded in action in Korea and earned a Purple Heart award. He worked for Ladish Co., Tri-Clover Division, which became Alfa Laval before he retired. Esther worked for Jockey International.

The couple has five children: Fred Jr. (Pat Chastain) Stevens, Kerrville, Texas; Ronald (Betty) Stevens, Kenosha; Debbie (Bob Wheeler) Stevens, Kenosha; Susan (Jeff) Dempsey, St. Louis, Mo., and Jeffrey (Donna Gaddy) Stevens, Kenosha. They also have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

They say that mutual respect is the key to a successful and lasting relationship.

Kowalski 50th

Longtime Kenosha residents John and Olga Kowalski celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in three ways: with a two-week trip out west with friends, with an open house/party on Nov. 29 and with a vow renewal, which was held on Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where Olga works part time and is a member.

John Kowalski and Olga Allsopp’s fathers worked together at U.S. Steel, Gary, Ind. The two families became friends. At that time John was 8, and Olga was 6. John, his sister and his cousin attended Olga’s 6th birthday party. They were married by the Rev. Robert Trendel, who also performed the vow renewal, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Highland, Ind., on Nov. 28, 1964.

John is a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam, and works part time at KIX/Kutzler Trucking. The couple enjoys camping with friends, travel and football.

The Kowalskis have two children, both of Kenosha: Jamie (Dennis) Blatnik and Amy (David) Prondzinski. They also have five grandchildren, one of whom is deceased.

Huss 50th

Jim and Connie (Nelson) Huss of Rapid City, S.D., recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

Jim served in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1962. He was honorably discharged and returned to Bismarck, S.D., where the couple met and were married at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Nov. 27, 1964.

In January 1967, after finishing college, they moved to Kenosha, where Jim began his 30-year teaching career at Lance Junior High School. He also coached track and basketball and served as adviser to the yearbook and photography club. After retiring in 1997 he worked at Kenosha Memorial Hospital as director of volunteers. Connie worked at Carthage College for the Humanities and Social Science Divisions from 1985 through 2000, at which time she retired and they moved to Rapid City. Jim and Connie were members of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church.

The couple has two sons, Gregory (Barbara) Huss of Kenosha and Gary (Rebecca) Huss of Montgomery, Texas, and seven grandchildren.

They believe the secret to a lasting marriage is respect and love for each other and family.

Hartnell 50th

Lifelong Kenosha residents John and Eileen Hartnell celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a party for family and friends at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Nov. 29 in addition to a trip with two other couples to Yellowstone National Park.

John and the former Eileen Swan met in the summer of 1960 at the Washington Park Pool. They became high school sweethearts and were married at First Congregational Church in Kenosha on Dec. 5, 1964.

John worked for American Brass for 35 years and for Cardinali’s Bakery for 14 years, until each of the businesses closed. He also served as an assistant swim coach at Bradford High School for several years. Eileen worked at Ace Hardware for 28 years and Southern Lakes Credit Union for five years. She is a member of St. Paul’s.

The Hartnells have four children, John Hartnell Jr. of Oak Creek and Carl (Lynette) Hartnell, Jennifer (Sam) Avila and Michael (Melissa) Hartnell, all of Kenosha. They also have nine grandchildren.

They say the key to a successful relationship is honesty, being faithful and giving each other space.

Anderson 50th

Longtime Kenosha County residents Dave and Judy Anderson celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last month with a trip to take in the fall colors in Door County. Continuing the celebration, they will also attend tonight’s Trans-Infinity Orchestra’s Christmas Concert, followed by a dinner at their son’s home.

Dave Anderson and Judy Williams met in March 1964 while out with friends at Buddy Beek’s, a popular piano bar on Downer Avenue in Milwaukee. They were engaged shortly after Judy’s birthday in May of the same year. The couple married at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire on Dec. 6, 1964.

Dave started working at AMC in 1958 and on Jan. 1, 1990, retired from Chrysler as a supervisor in the Final Repairs Department. Judy worked as a bookkeeper for Acme Chemical Co. in Milwaukee until the couple moved to Kenosha in the spring of 1965. She worked as a bookkeeper at the Kenosha Yacht Club from December 1977 until her retirement in 2003. Dave and Judy enjoy photography, travel and, of course, their family and pets. In earlier years, Dave was an avid photographer with his own home studio for developing black and white photos.

The Andersons have two sons, Steven Anderson, Nowthen, Minn., and Daniel Anderson, Kenosha. They also have two grandchildren.

Westphal 65th

Lifelong Kenosha residents Wayne and Anita Westphal will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Wednesday.

Wayne noticed the former Anita Cervany at Grace Lutheran Church on Christmas Eve 1946 while she was singing in the choir. They were married at the church, where they are still members, on Dec. 3, 1949.

Wayne served in the military during World War II, stationed in Linz, Austria, and worked for the Kenosha News until his retirement in 1997. Anita was an organist for various churches, retiring in August 2013.

The Westphals have three children: David (Linda) Westphal of Kenosha; Wendy (Mike) Farrell of Bristol, and Randy (Lisa) Westphal of Somers. They also have eight grandchildren.

Daniels 60th

Carl and Shirley (Schattner) Daniels of Union Grove will celebrate their 60th anniversary with their children, grandchildren and members of their wedding party.

The couple first met at a local dance hall and they were married on Nov. 20, 1954, at Saint Sebastian Church in Sturtevant.

Carl was born on the family dairy farm and has lived his entire 81 years as a resident of Brighton Township in Kenosha County. Carl ran the dairy farm until he retired in 1996. He continues to help at the family farm, which is now operated by his oldest son as Mighty Grand Dairy. He has served on the Kenosha County Fair Board for over 30 years and the board of directors for Marine Bank. He enjoys traveling, playing golf, cards and has been an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4106 for more than 60 years.

Shirley was born and lived in Ives Grove until she married Carl. Shirley was a homemaker, raising seven children along with a part-time job at the University of Wisconsin 4-H Extension Office in Kenosha County. She was a member of the Central High School Board and its president for 24 years, and she served 52 years as Kenosha County 4-H sewing leader and a member of the H.C.E. In 1994 she graduated from Gateway Technical College with a degree in fashion merchandising. Shirley enjoys sewing, crafts and gardening.

Both are active in the Kenosha County Farm Bureau and are members of St. Francis Xavier Church and the Kenosha County Fair Association local and state organizations.

The Daniels’ children are Dave (Kim) Daniels of Brighton; the late Doug Daniels (Deb Butler of New Munster); Dawn (Steve) Novak of Rochester, N.Y., Dona (Larry) Turner of Beaver Dam; Dian (Byron) Biehn of Brighton; Dirk (Sara) Daniels of Kenosha, and Dodi (Mike) David of Minneapolis. They also have nine grandchildren.

They thank God for the blessings of family and friends and for the support they have been given to stay true to their vows taken on their wedding day and renew their continuing devotion to one another.

Other Anniversaries

Week of

Couples also celebrating significant anniversaries this week include:

— Bob and Marcia (Delcorps) Schmidt of Coto de Caza, Calif., 30 years on Dec. 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:

— Edward and Cheryl (Fontaine) Johnson of Kenosha, 45 years on Dec. 13.

— Bill and Louise (Wember) Redlin of Pleasant Prairie, 45 years on Dec. 13.

— Victor and Linda (Lusignan) Kosman of Kenosha, 40 years on Dec. 14.

— Rick and Kathleen (Hoey) Taylor of Kenosha, 25 years on Dec. 16.

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:

Christopher and Sara (Keepers) Voss of Kenosha, 15 years on Dec. 4.

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

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