Ronald and Diane (Balz) Dietman, who met on a blind date and were married one year later, on Oct. 26, 1968, plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family party.

Ron and Diane retired in 2008, from R&R Construction and The Pear Tree, respectively. Ron has also worked in the ski patrol at Wilmot Mountain for 22 years. The lifelong boaters and waterskiers, who taught many others to water ski, were members of the Ski-Noshan Ski Club for over 50 years and Cub Scout leaders. The couple enjoys spending time at their a home up north.

The Dietmans have six children: Debra Grammar, Apollo Beach, Fla.; Terri Janulis, Greenville, S.C.; Ron Dietman, Kenosha; Tammie Klemm, Kenosha; Ryan Dietman, Wadsworth, Ill.; and Gregg Dietman, Paddock Lake; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

They say the key to a lasting relationship is to be forgiving, loving and not holding a grudge.