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Joseph and Mary Nelson, lifelong Kenosha residents, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a dinner for family and friends at Fireside Restaurant on July 22.

Joseph and the former Mary Deignan were introduced by a friend and were married in Kenosha at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on July 26, 1958.

Joseph served on the destroyer USS Brush with the U.S. Navy, stationed in Subic Bay, Phillipines, from 1952 to 1956, and attained the rank of engineman third class. He retired in February 1996 after working for Simmons Factory, Easterday Paint Co., several building contractors and a 37-year career at American Motors/Chrysler. He is a member of Local Carpenters Union No. 161 and Local Union No. 72. Mary worked for 33½ years as a secretary at Electronics Supply Office, Great Lakes, Ill., Bose School and Bradford High School before retiring in January 2004.

The members of St. Peter’s Church enjoy traveling, spending Octobers in Door County with family, wintering in Fort Myers, Fla., and visiting their son and daughter-in-law’s lake home in Bracey, Va.

The Nelsons have three children: Janet (Greg Schneider) Nelson and Carolyn (Kenneth) Thomas, both of Kenosha; and Michael (Kelly) Nelson of Raleigh, N.C. They also have three grandchildren.

They say “faith in God, love of family and being there for each other” are essential to the success of a marriage.

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