Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Clearwater couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary

Theodore and Minnie Burt of Clearwater celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Friday at an open house with family.

They married Dec. 15, 1939, in Oakwood, Ohio.

He retired as a real estate associate. She taught elementary school for 28 years, both in Ohio and at Plumb Elementary in Clearwater.

The Burts have a son, Ted Burt of Trenton; two daughters, Jane Zimmer of Clearwater and Judy Mallett of Seminole; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

• • •

Anthony and Mary Pikos celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 16 with family and friends in Tarpon Springs, the city in which the couple and their children reside.

The Rev. George Bartz officiated the Pikos' wedding Oct. 16, 1949, in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Youngstown, Ohio.

Mr. Pikos, son of Tarpon Springs' first generation of Greek immigrants, grew up during the Great Depression and at the age of 9 began shining shoes to earn money. Since the need to work was great, he attended school only intermittently, but maintained high marks.

A Navy veteran of World War II, he served from 1942 to 1946 and participated in major amphibious landings in the Mediterranean and European theaters. He held the rank of signalman first class and chief petty officer, was skilled in Morse code signaling and, as a member of the landing craft infantry, transported troops while under enemy fire. He attended officer candidate school at the University of Chicago, where he earned a 4.0 grade point average.

During his working career, he held positions as a meat cutter; a steelworker at Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co.; a journeyman machinist; an expert production welder for McKay Machines in Youngstown; a master carpenter; and an employee of Fisher Body, a division of General Motors in Lordstown, Ohio.

Mrs. Pikos, originally from Campbell, Ohio, is a homemaker, seamstress, charities volunteer and schoolteacher.

The couple came here in 1985 from Campbell.

They are members of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Tarpon Springs.

The couple have three children; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

• • •

Five generations of the Carter family recently posed with Santa for a holiday photograph. They are granddaughter Mary Dion of Palm Harbor; matriarch Mary Ann Carter of Clearwater; great-granddaughter Laura Dion of Port Richey holding great-great grandson Alex; and daughter Deborah Bennett of Tampa.

In addition to daughter Deborah, Mary Ann and husband Charles "Curt" Carter have a son and three daughters.

• • •

Prize and ribbon winners in the recent student charrette on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College were named in six categories and best of show.

Phil Riera was awarded best in show for his work Stressed Passenger.

First-place winners in the following categories were: painting, Christopher Dotson; illustration, Kelly Young; design I, Brittany Anderson; drawing I, Rachael Hernandez; drawing II, Kevin Brophy; and group projects and mixed media, Minal Dulani and Yogesh Dulani.

The work was judged by Lynn Whitelaw, director of the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, and Judith Powers, cultural affairs director for Pinellas County.

• • •

Curlew Creek Elementary was awarded the Judge Karl Grube "Extra Mile Award" for its outstanding participation in the "Walk This Way" program during a presentation Dec. 16 at the school in Palm Harbor. Judge Karl B. Grube and representatives from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Palm Harbor Fire Department and All Children's Hospital were in attendance.

The award is given annually to a school that demonstrates outstanding achievement in its participation in the "Safe Kids Walk This Way, Walk and Roll to School Day" initiative. Criteria include committing to annual participation, completing the event evaluation by deadline and implementing a "walking school bus" program.

Clearwater couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary 12/29/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 6:35pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Analysis: Manchester attack was exactly what many had long feared


    LONDON — For Britain's security agencies, London always seemed like the likely target. For years, the capital of 8 million with hundreds of thousands of weekly tourists and dozens of transit hubs had prepared for and feared a major terror attack.

  2. Dade City man dies after crashing into county bus, troopers say

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 38-year-old man died Tuesday after colliding into the rear of a county bus on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  3. Suspicious device at Pinellas Park home was a spent artillery round, police say

    Public Safety

    PINELLAS PARK — Bomb squad investigators determined that a "suspicious device" found at a Pinellas Park home Tuesday afternoon was a spent artillery round, police said.

  4. NFL rewards Tampa Bay's track record, preparation with another Super Bowl


    Tampa Bay got lucky on Tuesday.

    We are getting a Super Bowl. We are getting a Super Bowl that we weren't supposed to get. We're getting a Super Bowl that we once were told we wouldn't get.

    Then came good luck.

     Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer (left) and son Edward Glazer celebrate the Bucs win and their upcoming trip to San Diego and the Super Bowl.  

[Bill Serne | Times]
  5. Baker fundraiser all about "Seamless City"


    Rick Baker kicked off a fundraiser Tuesday night at the Morean Arts Center making light of his 40-minute announcement speech two weeks ago on the steps of City Hall.

    Rick Baker speaks at a fundraiser at the Morean Arts Center Tuesday