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Couples mark 50th, 60th anniversaries

Loren and Sandy Morlan of Largo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 1, 2007, with an open house hosted by their children.

The Morlans were married Nov. 29, 1957, in Miami, Okla.

The couple came here in 1974 from Joplin, Mo. Mr. Morlan is a retired attorney who practiced in St. Petersburg and Tampa. Mrs. Morlan worked for the state of Florida and also for All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg.

After retiring, they spent several years out west, traveling in their recreational vehicle.

The Morlans have three sons and six grandchildren.

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Albert and Sondra Jones of Clearwater were married Feb. 28, 1958 at Central Christian Church in St. Petersburg.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a grand party hosted by their children at Sylvan Grove Clubhouse in Brooksville.

Mr. Jones is a Maryland native and served 22 years in the Air Force. He then worked 13 years for a lumber company.

Mrs. Jones came to Florida at 16. She is a 33-year employee of Sensor Systems LLC in St. Petersburg.

The couple have three children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

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In honor of their 60th wedding anniversary, Gene E. and Dolores M. Jordan of Clearwater were given a 1950s-style cocktail party by their children March 22 at the Jordan home attended by a few friends and family members.

Visitors from out of town included their son, Max Jordan and his wife Cindy of Chelmsford, Mass., and daughter Lisa Binstead of Ocala. Also here for the occasion were granddaughter Amy Varner and great-grandsons Jordan Varner and Jacob Varner, all of Centreville, Va.

The Jordans were married March 21, 1948, at Cross Lutheran Church in Omaha, Neb.

They moved to St. Petersburg in 1973 from Omaha, and to Clearwater in 1975.

Mr. Jordan served as a pilot in World War II and the Korean War, and retired as a colonel in the Air Force Reserves.

He was Omaha city public works. He later held the same position for three years with St. Petersburg before becoming public works administrator for Pinellas County. He retired in 1991.

Mrs. Jordan was a homemaker who enjoyed pursuing her artistic side through oil painting, knitting and creating beautiful decorative embroidery.

The Jordans are active members of Bethel Lutheran Church in Clearwater.

Mr. Jordan is a member of the Gideons and also the Daedalions, a professional military pilots association at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. He also has been a member of several professional engineering societies.

The couple have three children, including Linda Jordan Inglis of Palm Harbor, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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Val and Dorothy Duszynski of Safety Harbor will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary twice, first with a party this month and another in June with family from California, New York and Indiana.

The Duszynskis were married April 17, 1948, at Most Holy Redeemer Church, Buffalo, N.Y.

They came here in 1984 from Syracuse, N.Y. Mr. Duszynski worked 40 years as a manager with AT&T. While in Buffalo, Mrs. Duszynski worked in accounting for Worthington Pump & Machinery Corp. until the couple moved to Syracuse.

They are members of All Saints Catholic Church in Clearwater, and both belong to the American Legion and Loyal Order of Moose.

They enjoy visiting the Hard Rock Casino and taking day trips with the Briar Creek Clubhouse.

The Duszynskis have two children, Diane Bratt of Los Alamos, Calif., and Paul Duszynski of Syracuse; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Art museum honors young student artists

The Gulf Coast Museum of Art held an opening reception and awards ceremony for Creative StART for Pinellas students in K-5 March 16 in the museums' student exhibition gallery at 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo.

All entrants received a certificate of achievement. Three students received an award of excellence for outstanding work, along with a U.S. Savings Bond, and their teachers received a gift from the museum to recognize their efforts as art educators. Award winners were Gabriela Alvarez of Garrison-Jones Elementary School, art teacher Elizabeth Barnes; Alysia Leveutte of Eisenhower Elementary School, art teacher Carole Jenkins; and Rachael Lou of Lake St. George Elementary School, art teacher Beverly DeWese.

Hospice receives $100,000 donation

On March 18 at Bright House Network Field in Clearwater, Hospice of the Florida Suncoast was awarded a check for $100,000 by the Moyer Foundation. The money will benefit Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for children 8-17.

The Moyer Foundation, founded in 2000 by Philadelphia Phillies All-Star pitcher Jaime Moyer and his wife, Karen, has raised more than $14-million to assist more than 140 organizations that provide services to children in distress.

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Couples mark 50th, 60th anniversaries 04/22/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 10:56am]
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