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Cruise marks 50th anniversary

Norman and Agnes Shockley of Palm Harbor celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary the week of June 7 aboard a cruise given to them by their children at a surprise dinner in their honor a week before.

"It was a real surprise," said Mrs. Shockley. "We didn't have a lot of time to prepare. But the trip to the Cayman Islands and Cozumel from Tampa was beautiful!"

The Shockleys were married June 7, 1958, at Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Fords, N.J.

He worked as a pastry chef in New Jersey for many years, but when many of the mom-and-pop bakeries started closing, he began a second career as a chemical operator with Shell Oil in Sewaren, N.J., and retired after 23 years with the corporation.

Mrs. Shockley was a receptionist for Ecolab in New Jersey.

The couple came here in Feb. 1995 from Sewaren.

They are members of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Palm Harbor, and renewed their vows at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral Church, St. Petersburg.

The Shockleys enjoy traveling and taking trips with their children and grandchildren to Walt Disney World.

The couple have a son, two daughters, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Tom and Gilda Simpson of Clearwater celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends June 8.

They were married June 12, 1948.

Simpson, a 1945 graduate of Hamilton College, N.Y., was employed as a product engineer for Taylor Instrument Co. of Rochester, N.Y.

Mrs. Simpson worked in the litigation department of Eastman Kodak.

The couple came here in 1986 from Rochester.

He is a member of several bridge groups, and Mrs. Simpson belongs to the Suncoast New Neighbors.

Both have been 20-year AARP tax aid volunteers, and work with other AARP advocacy programs.

The Simpsons have three sons, and four grandchildren.


Norman and Shirley Shoup of Palm Harbor were married June 21, 1958, in Little Hill United Methodist Church, Franklin Park, Pa.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Pennsylvania on Sunday at an open house hosted by their children.

He worked as a civil engineer.

Mrs. Shoup was a secretary and homemaker.

Since retiring to Florida in 1984, the couple spends winters in Palm Harbor and summers in Baden, Pa.

The Shoups are members of St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, Tarpon Springs.

Both belong to Highland Lakes golf leagues and bridge club.

They have three children, and six grandchildren.

Palm Harbor teen becomes Eagle Scout

Jeff Drain, a member of Palm Harbor Boy Scout Troop 434, was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by the West Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He earned a total of 32 merit badges and is a member of the Order of the Arrow.

Jeff directed the construction of a campfire storage unit at Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor. The project was accomplished with volunteer labor and was funded through private donations.

The Palm Harbor University High School sophomore is the son of Jeff and Louise Drain of Palm Harbor.

Dunedin grad earns finance degree at USF

Jillian Howard Abramowski, Dunedin High School class of 2005, recently graduated from the University of South Florida's College of Business with a bachelor of science degree in finance.

Ryan Abramowski, her husband, is serving in South Korea with the U.S. Army.

Freeman earns master's degree

Laurie Freeman graduated June 3 with a master's degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in New Jersey.

She received her bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Duke University, Durham, N.C.

Freeman will spend the summer in Turkey where she will study the language with a critical language scholarship from the National Security Language Initiative, sponsored by the Department of State.

One of 13 Princeton graduate school attendees in 2008 to be selected as a finalist to the Presidential Management Fellowship, Freeman expects to pursue a career with the federal government.

Before attending Princeton, Freeman worked in Mexico City and Washington, D.C., for several nongovernmental organizations in the human rights field.

She is the daughter of Phil and Lurline Freeman of Palm Harbor.

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Cruise marks 50th anniversary 06/24/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 6:19pm]
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