Ella Dietz was honored Sunday at a party for her 106th birthday at the Palm Harbor home she shares with her daughter, Ruth Adams. Her son Howard Nothacker of Port Richey attended the party along with many neighbors and friends. Publix Bakery donated a cake.
Mrs. Dietz was born Ella Freidrich on June 30, 1902, in Bavaria, Germany. She was the eldest of 13 children. Only one sibling (the youngest at 86) is still alive and resides in Seattle.
Mrs. Dietz came to Florida at the age of 50. She was widowed twice, in 1965 and 1992.
In addition, she has another daughter, seven grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. She attributes her longevity to a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, and "cooking from scratch."
Marie E. Guziec of Dunedin turned 103 years old on June 24.
She was born in Chicago on June 24, 1905, one of Anna and John Guziec's seven children. A younger sister, Anne J. Tanasz of Dunedin was born in 1921 on the same day as Ms. Guziec.
While living in Chicago, Ms. Guziec worked for Western Electric and also arranged flowers at her sister Anne's florist shop.
She never married and attributes her longevity to hard work and staying thin.
She has a niece and two grand-nephews.
Couple celebrate years together
Jack and Helen Shepherd of Palm Harbor recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Palm Harbor with friends, and in Michigan with family.
The Shepherds married June 26, 1948, in Detroit.
Jack Shepherd was a supervisor for the Wayne County Road Commission.
Mrs. Shepherd was an accountant for Nellis, Jahr and Steffen, a law firm in Westland, Mich.
They came here in March 1980 from Livonia, Mich.
Jack Shepherd is a member of Egypt Shrine Temple Club, Plymouth Rock Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Highland Lakes Men's Golf League and Highland Lakes Men's Club.
Mrs. Shepherd is a member of Highland Lakes Ladies Golf League.
Both belong to the Midwest Club and Highland Lakes Yacht Club.
The Shepherds enjoy golf, gardening, playing cards and traveling. Retired for 28 years, they have been active as volunteers at Highland Lakes.
They have two children, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
John and Diana Alestra of Clearwater were married June 27, 1943, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary at their home with family.
During World War II, John Alestra served in the military from 1942 to 1945. He later worked for the New York City Housing Authority, from which he retired in 1977.
Mrs. Alestra, a homemaker while raising the couple's children, later worked for the Metropolitan Savings Bank in Brooklyn. She also retired in 1977.
They have four children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Both agree that a strong commitment to their marriage vows "for better or worse" has kept them together all these years.
John and Ruth Byal were born and raised in the small town of McComb, Ohio. That's where the Palm Harbor couple married 65 years ago, on June 20, 1943.
They raised their family in Toledo, Ohio, where John Byal was a computer engineer for Libbey-Owens-Ford glass company.
Mrs. Byal was a professional organist and also sold musical instruments.
They have a son and a daughter, two granddaughters, and a grandson.
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