For her 100th birthday, Marie Elizabeth Dill Anthony sat down to her favorite meal — a turkey dinner with all the fixings — surrounded by three generations of family at Stratford Court, Palm Harbor. Mrs. Anthony's family sang songs, read all the wonderful birthday cards and reminisced on shared memories throughout the years.
Mrs. Anthony has always lived her life without worrying about "the little things," and strong religious faith has kept her spirits high.
She was born Oct. 17, 1908, to coal miner Edward Carl Dill and his wife, Anne Barbara Satzinger Dill, in Johnstown, Pa. Five of her nine siblings are deceased, but sisters Loretta Gilkey and Marian Martin live in Mineral Point, Pa., and a brother, Earl Dill, and sister, Beatrice Selders, live in Johnstown.
After graduating from Johnstown High School, she married the Rev. Warren C. Anthony on Oct. 21, 1934, in Wrightsville, Pa. Three years later, while the couple was pastoring in Trenton, N.J., the German rigid airship Hindenburg crashed in nearby Lakehurst, N.J.
After ministering for more than 70 years, Rev. Anthony retired in 1996. Mrs. Anthony retired in 1970 from the Lake County Tax Assessors's Office in Tavares.
They arrived in Lakeland in 1951, then lived in Wildwood and Tavares. The couple lived nine years in Largo and 22 years in Clearwater before moving into assisted living facilities.
In 2005, Mrs. Anthony's husband of 70 years passed away after a brief illness.
The centenarian has spent many wonderful years creating joyous memories for all her loved ones. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren all have fond memories of baking cookies with "Nanna."
She has two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all living in the Tampa Bay area.
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Frank and Gwen Vetter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a dinner cruise with their children and extended family.
The Vetters were married Feb. 8, 1958, in Linton, N.D.
They moved to Clearwater Beach in 1986 from Michigan and now reside in Belleair.
Mr. Vetter taught and coached football in Michigan and was line coach from 1965-72 at Wayne State University, Detroit. Locally, he has worked 20 years as a pool monitor at Clearwater Point on Clearwater Beach.
Mrs. Vetter worked as a teacher's aide.
The couple are members of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater.
They have three children and two grandsons.
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John and Eileen Weeks of Clearwater were married Sept. 12, 1953, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, Lakeport, N.H.
They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with three of their children and their families and Mrs. Weeks' brother and his wife on a cruise to Alaska.
They came here Jan. 1, 1956, from Laconia, N.H.
The couple owned and operated a local auto repair and towing business.
The Weeks are members of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater, where Mrs. Weeks belongs to the Women's Guild.
They have six children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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Amanda N. Lindquist, daughter of Larry and Maria Lindquist of Palm Harbor, has been awarded the 2009-09 American Meteorological Society/Science and Technology Corporation Scholarship.
Ms. Lindquist is a graduate of Palm Harbor University High School and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in meteorology at Florida State University, Tallahassee.
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At its annual installation dinner, the Clearwater Civitan Club recently presented a $750 check to the principals of Paul B. Stephens and Calvin A. Hunsinger schools to help with tight budgets; a $500 check was presented to the Suncoast Epilepsy Association to assist with its public education programs; and the Homeless Emergency Project received a $500 check as an early donation toward its annual Children's Christmas Celebration.