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Generations apart, a get-together

Senior Citizens Services teamed up with St. John's Episcopal Church of Clearwater recently to host a group of more than 30 middle school students for an information sharing session on life.

The students, who were attending St. John's Episcopal Church Vacation Bible School in Clearwater, were an attentive and inquisitive audience as 15 seniors rotated from table to table, sharing stories of the past and present, history, a changing world, as well as day to day challenges and joys.

The students, most of whom previously attended Plumb Elementary School in Clearwater, discovered their former school was named after the grandmother of Senior Citizens Services director Shirley Galatas, who was also in attendance.

Such good feedback was received by both sides after the event, another will be scheduled in the coming months, said Bob Wittenberg, executive director of Senior Citizens Services.

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Albert and Betty Plaskowsky of Clearwater celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family during a seven-day western Caribbean cruise in June.

The couple married May 20, 1961, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Stamford, Conn.

Both worked at Machlett Laboratories in Stamford before moving to Clearwater in August 1963.

Until 1971, he was a quality control inspector for Fairchild-Hiller Aircraft at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. He then worked 25 years as a central office equipment installer for General Telephone, retiring in December 1996.

She worked for Johnson & Johnson and also retired in 1996.

They are members of Light of Christ Catholic Church, and YMCA of the Suncoast, both in Clearwater.

He is a Korean War veteran and a member of American Legion Post 7, Clearwater.

The couple has traveled extensively, visiting Alaska and Hawaii, as well as 40 countries. Every two years they make a trip to Mrs. Plaskowsky's birthplace of Tortel, Hungary, where they visit with relatives.

They have a son, John Plaskowsky of Suwanee, Ga.; a daughter, Sharon Klein of Palm Harbor; and three grandchildren.

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Myrl Allinder took his bride of 55 years, Martha, out for dinner to celebrate their anniversary.

The couple, who reside in Clearwater, married July 18, 1956, in Augusta, Ga.

He served 30 years in the Marine Corps, took part in 375 combat missions, commanded three squadrons and retired as a colonel. He became a missionary in 1987 and has visited Africa, South America, Russia and Israel.

He is a volunteer chaplain at the Pinellas County Jail and serves the homeless and poor through Suncoast Haven of Rest Rescue Mission in Pinellas Park.

The couple have four children and five grandchildren.

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Robin M. Chize Wunder, daughter of Gordon and Margaret Chize of Dunedin, recently achieved board certification in geriatric pharmacy.

Wunder attended Florida State University for three years, and went on to pursue a degree in pharmacy at Northeastern University in Boston.

She currently works at Rose Medical Center in Denver.

Wunder is a graduate of Dunedin High School.

Generations apart, a get-together 07/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 7:31pm]
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