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Kenneth and Judy Cramer mark 50th wedding anniversary with trip to Europe

Kenneth and Judy Cramer of Pinellas Park celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by traveling to London with their daughter, son-in-law and grandson, followed by a tour of France, Switzerland and Italy.

The Cramers were married June 6, 1959, at First Baptist Church, Niles, Mich., and moved to the area in 1966. Kenneth Cramer was a printer in Michigan, Indiana and Florida. He served in the Largo Fire Department, rising to deputy chief, and retired in 2004 after 26 years as Pinellas Park chief. Mrs. Cramer was a homemaker and worked in banking and with the Pinellas County School Board.

They have participated in craft shows and are members of First United Methodist Church of Pinellas Park. He is a member of the Fire Chiefs Association of Pinellas County, the Florida Fire Chiefs Association and the International Fire Chiefs Association. The couple have two children and four grandchildren.

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Dr. William E. and Jeanette Hale celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 15 at a dinner party at their home in Dunedin attended by family members.

The Hales married July 15, 1949, in Beckley, W.Va.

They came to Dunedin in 1962 from Philadelphia, where Dr. Hale finished his residency.

Now retired, he initially practiced internal medicine at Mease Dunedin Hospital, then founded the Florida Geriatric Research Program at Morton Plant Mease Hospital, Clearwater.

The Hales' daughter, Sara Simmons, says of her parents: "As a physician, my dad specialized and was interested in the elderly long before most people worried about elder affairs. The senior center in Dunedin was named in his honor."

Some of the organizations Dr. Hale has been involved with are the Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens, Florida Blood Services, Neighborly Senior Services, Partners N Progress, Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, Prospect Towers, the city of Dunedin, Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin, American Heart Association, Morton Plant Foundation, Pinellas County Medical Society, Salvation Army, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation and Senior Citizens Services.

Mrs. Hale's community involvement includes working with Mease Manor Foundation, Girl Scouts of America, Dunedin Public Library Foundation, Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin, First United Methodist Church, and others.

Both are members of the Carlouel Yacht Club, Clearwater Beach, Dunedin Country Club and the First United Methodist Church of Dunedin.

"My parents have been admired for their service, their deep love for each other and for dealing with adversity and poor health with a smile, a lack of complaining and a positive attitude," said Mrs. Simmons. "They've spent their entire lives serving the community."

In addition to their daughter, the Hales have two grandchildren.

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Nick and Betty Krouskos of Tarpon Springs joined 90 family members and friends from around the country July 25 at Mama Maria's Restaurant, where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in festive style.

The couple originally wed in a civil service July 25, 1959, and married in St. Nicholas Cathedral in December that same year.

After serving a tour of duty in Korea, Mr. Krouskos graduated from the University of Tampa. He is retired from more than three decades of teaching at John F. Kennedy Middle School, Clearwater.

Mrs. Krouskos graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College and worked as an office manager for several local textile companies.

The couple, both lifetime residents of Tarpon Springs, were honored by the church community of St. Nicholas Cathedral for 50 years of service and support to the Sunday school department, church bookstore, and other church and community programs.

They have two sons and two grandsons.

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Kenneth and Judy Cramer mark 50th wedding anniversary with trip to Europe 08/11/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 6:17pm]
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