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Palm Harbor couple marks 60th anniversary with Greek dinner

Leonard and Teresa Stegmann of Palm Harbor celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a Greek dinner at Mykonos restaurant in Tarpon Springs with their son and daughter-in-law. The couple also visited Seminole Hard Rock Casino.

The Stegmanns married Sept. 10, 1950, in Ozone Park, N.Y.

He is an Army veteran and served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division. After military service, he worked 25 years a police officer in Richmond Hill, N.Y.

They came here in 1989 from Bethpage, N.Y.

The couple traveled to Europe and also took a 7,000-mile drive across the United States, visiting America's great landmarks and national parks.

The Stegmanns raised three sons.

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To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Richard "Dick" and Diana Koch of Palm Harbor vacationed for two weeks in Paris, took a river cruise to the Mediterranean, and gave lunch to 40 friends at a dance group and to 100 more at Crystal Beach Community Church, where the couple are members. They plan to take a Caribbean cruise later this year.

They married Sept. 24, 1960 in Minneapolis.

The couple vacationed in Florida many times over the years and, in 1970, Mr. Koch promised his wife they would retire here and move away from harsh Minnesota winters. That promise became a reality when they resettled here in 1997 from St. Louis Park, Minn.

He was a psychology teacher at St. Louis Park High School and a real estate investor. She had a career in interior design.

They were owners of an 8,000-square-foot antique mall.

They tutored at Highland Lakes Elementary for five years, and both are deacons at Crystal Beach Community Church, where she is on the Missions Committee and also runs the thrift shop.

The couple play duplicate bridge and dance twice weekly.

They've visited 55 countries since 1960. During a 1984 trip, they drove round-trip from Frankfurt, Germany, to Istanbul, Turkey, in a rented Volkswagen with no advance reservations. They look back on it as a great adventure.

The couple have two children.

Palm Harbor couple marks 60th anniversary with Greek dinner 09/28/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 8:19pm]
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