Charlotte Weisenbach of Palm Harbor is a busy lady. She does alterations for friends on her sewing machine, bakes cookies as gifts every Christmas and volunteers at Suncoast Hospice once a week, a practice she began many years ago.
Weisenbach penciled in time for her 105th birthday party Aug. 9 at St. Mark Village, where she's lived since 1981. About 20 family members celebrated the family matriarch's milestone event.
She was born Aug. 10, 1906, in Irvington, N.J., the youngest of Ferdinand and Louise Maull's seven children.
Following her high school graduation, she attended two years of normal school where she received training as a teacher.
In 1930, she married Ed Weisenbach in Irvington.
The centenarian-plus retired from teaching in the early 1970s. Her husband was a supervisor for New Jersey Bell Telephone.
The couple came to Clearwater in 1979 after Mr. Weisenbach's retirement and moved to Palm Harbor in 1981.
Mr. Weisenbach died in 1999.
She has two sons; two daughters (one now deceased); 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Ellen Wade, activities director at St. Mark Village, is impressed by Weisenbach's energy and positive attitude. "She'll be doing some sewing and pop into my office to ask if we have any gold buttons," said Wade, laughing. "She's really incredible."
Weisenbach holds herself to high standards and believes "if it's worth doing, do it right, do it right the first time!"
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In honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, Dominick and Rosemary Rocco of Dunedin gathered with friends at the Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater.
The Roccos married July 4, 1961, at St. Adalbert Catholic Church, Flushing, N.Y.
He worked as a clerk with New York City's Supreme Court, Criminal Division. She worked as a medical assistant to four OB-GYNs in New York City.
They came here Dec. 16, 1991, from Maspeth, N.Y. Memberships include St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and the Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater.
He volunteers his time at the Dunedin Library and Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater, where he has been a past president and purchasing manager. She enjoys taking care of her family and grandchildren.
The Roccos have five children; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
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Larry and Brenda Jones of Oldsmar celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at several parties with friends and on June 30 with family at Bern's Steak House in Tampa.
The couple married July 29, 1961, at Jackson Park Baptist Church, Kannapolis, N.C., where Mrs. Jones was church organist.
He is a 1964 graduate of the University of North Carolina and began his career as a manufacturer's representative for medical products. He retired in 2005 as president of Clinical Dimensions in Clearwater.
She graduated from business school in Chapel Hill, N.C., and attended the University of North Carolina. She worked for Blue Cross of Chapel Hill and also worked 12 years at Stein Mart.
They came here in July 1975 from Atlanta.
They are members of Calvary Baptist Church, Clearwater and are charter members of Countryside Country Club, where they've enjoyed many years of tennis.
The couple has traveled to Europe, Tahiti, Barbados, San Francisco and much of the U.S. and Canada.
They have three children and four grandchildren.
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Jacob and Beverly Voreis of Clearwater celebrated 50 years of marriage with a two-week Mediterranean cruise.
The couple married July 29, 1961, at First Baptist Church, Bloomington, seven months after their introduction at a Christmas party she hosted.
They came here in 1997 from Louisville, Ky.
He worked 46 years as a newspaperman in Indiana and Kentucky and retired in 2007 from the St. Petersburg Times.
She worked as a human resources administrator and executive secretary before retiring in the 1990s.
The couple enjoys playing tennis and are members of Henry McMullen Tennis Complex, Clearwater.
They attend Heritage United Methodist Church, Clearwater.
They have two children and seven grandchildren.