John and Alice Burke of New Port Richey celebrated their 50th anniversary twice: First at a party at the Summertree Recreation Facility, dining and dancing with 60 family members and friends, and then aboard ship on a Western Caribbean cruise with 22 family members.
The couple were married July 8, 1961, at Sacred Heart Church in Staten Island, N.Y.
Mr. Burke is retired from the Official Fire Department of New York and the United States Air Force Reserve. He also worked as a substitute teacher at schools in New York City and Dallas and Plano, Texas. He has a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in education from Wagner College in Staten Island and is a member of the Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
Mrs. Burke is a retired elementary school teacher who taught in Staten Island and Dallas and Plano, Texas. She has a bachelor's degree in education from Wagner College in Staten Island and a master's in education from the College of Staten Island. She is a member of the Delta Zeta and Beta Sigma sororities.
The couple moved to New Port Richey in 2007. They have three children and five grandchildren.
Cecil and Helen Bordner of Zephyrhills celebrated their 50th anniversary at a gathering with family and friends at their home.
The couple married Aug. 12, 1961, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church on Fourth Street in St. Petersburg. The Bordners moved to Pasco County from Largo in 1989.
Mr. Bordner is retired from horticulture and lawn service and Mrs. Bordner is a retired nurse. The couple has four children and one grandchild.