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Wilma G. Wygant celebrates 100th birthday

Wilma G. Wygant of Palm Harbor celebrated her 100th birthday with a party Feb. 20 at St. Mark Village, where she has lived for 13 years. With balloons, flowers and gifts, Mrs. Wygant enjoyed ice cream and strawberry-filled cake and the company of family, friends and business acquaintances from Pennsylvania, Georgia, Maryland and Florida.

She was born Feb. 20, 1910, in Jersey City, N.J., to Ernest Ludwig Mueller Grau, a native of Germany who owned a Jersey City bakery, and Catherine Mussgiller, a homemaker. Her father lived to be 94 and her older sister, Marie, lived to 96.

She attended Catherine Gibbs Secretarial School and worked as an executive secretary to the president of Continental Oil Co.

She married James Michael Wygant on Oct. 25, 1941, at Our Lady of Victories, Jersey City.

Mr. Wygant was captain of the Jersey City Police Emergency Squad until his death in 1966.

That same year, she retired and came to Florida, where she lived for a time in Clearwater before moving to Palm Harbor.

The centenarian taught herself to read music by watching her older sister taking piano lessons. She loves opera, theater, world travel, word and card games and crossword puzzles.

She's known for her colorful sense of humor, is staunchly loyal to friends, and has always been a loving source of encouragement, aid and support to her family and friends.

Mrs. Wygant has no children, but is an adored aunt to three nephews and two nieces.

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Ken and Penny Remming of Clearwater celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 27 with a party at Hampton Inn Largo with family and friends.

The couple, originally from Rochester, N.Y., married there Feb. 27, 1960, at St. Theodore's Catholic Church.

They came here a year later from San Antonio, Texas, where Mr. Remming was serving in the Air Force.

He retired with the rank of major after 37 years with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

She is a homemaker and also worked in customer service.

They are members of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater.

He has an interest in model railroading. She has an extensive collection of moose items.

They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

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George and Louisa Williford of Largo celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary March 11 with dinner at PJ's Oyster Bar and later with a coffee and cake party at the clubhouse in their mobile home park in the company of family and friends.

The couple met on a Saturday night group date when she was 17 and he 21. In whirlwind fashion, the couple married seven days later.

While filling out the marriage license, Mr. Williford said, "I knew her only by her nickname, 'Bette,' and I was surprised when I saw the name Louisa."

The Willifords were married March 11, 1950, at a pastor's home in Springfield, Mo.

They first visited this area in 1993. After purchasing a home here, they traveled between Chattanooga and Largo until 2000, when they became permanent residents.

Mr. Williford owned GW Siding and Trim and worked 30 years as a self-employed contractor. The 81-year old retired this year.

In addition to being a homemaker, Mrs. Williford worked for Republic Parking at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

The couple enjoys taking walks together.

The Willifords have three children; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. They're proud of the fact that all are achievers.

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Sophomore Michael Purcell has been named February's State Farm Student of the Month and junior Olivia Kellin is Student-Athlete of the Month at Clearwater Central Catholic.

Michael is an honor student with a 4.4 GPA and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. In addition to being sophomore student council president, Michael is a member of the varsity soccer and JV tennis teams, the CCC Ambassadors leadership team, Model UN and Spanish Club. He is also an assistant editor of the student newspaper Central Voice. Michael traveled to Honduras last summer as a volunteer at the Farm of the Child (La Finca del Niño) and plans to return this summer.

Olivia is an honor student with a 4.1 GPA and a member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She is a member of the CCC varsity track team and participates locally in equestrian sports. She is also a member of the CCC Ambassadors and the International Club. Olivia plans to study environmental science at the University of Florida.

The awards, sponsored by the school and CCC alumnus Katherine Jones, of the Katherine Jones Insurance Agency, go to students who demonstrate leadership, dedication and hard work in the classroom, on the playing field, in extracurricular activities, and in the community.

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Wilma G. Wygant celebrates 100th birthday 03/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 8:00pm]
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