Helen and Bob Brass of Largo recently celebrated 70 years of marriage. They were married on Oct. 11, 1942, at Parris Island, S.C., just before Mr. Brass left to serve in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was 19 and she was 17.
Mr. Brass was stationed in San Diego and then Hawaii. On one occasion, he typed a letter to his wife that told the story of a young Marine who was loyal and dedicated to new his wife and family and his country. The letter, which Mrs. Brass still has, was typed on a roll of paper that ended up being 10 feet long.
The couple became owners of a construction company after Mr. Brass served his country. Upon retiring, they became volunteers for the National Parks Service and have been recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Brasses have two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Paula and Colin Gaynair of St. Petersburg celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with dinner and attendance at an Arturo Sandoval concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The Gaynairs were married on Oct. 26, 1957, in Kingston, Jamaica, and immigrated to St. Petersburg in 1978.
Mr. Gaynair was a human resources manager until he retired. The couple owned and managed Salon dePass, formerly the Beauty Collection in Marina Village Plaza, for 25 years. They are active members of Pinellas Community Church, where they support families living with cancer and serve as mentors to young married couples.
The Gaynairs have three children and two grandchildren.
Martha and Bernard Kaz-mierski Sr. of Seminole celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner and the renewal of their vows at Blessed Sacrament Church. Mr. Kazmierski was born in Scott Township, Pa., and Mrs. Kazmierski is originally from Dickson City, Pa., where they married on Oct. 20, 1962, at St. Mary's Visitation Catholic Church. The Kazmierskis recall trying to honeymoon in Florida, but the Cuban missile crisis developed and they headed back to Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kazmierski is a veteran and a graduate of the University of Scranton. He was an engineering supervisor at Babcock and Wilcox in Scranton before transferring to Florida in 1984, where he worked until his retirement. Mrs. Kazmierski is a homemaker and worked as a correspondent for the Scranton Times. After their move to Florida, she worked as an accountant at Seminole Florist and later became the secretary at St. Justin Martyr Church in Seminole until her retirement.
They have four children and eight grandchildren.