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Couples celebrate anniversaries

Six couples will be honored this evening at a Golden Agers Celebration at the Regency Heights mobile home complex in Clearwater. The Regionaires, a choral group, made up of residents of the park and directed by Marilyn Kelsey, will provide the entertainment, singing each couple's favorite songs. Jack Davis will act as toastmaster for the evening and Lloyd VanLente, a retired minister, will be the master of ceremonies. Couples being honored for 50 years of marriage are Bernice and Chester Tolman, married Aug. 23, 1940, in Southfield, Mich.; Eleanor and Bernard Double, married July 6, 1940, in Goderich, Ontario;

Estelle and Tom Morrissey, married May 4, 1940, in Philadelphia; Damie and Joe DiMatties, married Sept. 8, 1940, in Camden, N.J.; Isobel and C. C. (Tac) Agnew, married Oct. 26, 1940, in Toronto; and Virginia and Norman Sampson, married April 23, 1940, in Pittsburgh.

Betty Davis is chairwoman for the event.

Clarence and Bertha Mercer, formerly of Clearwater now living in Inverness, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday at an open house given by their daughters, Carol Corbin of Fort Myers, Joan Hunt of Clearwater and Phyllis Rogers of Atlanta.

The Mercers were married Feb. 10, 1940, by Judge John Brown at his home on Drew Street in Clearwater. Before retiring, Mercer operated a trucking business.

They have three daughters, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. They also had one son.

Barbara and Steve Papacek of Clearwater were married Dec. 23, 1939, in Chicago. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at a party in Fox Lake, Ill. Before retiring, he worked for 38 years for the Stewart Warner Corp. She retired as supervisor of a high school cafeteria after 27 years of service.

The Papaceks have two children and seven grandchildren.

Ernest and Kathryn Neill of Clearwater, married Jan. 27, 1940, in Indiana, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception at the Central Christian Church followed by a dinner at the Kapok Tree Restaurant.

The Neills came to Clearwater in 1955 from Crown Point, Ind. He retired from the Raynor Company after 25 years and is now a volunteer and part-time employee of Clearwater Community Hospital. She also volunteers at the hospital.

They have two children and four grandchildren.

Stanley and Jean White of Dunedin were married Feb. 2, 1940, in Flint, Mich. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at a cocktail party at home.

The Whites came to Dunedin in 1978. He is retired from Mott Community College where he was an instructor in oral communication.

She is retired from the Smith-Bridgman department store in Flint.

They have two children and two grandchildren.