The Thiels Harriet and George E. Thiel of New Port Richey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house Sept. 16 at their home, 5805 Grand Blvd.
Hosts for the celebration were their daughter Dianne DeVault and her husband Bill, and their son George E. Jr. and his wife Leslie, all of New Port Richey. Among the guests were their grandsons Greg DeVault and Jimmy Thiel and granddaughter Tracy Thiel, all of New Port Richey.
The Thiels are longtime residents of New Port Richey. He has lived here since 1919 and she since 1931. They were married Sept. 15, 1940, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
Before he retired, Thiel was a meat cutter. Mrs. Thiel was employed as a service representative by GTE.
She is a member of the Rosary Altar Society of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. Their hobbies are fishing, bowling and working in the yard. She enjoys cooking and making cookies.
Theil said he came to the area with his parents from Muncie, Ind., when he was 3. At 12, he was caddying for Gene Sarazen, of golfing fame, when he played on the golf course near the river just north of downtown New Port Richey. Mrs. Thiel came to the United States with her mother from Vienna, Austria. They lived in Chicago for three years but moved to New Port Richey during the Great Depression because it was warmer and would be less expensive to live. They both graduated from Gulf High School.
There were only 13 in his graduating class of 1935 and 33 in her class of 1938. Both of their children also are graduates of Gulf High School.
They recalled downtown New Port Richey was the hub of social activity when they were growing up here.
"All the stores closed on Wednesday afternoon," Mrs. Thiel said. "It was just fantastic living here then. Everybody knew everybody. In the '30s there used to be a smorgasbord at the Hacienda Hotel that everyone liked. The American Legion Paradise Post 79 was on Main Street then and had social functions. We had a Firemen's Ball and a St. Patricks' Day Dance. It was real nice. It is still nice but has changed a whole lot."
NEW PORT RICHEY _ John and Gladys "Dolly" Wilbur, 7640 Belah Drive, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a dinner party with family and friends at Lola's Restaurant in Port Richey.
Their children including their son Ron and his wife Margaret, a son Gary and his friend Sheila McKenzie, a grandson Terry and his wife Mary, all of New Port Richey, were hosts of the party.
Attending were his sister Mary Carpenter, who served the couple as a bridesmaid at their wedding on Sept. 14, 1940, at the Monson (Mass.) Congregational Church, and her husband Robert, who was an usher, and also his niece Carol Armstrong and her husband Ted of West Palm Beach.
They moved to Florida in 1961.
Before retiring, Wilbur worked for 18 years for Honeywell in Largo. Mrs. Wilbur was a teacher at Wee Wisdom Kindergarten in New Port Richey for 20 years.
They are members of the Honeywell Retirees Club and the Massachusetts Club. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge. She is a member of the New Port Richey Chapter of the Eastern Star and is a past president of the Massachusetts Club.
His hobby is his home machine shop. She is active in several clubs.
The Wilburs enjoy traveling in their camper with their chow dog Teddy Bear.
HUDSON _ Ernest P. and Mary E. Resner, 15716 Century Drive, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 18 at a family dinner at the Brown Derby.
The celebration was attended by their daughter Joan D. Bivens and her husband James of Santa Fe, Texas, Mark E. Resner and his wife JoAnn of Germantown, Md., and Michael E. Resner and his wife Suzanne of Heightsville, Md., and a grandson Michael S. Resner. Six of their grandchildren could not attend. They have 10 great-grandchildren.
They were married Aug. 18, 1940, in Hillsboro, N.C., at the home of the bride's parents.
Resner retired from government service in 1978 as a senior physical scientist on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Previously he served as the senior nuclear staff member on the first Nuclear Merchant Ship NS Savannah.
He was a member of Adm. Rickover's staff for the development and operation of the first nuclear submarine, SSN Nautilus 571.
He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 80. He is a Mason and a Shriner. Their hobbies are going to movies, dining out, traveling, fishing and painting.