Martha and Frank Dombrowski were honored Feb. 9 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg along with other couples who have been married 50 years and longer. The Dombrowskis have been married the longest, 78 years.
They were married June 29, 1914, at St. Casimir's Catholic Church in Detroit. She was 15 and he was 20. When they were married, she gave up her U.S. citizenship. She and her husband became naturalized U.S. citizens together. They explained that it wasn't until the Congressional Citizenship Act was passed in 1922 that a woman retained her United States birthright even if she married a foreigner.
Their son, Frank Jr., and his wife, Evelyn, live in Port Richey and their daughter, Marylou Piotrowski, and her husband, Charles, live in Sutton's Bay, Mich. They have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She will be 94 on Aug. 18, and he will be 99 on Sept. 8. She recently had her driver's license renewed for six years.
Dombrowski owned and operated a coal business in Detroit until his retirement, when they moved to West Palm Beach. Ten years later they moved to Port Richey to be near their son and his family.
Mrs. Dombrowski said she spends her time taking care of her husband, doing housework and cooking. "We enjoy dining out when our son Frank and his wife Evelyn take us," she said.
Dombrowski spends his time reading his Prayer Book.
PORT RICHEY _ The Rev. Evans and Vaylle Mitchell celebrated their 50th anniversary on Jan. 11 when they were honored at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Port Richey. The Rev. Stanley Wade led them in the renewal of their wedding vows.
A reception followed in Fellowship Hall. The ceremonies were videotaped.
The couple married Jan. 11, 1942 in Evans Center, N.Y.
They have three children, Gary of Silver Creek, N.Y., Linda Beresniewicz of Cassadaga, N.Y., and Mary Beth Campbell of Punxsutawney, Pa. They have four grandchildren, Daniel Mitchell, Paul Huels, Gayle Mitchell and Jeffrey Campbell.
Mitchell was pastor for the Wesleyan Church in Silver Creek for 17 years. He is now semiretired and associated with campsite evangelism.
She taught Sunday school for 40 years.
Both are active in the church, and they enjoy camping.
BAYONET POINT _ Arthur and Edith (Tiny) Malty of Bayonet Point celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary Nov. 21 with their square dance group at Embassy Civic Center clubhouse in Port Richey.
The couple married Nov. 21, 1936, in River Rouge, Mich., at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
They lived in Dearborn, Mich., before moving to Florida in 1978. He was a supervisor for Chrysler and retired from the engine plant in Trenton, Mich.
Their children are Beverly J. Fitzpatrick and her husband, Fitz, of Newport, Mich., Arthina J. Pendrick and her husband, Gordon, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mary Ann S. Blasutti and her husband, Dave, of Detroit, and a son Arthur J. of Milford, Mich. They have 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
They are members of Knights of Columbus Council 5869, the Elks and the Ponderosa Civic Association. They are also members of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Bayonet Point.
His hobbies were hunting, fishing and bowling but now are square dancing, ballroom dancing and playing cards. She enjoys craft work and crochet as well as square dancing, ballroom dancing and playing cards.
They are planning a trip to Las Vegas, Nev., to celebrate their anniversary.