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Couples celebrate anniversaries

James V. "Jim" and Mary Altomare of Belleair Bluffs recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with a surprise party in La Jolla, Calif., and a trip to Hawaii given by their children. The couple were married June 1, 1946, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Leetonia, Ohio, and came here in 1968 from Columbiana, Ohio, where he owned J


E Record Shop and worked as a letter carrier. He worked as a general foreman for the St. Petersburg Times' transportation department. She owned a coin laundry business. He is an Army veteran of World War II and a volunteer at Columbia Largo Medical Center. She is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. The Altomares, who are members of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Largo, have five children, 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Herbert M. and Edwina C. Blanton of Clearwater celebrated their 50th anniversary July 7 with a reception given by their children at First United Methodist Church in Clearwater. The couple were married June 7, 1946, at the Methodist Church in her native East Flat Rock, N.C. A Clearwater native, he retired in 1986 after 40 years with the family's four-generation business, Blanton Realty. He is an Army engineering veteran of World War II. He was named Realtor of the Year for the state of Florida in 1968 and Mr. Clearwater in 1977. The Blantons, who are members of Clearwater Country Club, have three children, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Robert "Bob" Lee and Eleanor Mae Carlton of Safety Harbor celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family party in Long Island, N.Y. The couple were married June 14, 1946, in Milwaukee and came here in 1983 from Brazil, where they lived 40 years and were Baptist missionaries. They broadcast an Evangelical radio show in Brazil and Haiti. The Carltons have four children and eight grandchildren.

Milton and Helen Dreeben of Clearwater recently celebrated their 61st anniversary with a family party in Long Island, N.Y. The couple were married July 9, 1935, in New York City and came here in 1978 from Merrick, N.Y. He worked as a ladies accessories manufacturer and she worked as a legal secretary. The Dreebens have two children and six grandchildren.

Jack and Patricia Dressback of Seminole recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with a cruise to the Bahamas and a family dinner at Leverock's Waterfront Steakhouse in St. Petersburg. The couple were married July 10, 1946, at First Free Methodist Church in Indianapolis, where they came here from five years ago. He retired from Indianapolis Water Co. and she retired from Indianapolis Methodist Hospital. The Dressbacks, who are members of Cornerstone Community Church in St. Petersburg, have four children and 11 grandchildren.

Robert "Bob" and Dorothy Trendel of Largo recently celebrated their 60th anniversary with a family dinner at Bon Appetit restaurant in Dunedin. The couple were married June 27, 1936, in Chicago and came here in 1958 from Skokie, Ill. He worked 20 years for Gateway Chevrolet in Chicago and 20 years as a self-employed home builder and landscaper in St. Petersburg. The Trendels, who are members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Largo, have four children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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