Al and June (Tomlin) Stephenson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 18, 2001, with family and friends with a reception at Bishop Hall, Palm Lake Christian Church in St. Petersburg. They were married Aug. 18, 1951, at Mirror Lake Christian Church in St. Petersburg and moved to Seminole in 1973.
Mrs. Stephenson is a graduate of St. Petersburg High School class of 1949 and retired as an executive secretary for the Rotary Club of Seminole after 20 years. She is past president of St. Petersburg Alpha Chi Omega Alumnae, an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Seminole and a coordinator of SPHS Class of 1949 reunions.
Mr. Stephenson is a graduate of SPHS class of 1948 and retired from governmental relations after 36 years. He was district manager for Florida Power Corp., in St. Petersburg. He is past president of the Rotary Club of Seminole and president elect of retirees for Florida Power.
They are charter members/elders of Palm Lake Christian Church and have three children, five grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Richard and Marilyn Vonderhaar celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a brunch at the Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa in St. Pete Beach and a family cruise to Alaska. They were married Sept. 29, 1951, at St. Ann's Church in Hamilton, Ohio and moved to St. Petersburg in 1953.
Mrs. Vonderhaar retired as bank manager for Barnett Bank in St. Petersburg after 31 years. Mr. Vonderhaar retired as a supervisor with the U.S. Postal Service after 34 years. He served in the armed forces during the Korean War. They enjoy traveling.
They attend Blessed Sacrament Church in Seminole and have two children and a grandchild.
Leon and Norma Miami celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 6, 2001, with family and friends at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach. The celebration continued Oct. 27, 2001, with a mass at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Gulfport, followed by a continental breakfast. They were married Oct. 27, 1951, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Derby, Conn., and moved to St. Petersburg in August 1953.
Mrs. Miami was a medical technologist. Mr. Miami was a building superintendent for the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. They are members of the Knights of Columbus, the Italian American Society and the Bay Jays Camping Club, all in St. Petersburg.
They attend Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and have five children and seven grandchildren.
David A. and Mary M. "Murph" McClenahan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 26, 2001, with dinner with family and friends. They were married Sept. 27, 1941, at South Park Presbyterian Church in Rock Island, Ill., and moved to Pinellas Park from Berkley, Mich., in 1980.
Mrs. McClenahan is a homemaker. She is a charter member of Mary Martha King's Daughter Circle in Rock Island, the Izra Parker Daughter of the American Revolution in Berkley, the PEO Chapter DN and the Lady Elks Chapter 2217 in Pinellas Park.
Mr. McClenahan retired as a design engineer for the Detroit Tank Automotive Command after 33 years. He served in the Army during World War II and is a member of the Pinellas Park Elks 2217. He enjoys his yard and garden.
They enjoy sports and playing cards and have four sons (one deceased), seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Ivan and Jacqueline McFadden celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 12, 2001, with a dinner hosted by their children at the Wine Cellar Restaurant in North Redington Beach. On Oct. 14, 2001, they renewed their wedding vows. They were married Oct. 12, 1951, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Louisville, Ky., and moved to St. Petersburg from Hoffman Estates, Ill., in 1973.
Mrs. McFadden is a homemaker. She was vice-president/co-owner of Majac Graphics Inc., and was docent for the Salvador Dali Museum for 17 years, both in St. Petersburg. Mr. McFadden retired s a lieutenant colonel/command pilot in the Air Force after 20 years, serving in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was employed by John Hancock Financial Services at Midwest Division Headquarters in Chicago for more than 10 years and retired as president/co-owner of Majac Graphics in 1982.
They enjoy reading and traveling and have four daughters and six grandchildren.
Robert "Bob" and Lorraine Marie Blakeley celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 30, 2001, with a family dinner at the Wine Cellar Restaurant in North Redington Beach. They were married Sept. 20, 1941, in Pittsburgh and moved to St. Pete Beach from Carnegie, Pa., in 1956.
Mrs. Blakeley retired as a preschool teacher for Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church. She was employed by B&O Railway and Horne's Department Store, both in Pittsburgh. She enjoys the social/craft circles at Pass-A-Grille Community Church and has won numerous awards as a pastel/miniature oils artist.
Mr. Blakeley retired as a machine shop supervisor for Johnson & Johnson Co. in St. Petersburg after 27 years. He was employed by Pittsburgh Railway. He is a 32nd degree Shriner/member of Shrine Oriental Band with Egypt Temple in Tampa. He bowls in two leagues, coaches Little League baseball and was treasurer for Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church for 18 years. He served in the armed forces during World War II.
They are active members of Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church and have two children and two grandchildren.
H.B. "Ron" and Elizabeth "Betty" T. Clark celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends in Ottawa. They were married Nov. 6, 1951, in Halifax, Nova Scotia and moved to South Pasadena in 1993.
Mrs. Clark is a homemaker. Mr. Clark retired from the Canadian Foreign Service.
They attend St. John's Catholic Church in St. Pete Beach and have two children and five grandchildren.
Ray and Marie Withers celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary Oct. 31, 2001 with a dinner party with family and friends. They were married Oct. 31, 1942, in Wichita Falls, Texas, and moved to St. Petersburg in 1962.
Mrs. Withers was a real estate agent for 30 years. Mr. Withers was employed by Area Beauty Co., and served in the armed forces during World War II.
They have two children and two granddaughters.
_ If you are a resident of south Pinellas and want to place your anniversary of 50 years or more, send information including a name and phone number, to Anna Elsenpeter, Neighborhood Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Photographs are accepted, and can be returned with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Call 893-8215 for information.