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Couples celebrate decades together

Bev and Gene Simmet of Clearwater recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. They were married May 9, 1942, in New Ulm, Minn., by a friend in the first marriage he performed as a commissioned Army chaplain.

They came to On Top of the World in 1983 from Minnesota, where he retired from Midwest Federal Savings and Loan, Minneapolis. She is a musician, and her career included professional performing on television and radio, and many years as a teacher. She continues to teach and play organ and keyboard for fellow residents. The couple enjoyed drag racing for many years and on their 30th anniversary raced each other. They also enjoyed fishing in the northern Minnesota lakes. They have many trophies for both hobbies.

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