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Couples celebrate decades together

Lillian and Joseph Soukup of Clearwater recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a surprise dinner reception at Jessie's Dockside given by their children. They were married Sept. 18, 1943, in Elizabethtown, Ky.

They came here in 1976 from Chicago, where he retired as warehouse manager after 38 years with General Foods. She is a homemaker and a retired volunteer teacher's aide with the Pasco County school system. They have four children, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two foster great-grandchildren.

They are members of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater, and she is an active member in the Island Estates Woman's Club. Both enjoy reading, casual dinners, theater, orchestra and visiting Florida parks.

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Molly and Vic Laxton of Clearwater celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a trip to England, where they were married Sept. 25, 1948, at the Baptist Church of Dewsbury. While there, they discovered a village named Laxton _ which consisted of six houses and one church.

They came here in 1991 from Long Island, N.Y. He is a retired master cabinet maker and worked in England and the United States. She is a retired nurse. They are lifetime members of the Salvation Army. He plays in the brass band and she is the Women's Fellowship chaplain in Clearwater. They have two daughters, Wendy Morris, Fort Lauderdale, and Judy Davenport, Rochester, N.Y.; a granddaughter; and five grandsons.

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Avis and Jim Grunstra of Clearwater celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a ceremony reaffirming their marriage vows at Skycrest Baptist Church of Clearwater followed by a catered reception. The program included a history of their 50 years together and pictures of their family through the years. They also plan a family celebration when they attend her high school's 50th reunion later this month in Arizona. They were married Oct. 11, 1953, in Las Cruces, N.M.

They came here in 1978 from Springfield, Va., when he retired as a commander after 30 years in the Navy. He later worked 10 years in program management for Sperry Microwave Electronics and five years in retail sales and pool service for Pinch-a-Penny. She worked for the Department of the Army at the White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico, until they were married, and later at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala., and Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.

They raised three children, a son, the late Lt. Cmdr. Ronald Hugh Grunstra, USN, and two daughters, the late Karen Elaine Newkirk and Debra Lynne Burridge of Pennsylvania, and have eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

They are active in the church, where he is a deacon and has served on various committees and as a volunteer and she is involved in the music ministry and plays clarinet in the church orchestra. She is a member of the Clearwater Community Band.

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Barbara E. and Philip A. Federico of Clearwater celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of vows at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Dunedin, and dinner-dance at the Brookfield Clubhouse hosted by their children. They were married Oct. 10, 1953, at Our Lady of Refuge Church, Bronx, N.Y.

They came here in 1969 from Haworth, N.J. He is a veteran of the Korean War and served many years as a circuit court judge in Pinellas and Pasco. Since his retirement, he has worked as a certified arbitrator. She worked as a travel consultant and is a homemaker. They have five children and 10 grandchildren.

They are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Dunedin, and he is a member of the Clearwater Bar and the Florida Bar associations. They love traveling.

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