Frieda Nolte of Clearwater became a centenarian this week and will celebrate her milestone birthday over the July 4 weekend at a party hosted by family at the Port Jefferson Country Club in New York.
She was born June 28, 1910, in Bremerhaven, Germany, to Herman Kneriem and Meta Ahrensfeldt. At age 16, she sailed unaccompanied to the United States, where she settled with relatives in New York City.
She married Carl Nolte in 1953 in New York. The couple built a successful food business together.
They retired in 1980 and moved into a home on Island Estates.
She and her husband traveled to Europe annually for many years and entertained often.
Mrs. Nolte loves to walk and dance, and until just a few years ago, bowled in league play.
Her eyesight is still sharp. Husband Carl says that for the past 30 years, his wife has begun her day by reading the newspaper.
She has a son; two daughters; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
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James and Barbara Weber of Clearwater celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise to the Caribbean.
The Webers married June 25, 1960, in Brookville, Ind.
They came here in the fall of 1964 from Grand Haven, Mich.
James is still employed by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, while Barbara recently retired from Stein Mart.
The Webers entered their first Times Turkey Trot in the early 1980s, and members of the family have participated in the race ever since.
They are members of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater.
Mr. Weber holds memberships in the Fraternal Order of Police and American Legion.
The couple have two sons; two daughters; and eight grandchildren.
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Albert and Mary Alice Alicea of Tarpon Springs celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner in Fort Lauderdale.
The Aliceas married June 30, 1950, in New York.
They came here in 1986 from New York City, where Mr. Alicea worked for the Department of Transportation.
The couple have three children, and five grandchildren.
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To commemorate their 55th wedding anniversary, Jim and Stella Burns of Clearwater will cruise the great rivers of Europe.
The couple married July 4, 1955, in Bryant, Ind., and came here in 1968 from Indianapolis.
Jim Burns worked in the insurance and real estate industries while Stella worked as a full-time teacher in Indianapolis, and taught part time at St. Cecelia Interparochial School, Clearwater.
They are members of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater.
Local club memberships include American Legion Post 7 and VFW Post 2493.
Mr. Burns also does volunteer work at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen.
The couple have five children and are especially proud of their achievements. The children's occupations include attorney, doctor, teacher, and two are dentists.
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Max Burianek, grandson of Joe and Martha Burianek of Palm Harbor, has been awarded a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship valued at $1,500 a year.
The scholarship is named for the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, who authored the legislation establishing the program in 1985. Recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, community service, school involvement and counselor recommendation.
Burianek, a 2010 graduate of Louisville Trinity High in Louisville, Ky., will attend the University of Notre Dame to study finance.
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Wendolyn Ann Colquhoun, a Clearwater resident and critical care nurse at Community Hospital, New Port Richey, recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession. Since 1990, she has consistently maintained CCRN certification offered through the American Association of Critical Care Certification Corp. Colquhoun is one of 1,432 CCRNs being honored this year for 20 years of continuous certification.
Not the same as an RN license, CCRN certification is reserved for those who meet rigorous practice, continuing education and testing requirements in their specialty.