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Rodriguez celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

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Daisy Carmen Lucia Perez-Gonzalez married Roberto Rodriguez-Rodriguez on a Sabado de Gloria in Habana, Cuba, on April 9, 1955. On their wedding day, she wore a short-sleeved white laced dress, fitted at the waist, with an imperial collar and a full skirt that ended just below her knees. She also wore matching bridal gloves—or mitones, as they used to be called in the old country—and carried a bouquet of white lilies of the valley.

The daughter of Alfredo Perez-Travieso, a transportation entrepreneur, and Carmelina Gonzalez-Zorrilla, Daisy was young, beautiful and studied with the Catholic nuns. Roberto still remembers dancing with her at her quinceanera, a celebration of her passage to womanhood, and the pearls on her pink gown waltzing in the night.

Roberto’s father, Evaristo Rodriguez-Aguilar, known by most as El Nino, was the Mayor or Alcalde of Caraballo, a rural town in the province of Habana, near the Matanza border. He was a respected leader in his community. His mother, Andrea Rodriguez-Lorenzana, was one of seven sisters.

On Sept. 26, 1971, Daisy and Roberto left their motherland and families of origin. They were determined to take their children out of Cuba and flee Castro’s regime, first to Spain and then to Illinois. Aurora has been their home for over 40 years. Their marriage has been blessed with a daughter (a Sugar Grove resident), two sons, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Much has happened during their 60-year marriage. There has been laughter, tears and lot of hard work, but they stayed together through it all, a miracle in today’s society. Their family and friends raise a glass in their honor, celebrating their 60 years together and wish them many more.

Andersons to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

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Wedding PhotoRobert and Nancy (Huntley) Anderson of Elburn will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, May 22. They were married May 22, 1965, at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Aurora.

Robert and Nancy’s children and grandchildren will celebrate with them: Eric of Anchorage, Alaska; Ed, Jennifer, Robert, Emilie and John, all of Elgin; and Tom, Laura, Reed and Marcella, all of Geneva.

Sorensens to celebrate 75 years of marriage

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Roy and Berdena Sorensen of Hinckley will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on Dec. 23, 2014. They were married at Pierce Church on the wedding anniversary of Berdena’s parents.

Roy and Berdena have two children, Terry (Sherry) Sorensen of Big Rock, and Lavon (Alan) Nehring of Sycamore; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Cards from friends and family would be appreciated.

Thompsons of Big Rock celebrate 65th wedding anniversary

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Bruce and Shirley Thompson of Big Rock will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 9.

Bruce and the formerly Shirley McCann were married on Jan. 9, 1949, at Fourth Street Methodist Church in Aurora.

The couple has three children, Jerald (Sue) Thompson of Big Rock, Cheryl (the late William) Groetsema of La Grange Park, Ill., and Linda (James) Peterson of Maple Park. They have seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The couple will celebrate their anniversary with a family dinner.

Whildins celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

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Everett and Kathleen (Holbert) Whildin of Sugar Grove celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last summer. They were married June 29, 1963, at the Geneva Lutheran Church. Kathy, in 2008, retired from Alcatel-Lucent after 40 years, but Everett continues to farm.

Their children and grandchildren joined them on a cruise to the Bahamas: Chris, Doug and Eddie Foster of Sugar Grove, Kim, Mike, Katie, Robert and Ryan Nelson of Sugar Grove and Brian Whildin of Portland, Ore.

Jahns celebrate 45th wedding anniversary

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ELBURN—Bill and Carol Jahns of Elburn wanted to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary in a special way. Considering that Alaska is the 49th state and Hawaii is the 50th, they took the No. 4 from the 49th and the No. 5 from the 50th and came up with a 45th celebration idea, turning it into a “Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Ships)” adventure.

Since family has always come first in the Jahns’ lives, they decided to take their son Joedy and his family on an Alaskan cruise in June, and then take their grandson Tucker to Hawaii in July. Sharing their celebration this way created a series of 9,000 pictorial memories that will certainly last a lifetime for them, and serve as the gift that keeps on giving and giving.

Lyle and Barb Johnson to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.—Lyle and Barb (Breese) Johnson of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Elburn, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 23. They were married in Geneva in 1963.

Lyle and Barb have five children, Paul and Janis Johnson of Chicago, Peggy and David Stover of Maple Park, Jeff and Steph Johnson of Elgin, Ill., Dan Johnson of DeKalb, and Ed and Tammi Johnson of Woodstock, Ill.; nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Cards are welcomed at 7400 46th Ave. N. Lot 206, St. Petersburg, FL 33709.

Neisendorfs celebrate 60 years

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Edward “Bud” and Betty (Moser) Neisendorf are celebrating 60 years of marriage. They were married May 10, 1952, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.

They farmed for a short time in Maple Park, and since 1954 have farmed on Ellithorpe Road in Burlington Township. Betty is retired after working as the director of Food Services at Burlington Central School District 301 for 26 years.

Bud and Betty have been blessed with seven children: Bev Thies (Louis), Rick Neisendorf (Judi), Daniel “Boomer” Neisendorf (Peg), David Neisendorf (Pam), Tom Neisendorf (Jody), Tim Neisendorf (Peg) and Dean “Farmer” Neisendorf (Jenny).

They are further blessed with 15 grandchildren: Sam Thies, Andrea Neisendorf, Courtney Neisendorf, Alyson Shipley (John), Abby Neisendorf, Amber Nolan (Andrew), Adam Neisendorf, Rachel Neisendorf, Jake Neisendorf, Mary Neisendorf, Erin Neisendorf, Jill Neisendorf, Danielle Neisendorf, Chris Neisendorf and forever with everyone in spirit, Megan Neisendorf.

Great-grandchildren include: Raven Peterson, Brandon Peterson and Harper Shipley.

Bud and Betty are excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary with their immediate family. Cards would be greatly appreciated.

Oswalds celebrate 50 years of marriage

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Erik and Audrey Oswald, of Elburn and formerly of Winfield, Ill., celebrated 50 years of marriage on Saturday, March 24. They were married in Wheaton in 1962. They have two children, Jim (Shelly) Oswald of Cave Creek, Ariz., and Jennifer Strayve of Elburn; six grand-children, Erik Oswald, Ryan Oswald, Amanda Strayve, Zachary Strayve, Nicole Strayve and Nathaniel Strayve.

Reynolds celebrate 60th anniversary

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F. L. Toby Reynolds and Norma (Needham) Reynolds, currently of Sycamore and formerly of Maple Park, celebrated 60 years of marriage on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Maple Park Methodist Church, where they were married in 1951. Now retired, Toby was an insurance agent in the area for over 40 years.

They have five children, Valerie Reynolds (North Barrington, Ill.), Steve (Cathy) Reynolds (Locust Grove, Ga.), Roger (Deb) Reynolds (Maple Park), Jim (Thersa) Reynolds (Jenks, Ok.), Scott (Sarma) Reynolds (Dunedin, Fla.); seven grandchildren, Brian (Kristy) Reynolds, Joe (Casey) Reynolds, Alex Brewer, Lisa (Mike) Brinkley, Kristi (Ryan) Kunkel, Sarah (Wes) Loes, Kyle Reynolds; and five great-grandchildren, Savannah Brinkley, Mac Kenzie Brewer, Tanner Brinkley, Olivia Reynolds, Jack Kunkel.

Snyders celebrate 50 years

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Mr. and Mrs. Richard Snyder of Pace, Fla., and formerly of Maple Park, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 14893 Plank Road in Sycamore.

Friends and relatives are invited, and it is requested that gifts be omitted.

Richard Snyder and Carolyn Stearns were married Sept. 30, 1961, at Saint Peter and Paul’s Church in Virgil.

Hosting the celebration will be their family, Christine (Don) Hattan of DeKalb, Steve (Dina) of Goshen, Ind., and Greg (Shawn) of Sycamore. The couple also has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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