Photos By Christine Bordelon, Clarion Herald
The 56th annual Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration, sponsored by the Family Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, was held June 2 at St. Philip Neri Church in Metairie.
All couples married during 1969 were invited to attend, and 197 couples accepted the invitation, with clergy, relatives and friends of the jubilarians attending. Archbishop Gregory Aymond presided at the prayer service, presented each couple with a scroll that he signed and took a picture with them. A special papal blessing also was delivered for the occasion.
Several of the couples observed anniversaries of more than 50 years. They are Patricia A. and Raoul D. Broussard, 75 years, Slidell; Marcelina and Ernesto Espiritu, 71 years, Chalmette; Elaine and Earl Buras, 70 years, Gretna; Aline and William Collins, 70 years, Jefferson; Janette B. and Robert G. Karl, 70 years, New Orleans; Hazel and Frank Maness, 70 years, Gretna; Mary Dee and Nelville Theard, 70 years, Covington; Gloria and William Abadie, 65 years, Kenner; Dominica G. and John Benfatti, 65 years, Lacombe; Dottie and Jay Paul Roussel, 65 years, Gretna; Barbara and Ronald Bordelon, 64 years, Covington; Pauline and Melvin Abney, 63 years, Slidell; Shirley and Ronald Fuxan, 63 years, Metairie; Barbara and Harold Austin, 62 years, New Orleans; Beverly and Bill North, 61 years, Metairie; Julia and Richard Antolik, 60 years, Covington; Priscilla and Eugene Bergeron, 60 years, Kenner; Laura and Bernard Cleary, 60 years, Metairie; Clair and Allen Hebert, 60 years, Jefferson; Mary Alice and Nolan Landeche, 60 years, Reserve; Lillie M. and Harold J. Preyan, 60 years, New Orleans; Catherine and Santo Russo, 60 years, Harahan; Brenda and Lionel Serpas, 60 years, Chalmette; Beverly and Anthony Viloria, 59 years, Metairie; Evangeline and Hilton Herrle, 58 years, New Orleans; Shirley and Lloyd Johnson, 58 years, Covington; Carolyn and Belton Constance, 56 years, Chalmette; Agnes and Larry Avist, 55 years, Belle Chasse; Margaret T. and John R. Falgoust, 55 years, New Orleans; Marie and Lionel Guise, 55 years, Westwego; Gaynell and Sidney Leonard, 55 years, Metairie; Linda and Allen Bernard Sr., 54 years, Chalmette; Janet and Jim Burrell, 53 years, Slidell; Nancy and Charles Brouillette, 52 years, Metairie; Cynthia and Alton Coleman, 52 years, New Orleans; Patricia and Gerald Kleive, 52 years, LaPlace; Mary and Earl Bailey, 51, New Orleans; Christle and August Bertoniere, 51 years, Metairie; Kathy and McKinley Cantrell, 51 years, Metairie; Lucille and Lee Crayon, 51 years, LaPlace; Carol A. and William B. Hasenkampf III, 51 years, Metairie; Vivian and Salvatore Impastato, 51 years, Metairie; Judy and Louis Johnson, 51 years, Algiers; Carolyn and Lionel Kass, 51 years, Gretna; Jacquelyn and Richard Majeste, 51 years, Gretna.
Couples observing their golden anniversary were:
New Orleans (except algiers): Maria E. and Carlos A. Bonilla, Helen and Barry Carbo, Judy S. and Anthony Cinquemano III, Patricia W. and Ralph C. Cox Jr., Cheryl and Cedric Davillier, Beulah and Barry Forstall, Adrain and Randolph Francis, Jean and Donald Heaverlo, Margaret and James Kane, Kathleen and Alvin Lee, Vivian and Louis Piazza, Audrey and Carlton Roy, Romelia and Gasper Schiro, Sandra and Ronald Somerville, Marcia and Sidney St. Martin, Janet and William Swartz, Patricia and Robert Trosclair, Cathey and Thomas Wetzel.
Abita Springs: Paula and Nash Friloux.
Belle Chasse: Kathleen and Roger Solis.
Bogalusa: Elizabeth and Leon Puissegur Jr.
Bridge City: Rae and Carl Perkins.
Chalmette: Margaret and Anthony Cucinella, Miriam and Robert Daussat, Cynthia and Victor G. Hattier Jr., Loreta and Lino G. Parulan.
Covington: Jane and Gerald Alonzo, Trudy and Clyde Ardoin, Jan and Vincent Bologna, Glynn and Richard Cognevich, Jaime and Patrick Hymel, Suzanne and Generoso Menendez, Lynda and Leo Schwartz, Jamie and Louis Treuting.
Destrehan: Cheryl and Barras Cloudet.
Edgard: Nancy and Joseph Dumas, Josephine and Chatman Jackson, Dolores and Leonard Sorapuru Jr.
Folsom: Margaret and Max Jones, Elizabeth and Michael Karge.
Gretna: Madeleine and Ronald Bordelon, Kathleen and Steve Murphy, Diane and Clarence Smith.
Hahnville: Judy and Wendell Cooley, Verne and Gerald Parker, Avis and Richard Trice.
Harahan: Barbara and Bob Lacour, Shelley and Roy Richardson, Rosita and Peter Schlegel, Marion and Herbert Wellman Jr.
Harvey: Clara and Dwight Montz, Bonita Ann and Deacon Larry M. Murphy.
Jefferson: Gayle and Charles D’Arensbourg, Sharon and Melvin J. Louviere.
Kenner: Linda and Elmo Bienvenu, Gwendolyn and Gilbert Broussard, Sherryl and Dwight Clements, Kathleen and Ralph Del Rio, Gaynell and Joseph Dreher, Joan and Charlie Freel, Sue and Richard Kottemann, Judy and Jessie Rachal, Olive and James Rosato, Constance and Larry Sevenker, Carolyn and Bob Woods, Lucia and Hector Zeledon.
Lacombe: Sylvia and Ulysses Aupied, Mary Kay and Albert Hamauei, Linda and Donald Torregano, Betty and Rene Young.
Lafitte: Gertrude and Gerald Lynch.
LaPlace: Jeanette and Daniel Cashio, Barbara and Joseph Cassioppi, Patricia and Herbert Hille, Sandra and James Madere, Leora and Oneal Oubre.
Luling: Bonnie and Michael Cary, Jo Ann and Ray Hymel.
Madisonville: Martha and Dennis Dufour, Nancy and Terry McCarthy.
Mandeville: Catherine and Raymond Ferrand.
Marrero: Sandra and Irving Bishop, Judy and Dewey Gros, Claudia and Arthur Pelous, Lois and Randy Thibodaux.
Metairie: Gail S. and Thomas J. Alombro III, Elizabeth G. and Elliott W. Bauman, Virginia and James Bernos, Linda and Mortimer Branighan, Suzanne and Wayne Brennan, Darlene L. and James P. Cambra, Elaine M. and Joseph G. Casanova, Mandy and Peter Chocheles, Gloria and Preston Cifreo, Marilyn and Ronnie Crosby, Mary Ann and Michael Curry, Mary Anna and John Eble, Kathryn and William Freidman, Deidre and Russell Gaubert, Yvonne and Frank Geraci, Jane and Joseph Giardina, Mary and Richard Hacsunda, Lynn M. and William Hartley Jr., Lillian and Paul Hauck, Kathy and Glenn Hayes, Judith and James Heintz, Mary and Kenneth Himel, Diane and Bobby Howard, Ann and Arthur Kelly, Jacqueline and Donald Kosche, Maureen and Philip Lundgren, Cynthia and Edward Maranto, Sandra and James Melancon, Beverly and Gerald Nugent, Mary Ann and Henry Nuss, Mary Ellen and Wallace Pecquet, Clair and Joe Ricciardo, Kathy and Louis Shaw, Kathleen and Dewey Veale, Donna and Roger Villere, Sheila and Dan Waguespack, Barbara and John Walters, Jane and Clifford Wright.
Reserve: Joan and Ray Babin, Paula D. and Harris A. Cassagne Jr.
River Ridge: June and Kenneth Cognevich, Patricia and Gary Hardin, Carol and Larry Herbert, Lynne and Rudy Perrone, Carol and Barry Viosca.
Slidell: Bonnie and Jules Baumann, Kathleen and Warren Berault, Theresa and Daniel Calamari, Deborah and Christian Callens, Gail and Rene Dinet, Cynthia and Julius Ducros, Therese and William Garanich, Russell Anne and Gary Howard Sr., Susan and John Macaluso Jr., Darlene and Joseph Matthews, Nancy and Robert Miller, Diane and Donnor Richard, Barbara K. and Charles F. Schaff Jr., Diane and Marty St. Germain, Mary and William Strecker, Brenda and Nelson Verges, Delores and Dale Waguespack.
Terrytown: Priscilla and Leon Scoriels.
Waggaman: Darlene and Chris Boudreaux, Margaret Ann and Whitney J. Washington Jr.
Westwego: Gloria and Nola Bergeron.