ESCANABA - John and Karen (Koth) Kelly of Escanaba celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Aug. 16. A surprise party was planned and hosted by the couple's children at the Escanaba Country Club. Special guest at the party was mother of the bride Dorothy Koth, age 90.
An anniversary Mass was celebrated at St. Anne's Catholic Church Aug. 16, with a special blessing given by Rev. Francis DeGroot officiating.Gifts were brought to the altar by the couple and their grandchildren.
John and Karen were united in marriage in 1969, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Escanaba.
John and Karen Kelly, 1969
John and Karen Kelly, 2009
Bridesmaids were Lorraine Barak, Annette Bender and Donna Brazeau, friends of the bride, along with Mary Ann Wilkinson, sister of the groom, and Jody Jaeger, sister of the bride.
Groomsmen were Paul Koth, brother of the bride, Tom Wilkinson, brother-in-law of the groom, Frank Kelly, brother of the groom, and Al Carlotto, friend of the groom.
Special guest at the ceremony was Conrad Nelson.
John, a retired Bark River-Harris Schools English teacher, is proprietor of K&K Golf of Escanaba. He is a member of the Escanaba Elks and the Escanaba Country Club. He enjoys golfing, bowling, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.
Karen was an elementary school teacher for Escanaba Public Schools for 30 years prior to her retirement. She is a volunteer at the OSF St. Francis Hospital Gift Shop, in addition to being election officer and member of the Elks. She is a member of the Escanaba Country Club and enjoys reading, traveling, golfing and spending time with her grandchildren.
John and Karen raised three daughters - Molly (Scott) Lancour of Escanaba, Meghan Casey of Escanaba, and Dr. Kaitlyn (Dr. Michael) Gabe of Madison, Wis.
Molly is an elementary physical education teacher for Escanaba Public Schools. Meghan is employed at Engineered Machine Products in Escanaba. Kaitlyn is a doctor at University of Wisconsin Hospital.
The couple also has three grandchildren - Maysie and Bryson Lancour, and Kelly Mae Casey, all of Escanaba.