GLADSTONE - The former Kathy Dugener and Sonny Richer were married 50 years ago on Sept. 5, 1959, at St. George's in Bark River. Original attendants were Joanne Johnson, sister of the groom, and Bob Friere, the groom's cousin.
An anniversary reception, hosted by the couple's children, was held at the Terrace Bay Inn. An anniversary church service was held at Holy Family Church, Flat Rock, where Father Jose Maramattam, said Mass.
Sonny retired from Tilberts in 1997 after working at Clairmont Transfer until its closure in 1985. Kathy worked at the Gladstone schools as a teacher's aide.
Sonny Richer and Kathy Dugener, 1959
Sonny and Kathy are members of Holy Family Church and of U.P. Lawn Tractors Pullers Inc. Sonny is a lawn tractor puller and Kathy is a member of the Birthday Club.
The couple has five children, Dan (Becky) of Green Bay, Wis., Bill of Green Bay, Amy (Al) Nystrom of Marshfield, Lisa (Joel) Barta of Green Bay, Wis., and Tom (Katie) of Wisconsin; and eight grandchildren.