FLAT ROCK - Clifford and Joan (DeShambo) Mattson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 3 while cruising down the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Bulize, Switzerland aboard the Viking Sun. The couple were feted at the captain's dinner.
The Mattson's marriage took place at Holy Family Catholic Church in Flat Rock. Father Andary officiated.
Following a honeymoon trip to New York City via Niagara Falls, they settled in Allen park, Mich., where they resided for the next 42 years before returning to the Escanaba area.
Clifford and Joan Mattson
Cliff was employed at Great Lakes Steel where he held various positions including superintendent of the transportation and heavy equipment buyer.
Joan, who began her journalism career at the Escanaba Daily Press, was employed for many years as a staff writer for the Heritage Newspaper, suburban chain, covering 16 Downriver cities.
Cliff's hobbies include traveling, hunting and going to his tree farm in Cornell and camp in Marquette county. He is a member of the Escanaba Elks.
Joan enjoys reading, puzzle games, watching Jeopardy, and traveling. She is a member of the Escanaba Womens Club and the Sew-n-Sews.
The couple are the parents of three children, Rory (Diane) of Escanaba, Jodi (Tim) Turek of Sugar Grove, Ill., and Tracie (Rob) Rosenbaum of Hanover, N.H. They are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren, Krista Mattson of Mesa, Ariz., Jacob Mattson and Hazel Rosenbaum, Clark Turek; step grandson, Keith Decremer; and a great-grandson, Kayden Mattson.