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Couples celebrate decades

By Times Staff
Published July 28, 2006

Helen and Dr. Lee Krystosek of Clearwater celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Largo. The program was attended by their seven children, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. It was followed by a brunch at the Sand Key Sheraton Resort and Hotel. Throughout the following week, there were other family celebrations.

The couple met in Chicago while Lee was a senior in medical school at Loyola University and Helen was in nurses' training at Mercy Hospital. They were married May 11, 1946, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hancock, Mich.

The Krystoseks came here in 1986 from Minneapolis. Helen is a retired nurse and Lee a retired physician who specialized in radiology.

They are active members of St. Patrick's Church.


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Marjorie and Ruskin Reddoch of Tarpon Springs celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary with a family dinner. They were married June 4, 1945, at the First Baptist Church of Fredericksburg, Va.

For their 60th anniversary last year they went on an extended trip to Dublin, Ireland.

The Reddochs came here in 1958 from Milton, a small town in Santa Rosa County.

Ruskin graduated from Troy State University in Alabama and earned a master's degree from the University of Florida. He is a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, during which he served in the Pacific and in Guam as an infantry officer in the Battle of Bougainvillea. He was awarded both a Silver Star and a Purple Heart and achieved the rank of captain in 1949.

Both are educators and taught in Marianna and Milton from 1956 to 1963.

Locally, Ruskin was a coach and teacher for 38 years and Marjorie was a substitute teacher in Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs schools.

An artist and graduate of Mary Washington College at the University of Virginia, Marjorie taught and directed the Reddoch Art School in Tarpon Springs for decades. She organized the Clothesline Art Shows in Pinellas County.

The Reddochs have three daughters, Janet Scarborough, Amy Conner and Eugenia Roberts, all of whom live in this area, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

They are members of First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs and are active in historical programs and groups such as the Tarpon Springs Old Timers Club, the Tarpon Springs Historical Society, and the Weedsport N.Y., Historical Society.

Marjorie is a regent of Princess Chasco Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. She is a past treasurer of the Tarpon Springs Art Association and a chaplain of the former Women's Republican Club of upper Pinellas County.

Ruskin is active in K Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Division.

They are world travelers and served as counselors for five years at Camp Echoee in Helen, Ga., and Ruskin taught riflery while Marjorie taught arts and crafts. They were directors for 18 summers at a camp in the Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, N.C.


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Shirlene and Bill Vargas of Palm Harbor celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with 19 friends and family members on a seven-day Caribbean cruise. Bill came here in 1947 from New York City and Shirlene came in 1954 from Lenoir, N.C. They were wed June 29, 1956, in Ybor City.

Bill worked as a sales representative for 33 years with Nabisco and as a self-employed photographer specializing in wedding photography for more than 30 years.

The couple have two sons, Steve and Todd, and a grandson, Troy.

They are members of Ybor City Presbyterian Church. Bill is a member of Masonic Lodge 192 in Dunedin.


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Florence "Flo" and William "Bill" Walpole of Tarpon Springs celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary early and on two separate occasions.

In February, there was a party for friends at their clubhouse at Stonehedge of Tarpon Springs.

In April, they celebrated with family on an eastern Caribbean cruise.

They were married June 30, 1956, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Yonkers, N.Y., and came here in 1990 from Oswego, N.Y.

Both are retired educators. Flo taught elementary school for 20 years. Bill retired after 22 years as first a teacher of fourth- and sixth-grade students and later as an elementary school principal, all in Clinton, N.Y. He is an Army veteran of World War II.

They have a daughter, Sue of Redway, Calif., and a son, Bill of Pittsford, N.Y., and two grandchildren, Hannah and Ryan.

Flo enjoys playing bridge and is a volunteer at the Hospice Thrift Store in Tarpon Springs. Bill enjoys spectator sports and is a New York Giants and Tampa Bay Bucs fan. Both are active in golf and shuffleboard.


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For information or an anniversary form, call (727) 445-4109. To submit an item to Good for You, write to Betsy Bolger-Paulet, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. Fax forms to (727) 441-4119, or e-mail

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