Couples celebrate decades of married life

By NOVA BEALL, Times Staff Writer
Published August 29, 2007

Steve George and Madeline Kayafas of Oldsmar were married June 30, 1957, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows in New Kensington, Pa., in the church in which they were originally married. Many of the 1957 attendees, including friends, guests and family, were present.

They were both employed for 30 years at Bethlehem Steel, he in inventory control and she as an administrative assistant.

The couple came here in June 1995 from Portage, Ind.

Mr. Kayafas is a Mason and a member of Egypt Shrine Temple and East Lake Woodlands Country Club.

Mrs. Kayafas is a past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and also a member of East Lake Woodlands Country Club.

Both are members of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Tarpon Springs.

Of their 50 years of marriage and their life in Florida, the couple says, "We enjoy each other and the time we spend together. We love our lifestyle in paradise, and also enjoy the local casino at times."

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Fred and Sara Snook of Clearwater tied the knot May 27, 1942, in Alvin, Va., and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a reception at Faith United Church of Christ, where they have been members for more than 40 years. The Faith membership honored the couple during morning worship service that was followed by an informal cake and coffee reception. Many family members attended, including a brother, sister, several children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The week of June 10, there was a special celebration at the Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Va. Family from Maine to Florida came at varying times during that week to spend time hiking, swimming, canoeing and fishing. The reunion culminated with a banquet feast on the evening of June 16.

The couple have five children, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The Snooks came here in 1964 from Northampton, Mass., where Mr. Snook managed a Sears store. After moving to Clearwater, he worked as a real estate broker.

Mrs. Snook is a homemaker, mother and grandmother.

As longtime members of Faith United Church of Christ, the Snooks are very active in the church. Mr. Snook delivers Meals on Wheels and Mrs. Snook volunteers at Everybody's Tabernacle Thrift Store.

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John and Maureen Donovan of Clearwater were married June 22, 1957, at St. Andrews Catholic Church, Bayonne, N.J. Father Patrick Donovan, Maryknoll Missioner and brother of the groom, officiated and a papal blessing was bestowed.

In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, a garden party was held at Fiddler's Elbow Golf and Country Club, Bedminster, N.J., for family and friends. The party was hosted by their three sons and families, Jack Donovan and his wife, Stephanie, of Pittsgrove, N.J., and their children, Jennifer, Scott and Lindsay; Tom Donovan of Whitehouse, N.J.; and Dan Donovan and his wife, Lauretta, of Orlando, and their children, Matthew and Molly. The couple was also treated to a surprise dinner at Seville Condominiums and a sing-along at Harbourwood Health & Rehabilitation Center.

The Donovans renewed their wedding vows at St. Jude Cathedral, St., Petersburg, at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Lynch. A congratulatory greeting was received from President and Laura Bush.

The couple spent a week in San Diego and plan a trip to New England and Ireland in the fall.

Mr. Donovan is retired from the Ironworkers of Northern New Jersey and Network Express Corporation in Largo.

Mrs. Donovan is retired from Eastern and Delta airlines.

Both are members of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Seville Social Club. They are volunteers at Ruth Eckerd Hall and Harbourwood and love to travel.

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Benjamin Wayne Nundy, 30, of Clearwater, graduated in May from the University of South Florida, Tampa, with a doctor of pharmacy degree.

A 1995 graduate of Gibbs High School, St. Petersburg, Nundy entered the Navy and served five years aboard the USS Enterprise CVN-65 in the nuclear propulsion department. Two tours were spent aboard the Enterprise in the Persian Gulf, helping to police the no-fly zone during Operation Southern Watch. He was awarded two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Armed Forced Expeditionary Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal and the National Defense Medal.

He completed his Navy enlistment in 2000 and graduated from St. Petersburg College in 2003 with an Associate of Arts degree and the University of Florida pharmacy program through the St. Petersburg College Seminole campus.

Mr. Nundy is the son of Wayne and Linda Nundy of Clearwater.

He is employed by CVS in Clearwater.

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