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Couples mark decades together

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 12, 2007


Larry J. and Doris (Bretag) Barron, of Clearwater, wed June 21, 1947, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Ottawa, Ill. Their 60th wedding anniversary was celebrated with a surprise gathering of their children and friends in the community hall of Bay Aristocrat Village, where the couple lives.

The Barrons came to St. Petersburg in 1971 from Sterling, Ill., and moved to Clearwater in 1990. Mr. Barron taught art at Tyrone Middle School, St. Petersburg. After he retired from teaching, Mr. Barron owned and operated a printing business on 49th Street in St. Petersburg for 12 years called Graphic Arts Studio.

Mrs. Barron was a homemaker and art student.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Barron served 21/2 years in the Army and was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart and two Bronze Star medals. He is a former member of the Knights of Columbus and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mrs. Barron was a 15-year member of Groupe de Accorde, a women's artist's workshop group in St. Petersburg. Although no longer a member, she still paints greeting cards for family birthdays and other special occasions.

Both are members of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater.

The couple have 10 children, 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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Mr. and Mrs. Sandbach, of Safety Harbor, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner party Aug. 4 at Kally K's restaurant in Dunedin.

Don and Mary were married Aug. 3, 1957, at St. Cecelia's Catholic Church in Louisville, Ky. They came here in 1968 from Sellersburg, Ind.

Mr. Sandbach was a 12-year Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He spent five years with the Louisville Fire Department, and for the next 29 years, worked as an Allstate insurance agent, retiring in 1989.

Mrs. Sandbach was a homemaker and did office work.

They're members of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Clearwater.

Mr. Sandbach belongs to the American Legion, and both are active volunteers with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, where Mr. Sandbach was conference president.

The Sandbachs have five children, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

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Surrounded by family and friends, Glenn and Donna Barlowof Clearwater were presented with a DVD of their life made by their grandson in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary.

Married July 12, 1947, at Epiphany Episcopal Church, Detroit, they came here in the summer of 1971 from Harper Woods, Mich.

Mr. Barlow worked as a draftsman and estimator; and Mrs. Barlow was a homemaker.

Both are members of Calvary Baptist Church, Clearwater.

Mr. Barlow is a talented artist who enjoys painting and making wood puzzles and Mrs. Barlow makes the best cookies ever!

The Barlows have three children and five grandchildren.

Mortgage brokers host fundraiser

The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers held its eighth annual bowling tournament June 9 in Dunedin. Turnout was excellent and thousands of dollars were raised for charity.

This year, the Gulf Coast Chapter teamed up with Our Children Inc., an organization dedicated to strengthening the character and developing the mind, body and spirit of at-risk young people and their families. Proceeds from the event will be put toward a new pilot program developed by Our Children Inc. to improve foster care in the United States.

In addition, earnings from the event will benefit the Foster Care Intake Center and the Salvation Army Foster Homes, where the Gulf Coast Chapter has hosted annual Santa visits for 20 years.

[Last modified September 11, 2007, 22:24:07]

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