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By Times Staff Writer
Published October 14, 2007


The Gallinas

Nino and Rosemary Gallina celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Sept. 9, 2007, with family and friends at St. Pete Beach. They were married Sept. 6, 1942, in Trenton, N.J., and came here in 1958 from Trenton.

Nino Gallina owned Nino the Tailor in Madeira Beach for more than 25 years. He was a singer with the Metropolitan Opera Company and locally was a choir director at St. John's Catholic Church and St. Jude's Cathedral. He is a World War II Army veteran.

Mrs. Gallina was a nurse's aide, worked in the tailoring business and was a founder of the Italian American Society of St. Petersburg.

They have two children, seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

The Martins

Joseph and Mary Martin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 8, 2007, with a renewal of their vows at Blessed Sacrament Church and a surprise party with family and friends at the Wine Cellar in Redington Beach. They were married Sept. 7, 1957, at St. Cecilia's Church, Levittown, N.Y., and came here in 1978 from Levittown.

The Martins both retired from Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., she after 10 years as an account sales representative and he after 50 years as a branch manager. He is a Coast Guard veteran. They enjoy traveling.

They have eight children and 17 grandchildren.

The Rigneys

Irvin and Anna "Marie" Rigney celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family. They were married Aug. 2, 1947, in Baltimore and came here in 1953 from Maryland.

She worked at Park Drugs, Pinellas Park, and for Atlas Van Lines in accounting. He owned a construction company and is a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of a woodcarving club.

They are members of the Lions Club, Clearwater Camera Club and First United Presbyterian Church, Pinellas Park, where they also are on the Building Committee.

They have a daughter, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Venas

Joseph and Celia Vena celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 7, 2007 by renewing their vows at St. Raphael Catholic Church with family and friends. They were married Oct. 4, 1947, in Havana, Cuba, and came here in 1988 from Birmingham, Ala.

He was the owner and President of Gulf State Tool Company in Birmingham and she was vice-president and secretary.

They are members of the Knights of Columbus, Optimist International and St. Raphael Catholic Church. They have two children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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