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Three couples settling into their golden years

By NOVA BEALL, Times Staff Writer
Published January 16, 2008


James and Anne Baty of Palm Harbor recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. The couple married Dec. 15, 1946 at the home of Anne's parents in Newington, Ga.

At age 2, Mr. Baty came to Clearwater in 1925 from his native Selma, Ala. He attended grade school in Clearwater and high school in Largo.

Mr. Baty served in the Navy during World War II and met his wife in 1946, during his last year of enlistment. They were married one day after his military discharge and set up housekeeping in Clearwater.

Mr. Baty worked for 22 years with Plumbing by Peck, retiring as executive vice president and general manager. He also worked 11 years for the city of Clearwater as a plumbing and mechanical inspector.

Mrs. Baty worked for the Plasti-Kraft Corp. in Ozona and retired after 23 years as its secretary/treasurer.

Mr. and Mrs. Baty are members and trustees of Everybody's Tabernacle in Clearwater.

The couple has three children, four granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.

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Louis and Nancy Goeltzenleuchter of Palm Harbor renewed their wedding vows before family and friends Dec. 22, 2007, echoing their sentiments of the same date 50 years before, in Detroit.

The couple came here in 1984 from Columbus, Ga.

Mr. Goeltzenleuchter was a career military man and Mrs. Goeltzenleuchter was a homemaker.

The Goeltzenleuchters have two daughters, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Richard C. "Dick" and Nola Jeane Lutey of Dunedin were married Dec. 18, 1947, in Detroit. The couple's four daughters flew in from Michigan to participate in a celebratory dinner party at Alfano's Restaurant in Clearwater on Dec. 15, 2007.

The Luteys moved to this area in 1983 from Plymouth, Mich., and made Dunedin their home in 1996.

Mr. Lutey was an industrial engineer with Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich.

Mrs. Lutey was a light opera singer and a middle school teacher in Dearborn.

Both attend St. Alfred's Episcopal Church in Palm Harbor.

Mr. Lutey is a life member of Dunedin Elks Club.

Mrs. Lutey is a 15-year member of Dunedin Youth Guild and an 11-year member of Tarpon Springs Women's Golf League.

The couple has traveled often to Europe, especially to Cornwall in the British Isles, the region from where Mr. Lutey's grandparents emigrated to the United States.

In addition to their four daughters, the Luteys have eight grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

Palm Harbor family's graduate has honors

Kaitlyn Dassatt graduated summa cum laude with honors from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., receiving a bachelor's degree with a license in pre-K through fourth- grade education.

Dassatt was a 2004 graduate of Tarpon Springs High School and attended Freed-Hardeman on a soccer and academic scholarship. She will teach first grade in Fayetteville County, Tenn., and plans to attend the University of Tennessee to obtain her master's degree in counseling.

Dassatt is the daughter of Anthony and Annmarie Dassatt of Palm Harbor.

To submit an item, write to Nova Beall, 710 Court Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. Fax to 727 445-4119 or e-mail Good For You includes news of 50th wedding anniversaries, people celebrating their 100th birthday (or more) and young people's noteworthy achievements academically, in the arts or community service. For information or an anniversary form, call (727) 445-4221.

[Last modified January 16, 2008, 00:14:08]

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