Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dembowski of 2105 Lakeshore Drive, Kansasville, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with family and friends at Michael’s Restaurant in Kansasville on July 22.
Dembowski and the former Shirley Francois were married on Sept. 4, 1947, in St. Rita Catholic Church.
Dembowski was employed by Christensen Machine before becoming the owner of Michael’s Machine Co. on Douglas Avenue. He started the business in the basement of the house on Douglas Avenue until he could build and move the machinery into a new building next door.
Dembowski, 96, served in the U.S. Navy as a small sub-chaser. He is a member of the Veterans Club in Kansasville, and sold can holders for the V.A. Auxiliary at Racine County Fair every year. He cooks and bakes bread.
Mrs. Dembowski was born in Racine and went to Gilbert Knapp School until her father lost his job. A relative in Oconto called and gave them her farm. She graduated from Oconto High School and came back to Racine, where she worked as a secretary at the Wisconsin Gas and Electric Co. until she was married. She later became the secretary at Michael’s Machine Co.
Mrs. Dembowski is a member of the V.A. Auxiliary, sews for the elderly in Florida, makes baby blankets and bag holders for fairs in Florida.
They built a house on Eagle Lake where they spend their summers and they winter in Florida.
The couple has two daughters: Kathy (Timothy) Johnson of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and Michele (Neel) Long of Heathrow, Fla. They have two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.