Mr. and Mrs. Clem J. Devine of 1123 Shorecrest Drive celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 14 with a dinner and flowers sent to them by their children.
Devine and the former Mary Ellen Johnson were married on May 14, 1960, in the log chapel at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., where Devine was a graduate in 1955.
The Racine natives met after Devine's family moved into a home a block away from Mary Ellen's house in 1949.
Devine, 88, served in the U.S. Army for two years. The couple's first date was attending a dance at the Eagles Club on Dec. 28, 1957.
Devine was employed by J.I. Case Co. as director of company benefit plan administration, retiring in 1991 after 35 years. He was the fourth generation in his family to work for Case.
The couple are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and were members of the Sacred Heart Home and School Association. Devine was a member of the Parish Athletic Association and Parish Council. Mrs. Devine was a member of the Christian Mothers Association.
Devine enjoys baseball, softball, basketball and golf leagues. He is a big fan of the Chicago White Sox, and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers.
Mrs. Devine, 85, was a Traffic Department secretary at Western Publishing Co. Inc. for nine years.
She is a Milwaukee Brewers fan and was a fan of the Racine Belles women's baseball team. Mrs. Devine enjoys reading and playing bridge.
Respecting each other's opinions, being considerate and faith are some of the things that have helped the couple stay together throughout the years. Their happiest moments together have been time spent with family.
The couple has four children: Eileen Devine of Racine; Carrie Devine and Thomas (Sofia) of Boston, Mass.; and the late Patrick (Dawn of Racine) Devine. The Devines have five grandchildren.
Their advice for young people getting married today: Respect each other's opinions, be considerate and manage finances wisely.