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Mr. and Mrs. Philip Jasinski of 2615 Sumac Drive, Caledonia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb 10. They started the evening with a surprise family photo shoot followed by dinner with their immediate family at The Corner House. The evening celebration commenced at their daughter’s home with cocktails and a cake that held the same cake topper they used at their wedding.

Jasinski and the former Lucetta Falk were married Feb. 10, 1968, at St. Rita Catholic Church in West Allis.

Jasinski served in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic on active duty from 1966 to 1970 and was awarded the Airmen’s Medal for Bravery. He then joined the 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee in September of 1973 and retired in 1994 as a tech sergeant.

The couple lived in New York and England prior to moving back to Wisconsin. They settled in Caledonia, where they purchased their first home in 1972 and have resided there for 46 years. The Jasinskis grew up down the street from each other and are the classic “boy and girl next door” story.

Jasinski was employed by Unit Drop Forge in West Allis from 1966 until retiring in 2008 as a lead man.

He is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2895 and a member of the VFW State Honor Guard. He is also a past VFW state commander and White Hat recipient. Jasinski enjoys bowling on two senior leagues.

Mrs. Jasinski held her first job at Dutchland Dairy in West Allis. She went on to work for Marcus Corp. and Reliance Trading Corp., where she retired as a sales service consultant.

Mrs. Jasinski bowled for many years, enjoys floral arranging, and has done flowers for many weddings, baby and bridal showers. She also loves doing Sudoku puzzles. Mrs. Jasinski is president and member of the VFW Post 2895 Auxiliary, and is a past State VFW Ladies Auxiliary president. She and her husband served together historically as the first husband and wife team to hold those posts together.

The couple enjoys traveling to VFW conventions. They thoroughly enjoy quality family time and attending their grandchildren’s events.

The Jasinskis have two children: Susanne (Mark) Verwey of Mount Pleasant and Bob (LeAnn) of Milwaukee. They have five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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