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Mr. and Mrs. George Smith of 10136 Northwestern Ave., Franksville, will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary today with their family at home.

Smith and the former Betty Damman were married on May 6, 1943, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beloit. The couple has lived in Racine for 61 years.

The couple met at a social mixer in May of 1942 at the church where they were later married. They went to the movies on their first date.

Smith, 95, served 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He was a postmaster at the Franksville Post Office for 25 years, retiring in 1985.

Smith served as master of the Lodge No. 288, served on the Racine Republican Board for 10 years and is a member of the Gideons International.

Mrs. Smith, 94, was employed by Rudy’s Shop Rite for 40 years, retiring in 2001.

She is a worthy matron of Union Grove Chapter 71 Order of Eastern Star, held offices at Franksville United Methodist Church and is a member of the Gideons Auxiliary.

When asked what has kept them together all these years, they wrote: “We made a vow before the Lord, and we kept it.”

They said their happiest moment together was when George came home safe from a world war. They said their family is very close so they have a lot of happy moments together.

The couple are members of Grace Church.

The Smiths have three children: George Jr. of Sturtevant; Linda (Robert) Weber of Racine; and Virginia (Christopher) Smith-Hooser of Gurnee, Ill. The couple has five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Their advice to young people getting married today: “Share and celebrate the good with each other. Forgive and forget the bad remembering it’s nothing more than a viewpoint. Most of all, live content together in the in-between.”


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