Ellis W. Cotton of Racine will celebrate his 95th birthday July 13 at home with his family.
Cotton was born on July 13, 1925, in Macon, Miss.
Cotton was a member of the segregated all-Black 93rd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during World War II. He was discharged in 1946 and moved to Racine in August of 1947.
Cotton and the former Dorothy Hayslett were married on Nov. 24, 1951, at the Racine County Courthouse. She died on May 28, 2020.
Cotton was employed by J.I. Case Co. for 40 years. He began his employment on Aug. 7, 1947, and retired on Aug. 7, 1987.
Cotton loves to watch baseball, game shows, westerns, reading his Bible and sharing old stories with his family.
He is a member of Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Cotton has six children: Patricia (Johnny Ray) Cotton, Theresa (Rance) Kendrick, Gregory, Karolyn (Grant) Dyess, Gary (Trina) and Gerald (Ruth), all of Racine. Cotton has 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Gotch of 1916 Wisconsin Ave. celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a small family gathering.
Gotch and the former Gail Sorenson were married on July 16, 1960, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Gail is a fourth generation member of the church.
The couple met at Gail’s best friend’s wedding on July 15, 1956. Gotch had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and had to report in October of 1956. The couple got engaged through the mail and Mrs. Gotch received her engagement ring when he got home.
Gotch, 84, was a custodian at Andis Co., retiring in 2000.
He pitched softball for various teams including St. John’s as manager, organized the Father-Son Banquet at St. John’s, was a church elder, organized the half-time activities for the Racine Raiders, won best Midwest volunteer with his son Dean for the Raiders and started a church coffee hour with Gail to buy uniforms for the church team. Gotch is a member of the Raiders Alumni and enjoys working puzzles.
Mrs. Gotch, a Racine native, was an office manager at American Homes Realty, retiring in 2011.
She is past church secretary, past secretary and president of the Lutheran High School Ladies Guild, cooked for Father/Son Banquet at St. John’s, sang in choir for years and played in the Bell Choir. Mrs. Gotch, 82, likes to read, keeps in contact with former Racine Lutheran High School classmates and organizes a yearly get together with 1956 RLHS classmates.
The couple said their strong faith in the Lord and love is what has kept them together all these years. They said their happiest moments together was when their sons were born and when they learned Roger was cured of cancer.
Their sons are: Douglas and Dean, both of Racine.
The couple’s advice for young people getting married today: “Communicate with each other and never end the day with anger.”
Mr. and Mrs. William Frayer of 2339 Meachem St. celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary during a family dinner at their cottage on Pine Lake in Waushara County. A reception and open house for family and friends will be held next year at Infusino’s Banquet Hall along with a renewal of vows at St. Edward Catholic Church. A Hawaii vacation is also planned for 2021.
Frayer and the former Virginia Houdek were married on July 11, 1970, in St. Edward Catholic Church.
Frayer was a social studies teacher for the Racine Unified School District. He was honored in 2019 for 50 years of service to Horlick as a teacher, coach, club advisor, etc.
Frayer is an active member and past grand knight of Racine Council 697 Knights of Columbus, past faithful navigator of 4th Degree Assembly 1207, Knights of Columbus state program director, secretary and co-treasurer of Our Lady of Guadalupe St. Vincent DePaul Society Conference and secretary for the Horlick Rebel Golf Outing Committee. He Loves softball, baseball and reading.
Mrs. Frayer was a teacher at St. Edward Catholic School and a substitute teacher for Racine Unified, Sacred Heart and St. John Nepomuk, retiring in 2015.
She enjoys needlework, sewing, knitting, crocheting, sewing pajamas for the grandchildren and family games of Sheepshead.
The Frayers are natives of Racine and have been lifelong members of St. Edward Catholic Church. Frayer serves as coordinator of readers and Eucharistic ministers; Mrs. Frayer is a reader and Eucharistic minister.
The Frayers have four children: Mark and Christine of Racine; Sarah (Matt) Stiff of Germantown, and Robert (Becky) of Liberty Township, Ohio. The couple has four grandchildren.
Mrs. June Last of Mount Pleasant celebrated her 90th birthday June 25 at home with family.
The former June Harmann was born on June 25, 1930, in Racine.
She was married to Hugh Last on Oct. 16, 1954, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. He died on April 17, 2019.
Mrs. Last was a secretary at Racine Hydraulics, a stay-at-home mother for 12 years and retired from Porters of Racine in 1987.
She volunteered at Wheaton-Franciscan All Saints Hospital and for Meals on Wheels, and enjoys cooking, baking, reading, playing Yahtzee and spending time with family.
Mrs. Last is a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.
She has four children: Ellen Martin of Vancouver, Wash.; Scott of Racine; Jodi (Dan) Fiore of Racine; and Carrie (Steve) Pilot of Plain City, Utah. Mrs. Last has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. and Mrs. George E. Berryman Sr. of 727 Fox Run Lane, Mount Pleasant, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 13. An anniversary parade was held with family driving through and honking their horns.
Berryman and the former Carolyn L. Beavers were married on June 13, 1970, at the home of Carolyn's parents in Racine.
Berryman was a tool and die maker at Acme Die Casting for 29 years until the company closed. He then was employed by Grove Gear for 11 years, retiring in 2016.
Berryman enjoys fishing.
Mrs. Berryman was employed as a dietary cook at Ridgewood Care Center for 37 years, retiring in 2008.
She likes to play darts.
The Racine natives enjoy bowling, visiting casinos, traveling to different countries and working out at the YMCA.
They have three children: Kimberlyn (Tony) Stafford and Nathan of Racine, and George Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif. The couple has 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Erwin L. Green of Racine recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Green and the former and Dolores “Dee” R. Verbeten were married on June 25, 1960, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
They later moved to Marinette, where they lived for more than 30 years before returning to the Racine area.
As Dee tells it, their love story began when Erv parked his car and began walking toward her family’s corner store during a blizzard. Erv was wearing a parka with the hood up, so she had no clue of his identity. Despite this, Dee immediately knew he was the one and said to a customer, before Erv had even entered the store, “You see that guy coming in? I’m going to marry him.” She was right.
Green was employed by SC Johnson Wax for 13 years as supervisor for Armstong Park before moving to Marinette. He later worked at Enstrom Helicopter in Menominee, Mich., retiring in 2001 after seven years of employment. He also worked for the State of Wisconsin as a facility repair worker, retiring in 2003 after 15 years of employment .
Green served a combined 24 years and 9 months in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve and National Guard. He is a member of the Moose Club and American Legion, and enjoys gardening.
Mrs. Green was employed by Wisconsin Natural Gas before moving to Marinette. She was employed as a financial counselor at Bay Area Medical Center before retiring in 2003 after 19 years of service.
Mrs. Green enjoys reading, crocheting and gardening.
The couple are members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. They enjoy traveling and sightseeing and have traveled to all 50 states, Canada and Mexico. Green was stationed in Guam before retiring from the Air Force; Mrs. Green has also been to France and Macedonia.
While in Marinette, the Greens were an active part of their family’s Porterfield Country Music Festival.
When asked what has kept them together all these years, Erv responded, “Love.” Dee added that they enjoy each other’s company and traveling together.
The Racine natives have three children: Allen (Lisa) of Eagan, Minn.; Andrew (Kara) of Marinette, and Christopher (Tina) of Mount Pleasant. The Greens have nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Marjorie Kadolph of 1936 Geneva St. and Ian Petersen of 2312 Blake Ave. announce their engagement. Marjorie is the daughter of Ernest and Belinda Salinas of Racine. Ian is the son of Scott Petersen and Linda Seidl, both of Racine.
Gary and Linda Beesley of 1726 Shoop St. announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Marie of 1808 Green St., to Robert Joseph Bane of 3801 Carter St., son of Joseph Perfetto and Catherine Proshaska, both of Kenosha.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miller of 1513 Blaine Ave. will celebrate their 50th anniversary with family and friends at a later date.
Miller and the former Naomi Young were married on June 13, 1970, at Zion Lutheran Church in Dushore, Pa.
Miller was employed as a senior project engineer for Drivetrain Design & Test at CNH Industrial for more than for 46 years, retiring on Sept. 25, 2019.
Mrs. Miller was an elementary school teacher in Pennsylvania, a sewing instructor for Stretch and Sew, and a retail associate at Bergner's, H.C. Prange Co. and Hallmark stores, retiring in 2014. She continues to work part time as a seamstress from home.
The Millers are members of Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church and it Senior and Handbell choirs. Miller is former treasurer, church council member and served on the Building Committee. He was also on the church softball league. Mrs. Miller was the vice president and president of the Lutheran Church Women's Organization and was the assembly chairperson of the LCW for a year.
Mrs. Miller has been a Meals on Wheels driver since 1986 and enjoys gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
The Millers were members of a couples bowling league and are regular blood donors.
They have two children: Seth (Jennifer) of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Erin (Eric) Kuehl of St. James, Minn. The Millers have six grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson of 523 13th Ave. celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary June 20 during a small family dinner.
Johnson and the former Mary Jean Fergus were married on June 24, 1950, at First Presbyterian Church.
The couple met during high school when they both worked at the local A & P grocery store in Uptown. Their first date was at the Venetian Theatre in Downtown Racine.
The Racine natives are members of the First Presbyterian Church.
Johnson, 92, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1946-47.
He was employed as a cost estimator at Twin Disc Inc., retiring in 1990.
Johnson was a Racine County Board supervisor for 16 years and has held several positions at First Presbyterian Church over the years.
Mrs. Johnson, 92, is a retired registered nurse.
She enjoys playing bridge with two clubs and gardening.
The Johnsons said their happiest moments together were trips to Scotland, Australia and New Zealand, as well as numerous family camping trips throughout the United States.
The couple said that love, sharing and patience is what has kept them together all of these years.
The Johnsons have three daughters: Jennifer (Jack) Swartz of Kenosha; Sue (Casey) Fitzgerald of Fletcher, N.C.; and Lynn (Dennis) Gohlke of Neshkoro. The couple has eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Jens Andersen of Racine celebrated their 65th anniversary during a family gathering at their home.
Andersen and the former Barbara Fehlberg were married on June 18, 1955, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
The Racine natives met while students at Horlick High School when a friend recommended that Jens ask Barbara to attend the Senior Prom with him. Jens said he asked "the prettiest girl around!" Their first date was watching a dirt track stock car race at the Waukegan Race Track.
Andersen, 88, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and became a sergeant.
He later became a mason contractor and co-owner of Triple J Mason Contractors, retiring in 1989 after 35 years.
Andersen was a member of the North Side Business and Professional Association, the Antique Tool Collectors Association and Dania Society. He enjoys gardening.
Mrs. Andersen, 85, is a homemaker and enjoys knitting, sewing and baking.
The Andersens are members of St. Rita Catholic Church, and enjoy traveling and cruising with friends and family.
The Andersens said that love and respect for each other has been what's kept them together all of these years. Their happiest moments together has been time spent with family.
The couple has five children: Sue (Tom) Casebolt, Dan (Karen) and Ted (Janice), all of Racine; Tina (Tim) Griesbaum of Bloomington, Ill.; and Tim (Nancy) of Keshena. The Andersens have nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Their advice to young people getting married: "A heartfelt goodnight kiss every evening shows your love and appreciation for each other on a daily basis."
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Holm of 9439 Luanne Drive, Mount Pleasant, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at a later date.
Holm and the former Grace Jensen were married on June 10, 1960, at Turkey Valley Lutheran Church in Irene, S.D.
The couple met while attending Dana College in Blair, Neb., in 1956. Their first date was going to see "The Teahouse of the August Moon" in Omaha.
Holm, 82, was employed by Asdahl Nelson, Schultz-Savo and Klema Feeds, retiring in 1996.
The Racine native enjoys woodworking and his scroll saw club.
Mrs. Holm, 82, moved to Racine in 1962. She retired from Cigna Insurance in 1993 and then from Racine Family Practice Residency at All Saints Healthcare in 2000.
Mrs. Holm enjoys the Sew N Sew quilt group at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and the card club.
The Holms are members of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, and enjoy attending their grandchildren's sporting events and spending time with family.
The couple has three children: Barry (Roxanne) of Forbes, N.D.; Julie (Scott) Pfeffer of Racine; and Ann (Brad) Bartel of Sturtevant. They have eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Holm's good cooking and their family has been vital in keeping them together for all of these years. The couple's happiest moments together include being able to attend most of their children's and grandchildren's life, sporting and livestock events.
Their advice for young people getting married today: "A good marriage is just like life; it takes a lot of kindness and forgiveness to make it last."
Mrs. Laura Lossman of Union Grove celebrated her 95th birthday quietly with her family.
Lossman was born on June 26, 1926, in Kenosha County.
She was married to Floyd Lossman on Aug. 31, 1946. It was the same day as her parent's 25th wedding anniversary. Floyd died in 2009.
Mrs. Lossman moved to Racine after World War II.
She was employed by John Oster Manufacturing Co., was a school bus driver for Union Grove area schools and then worked for Graham Public Library in Union Grove.
Mrs. Lossman has been a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 171 Union Grove for more than 35 years and was president for seven years. She was a volunteer for the Union Grove Area Food Bank for over 35 years and enjoys sewing, gardening, cooking and baking. Mrs. Lossman loves to shop at thrift stores and rummage sales, and spending time with her dog, Sugar
Mrs. Lossman is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Union Grove.
She has three children: Sandyll Mannix (Richard Arfsten) of Burlington; Douglas Sr. (Cheryl) of Kansasville, and Laurel (Joseph) Starosta of Muskego. Mrs. Lossman has four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Al and Pam Shuman of Racine announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor of Madison, to Austin Grimm of Madison, son of Steve and Melissa Grimm of Kenosha, and Herb and Gloria Ciezadlo of The Villages, Fla.