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Washington Co. couple wins marriage award from Wisconsin pro-family organization

 Washington Co., WI – Wisconsin Family Council (WFC), a statewide pro-family organization, announced it is honoring the newest inductees into its Marriage Hall of Fame. WFC began this unique Hall of Fame in 2022 to honor both the institution of marriage and individual marriages that have gone the distance.
Don and Dorothy Kurer; photo credit, Sharon Kurer Murphy

Local couple, Don and Dorothy Kurer, of Allenton, WI, came in at a close second place with 74 years of marriage under their belts, nearly beating out Richard and Beverly Grosskreutz of Whitewater who have been married 75 years.

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WFC president Julaine Appling said, “We are honored to announce Wisconsin’s 2024 longest-married couple is Richard and Beverly Grosskreutz of Whitewater who have been married 75 years. Richard and Beverly were married on January 28, 1949. Richard is a U.S. Army veteran. They had two sons and four grandchildren. They are still able to live independently and enjoy visiting family. Their marriage advice conveys a delightful sense of humor: “The first hundred years are the hardest.

Richard and Beverly Grosskreutz, married 75 years; photo credit, Wisconsin Family Council

“The long and faithful marriage of the Grosskreutzs is an encouragement and challenge to everyone in our state.”

Longevity in marriage for the Kurers has a place of honor with their children who recently celebrated the 74 years of commitment between the two and shared their love journey.

Don and Dorothy Kurer; photo credit, Sharon Kurer Murphy

The Kurer’s daughter, Sharon Kurer Murphy, said, “Dad and Mom both went to West Milwaukee High School in Wisconsin, but because of their age difference they didn’t know each other. Dad graduated in 1944 and Mom in 1948. As a young man out of the Army as a paratrooper towards the end of WWII, Dad worked at Allis Chalmers and then decided to attend UWM (Madison) at the College of Agriculture to earn his Bachelor’s Degree. Dad would often travel back and forth from Madison with his buddy, Warren. One time Warren introduced Dad to his younger sister, our future Mom.

“During summer breaks from college, Dad worked at the gravel pit near Mom’s family home in Muskego. After work Dad would sometimes stop to see Warren. One day Mom saw Dad come up to the house and when she answered the door she said, “Warren isn’t home”. Dad replied, “Well, I came to see YOU.” He asked her out on a date to watch an outdoor movie. That was the beginning of many dates. They fell in love and were married on February 4, 1950 on an unusually warm and sunny day at Big Bend Baptist Church in Wiscosnin with lots of family and friends in attendance.
“They’ve “accumulated” 4 children, 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren!
The rest is history.”
According to Wisconsin Family Council, the Kurer’s gave the following marriage advice, “Always attend church together as a family each Sunday and keep the Lord the center of your marriage as you trust Him through the highs and lows of marriage. Love one another, be faithful and patient with one another, consult each other before making decisions, consider the other’s feelings, and praise and encourage each other. And lastly, try to remember and celebrate special occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Day.”
Twenty-two other couples join the Grosskreutzs in the Marriage Hall of Fame this year.

· Donald and Dorothy Kurer, Allenton, married 74 years.

•  Stanley and Velma Schultz, Edgar, married 73 years.

•  Jesse and Corrine Wakefield, Beloit, married 73 years.

•  Richard and Blanche Brockman, Manitowoc, married 70 years.

•  Wynn and Joan Jones, Rhinelander, married 70 years.

•  Gerald and Kathryn Kostroski, Wausau, married 69 years.

•  Lemuel and Beverly Miller, Jr., Richland Center, married 69 years.

•  Dale and Dotty Vollrath, Green Bay, married 68 years.

•  Paul and Nelda Wolf, Marshfield, married 68 years.

•  Roger and Grace Grebe, Wausau, married 67 years.

•  Thomas C. and Kathleen Reeves, Franksville, married 66 years.

•  Jesse and Judy Lindall, Cadott, married 65 years.

•  Philip and Janet Roos, Lake Geneva, married 64 years.

•  Arnold and Norma Quakkelaar, Waukesha, married 64 years.

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•  Frankie and Helga Schmidt, Pearson, married 64 years.

•  John and Patricia Ruder, Marshfield, married 63 years.

•  Rodney and Doris Anderson, Watertown, married 62 years.

•  Edward and Jacqueline Hahn, Marshfield, married 62 years.

•  David and Jo Ann Baker, Neshkoro, married 61 years.

•  Lee and Barb Webster, Wausau, married 61 years.

•  Norm and Linda Panzer, Fort Atkinson, married 61 years.

•  Roger and Sandy Gehrke, Hudson, married 60 years.

Wisconsin Family Council president, Julaine Appling, commented, “What an incredible group of married couples we are inducting in this unique Hall of Fame! Their milestone anniversaries are an incredible testimony to the truth that marriages can last a lifetime. No doubt all of these couples have faced both adversity and blessings in their marriages, and through it all, their commitment to each other and their vows prevailed. We are so glad we can honor these couples who exemplify the kinds of marriages that build families that form a strong foundation for our communities, state, and nation. Congratulations to each of them.”

Each of these couples will receive a framed certificate recognizing their induction into Wisconsin’s Marriage Hall of Fame. Pictures of all the inductees and their stories are posted HERE.

Applications for next year will open in January 2025.


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