GLADSTONE - Ronald and Beatrice "Bea" Dittrich of Gladstone recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. A surprise lunch in their honor was hosted by their children March 13 at the Family Inn. A dinner was also hosted by their children March 14 at the Terrace Bay Inn.
The former Beatrice Wittlock became the bride of Ronald Dittrich March 12, 1949, during a wedding ceremony at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Escanaba.
Maid of honor was Janet Wittlock, sister of the bride. Bridesmaid was Alice Dahl.
Beatrice and Ronald Dittrich, 1949
Best man was Clarence Dittrich, brother of the groom. Roger Dittrich, brother of the groom, stood as groomsman.
Bea is the daughter of Charles and Anna Wittlock. She worked in Chicago for Army Corp of Engineers from 1945-49. After marriage, she raised their children and later worked at Red Owl Family Center and Fisher Family Cleaners. She has also served as a volunteer for RSVP and the Red Cross for more than 30 years.
Ronald is the son of Otto and Rose Dittrich. He retired in 1984 from Harnishfeger after 33 years as a machinist/maintenance man. He also worked on the family farm. Ron served in WWII from Nov. 1942 to Dec. 1945 as a Ball Turret gunner on a B17 Bomber and flew 50 missions. He now enjoys making maple syrup, gardening and cutting wood.
Both Ron and Bea are very active in their church, St Paul's Lutheran Church in Hyde.
The couple has seven children - Beverly Grim of Atlanta, Ga., Russell (Karla) Dittrich of Reno Nev., Dan (Heidi) Dittrich of Peshastin, Wash., and Howard (Karleen) Dittrich of Chattanooga, Tenn., Diane Shea of Smyrna, Ga., Elaine (Joe) Goodreau of Soo Hill, and Ken (Tracy) Dittrich of Manitowoc, Wis.
Ron and Bea also have 15 grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild (and another on the way).