ESCANABA - W. Donald and Mary Jane Wertz recently celebrated 65 years together as husband and wife. During a ceremony at Columbia Army Air Base Chapel in Columbia, S.C., the former Mary Jane Richer and her husband, Donald, were wed Sept. 14, 1944. They were attended by Lt. Fred Weihe, best man, and Anna Mae Gallagher, maid of honor.
In celebration of their marital milestone, the couple hosted a family gathering at their Ford River cottage Sept. 5. In attendance to honor the couple were 25 family members and two guests.
Donald served three years in the Army Air Corps during World War II (1943-46), during which time he flew 34 missions as a B-25 pilot in the Southwest Pacific. He was honorably discharged with the rank of captain. Donald retired in 1989, after 30 years with Clairmont Transfer Co. and Northern Rebuilders, Inc. A member of First Presbyterian Church, he is a member of Escanaba Kiwanis Club (past president), Chamber of Commerce, National Accounting and Finance Council of the American Trucking Association, and the Escanaba Country Club. He is also past director of the U.P. State Bank.
Mary Jane and W. Donald Wertz, 1944
A member of St. Anne's Church, Mary Jane is still employed as a homemaker. She is also a member of St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary; P.E.O., the Library Board, and has served as a Cub Scout and Brownie Leader.
Since Don's retirement, the couple has been wintering in Destin, Fla. Their favorite forms of recreation are golfing, playing bridge and attending to their home and cottage.
Don and Mary Jane are the parents of two daughters and one son - Jane A. (Craig) Gundry of Escanaba, Sally E. (Charles) Guay of Rapid River, and Bill (Christie) Wertz of New Berlin, Wis. They also have seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren (with one on the way).