FLAT ROCK - Adolph Lippens Jr. and his wife, Phyllis, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, with their family at a 4 p.m. Mass at Holy Family Church in Flat Rock. They continued the family celebration with a dinner at the Terrace Bay Inn.
Adolph and the former Phyllis Schermer were married Aug. 25, 1962, at Sacred Heart Church in Schaffer. Attending the couple were: the groom's brother, John Lippens; the bride's brother, Harold Schermer; the late Nancy (Schermer) Fisher, sister of the bride; Barbara (Lippens) Sheedlo, sister of the groom; and Sandy (Therrian) Groleau and the late Judy (Geb) Lippens, both friends of the bride. Nephews Jim Lippens and Paul Lippens were the ring bearers, and niece, Jill Stenfors, was the flower girl.
Adolph retired from the railroad in 2000 after 38 years of service as a machine operator with the Chicago and North Western, Union Pacific and Wisconsin Central Railroads.
Phyllis and Adolph Lippens
Phyllis retired in 2001, as a loan officer, after 13 years with the U.P. State Credit Union.
Adolph enjoys flower and vegetable gardening, as well as fishing both summer and winter ice fishing. Phyllis enjoys scrapbooking and volunteering.
The couple also enjoy attending their grandchildren's activities whenever possible. The couple love to travel and have traveled throughout the United States and many foreign countries. They just returned from a two-week Safari to Kenya, Africa, and Tanzania.
The couple's family includes: Bill (Brenda) Lippens of Bark River and daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah; son Jerry (Stephanie) of Wakeforest, N.C., and children, Corey and Briana; daughter Ann (Jim) Chenier and children, Allison and Troy, of Flat Rock; and daughter Jean (Mick) Maslowski and daughters, Lauren and Carlee, of Cloquet, Minn.