ESCANABA - Lawrence and Geraldine Derusha celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 9. Lawrence and the former Geraldine Fillion were married on Sept. 9, 1950, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Gladstone. Rev. Roland Dion officiated the ceremony.
Attending the bride and groom were the late Delight (Germain) Lanava, niece of the bride; Louella (Chouinard) Severinson, the bride's cousin; and the late Albert (Bud) Derouin, the groom's cousin.
The Derusha's began their anniversary celebration with a 10 a.m. Mass at the Bishop Noa Home, co-celebrated by Bishop Noa Chaplain, Rev. Emmett M. Norden, and Rev. Gilbert Neurohr. After Mass the couple was escorted to St. Rita's Church in Trenary for their Fall Harvest Dinner where they were treated to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings shared with their family.
Lawrence and Geraldine Derusha
Gerry and Larry still live at Hyde, in the house that their parents helped them to build over 60 years ago.
Larry served in the Michigan National Guard for nine years and was employed by Harnischfeger Corporation for 35 years. Since the company closed in 1985, he has worked for Marvic Construction Company until approximately 2005, when he retired for the second time. He is active with the UAW retirees and is a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and ice fishing.
Gerry worked at Neisner's 5 & 10 cent store in Escanaba until her first pregnancy. She took care of her mother-in-law for 23 years. The last seven years were spent in a nursing home, which began Gerry's many years of volunteer work in the 1980s. She is a homemaker and a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.
The Derusha's are parents of a daughter, Debbie (Tony) Fudala of Escanaba and two sons, Philip Derusha of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Garry and Sue (Lancour) Derusha of Green Bay, Wis.
They have seven grandchildren: Jodi and Mike Bizeau of Escanaba; Jason Fudala of Gladstone; Jessica and David Poe of Perkins; Justin Derusha and Sarah (Derusha) Stokes, of Green Bay, Wis.; Ashley (Goodwin-Derusha) and Curtis Doyon of Loveland, Colo.; and P.J. Derusha Jr. of Lake Havasu City.
They also have six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.