Eugene and Anita Gudenkauf, of Cascade, are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary Oct. 5.

Gene met Anita McCarthy of Bernard at a mixer at Melody Mill in Dubuque, June of 1961. After courting, he gave her a diamond on Jan. 16, 1963 and were married that fall at Anita’s home parish of Holy Family Catholic Church near Peosta. Moving to the farm where Gene grew up, since the age of 6, was a good place to raise five children: Kathy (Gilbert Korthals), Lois, Dennis, Sue (Consecrated Virgin) and Jenny (Joe Weyers). They enjoy visiting friends and family especially their nine grandchildren: Jessica, Abby, Erin and Kara (Korthals), Maximilian, Augustine, Dominic, Mary-Lou and Clare (Weyers).

Help celebrate the blessing of their marriage with a card shower. Cards can be sent to: Gene and Anita Gudenkauf, 1378 Aitchison Rd, Cascade, IA 52033.