Clairmonts married 50 years

ESCANABA – Joseph J. and Darlene T. Clairmont of Escanaba celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of their wedding vows at All Saints Church in Gladstone with Rev. James Ziminski officiating. Their grandchildren, Kirsten and Kylie Williams, served as altar girls.

In honor of the special occasion, a reception, hosted by their daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Dan Williams, together with special friends, Bill and Laura Young, was held at the Log Cabin.

An appreciation dinner for friends and guests was held two days later at the Irish Oaks.

Joseph and the former Darlene Burnard were married on Aug. 8, 1964, during a ceremony held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Escanaba. Attending the couple were: Jean Zorn Burright, a cousin of the bride; and Douglas Nelson and Jim Peterson, both friends of the bride and groom.

Joseph worked as student support manager in the computer lab at Bay de Noc Community College until retiring in 2001. He served as a liturgical lector for 42 years and enjoys traveling, trailering, music, reading and photography in his spare time.

His wife was an employee of Prudential Insurance until her retirement on Feb. 28, 1997. She is a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul in Gladstone, Marquette General Home & Hospice in Escanaba and is a member of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

The Clairmonts have also provided monthly financial support for a number of years for two young people, ZaKaria Zoungrana from Ghana and Rajesh Beta Sore’n from India.

In addition to their daughter, Denise, the Clairmonts are the parents of a son, the late Paul. F. Clairmont.

They also have two grandchildren.