James A. "Jim" and Rosemary Duesterhaus of Quincy are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a Mass today in St. Francis Catholic Church, followed by a luncheon in their home, hosted by their children. They also marked the occasion with a dinner with their grandchildren Oct. 14 at the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Terry Duesterhaus.
Mr. Duesterhaus and the former Rosemary Spalding were married Oct. 20, 1962, in Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Monroe City, Mo.
Mrs. Duesterhaus is a daughter of the late David A. Spalding of St. Charles, Mo., and Ethel P. Delonay Spalding of Shelbina, Mo. Mr. Duesterhaus is a son of the late Art and Leona Frese Duesterhaus of Quincy.
They are the parents of Ed Duesterhaus and his wife, Terry, of Quincy and Susan Utters and her husband, Vern, of Liberty. They have five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Duesterhaus retired from RSC Equipment Rental and was previously employed by E.M. Chatten Equipment and Luby Equipment. He is a member of the Holy Name Society.
Mrs. Duesterhaus retired from the VA outpatient clinic. She is a member of the Ladies of St. Francis and St. Francis Quilters.
They are members of St. Francis Catholic Church.
The couple was introduced by Jim's cousin, who was Rosemary's classmate in nursing school.