Don & Jan Placke of Central City will observe their 45th wedding anniversary by celebrating with cousins Vince and Joan Wesolowsky of Wichita, Kan., who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Both couples were married on the same date but five years apart.
The Plackes were married on July 15, 1972 at Augusta Kan. They have lived in Central City their entire married lives operating the D.J. Shop (florist) as well as the D.J. Shop in Grand Island. Jan taught school in the early years of marriage at Blessed Sacrament and 1-R School. She is now the current Merrick County Assessor.
Don is retired from the florist profession but is an ordained permanent deacon for the Catholic Arch – Diocese of Omaha.
The couple are members of St. Michael’s Church in Central City where Don serves as deacon.
He is active in hospital ministry in Central City as well as St. Francis Hospital, Grand Island.
The couple has three children. Heather (Wade) Church of Nothglenn Colorado, Ashley (Audrey) Placke of Andover, Kansas, Meghan Placke of Central City as well as three grandchildren.