Maxene and Daryl Mayenschein of Cherokee Village will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary June 4.
The couple married June 4, 1936, in West Lima, Wisc. Their first home was in Chippewa Falls, Wisc.
In 1941, Daryl was employed by Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago as a laborer and worked his way to research.
Maxene worked there before their oldest son was born. She later returned to work there.
The couple retired to Manitowish Waters, Wisc., in 1972. Daryl worked part-time in cranberry harvest and at church. Maxene wrote news for three different papers, played organ at church and piano in nursing homes and worked in cranberries.
After 10 years of retirement they moved to Cherokee Village. Daryl bowled for a number of years and Maxene sang with the Cherobelles until it disbanded. She also is a poet. She has poems in over a dozen books, international plaques on the wall and special honors. She was one of the special poets in 1999 in Reno, Nev. Daryl's pride and joy is raising flowers and vegetables.
The couple had four children -- Karl, Larry, Alan and the late Darlene; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The Mayenscheins are members of Spring River Presbyterian Church. Daryl has been an elder and Maxene is a deacon and sings in the choir.