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Dorothy (Phillips) and Stephen Zrenda celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Feb. 10, 2013.
A party was hosted by their children at Filomina's in Waterford, with a wedding cake provided by the Cake Lady. Each of their seven children relayed anecdotes about their parents, and expressed deep respect and gratitude for them. Mr. Zrenda provided a comedic stand-up routine and then danced with his bride. Great grandchildren, Alec and Owen Elmer, and Liz Beaulieu, presented a skit.
Mr. and Mrs. Zrenda met in high school in Chicago when their respective Catholic high schools shared a concert. Stephen played the clainet, and Dorothy, the viola. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, and went on to play in the Coast Guard band for 20 years. He then finished his college degree with their children present at his graduation, and worked at the Norwich State Hospital. Dorothy worked as a switchboard operator at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, and for the state, both in family relations and in corrections.
They were communicants at St. Joseph's Church, where she enjoyed Mother's Circle, and now worship at St. Agnes Church, where they both sung in the Hallelujah Choir.
They spent innumerable hours in the bleachers and in auditoriums, cheering for 3 generations of Zrenda athletes, musicians, and actors, and have attended approximately sixty graduations.