June 11 marked the 50th wedding anniversary of Jim and Geraldine (Tulgestke) Karsten, who were married in 1960 at St. John Lutheran Church in Rogers City, with the Rev. Robert Weller officiating.
Their family, consisting of Gerald (Beth) of Canton, Jon (Amy) of Indian River, Kyle (Janet) of Green Bay, Wis., and Ken of Burbank, Calif., hosted a Hawaiian-themed surprise celebration on May 29 to honor their parents and this special occasion.
Jim and Geri are also proud grandparents of seven grandsons and two granddaughters.
They have made their home in Alpena since 1967. Being retired, they enjoy spending summers at their cottage located at Lake Nettie, and also time at their Bear Creek Hunting Camp in the Upper Peninsula.