My Uncle Danny and his wife Cecelia are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in a few days. He is the one that has tracked and documented much of the family history.

He sent out this note to the family that I thought I would share here…

Cecelia Elizabeth and Daniel Janse Van Antwerp of Troy announce the celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary on February 7th. Cecelia Martin lived in Royal Oak, Michigan. They were married in her parish church at St. Dennis, where five priest-relatives presided at the Mass.

Cecelia was born in Ramapo, New York, and is the youngest of four children of Thomas Stuart and Bernice Elizabeth (Frushour) Martin. Her father was a top salesman for West Disinfectant Company. Her family traces its roots back to Scotland and Ireland. She worked in the office both at Witbeck’s Appliances and at Dingeman Incentives. Thereafter she worked in sales at the J.L. Hudson Company, Jacobson’s Department Store, Bon-Wit Teller, and, most recently, at The Poster Gallery in the Fisher Building in sales and office work.

Danny was born in Detroit, Michigan, and is the youngest of eleven children born to Eugene Ignatius and Mary Frances (Mc Devitt) Van Antwerp. His father served on the Common Council of the City of Detroit for thirty years and was Mayor of Detroit in 1948-49. The family traces its Dutch roots back to 1655 in Schenectady, New York, and its Irish roots back to 1810 in Ennis, Maherrah and Ballyclough, Ireland. Danny served as a judge for over thirty-five years. He was Presiding Judge of the former Common Pleas Court of the City of Detroit and was Chief Judge Pro Tem of the 36th District Court in Detroit. He retired from that court in 1992 and served many years thereafter as a visiting judge throughout Southeastern Michigan.

Both Cecelia and Danny love meeting with friends and relatives, walking their three dogs, traveling, cruising, reading, jigsaw puzzles, photography, computers, shopping at Eastern Market, cider mills, berry-picking, parades, festivals (espc. Strawberry, Peach, Apple, etc.), flea markets, free arts & craft shows (espc. Ann Arbor, Rochester, Pontiac, Warren, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, Ferndale, Troy, etc.), neighborhood outdoor concerts, and watching, photographing and videotaping their grandchildren at T-ball, soccer, cross-country, swimming, plays, musicals, birthdays, holidays, recitals, ballets, etc. They also involve themselves in volunteer work, babysitting, and raising rescue dogs. Cecelia loves solitaire and is an expert cook and flower gardener. She is an outstanding folk dancer and dance teacher (Israeli, Armenian, Romanian, etc.), as well. Danny loves bridge, genealogy (14,000 on his data base), investing (formerly), crossword puzzles, spider solitaire, writing, weekly emailing out jokes (13th year), and Bible classes. He has written one book and co-authored two others. Sorry to say, neither are good athletes nor sports lovers (except for UDM & Notre Dame).

They are the proud parents of four wonderful and God-fearing children: Ann Elizabeth [Daniel] Wyers; Catherine Denise [Matthew] Partalis; Mary Patricia [Dennis] Moylan; and Karen Marie [Michael] Heupel.

They also have six wonderful and talented grandchildren: Audrey Ann Wyers, Patrick Daniel Wyers, Dakota Edwin Holbrook, Tyler Martin Moylan, Alec Matthew Moylan, and Lydia Mary Moylan.