50th: Mr. and Mrs. Dupuis
"Uke" Dupuis and Arlene Nadeau were married at St. Martin Church in Somerworth on Aug. 31, 1963.
They have three children, Susan M. Bass of Palm Harbor, Fla., James G. Dupuis of Bedford and Melanie L. Dupuis of Ashland, Ore.; and three grandchildren, Laura Bass, Beverly Bass and Alexander Reynolds.
To celebrate the anniversary, the couple's three children hosted a party at the Chateau restaurant in Manchester. Guests came from as far as Florida, Oklahoma and Oregon to celebrate with singing, dancing and dining.
The officiant at Mr. and Mrs. Dupuis' wedding, the Rev. Norman Meiklejohn, the bride's cousin, gave a blessing at the dinner reception.
During the reception, their granddaughter Beverly Bass surprised the gathering with a ballet performance. The couple's children, Sue, Jim and Mel, each spoke of special memories of growing up. The Rev. Gerald Auger, who has known the couple for more than 50 years, reminisced and noted the couple's accomplishments over the years.
In lieu of gifts, many brought or sent photos, genealogies, letters and mementos of the past.
After the party, the couple, along with their children and grandchildren, traveled to the Berkshires for a week. Then the couple spent two weeks on a land and sea trip to Alaska. On the actual date of their anniversary, a priest aboard the ship bestowed an anniversary blessing.
"Uke" Dupuis, a CPA, operated his own firm for more than 30 years and is a fulltime professor of accounting and taxation at Southern New Hampshire University.
Arlene Nadeau Dupuis was a medical technologist for many years, a college instructor and then a lawyer and an adjunct faculty member at SNHU. She is retired.