EMPIRE — Mr. and Mrs. John Raz of Empire celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with family and friends at their daughter’s lakefront home in Acme on Sept. 1, 2013. A second party was hosted by friends in Empire to honor the occasion.
John Raz and the former Virginia “Ginny” Frank were married at a family gathering on Sept. 18, 1963, at the groom’s family home in Union Pier, Mich. The ceremony was performed by the family minister, Robert Carson.
Mr. Raz has been self-employed in home improvements his entire working life. Mrs. Raz was a 30-year postal employee, serving for 20 years as the Postmaster in Empire. The couple have three children, Debbie May of Traverse City, Tracy Raz (Bruce) Brownie of Acme, and Caroline Hartman of Kingsley. They also have five grandchildren.