Prowenses celebrate 60th wedding anniversary |

Prowenses celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Anthony and Mary Prowense (pictured above today and below when they first married) plan to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with sailing and dinner.

Their oldest daughter, Teri, and her husband, Dale Nelson, of Restin, Va., plan to sail with their elders aboard the Sarah Jane in San Francisco Bay and later enjoy an intimate dinner at the Lake of the Pines Clubhouse.

The Prowenses were married Sept. 3, 1948, on Labor Day weekend in a little chapel. They held a backyard reception at the Los Angeles home of the groom’s parents, Joseph and Katharina Prowense.

The newlyweds lived in Hawthorne and raised two daughters as they ran Anthony Builders Corp. They retired to Lake Arrowhead.

But Tony Prowense tired of shoveling snow, so in 2002 they followed their daughter, Marcie, and her husband, Steve Mathews, to Lake of the Pines on the promise that the foothills provided a climate “above the fog and below the snow.”

Marcie Mathews vowed she’d shovel the snow off the deck should snowfall occur, but she hasn’t had to yet.

The Prowenses still enjoy going to Santa Cruz to ride the roller coaster as they did on their honeymoon. They are active in the community.

Mary Prowense writes children’s novels, and Tony Prowense has many projects in the works including wood-working, cars and building projects.

They also are active in the Graneva Model A Club.

Ten years ago, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a 1950s-style party with family and friends in Rolling Hills.

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