Ken and Irene Lohmeier mark golden anniversary
On Sept. 1, Ken and Irene Lohmeier celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Ind.
Life together began with a long-distance romance started by a matchmaker brother of Irene’s. Ken was attending a trade school in Chicago after returning from the Korean War, and Irene was working and living in Richmond, her hometown.
They started their family in Chicago where Ken worked for NBC television as a cameraman. Job opportunities led them to Southern California. Several adventures and children later, Irene glanced out her window one day to find Ken pounding a “For Sale” sign on the front lawn shortly after Ken returned from a Tahoe vacation with some work buddies.
Their new business, Alpine TV, resulted. They spent their first winter off North Upper Truckee Road learning the importance of befriending the plow drivers. They later moved into town to a house they occupy to this day.
While raising a family in Tahoe for 44 years, Ken sold his business and worked in several occupations since retiring from city employment after 20 years. Irene’s secretarial skills landed her jobs with the sheriff and police Departments, realty and insurance businesses, and presently as a school bookkeeper to name a few, including a run for the City Clerk position in the ’70s.
Ken and Irene can now be seen working by summer and motoring to gentler, non-shoveling destinations during the winter months. They spent their anniversary day on their beloved shores of Tahoe with a few close friends and family members and the moment was blessed by Father Grace.
When asked what their secret is for staying together through the raising of six children and the trials of everyday life, their reply was love, friendship, forgiveness, tolerance, compatibility, patience, laughter, trust and faith.