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Keepsake tells a story of 60 years together

Dorothy and Ron Jensen pose with the quilt made for them by their daughter, Julie Calverley. High school graduation photos of the couple's five children are at the top. A sixth child, Johnny, who passed away, is represented by his footprints in the center. The angel on the wall is one of Ron's jigsaw puzzles which he loves to assemble, seal and frame. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

Ron and Dorothy (Richie) Jensen met while attending Hudson High School and married soon after graduation, in 1952.

To mark their 60th anniversary, the couple's children surprised the Jensens with a king-size quilt documenting their years together.

Daughter Julie Calverley created the quilt from 125 photos she and her siblings assembled.

From family vacations to Ron and Dorothy's wedding photo, the quilt is a work of family history and art.

"I could just look and look at it," said Dorothy, who is amazed at all of the photos, including ones of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

At the top are graduation photos of the couple's children, Joe Jensen, Julie Calverley, Jim Jensen, Jeanne Reaux and Jeri Jensen.

All of the children's names start with the letter J because Dorothy wanted to name the first child after her grandfather, Joe.

Family is very important to Dorothy and Ron, and the children feel the same. All of them are expected to visit within a month, from as far away as Alaska and California. Dorothy is ready, with 200 homemade ravioli in the freezer, soon to be joined by 20 dozen pizzelles and 12 loaves of pumpkin bread.

Dorothy and Ron are known for their Christmas and holiday decorations as well as selling fireworks for decades in Hudson. Recently, Dorothy went back into the fireworks business, working for Uncle Mike's in Hammond.

"The days go by fast and it is really fun," said Dorothy about returning to the fireworks business. "I see some of my old customers. I loved it and I missed it a lot."

The couple is not planning a celebration for their 60th anniversary in October. Instead they prefer to enjoy time, any time of year, with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.