Kaczmareks celebrate 50th
Mike and Helen Kaczmarek celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 12 at their home in Helena.
The celebration was attended by their children and families from Helena, Boise, Idaho, and Florence, Arizona, Helen’s brother and niece from Bozeman, a brother and sister from Great Falls, a niece from Missoula and many friends from the Helena area as well as friends from the Shelby area.
Mike and Helen were married in Great Falls and three weeks later were in Thailand, where Mike was stationed with the U.S. Army. Helen worked in the Department of the Army as a civilian executive secretary for the local troop command.
After 15 months in Thailand and two years at Fort Lewis, Washington, Mike returned to graduate school in Bozeman. In 1974, Mike was employed as the geologist for Morrison-Maierle in Helena, where he became the water resources department head in the 1980s.
In 1987, Mike took a leave of absence to work in the Sultanate of Oman, where he and the family lived for six years, the children going to school in Muscat in Oman and for the last four years, at a school in the United Arab Emirates.
Mike and Helen moved back to Helena in 1993 with their children, and Mike resumed work at Morrison-Maierle as the chief geologist. He still works part-time on selected projects. Helen and Mike have been active in the Church of Christ in Helena and Helen has been a member of local quilting groups while working for Montana Sign Works and later for 13 years as an insurance technician with the state auditor’s office.