AUBURN – A surprise party was held on July 3 for Normand and Monita Cote of Auburn, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple was very surprised to see so many of their family and friends gather at the VFW Hall in Auburn, to honor them on this special occasion.

The party was hosted by their children and spouses, Rick and Sue Cote, Lisa and Ron Blake and Diana and Dave Sargent. A trip to Las Vegas and California in January, hosted by their daughter and husband, Gina and Mike Roberge, served as a diversion to the surprise party.

Many friends and family members attended from out of state, including guests from Florida, Massachusetts, Oregon, New Hampshire and Canada. Many of their grandchildren also attended, providing some special moments during the party.

The toastmaster was Rick Cote, son of the couple. A large photo collage was on display, featuring many pictures recounting the 50 years of the couple’s life together. Also on display were floral arrangements and many gifts. An Italian buffet lunch was featured and the party continued into the evening at the home of Rick and Sue Cote, where many stories were exchanged among friends.

The couple was married on Jan. 2, 1954, at Sacred Heart Church in Auburn. They currently reside in Melbourne, Fla., and return to Auburn for the summer months.

Mr. Cote is a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the Air Force. He was the owner of Cote Brothers Sewing Machine Co. and is currently retired.

Mrs. Cote, also retired, was the bookkeeper for Cote Brothers as well as Cote and Sons Contractors.

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