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Mondure Couple Celebrates 50 Years

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Leo Kleiss and Jenny Brennan were married in Geelong in 1968

December 22, 2018

A pair of “grey nomads” who came to the South Burnett to lend a hand with BlazeAid – and stayed – celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday.

Leo and Jenny (nee Brennan) Kleiss live at Mondure.

The couple was married on December 21, 1968, at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Geelong.

They lived on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria before shifting to Woombye on the Sunshine Coast in 1976.

Over the years they had three children, and eight grandchildren.

When they retired, they hit the road as “grey nomads”, travelling around Australia for about 10 years.

In 2013, they joined the BlazeAid camp at Murgon which was set up to help local farmers whose properties had been damaged in the Australia Day floods.

They made the decision then to settle permanently in the region.

“We liked the people around here so much,” Jenny said. “The people are really lovely.”

Leo and Jenny bought a rural residential block at Mondure three years ago and quickly became involved with the local community.

Jenny is a member of the Mondure Rural Fire Brigade and also volunteers at Meals on Wheels and the Wondai Driver Reviver stall.

She’s also keen on gardening and is a member of the local gardening club.

Jenny and Leo celebrated their Golden Anniversary quietly … and were more than a little embarrassed that they’d been “dobbed” in to by their daughter, Donna!

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