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  Dominic and Margaret Kristof Sandine - 80 years  
Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Sandine, of 4470 Little Johns Place, Youngstown, were honored at a family dinner at the Springfield Grille on Sun., Nov. 24 in celebration of the day of their 75th Wedding Anniversary.
The couples five daughters are, Mary Ann (Jim) Huesken, Veronica (Bob) Morell, Margaret (Jerry) Murphy, Sandra Sandine Kertis and Theresa Sandine Leaver. Thirteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren complete their family.
Mr. Sandine and the former Margaret Kristof were married Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1938, at Holy Name of Jesus Church, by the late Monsignor Stephen Kocis. Organ music was provided by the late Miss Kowal. Their attendants were the late Mr. Benny and Mrs. Centry (Mashiska) Ferrara, aunt and uncle of the groom.
Mrs. Sandine is a wonderful homemaker, known for her delicious cooking and baking skills, fabulous decorating at all of the birthday and holiday celebrations. Every single occasion was celebrated. Her husband, children and grandchildren have many beautiful memories of the many parties she hosted.
Mr. Sandine owned Sandine Jewelry & Loan Co., in downtown Youngstown for 47 years, prior to his retirement. He also received recognition in the 30’s and 40’s as the areas table tennis champion and was active in many programs at the downtown YMCA. The couple are members of St. Christine Church in Cornersburg.
  Ralph and Evangelene Barbato - 76 years  
Ralph and Evangelene (Costarell) Barbato of Boardman recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at their home with their family. Ralph and Evangelene were married on May 23, 1942 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Youngstown.
Ralph was born on Oct. 1, 1919, the son of Ralph and Rosella Colucci Barbato.
While in the sixth grade, Ralph was a paper carrier for The Youngstown Telegram and won a contest to go to see Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration as President in Washington DC.
Mr. Barbato graduated in 1937 from East High at the age of 17, and played football on the team that beat South and Rayen for the first time, and was chosen for the East High Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1940 he went to work in Pittsburgh and was chosen to play football with the Greater Pittsburgh All Star Team.
On Oct. 1, 1940 he had to sign up for the draft and was chosen during the second draft. He trained as a medical corpsman at Camp Lee, VA and was shipped to Pine Camp, NY where he was chosen as captain of the football team and also played with The Army All Stars against The Professional all stars at Soldiers Field in Chicago.
It was while he was at Pine Camp that he married his sweetheart Evangelene Costarell. He was then shipped over seas and landed in Africa at Casablanca. He spent 33 months in Africa, Italy and France servicing the 101st Airborne Division and the 442nd Japanese Combat Team. He played softball on the 1209 Service Team winning the North African Softball Championship where he pitched a no hitter. Ralph still keeps in touch with 95 year old movie star, Eli Wallach, who was in the same unit and one of his buddies.
After serving 52 months, Ralph was discharged and began playing semi-pro football with the Youngstown Bombers and The Youngstown Vets. He also played softball with Club Brown in 1948 and they went through The Down Towners League undefeated.
Mr. Barbato worked for Commercial Shearing as a machinist and then promoted to supervisor. The company sent him to Youngstown State University where he earned an associate degree. He retired after 36 years.
Ralph was active in the V.F.W. and a charter member of the Sgt McGuiness Post #8841 and is a life member of the V.F.W. He was also a founder the The Marco Polo Lodge of The Independent Order of The Sons of Italy.
He was baptized, made his First Communion, Confirmation and was married at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church. He was an assistant scoutmaster when they had a scout troop at the church.
Ralph’s hobbies which he enjoys are working in his yard and gardening, hunting, fishing and gathering mushrooms. He vacations in Canada where he has many friends and still keeps in touch.
His bride Evangelene was president of the Lincoln PTA and the Jackson PTA while their children attended school. She worked at G.F. during the war and after the war she worked in the East High cafeteria until she retired.
Mr. and Mrs. Barbato have two children, Mrs. Donna Marie Davis and Mrs. Karen Billock. They have been blessed with three grandchildren, James Billock, Larry Davis III, and Christine Hoffman and two great grandchildren.
  Eugene and Barbara Krystek - 72 years  
A family dinner was recently held to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Eugene and Barbara Krystek of Boardman. Barbara Joseph and Eugene Krystek were married by Father Hennessy on Aug. 3, 1946 at Sacred Heart Church in Youngstown.
Family members present for the celebration were children; Barbara Lorenzini of Boardman; Patricia Taylor of Columbiana; Christine Roessler of Russell, PA; Eugene and Luraina Krystek of Hermitage, PA; Gregory and Denise Krystek of Milwaukee, WI; and Mark and Kathy Krystek of Atlanta, GA. Grandchildren: Debbie and Eric Schmidt of Columbus, OH; Jack Lorenzini of Memphis, TN; Amy and Chip Carroll of Rutland, OH; Colleen Condon and Sean Clem of Chicago, IL;Will and Anne Krystek and Jennifer and Chad Krystek. Great grandchildren: Madyson Schmidt of Columbus, OH; Eli Carroll of Rutland, OH; and Paige Krystek.
Mr. Krystek was employed at General Fireproofing. The Krystek’s are both actively involved in the lives of their grandchildren and great grandchildren.
  Benton and Dorothy Wissinger - 67 years  
A family gathering will be held May 28, to honor Mr. and Mrs. Benton H. Wissinger, Jr., in celebration o their 60th wedding anniversary.
The former Dorothy Seymour and Benton Wissinger were married June 2, 1951 at Epworth Methodist Church.
Mrs. Wissinger had worked at the General Fireproofing Company. She sang in the Sweet Adelines for many years.
Mr. Wissinger retired from General Fireproofing in April of 1985. He served with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Mr. and Mrs. Wissinger are blessed with a daughter Wendy, a son-in-law Wayne, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Congratulation cards may be sent to the Wissinger’s at 10A Master St., Springfield, OH 45504.
  John and Mary Teresa Gabriele - 67 years  
John and Mary Teresa Gabriele of Poland, were honored in observance of their 60th wedding anniversary during a mass at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers, on Sept. 4. After the mass a dinner followed at Shakespeares restaurant in Ellwood City Pa. The dinner was hosted by David (Lori) and children Lauren, Gina and John W. and Donald (Judy) and children Alexander, Emily and Matthew.
Mr Gabriele and the former Mary Teresa Barber were married Sept 3, 1951 at St. Teresa’s church in Morgantown, WV.
Mr Gabriele is retired from Dollar Bank and is a professional musician. Mrs. Gabriele is very active in charitable and social organizations and is a former CCD teacher. They enjoy spending time with their family and friends in Ohio and in Cape Coral Florida.
  Phyllis 'Fifi' and Robert J. DeSantis-Laskovics - 66 years  
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Laskovics observed their 65th wedding anniversay on May 19.
The couple met at Hollander’s Restaurant in Youngstown, just before Phyllis ‘Fifi’ DeSantis’ 19th birthday. Fifi had just received a dozen roses from another suitor, but Bob Laskovics gave her 19 roses in honor of her 19th birthday, and the gesture won her heart.
Bob and Fifi’s first date was a Cleveland Indians game. While dating they loved to dance, espcecially to their favorite tune, “In the Mood.” While at the Yankee Lake Dance Hall, Bob Laskovics was ‘in the mood,’ and he proposed to Fifi.
On Mon., May 19, 1952, at 9:00 a.m., they were united in marriage. At the time they were married, Mr. Laskovics had already enlisted in the United States Air Force, and he was delayed en route to Cheyenne, Wyoming where he was stationed. So following the wedding, there was only time for a small reception at the Silver Star Restaurant on Hubbard Rd.
Three weeks later, his new bride joined him in Wyoming, where their first child was born.
In Feb., 1957, the Laskovics moved to Boardman and after being in their new home for just a day, their second child was born. The couple resided in Boardman for the next 18 years, raising a total of six children.
Mr. Laskovics was employed for a short time at U.S. Steel, then began a career at Ohio Bell, where he worked until retirement.
Mrs. Laskovics held employment through the years as a switchboard operator for Lustigs, JCPenney and Dollar Bank.
The couple has enjoyed gardening, bowling, couples club, travel, camping, dancing and hosting family dinners during their 65 years of marriage. They also participated in handmade spaghetti dinners at St. Charles Church in support of Mission Circle #1.
In 1975, the Laskovics found a small piece of land in the country near Bessemer, Pa., and have lived there since then.
In recent years they have enjoyed playing bocce at the Croation Club in Bessemer, and playing cards with friends. Mr. Laskovic has also enhoyed attending auctions, and his wife loved singing in the church choir.
Most of all, they love spending time with their six children and their extended families.
Since they were unable to have a large reception when they were married, their children gave them a surprise 50th anniversary party, attended by 250 guests.
The 65th anniversary was celebrated on a quiter note...just the two of them enjoying each other...just like when they began 65 years ago.
  Anthony and Dolores Zimbardi - 66 years  
Anthony and Dolores Zimbardi of Boardman recently were guests of honor at a surprise 60th Anniversary celebration at A La Carte Catering in Canfield. The celebration was held on July 22 and was hosted by their children and their spouses.
Mrs. Zimbardi, the former Dolores Boyle and her husband were married July 19, 1952, at St. Joseph Church in Youngstown. They are members of the St. Dominic Church in Youngstown.
The Zimbardis’ children are: Tony (Marie) Zimbardi of Liberty; Diann Zimbardi of Niles; Michael (Alyson) Zimbardi of Columbiana; Jon (Nicole) Zimbardi of Beaver Township; and Andrew (Audrey) Zimbardi of Berlin Center.
Anthony and Dolores have also been blessed with 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Zimbardi worked for Burton Supply in Youngstown as secretary to the vice president before she retired. She is a member of the Tappin Julietts and numerous bowling leagues.
Mr. Zimbardi was a machinist and die maker for Syro Steel in Girard before he retired. He also belongs to many bowling leagues.
  Rev. Wayne and Erika Ruth Niemi - 65 years  
The Rev. Wayne Niemi and his wife Erika celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 11. The couple were feted at a dinner at the Welshfield Inn by their children and grandchildren.
Pastor Niemi was ordained into the Lutheran ministry June 8, 1953 at Hancock, Mich., and married to Erika Ruth Staub of Minneapolis on July 11 of the same year. They have four children: Helen (Phillip) Hudak of Phoenix, Ariz.; Duane of Youngstown; Bryan of Jacksonville, Fla.; Eric (Wynona) of Tuscon, Ariz.; two grandchildern, Rachel (Brian) Butts of Phoenix, Ariz.; Beth (Wayne) Cox of Miamisburg, Oh.; and one great-grandchild, Kenzi Butts.
Pastor Niemi is a graduate of Suomi College and Theological Seminary (now Finlandia University) in Hancock, Mich., and Kent State University. He served 38 years in three states: South Dakota, Minnesota and Ohio (including St. Mark, Warren and Bethlehem, Youngstown). All but one of the congregations were bilingual.
Early in his ministry he was engaged by the Lutheran Church of Finland as a guest preacher for three months. While in his last congregation, Zion, Fairport, he and his church choir were invited to present concerts in seven congregations in Finland at which Niemi also preached in Finnish.
Pastor Niemi also served as the vice president of the National Finnish Linguistic Conference for over 10 years, and as president of the Lake Erie Area Linguistic Conference for many years. Following retirement in 1991, he served intermittently as an interim and supply pastor in the Youngstown area for 20 years.
His wife Erika was born and educated in Dresden, Germany. She emigrated to America shortly after Dresden was severely bombed in 1945. She graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, with majors in science and math, and taught high school in McGregor, Minn. Prior to marriage she taught science, math and German at Suomi College. She also served as a tutor for the Boardman Local Schools, Youngstown City Schools, and Lake County Schools.
The Niemis are residents of Boardman and members of Bethel Lutheran Church.
  Paul and Carole Robertson Gatchell - 64 years  
Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Carole) Gatchell of Poland, formerly of Boardman, were honored on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary during a family dinner party held at the Georgianna Parker Center in Boardman Park on Sept. 13.
The event was hosted by their daughters, Debbie (Tom) Bierdeman of North Lima and Paula Marco of Boardman.
In attendance were their grandchildren, Ryan, Brandan, and Zachary Bierdeman; and Jimmy and Alexa Marco.
Out of town guests included the couples nephew Jeff Reinhardt of Dallas, TX; Kevin and Melissa Reinhardt, and their daughter Amelia of Columbus; and the couples brother-in-law Wes and Lynn Reinhardt of North Carolina.
The former Carole Robertson and Mr. Gatchell were married Sept. 11, 1954 at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Youngstown. They are currently members of Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Gatchell worked in retail at the Clothes Tree before retiring. She was active in the Sweet Adeline’s for many years and sang in a barbershop quartet.
Mr. Gatchell was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, serving three years overseas and a supervisor for Western & Southern Life Insurance Co. for 33 years until his retirement. s1814
  Jeanette (Stevens) and Pat Trell - 61 years  
Pat and Jeanette Trell recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at the Springfield Grille in Boardman.
Pat Trell married Jeanette Stevens on June 29, 1957 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown.
Celebrating with their parents were Mark (Julianne) Trell of Raleigh, NC, Mike (Angel) Trell and Lynn Trell of Las Vegas, NV.
Also in attendance were their four grandchildren: Alexis, Anya, Declan and Maddy.
Special guests included life-long friends Joe Santangelo and Judy Biondillo as well as their niece Patty Trell and nephew Rich McKinstry.
  Ed and Pat McMurray - 57 years  
Mr. and Mrs. James E. McMurray of Boardman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last June with the renewal of vows with Fr. Phillip Rogers and a party hosted by the couple’s two daughters and spouses, Kim and Bob Conway of Aurora, OH and Lori and Tom Shutrump of Mason, OH. Also attending were their six grandchildren, Matt (Heather) Conway, Cory Conway, and Tom Tim, John and Julie Shutrump, their great grandson, Jack Conway, plus 60 friends and relatives.
Ed and Pat (Gallaugher)were married at St. Charles Church on June 3, 1961.
Mr. McMurray, is a retired sheet metal worker. Mrs. McMurray is a part-time secretary at St. Charles Church, where they are also parishioners.
  Roy and Eleanor Perry Sr. - 57 years  
The 50th Anniversary of their wedding was celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Perry Sr., of Boardman, with family on June 12 during a picnic at Boardman Township Park.
Hosts for the event were their sons, Roy Jr., of Boardman and Kevin of Seattle, WA. The couple also has three grandchildren, Ashley, Nicholas and Cassandra Perry.
The former Eleanor Malarcik and Mr. Perry were united in marriage on June 17, 1961 at St. Lucy Church in Campbell. The Perry’s are members of St. Charles Borromeo, Boardman.
Mr. and Mrs. Perry were honored at a special mass celebration by Bishop George Murry, S.J. at St. Colombo Cathedral in Youngstown, renewing their wedding vows on June 5.
In celebration of their anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Perry went on a Caribbean Cruise this past winter while vacationing in Florida. The Perry’s will also be celebrating with friends at their summer place in Geneva, OH.
Mrs. Perry is a registered nurse at Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic in Youngstown, working in the past at hospitals in Youngstown, Salem, Atlanta, GA., and Salisbury, MD.
Mr. Perry is a retired pharmacist from local pharmacies and also worked in Atlanta, GA., and Salisbury, MD.
  John M. and Gloria Fedor - 57 years  
A brunch was held on July 24 at Avalon Squaw Creek, honoring Mr. and Mrs. John M. Fedor of Boardman, in celebration of their 50th Anniversary.
Mr. Fedor and the former Gloria Guerrieri were married July 22, 1961 at St. Elizabeth Church in Campbell.
Hosting the event were their two daughters and sons in law, Criss and Troy Rhoades, Michele and Frank Bova, and sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Bob Pavalko. They also have two grandchildren, Maria and Geno Bova.
Mrs. Fedor retired from Youngstown State University, Maag Library and Mr. Fedor retired from the Schwebel Baking Co.
The Fedor’s are members of St. Charles Church.
  William and Sally Reedy - 57 years  
Mr. and Mrs. William Reedy Jr., recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married September 2, 1961 in John Knox Presbyterian church. They spent their actual anniversary date in LasVegas with their son Trea and wife Kristen who were celebrating their 20th anniversary.
Bill and Sally were guest of their children in Mau, Hawaii where the clan gathered for Thanksgiving week. Their son Trea and his wife Kristen live in Dove Canyon, California and have two children, Alyx and Liam. Their daughter, Dr. Kelly Moorhead and her husband Dr. Colin Moorhead live in Copley, Ohio and have three children, Sarah, Colin and Ryen.
Bill and Sally were high school sweethearts and graduated together from Woodrow Wilson. Bill attended Wittenberg University and graduated from Youngstown State.
Sally, the former Sally Billings, is a graduate of The Youngstown Hospital School of nursing. She is working as a RN in the office of her daughter and son-in-law one day a week and is a full time real estate agent for Northwood Realty. She is a member of Angel’s of Easter Seals, Johnny Appleseed Garden Club, Tippecanoe Niners golf league, Royale Flames red hat group and several card clubs. She is past president of Robinwood and Glenwood PTA and Boardman Council and was active in Boardman Band Parents.
Bill is a member of Boardman Rotary, Sharon University Club, Sharon Social Fishing Club, Tippecanoe Country Club and Cambium. He retired from IBM after 30 years of service and is now the office manager for his daughter and son-in-law. They are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church where Bill sings in the choir and Sally is an elder.
  Howard and Martha Bradley - 57 years  
Howard and Martha Bradley of Boardman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, Oct. 30, at a luncheon buffet, hosted by their children, Jennifer (Dan) Doyle of North Lima and Ross (Tammy) Bradley of Redwood Shores, CA. Also in attendance were grandchildren Benjamin and Elizabeth, and Martha’s sister Carol S. Clark of North Lima.
Mr. Bradley and the former Martha Clark, were married Nov 4, 1961 at Old North Church in Canfield. Mr. Bradley worked as a sales representative for several companies in the Youngstown area, traveling extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Mrs. Bradley is a former member of The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and continues with her music, teaching privately in her home studio.
  Alex and Georgette Kollay - 57 years  
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Kollay of Boardman recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 6, with an elegant reception, given by Frank and Louise Rulli, Carol and Richard Zebrasky, Judy and Bob Kollay, Maggie and Jim Naples, Kathy Willig and friends and family, in the Bethel Lutheran Church Hall in Boardman.
The former, Georgette DePillo, married Alex Kollay on Nov. 23, 1961, during a 3:00 p.m. ceremony at John Calvin United Presbyterian Church in Youngstown.
Mr. Kollay worked at McDonald Steel until it’s closing and retired from the Boardman Police department as their custodian.
Mrs. Kollay worked over 30 years for AFC Corporation & Luzenac Talc and presently is employed as office manager at Behtel Lutheran Church in Boardman.
Mr. and Mrs Kollay are both members of Heritage Presbyterian Church where Georgette is an elder. They enjoy going on bus trips to casinos where Georgette is the group leader of these trips through Big Kids Tours.
  Richard and Janet Scali - 56 years  
A cocktail and hor’dourve party for family and friends of Richard and Janet Scali was held at The Lake Club in Poland in celebration of the couples 50th anniversary. The party was held on Mar. 3, which was the actual date of their wedding which took place at St. Brendan’s Church in Youngstown in 1962.
Co-hosting the party were children Lor (Michael) Murphy of Canfield, Robin (Dino) Costello of Canfield, and Richele (Dennis) Merdich of Youngstown. Including in co-hosting were their grandchildren, Rick and Matt Costello, Greg and Kate Merdich, and Madison Murphy.
Mr. Scali is a Navy veteran. He was co-owner of Mr. Steak in Boardman before going to RMI where he retired in 2003. He currently works part-time for Valley Care Lab Services.
The former Janet Suttle retired from Boardman Local Schools in 2011 as a Special Ed. Aide for 21 years and was also the costumer for the Drama Dept. and Choral Music Dept.
Mr. and Mrs. Scali are active members of St. Christine Church.
  Jerry and Sharon Kohout - 56 years  
Jerry and Sharon Kohout of Canfield celebrated 50 years of marriage on May 12. They were honored at a surprise dinner at Caffe’ Capri hosted by their family, and given a trip to Las Vegas.
Jerry and his wife, the former Sharon Mack, were wed on May 12, 1962 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jerry was employed by the National Enquirer for 20 years as a Regional Sales Manager. Sharon spent her entire working career in the medical field as a registered nurse.
The Kohout’s are the parents of David G. Kohout (Susan) of Boardman, Lori Burkert (Tod) of Canfield, Barbara Fazzini (Steve) of Boardman, and Jeffrey Kohout (Tracy) of Canfield. They have seven grandchildren, David Tod Burkert (Sara), Courtney Kohout, David Michael Kohout, Jenna Burkert, Daniel Fazzini, Camryn and Caden Kohout.
  Shirley Murphy and William Kohuth - 55 years  
William B. and Shirley J. (Murphy) Kohuth of 3937 Risher Rd., Boardman recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary, with their family, including children and grandchildren, at Cafe 422 in Boardman.
William and Shirley were married on Aug. 24, 1963 during a 2:00 p.m. ceremony at St. Christine’s in Youngstown.
The Kohuth’s children are William and Kris Kohuth and Brian and Laurie Kohuth, both of Boardman. Grandchildren are: Michael and Jacob Kohuth of Boardman; Brian J. Kohuth also of Boardman; and Joshua Love of Toledo.
Mr. Kohuth retired in 2000 from Ameritech. He is a Navy veteran. William is an elder at Hungarian Presbyterian Church and is also on a traveling golf league with retirees from Ameritech.
Mrs. Kohuth is a homemaker and is an elder and also the secretary of Hungarian Presbyterian Church. She is president of The Ladies Fembombers golf league.
  William and Judith Wolfgang - 54 years  
Rev. William and Judith Wolfgang of Boardman will celebrate 50 years of marriage on June 15, 2014 at a family celebration at their home hosted by their daughters.
William (Bill) and his wife, the former Judith (Judy) Williams, were wed on June 12, 1964 at Robinwood (now Cornerstone) Presbyterian Church in Boardman, where he served as pastor until his retirement in 2005. The couple are both still members of Cornerstone Church.
Bill currently works for Gold Cross Limo Service and is a member of the downtown Kiwanis where he is Board Chairman of Meals on Wheels of Mahoning County. He also served in the U.S Army from 1959-1962.
Judy retired from the Boardman schools in 2012 where she was an ESL teacher and now works at Paul C. Bunn school as an LLI tutor.
The couple are the parents of Mrs. Linda (Andrew) Davis of Fairborn, OH and Dr. Amy Wolfgang of Mentor, OH. They have 3 grandsons (Ethan, Anderson, and Evan Davis).
  Jerry and Diane Armbrecht - 54 years  
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry R. Armbrecht of Boardman recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The couple spoke their own vows on June 20, 1964 at Westminster Presbyterian Church before the Rev. Dr. Samuel G. Warr and the Rev. Willard George, then assistant pastor of Pleasant Grove Church. They are presently members of Westminster where both have served as elders and Mr. Armbrecht is a deacon.
Following graduation from Mount Union College, Mrs. Armbrecht, the former Diane Drake, taught in East Cleveland, Austintown and Boardman public schools and later at the English Center and Youngstown State University.
Mr. Armbrecht graduated from Denison University and was associated in business with his father and brothers in Armbrecht Motor Truck Sales for twenty five years and subsequently worked for Brownlee Pontiac and Barrett Cadillac from which he retired. He also served in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves. He is a member and past president of Boardman Rotary.
The couple’s daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Craig Kastner and grandsons, Christopher and Connor of Alpharetta, GA, hosted a family gathering at the honorees’ home in early July.
  Tom and Penny Poplar - 54 years  
Tom and Penny Poplar of Leetonia, recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary at the Secrets Royal Beach at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Tom was married to Penny Lehmann on July 11, 1964 during a 10:00 a.m. ceremony at St. John Nepomucene Parish in Cleveland, Oh.
The Poplar’s have been blessed with four children; Laurene Poplar Jones of Merritt Island, Fla.; Julie Poplar Hughes of Boardman; Victoria Poplar Korzecki of Columbus, Oh.; and Eric Thomas Poplar of Sebastian, Fla.
Life’s blessings also include their grandchildren, Alexis Hughes and Amanda Hughes of Boardman; Sophia Jones of Merritt Island, Fla.; and four step-grandchildren and one step-great-granddaughter.
Tom retired as vice president after being with the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. for 29 years.Tom and Penny are involved in many ministries at St. Charles Church Parish including the Parish Festival Core Committee.
  Joseph and Eleanor Limongi Alfano - 54 years  
Eleanor (Limongi) and Joseph Alfano recently were honored at a celebratory family dinner on Sat., Oct. 4 for their 50th Wedding Anniversary, in Medina, Oh. Earlier this summer, on June 15, Eleanor and Joseph attended a special 50th Anniversary Mass at St. Columba Cathedral.
Eleanor and Joseph were married on Oct. 3, 1964 during an 11:00 a.m. ceremony in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Niles.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfano are blessed with two daughters, Anne K. Alfano of Medina and Maria Alfano Stevens of Boardman; and grandchildren Mr. J.J. Stevens (age 7) and Miss Gia Stevens (age 3) of Boardman.
Mr. Alfano retired from Mahoning County Sanitary Engineers (32 years). Joseph is a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Men’s Club in Lowellville.
Mrs. Alfano retired from teaching (38 years) at Niles McKinley High School as well as Poland Seminary High School. Eleanor is a Delta Gamma Alumni, Kent State University Alumni and volunteers with the humane society. She was honored this past August by her graduating class of 1969 from Poland Seminary High School.
  Nancy and Richard (Dick) Baumgradner - 53 years  
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Friend, previously of Boardman now residing in Hilliard, Oh., were honored during a family dinner, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 28, 2015 in Columbus, Oh.
The couple’s three children, Kim (Steve) Loyd, Kari (David) Wright and Kevin (Melissa) Friend, along with their five granddaughters Nancy Wright (20), Laura Wright (17), Emma Friend (12), Allie Friend (8) and Bailey Loyd (8) were all present to celebrate this special occasion.
Dick Friend and the former Nancy Baumgardner were married on Feb. 27, 1965 at Boardman Christian Church, today known as Disciples Christian Church. The Reverend Jerry Sullivan officiated the ceremony. The groom’s best man was Jon Anstrom of Boardman and the matron of honor was Susan Dompkowski of Grove City, Pa.
Nancy worked for 35 years as a hairdresser, first managing and then owning several salons in Boardman before finishing her working career in management for Simon Malls. Dick worked for Ohio Edison for 35 years before retiring. After a short stint in Florida, the couple moved back to the Central Ohio area to be near their grandchildren.
After celebrating with the family, the couple embarked on a life long dream trip of a three-week cruise to Hawaii.
  Mike and Jan Giba - 53 years  
Mike and Jan Giba celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sat., Apr. 16, 2016 at a dinner held at Cafe 422 in Boardman in their honor.
Hosted by their children, Sharon (Michael) Tomcsanyi and Carolyn (Sam) Alonso as well as their grandchildren, Kelly and Lindsay Tomcsanyi, Mike and Nicole Tabachino and step-children Samantha, Sabrina and Savannah Alonso. Mr. and Mrs. Giba met at the Canfield Fair and they married on April 16, 1965 in Youngstown.
Jan is retired from administrative career at Alltell Communications. Mike retired after working 40 years at GM Lordstown and currently is employed with the Austintown Local Schools.
Mr. and Mrs. Giba lived in Boardman for over 30 years and currently reside in Columbiana. They are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
  Jim and Jeanne Holley Pepperney - 53 years  
Jeanne & Jim Pepperney recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a Mass at St. Columba Cathedral celebrated by Bishop Murray.
They were married on May 22, 1965 at St. Dominic’s Church in Youngstown by the Rev Paul McNally.
Mrs. Pepperney, the former Jeanne A. Holley, taught at Boardman High School and Lordstown High School. She graduated Cum Laude from Youngstown State with both a BS and Master’s Degrees in Education. She continues to teach part-time with the ABLE Program for Youngstown City Schools.
Mr. Pepperney retired from Jackson-Milton Local Schools after 28 years in Vocation Education program and as Head Basketball/Baseball Coach. He also taught 5 years at Ursuline High School. He also graduated with both a BS and MS Degrees from Youngstown State.
After the Anniversary Mass they celebrated dinner at the Cafe Capri in Boardman with their
three children, Jim and spouse Christy, Jeff and spouse Kristen, and Jennifer and spouse John along with their seven grandchildren: Lauren, A.J. and Jack Pepperney, Luke and Mark Pepperney, and Mary and Will Matyasovsky.
  Richard and Sally Ocker - 53 years  
Richard and Sally Ocker celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Sonoma, Cal., with a dinner on Dec. 26, hosted by their children Mark (Laura) and Terri Ocker Metzger (Michael) and grandchildren Jenica, Sheadon and Marley. They were married Nov. 27,1965 in Youngstown.
Sally is a retired teacher (Struthers) and Richard a retired process engineer (American Welding.) Richard also served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy.
Mr. and Mrs. Ocker met at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. They reside in Boardman, and enjoy traveling and spending time in Florida.
  William D and Nancy Mack Leicht - 52 years  
Mr. and Mrs. William D. Leicht of Boardman recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
An anniversary dinner, hosted by their children, Matthew and Tracy (Malatok) Leicht (Malcolm and Miles) of Boardman and David and Jackie (Grischow) Leicht (Jack) of Allison Park, PA was held at Narcisi Winery in Pittsburgh, PA. The family also joined together in Myrtle Beach, SC for a beach vacation.
The former Nancy Mack married William D. Leicht on July 23, 1966 in the Mt. Jackson Presbyterian Church in Mt. Jackson, PA.
Nancy retired as a legal secretary and Bill maintains an accounting practice and is the Boardman Township Fiscal Officer.
  Noel and Roger L. Evans - 51 years  
Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Jenkins celebrated their 50th anniversary on Feb. 25, 2017, with a vow renewal by Pastor John Polanski and party hosted by their children, Scott and Cathy Howard, and Tim and Cari Lynn Johnston, at the Shrine Club in North Lima.
Roger and Noel (Evans) were married at the Woodworth Church of the Brethren with their reception being the first wedding reception held at the Fonderlac Country Club in 1967.
Roger is employed as a Machine Shop Supervisor at City Machine Technologies in Youngstown. Noel managed her family owned TW Pet Centers in Boardman for 35 years before retiring in 2004. Noel is an avid bowler and huge cookie baker.
Grandchildren include Felicia (Will) Moss, Ashley Benezenhoefer, Cody Howard, and step-grandchildren Tim, Tyler, and Taylor Johnston.
With them at the celebration were members of their wedding party, Mrs. Betty MacFarland, bridesmaid, Dick Evans, junior usher, Margie Evans, flower girl, and Noel’s mother, Ruth Evans.
Roger and Noel will travel later this spring to their favorite vacation spot, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
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