WELLSBURG - Henry and Heather Durante of Wellsburg recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The couple were married Nov. 9, 1961, at St. John Church in Wellsburg with the Rev. John H. Fahey officiating.
He is the son of the late Adam and Margaret Branch Durante and was raised by his step-mother, Sylvia Durante Santavicca of Wheeling. He served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division and the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. He retired after 37 years from TIMET in Toronto.
She is the daughter of the late Ralph and Ella Schwertfeger Barnes of Wellsburg. She retired from Weirton Medical Center after 30 years as a registered nurse in the PACU.
They are the parents of four children: Ralph of Follansbee, Lisa Bain of Wellsburg, Michele Durante of Charleston, S.C., and Jackie Snoderly of Wellsburg. There are six grandchildren.
A trip to California and a dinner with family and friends completed the celebration.