LIMA – The Rev. Larry Hopkins and his wife, Sharon, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at 2 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Forest Park United Methodist Church in Lima. An open house until 4 p.m. will follow.
Larry Hopkins and the former Sharon Rasey exchanged vows Aug. 19, 1962 in the former Evangelical United Brethren Church in Bryan during a ceremony officiated by Dr. John Searle, the Rev. Marion Hanover and the Rev. Harry Troutner.
The couple have three daughters and a son: Cheri (Robert) Estle of Oakwood, Lori (Keith) Belcher of Lima, Wendi (Jon) Phillips of Elyria and Dr. Kevin (Connie) Hopkins of North Ridgeville. There are eight grandchildren.
The Rev. Hopkins is retired from 45 years of pastoral ministry with the United Methodist Church. Sharon is retired after 32 years teaching in the public school system.
ANTWERP – John and Diane (DeMuth) Allensworth are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Ireland and a riverboat cruise from Amsterdam to Switzerland.
John Allensworth and Diane DeMuth exchanged wedding vows on Aug. 25, 1962 in Cecil.
The couple have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Their daughters, Elizabeth (Brian) Winters and Elaine (Steve) Myers, invite you to share the couple’s special day by hosting a surprise card shower.
Cards for John and Diane may be sent to 16047 SR 49, Antwerp OH 45813, by Aug. 17. The cards will be forwarded to them following their return from Europe.
PAULDING — Mr. and Mrs. Ted Wunderle will be celebrating both their 35th wedding anniversary and retirement on July 28.
Ted Wunderle and Cathy Markin were married on July 30, 1977, at Christ’s Episcopal Church in Huron County, by the Rev. Gene Smercina.
They are the parents of four children, Scott (deceased), Marcus (Kinga) of Ojai, Calif., Thomas (Nichole) of Sagamore Hills, Ohio and Suzi (Sam) North of Royalton, Ohio.
The couple also have five grandchildren.
They will celebrate both occasions from 1:30-5 p.m. Saturday, July 28, with an open house at the Youth Leadership Building at the Paulding County Fairground.
Everyone is welcome to attend. No gifts are requested, but bring a story to tell.
CONVOY – Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Dealey will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on July 14.
The couple married July 14, 1962, at the New Haven Methodist Church by the Rev. Jeffery.
They are self-employed by Dealey Accounting and Dealey Farms.
They are the parents of four children, Lori (Greg “Gus”) Davis of Payne, Marsha (Jaime) Agler of Convoy, Shelly (Ben) Klinker of Fort Wayne and Doug (Sarah) Dealey of Convoy.
The couple also have 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
They will celebrate the occasion from 3-7 p.m. July 15 at their home with family and friends.
PAULDING – Mr. and Mrs. Russell Parrish will celebrate 50 years of marriage on June 30.
Russell Parrish and Pauline Monroe were married June 30, 1962, at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church by Father Ruess.
The couple have two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
HAVILAND – Mr. and Mrs. Roy Noggle of Haviland, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June 24.
Roy Lee Noggle and Jo Ann John exchanged wedding vows on June 24, 1962.
The couple have two children, Dave (Amy) Noggle of Payne and Cindy (Kenneth) Trammell of Convoy.
They also have four grandchildren.
PAULDING – Mr. and Mrs. Max Kochensparger of Paulding celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 2.
Max Kochensparger and Eileen Foster were married June 2, 1962, at the Middle Creek EUB Church in Grover Hill by the Rev. Mark Burden.
Max is retired from Dana Weatherhead in Antwerp and Paulding Exempted Village Schools as a bus driver.
Eileen also retired from Paulding Exempted Village Schools as a bus driver.
They are the parents of three children, Kathy (Jay) Denny and Kelly and Paula Kochensparger.
The couple also have five grandchildren, Jayme and Aryn Denny and Kaleb, Kanaan and Korbin Kochensparger.
The couple will celebrate the occasion with an open house hosted by their children, from 2-4 p.m. June 24 at the Middle Creek United Methodist Church on CR 24, Grover Hill.
PAULDING – Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Cook will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 1.
Robert L. Cook and Janette M. Haase were married July 1, 1962, at the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Hamler, by the Rev. Paul D. Koeler.
Bob retired from dairy and general farming and Jan is retired from National Soil and Water, Van Wert, production line.
The couple have two sons, Charles H. (Kim) Cook of Paulding and Eric R. (Dawn) Cook of Payne.
They also have seven grandchildren.
They will celebrate the occasion from 4-7 p.m. June 30, with an open house at the Paulding United Methodist Church, hosted by their children.
The couple requests that gifts be omitted, saying just the pleasure of seeing everyone is the only gift required.
CECIL – Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hull of Cecil will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.
Vicky Mapes and Philip Hull were married June 24, 1972 in the Paulding Nazarene Church by the Rev. Roger Culbertson.
Phil is the plant manager for the Herbert E. Orr Company, and Vicky is the head of adult services and circulation at the Paulding County Carnegie Library. Phil and Vicky are also partners of Innovative Assembly Services LLC.
They are the parents of three sons, Shawn (Nicole) Hull, Matt (Stephanie) Hull and Jeff Hull, and two daughters, Christina (Jason) Padrutt and Annie Hull. They have seven grandchildren, Paige Hull, Madison and Matthew Hull Jr., Zachary Hull, Sebastian and Danielle Padrutt and Alana Villarreal.
The couple will be celebrating with a weekend getaway this summer and a day at the lake with their kids and grandkids.
ANTWERP — The 15th wedding anniversary of Myron Richard Zimmerman and Caroline Mae Wells Longardner is being celebrated.
They were married June 7, 1997, at the Antwerp Methodist Church by the Rev. Gray.
They were both graduates of the Class of Antwerp 1961. Richard’s parents were Myron Trustin Zimmerman and LaVon Rumble (Van Wert) of Antwerp. Caroline’s parents were Albert Francis Wells and Kathryn Irene Soule (LaPeer Co., Mich.) of Hicksville.
By previous marriages, their children are: Gary Zimmerman, Fort Wayne; James Trustin Zimmerman, Fort Wayne; Melanie Longardner Coak Oberlin, Antwerp; John Nicholas Longardner, Antwerp; and Julius Kirk Longardner of Fort Wayne. Myron and Caroline have 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
They plan to have a family dinner to celebrate the occasion and take a trip in the fall.
Their interests include the adoption of retired greyhound racedogs, caring for yard and flowers and reading plus keeping up on the family history. Caroline writes for local newspapers and Myron enjoys woodcarving.