WELSCH: 65th wedding anniversary

JACK E. Welsch and Patricia L. “Pat” (Shaw) Welsch will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary today, Wednesday, Aug. 7. They were united in marriage on Aug. 7, 1948, in the First Presbyterian Church, Newcomerstown, by the Rev. Donald Doss. Jack’s best man was Sam Ridgeway and Pat’s maid of honor was Joanne Atkinson Littlefield.

Welsch retired from American Electric Power. He spent 20 years working as a line crewman and an additional 20 years in management and supervision of operations. His career with A.E.P. took Jack, Pat and their family to Newcomerstown, New Philadelphia, Dennison and St. Clairsville where he supervised operations in Belmont, Noble, and Monroe counties.

His wife, Pat, worked at Kurz-Kasch, Newcomerstown, for a few years as well as spending her entire adult life as a homemaker.

The couple has three children: daughter, Terri J. Wright, Strasburg; son, Jack T., and wife, Iris M. Welsch, Madison, Va.; and daughter, Jai K. Welsch and her companion, John C. Ourant, Newcomerstown. The rest of their family include three grandsons and three granddaughters: Seth T. Clark, Newcomerstown; Andrew J. Wright, Strasburg; Jesse T. Welsch, Virginia Beach; Rachel A. and husband, Mark A. Strauss, Williamstown, W.Va.; Lindsey E. and husband, Jake Harvey, Strasburg; and Brooke N. Welsch and her fiance, Tony Blonde, Virginia Beach.

They have five great-grandchildren: Kaley E., Allison J., Joseph T. and Jack E. Strauss, all of Williamstown, W.Va.; and Dominic C. Wright, Strasburg. Jack and Pat’s special family member, their Bichon Frise, Bosco, completes the family.

They will celebrate this special day with their family at a private dinner party.