SOMMER: 50th wedding anniversary

Harry and Christine Sommer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 4. They were high school sweethearts and graduated from Bridgeport High School Class of 1962. They were united in marriage at the First Baptist Church of Martins Ferry by the Rev. W. K. McCulloch.

Sommer, the son of Harry Sommer and Glendora (Koch) Martin, served 24 years in the U.S. Marines. His wife, Christine, daughter of the late Joseph and Viola (Walters) Vertell, was employed at Aetna Insurance in Wheeling for a couple years. They family also lived in Japan for three years.

They are the parents of three sons and have five grandchildren. Joseph and his wife, Julene, and her daughter, Jaiden, live in Oregon; Joe has two daughters, Elizabeth and Grace, and lives in Charleston, S. C.; Harry and his wife, Debra, and their children, Matthew and Kelsey, live in Greenville, N.C.; and John who attends ECU University and lives in Greenville.

The couple reside in Greenville, N.C. and will celebrate their anniversary with a family dinner.