July 09, 1999

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Willis of Waynesboro, Pa. celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 5, 1999.

A dinner/dance was held at Ramada Inn in Hagerstown, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Willis and their five daughters and their husbands, Susan and Steve Koogle of Frederick, Md., Julie and Brian Bachtell and Mindy and Kurt Wagaman of Waynesboro, Jenifer and Rick Clark of Middletown, Md. and Allison and Mark Luppino of Huntingtown, Md. The celebration included 85 friends and family from the surrounding area as well as Virginia, Texas and Alabama.

Mr. and Mrs. Willis were married June 4, 1949, at Fort Myer Chapel in Fort Myer, Va.

Mr. Willis is a retired Army major and civil servant of Fort Ritchie.

Mrs. Willis is a retired homemaker and dental assistant.

In addition to their five daughters, the Willises have three granddaughters and five grandsons.

John and Miriam Springer of Upton, Pa. celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, May 16, 1999, at St. Thomas (Pa.) Ruritan with a buffet and entertainment. Nearly 100 friends and relatives joined the celebration.


Miriam Hissong, daughter of the late T. Ray Hissong and Stella Hissong Benedick, married John Springer, son of the late Paul C. and Mary K. Springer, May 22, 1949, at Lutheran Church in Lemasters, Pa. The Rev. Frank L. Zeigler officiated.

The Springers have four children, Deborah Walls of St. Thomas, Pa.; Linda Eiker of Greencastle, Pa.; Cathy Springer of Doylestown, Pa.; and John Paul Springer of Greencastle; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The couple is retired after 40 years as owners/operators of Springer's Garage in Upton.

Mr. and Mrs. Shipp were married March 23, 1949, at the home of the late Rev. Harry Rowland in Paramount.

Mrs. Shipp is the former Mary Lorraine Strite, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Strite Sr. of Leitersburg.

Mr. Shipp is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Shipp Sr. of Harrisonburg, Va.

In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Beard of Hagerstown were honored at a family picnic hosted by the couple's daughters and sons-in-law Saturday, June 12, 1999. Relatives from Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina attended the event.

The couple was married June 11, 1949, at Christ Reformed Church in Hagerstown.

Mrs. Beard, the former Jane Byrd Williams, is the daughter of the late J. Arthur and Ada W. Williams.

Mr. Beard is the son of the late Vernon C. and Carrie E. Beard. He retired from Fairchild after 40 years of service.

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