Anniversary Announcements for April 15

April 14, 2000

The Mercers

Mr. and Mrs. Earl "Sonny" Mercer of Frederick, Md., celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at the home of the bride's brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Carol McCardell, in Falling Waters, W.Va.

The bride's brother and sisters, Carol and Leonard McCardell, Carole McCardell and Nancy and Wallace Miller, hosted the surprise celebration, which was attended by many of the couple's friends and relatives.

The couple was married by the Rev. Thomas A. Hardesty of St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Williamsport on Nov. 28, 1959.


Mrs. Mercer is the former Mary Ellen McCardell, daughter of the late Dorotha and Leonard McCardell of Williamsport. Mr. Mercer is the son of the late Dorothy and Earl Mercer of Frederick.

Mr. and Mrs. Mercer owned and operated Earl W.H. Mercer and Son Trucking Co. in Frederick until retiring in 1999.

The Fignars

Mr. and Mrs. John Fignar Jr. of Hagerstown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, April 8, 2000, at a family dinner party at Nick's Airport Inn.

The dinner celebration was planned by the couple's children: John J. Fignar, James C. Fignar, Jeffrey J. Fignar and Dr. Jacqueline Fignar. In addition to their children, many other family members, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews attended.

The invocation was said by the Fignars' nephew, Joseph Fignar, and toasts were made by their children.

The couple was married April 11, 1950, at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church in Lansford, Pa.

Mr. Fignar was the supervisor of music for Washington County Public Schools until his retirement. He is a graduate of Coaldale High School in Coaldale Pa. He also is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He earned a master's degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Mrs. Fignar also is a graduate of Coaldale High School and is a registered nurse, graduating from Palmerton Hospital School of Nursing in Palmerton, Pa. She has served as a substitute teacher for Washington County Schools.

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