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The Longs celebrate 70 years

June 27, 2013
  • The Longs celebrate 70 years.
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Lawrence and Hazel Long celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with many family and friends at Manor Church of the Brethren.
The Longs were married after church on Sunday, Jan. 31, 1943, at Downsville Church of the Brethren, by the  Rev. J. Rowland Reichard, now deceased.
Lawrence and Hazel farmed a generational farm that was established in 1931. Still living on the farm property that their grandson, Brooks, now farms, Hazel enjoys looking out the window at the animals and birds. Lawrence stays active tending the grounds of their new home, and mastering his cooking skills. He is a dedicated husband to Hazel, there by her side in sickness and in health until death do they part. They are an inspiration to all who know them, showing everyone what love is, even after all these years.
Lawrence and Hazel have four children, Galen Long, and his wife, Cindy; Rebecca Jackson; Brenda Shane, and her husband, David; and the late Gerald Long; three grandchildren, Gayle Krull, and her husband, Andy; Lance, and his wife, Kristin; and Brooks, and his wife, Katie Long; and seven great-grandchildren, Dylan and Hannah Krull; Hailee, Avery and Isaac Long; and Kaleb and Brielle Long.
Church and music have always been an important part of their life so what better way to celebrate it but meeting in the sanctuary surrounded by music.
Galen, Cindy, Rebecca, Brenda, David, Gayle, Lance and Brooks sang.
Gayle, Lance and Brooks sang two more songs amongst the congregation singing Lawrence and Hazel’s favorite hymns while Rebecca and Brenda accompanied on the organ and piano.
David and Cindy read their favorite poems, “The Village Blacksmith,” and “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”
After the hourlong program, guests who traveled from as far as Tennessee and New Jersey joined together for fellowship and fun in the church social hall.

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