Wendell and LaVera Heckley, a couple residing at Kingston Residence, have achieved something that most people simply won’t do; they’ve shared 70 years of marriage.
Heckley’s family hosted an open house for the couple at Kingston on Saturday, September 26th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Heyerly’s cake, punch, mints and nuts, reminiscent to an actual wedding, were enjoyed. A second beautiful layer cake proudly displayed the actual bride and groom topper that adorned Wendell and LaVera’s cake 70 years ago. Pictures spanning the couple’s life were exhibited as well as original newspapers from that time. Pianist Marilyn Ambrose provided special entertainment with her first selection appropriately being “The Anniversary Waltz.” Several wood crafted items personally made by Wendell were shown.
Over 100 people attended the event to wish the Heckley’s well. Wendell and LaVera, both 91 years of age, have two sons; Bill and wife Betty live at Jimmerson Lake and Larry and wife Judy traveled from Erie, Colorado. Three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren round out the family. Many of the Heckley’s long time friends came from Ossian, their hometown, to share in their happiness. Members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on Thiele Road, where the Heckley’s have been life long members, as well as many Kingston residents also attended.
Wendell states, “I think we had a dandy party. It was really good to see everybody.” Following the open house, 16 family members ranging from age three to 91, dined at Casa’s on Fairfield. The Heckley’s have lived at Kingston Residence, 7515 Winchester Road for almost four years.