Gerard and Joan Lowe

Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Lowe of 1861 Dixie Lane, Altoona, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Wednesday. A family dinner was held Nov. 19 at Jethro’s, Altoona.

They were married Nov. 29, 1947, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona. Mrs. Lowe is the former Joan Willnecker.

The couple have five children: Kathleen (Jim, deceased) Gerwert, Joanne (Bill) DeFrancesco and Claudine Ellick, all of Altoona; Donna (Tony) McFarr of Merritt Island, Fla.; and Gerard J. (Trisha) of Utahville.

They also have 17 grandchildren: Jennifer Hetz, Jimmy Gerwert, Ryan Gerwert, Brent Gerwert, Julie Leatherman, Dawn McFarr, Antonio McFarr, Angela DeFrancesco, Lisa Leonard, Cory Spielvogle, Carrie Jo Palazzi, Neil Ellick, Todd Ellick, Cassandra Lowe, Myranda Lowe, Shannon Lowe and Gerard D. Lowe II.

They also have 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Lowe retired from the telephone company in Altoona in 1988. He is a member of the American Legion and the Telephone Pioneers. He celebrated his 92nd birthday on Nov. 10.

Mrs. Lowe is a homemaker. She celebrated her 91st birthday on Nov. 3.

Both are members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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