Cathy and Joe Koehle

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Koehle of Altoona celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary during a private Mass with an anniversary blessing, celebrated by Msgr. Stanley Carson at Sacred Heart Church, Altoona, with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with their spouses, participating.

A reception, hosted by their children, followed at the United Veterans Association Club, Altoona.

They were married May 9, 1964, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Altoona, by Father Oswald Greiner, OFM Cap., uncle of the groom.

Mrs. Koehle is the former Cathy Allese.

The couple have eight children: Joseph D. and his wife, Sue (Mason), of Ashville; Jerry J. and his wife, Kim (Steele), Jeanette M. Bender and her husband, Paul, and Mike A. and his wife, Becky (Good), all of Altoona; Leona “Lee” M. Engle and her husband, Guwain, and Jennifer M. Misiura and her husband, Duane, all of Duncansville; Greg M. and his wife, Molly (Muri) of State College; and Julie M. Nagle and her husband, Chris, of Gallitzin.

They also have 25 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mr. Koehle retired as general supervisor from Norfolk Southern, Hollidaysburg.

Mrs. Koehle does various volunteer work.

Both are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Altoona, and volunteer at the St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen.