Benjamin and Patricia Wertz

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Wertz of Altoona celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a surprise family dinner at Rocky Gap Casino, Cumberland, Md.

The couple was married June 21, 1954, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Altoona.

Mrs. Wertz is the former Patricia Frank.

The couple have eight children: Phyllis Brubaker, deceased, and husband, Allen, of Altoona; Tina States and husband, James, of Harrisburg; Debbie Hartman of Altoona; Mary Maillard and husband, Edward, of Bellwood; Patricia Ducarme and husband, Ken, of Harrisburg; Ben and wife, Wendy, of Noblesville, Ind.; Ed and wife, Barbra, of Deltona, Fla.; and Ron and wife, Cath, of Fayetteville, N.C.

They also have 23 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Wertz retired from PPG Industries, Tipton. He is a veteran of the Korean War.

Mrs. Wertz is a homemaker.