Paul and Sandy McConnell

Mr. and Mrs. Paul McConnell of Altoona celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with dinner at The Allegro on July 11 and a party with family and friends at the Buccinese Club on July 13.

Their children are sending them on a celebration trip to Charleston, S.C.

They were married July 11, 1964, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Altoona, by Father Vincent Spinos, T.O.R.

Mrs. McConnell is the former Sandy Pietrolungo.

The couple have four children: Paul (Robbie) of Altadena, Calif.; and Greg (Sara), Matt and Crissy (Bob) Hiles, all of Altoona.

They have six grandchildren: Polly, Evelyn, Lexi, A.J., Isaac and Sam.

Mr. McConnell is a retired Altoona firefighter. He is a Navy veteran, serving in Vietnam.

Mrs. McConnell is retired from Sears.

Both are members of numerous church and volunteer organizations in Altoona.