John and Connie Long

Mr. and Mrs. John Long of Gallitzin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 19.

They celebrated by having dinner with their children and grandchildren.

Mass will be celebrated in their honor today at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Ashville, and the couple will be going on the annual Potomac Eagle Train Excursion.

They were married Oct. 19, 1968, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gallitzin. Mrs. Long is the former Connie Diehl.

The couple have four children: John and his wife, Missy, of Loretto; Shannon O’Donnell and her husband, Brett, of Gallitzin; Shane and his wife, Lyndie, of Patton; and April and her significant other, Keith Reed, of Loretto.

They also have several grandchildren.

Mr. Long retired from Mine No. 33, Ebensburg.

Mrs. Long is employed by UPMC Home Nursing Agency, Altoona.

The couple are members of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, where Mr. Long is a fourth-degree Knight with St. Ann’s Council, Knights of Columbus, and Mrs. Long is a member of the Altar-Rosary Society.