Runkels Mark Golden

Michael and Marlene Runkel of Weirton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday.

They were united in marriage on July 13, 1968, at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Weirton with the Rev. Emil Dobosz officiating.

They both graduated from Weirton Madonna High School, where they met.

Marlene Runkel is the daughter of the late John and Irene Rybka. She is retired from Hancock School Employees Federal Credit Union in Weirton, where she worked in customer service.

Michael Runkel is the son of the late Mike and Aurelia Runkel. He is retired from the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Unions 490 and 495, with 44 years of service.

They are the parents of three daughters: Lisa (Joe) Boron of Lugoff, South Carolina; Lori (Rob) Rypka of Frederick, Maryland, and Amy (Kendel) Kirk of Frisco, Texas.

The couple celebrated with a trip to Niagara Falls, New York, and Presque Isle, Pennsylvania. They received a blessing at mass.