John T. and Nancy Ellen Rice O'Leary of Wheeling are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary today, July 24.
They were united in marriage July 24, 1971 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling. The Rev. Father Frank R. Haig, S.J., then president of Wheeling Jesuit University, officiated the double-ring ceremony. After the nuptial Mass, he imparted a papal blessing, which had beeen granted by Pope Paul VI.
Nancy Ellen O'Leary is the daughter of the late Frank L. and Mary Ellen Voellinger Rice of Wheeling. She is a graduate of Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy, Wheeling Jesuit University and West Virginia University. She is a former elementary teacher in Ohio County Schools and a past president of the Junior League of Wheeling, Woman's Club of Wheeling, Northern District of the West Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs and other civic and educational organizations. She serves on the boards of the General Federation of Women's Clubs-West Virginia's state, district and local organizations. She is a member of the auxiliary of Wheeling Hospital and St. Michael's Christian Mothers.
O'Leary is the son of the late John P. and Rita Andrews O'Leary of Steubenville. He is a graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central High School, Wheeling Jesuit University and West Virginia University. He is retired from a postion as a systems analyst for the informational services department of the former Wheeling-Pittsbutgh Steel Corp. He is the immediate past president of the Serra Club of Wheeling. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and chairman of the Knights' Carroll Council 504's golf club.
The O'Learys are members of St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling, where she serves as a lector and he is an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist.
A celebratory dinner will be hosted by Ann Weir Coleman, Nancy Ellen O'Leary's cousin and maid of honor. The couple will also celebrate with a vacation at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.