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Schwertfegers Mark 70 Years

Russ and Jean Schwertfeger of Bethany will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 22. The couple was wed at an evening ceremony in the Woodsdale neighborhood home of Jean’s mother, Corinne Gordon, of Wheeling. After a brief honeymoon trip to Pittsburgh they returned on Thanksgiving Day, just before the 1950 major snowstorm hit the Ohio Valley.

In Russ’ words, their beginning . . .

“I first met Jean in the summer of 1945. She was staying with her Uncle Wayne Strickland at West Liberty. We were at a Square Dance in Bethany. Her ride had left the dance. She and some other boys and girls rode back with me to West Liberty in a 1930 Ford Model A.

“We saw each other off and on until I joined the Army in August 1946 after I had graduated from West Liberty High School that June. Jean graduated from Triadelphia High School in 1947.

“We kept in touch while I was with the Army. When I arrived home in January 1948 we dated from then until our marriage on Nov. 22, 1950.”

At the time of their marriage Russ was a Junior at West Liberty State College on the GI Bill. Jean worked at the Wheeling Steel Office. Russ is a retired teacher and coach of Brooke County Schools. He also coached and taught in Ohio.

He was inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame as a longtime basketball coach, and he is a veteran of the Korean War. Jean retired from Bethany College as a mailroom clerk.

The couple has an extensive family. Five children: Rusty (Kim); Mark (Marcia); Kris (Jim) Liptak; Jay (Mary); Dawn (Mark) Swiger; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.

Due to COVID a large celebration will not take place at this time; however, cards of well wishes (no gifts, please) may be sent to The Schwertfegers, P.O. Box 185, Bethany, WV 26032.

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