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A 60th Anniversary Celebration

June 10, 2004

On June 5 I was fortunate to be able to join Gerry and Ivy Wagner and their family in celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary. The Open House was held at the beautiful home of their daughter and husband Kathy and Phil O'Neill. Ivy looked so lovely sitting facing the door so that she could see immediately all who arrived. She had a lovely white and pink roses corsage and never stopped smiling. She was also wearing a beautiful pendant which her creative husband had designed as his gift to her. It consisted of a gold horseshoe (her father was a blacksmith), set with three diamonds on each side. Those diamonds signified each decade of their marriage. At the bottom there is a large diamond "for the future" as Gerry explained to me. He of course was busy circulating among the guests and talking to each one, wearing a lovely red and white roses corsage. The happiness in both Ivy and Gerry was wonderful to observe!

The luncheon was delicious!

Of course it was a mini-Creighton reunion...Sally Davies, Alice Zadorozniak, Mervena Hodgins Degrechie (Ivy's last remaining sibling)...and others whose names I didn't get unfortunately.

Greetings were received from Prime Minister Paul Martin, Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson, MP Raymond Bonin, James K. Bartleman Lt.-Governor of Ontario, Shelley Martel MPP, Dalton McGuinty Premier of Ontario, David Courtemanche Mayor of Sudbury. These were all framed and proudly displayed throughout the room. The following day, June 6,Ivy and Gerry renewed their marriage vows at St. Peter's United Church in Sudbury.. Unfortunately it was pouring rain that day and as Ivy told that's just the weather they had on their wedding day June 6, 1944.

Daughters Bonnie Wagner Courchesne and Kathy Wagner O'Neill and their families hosted a wonderful party for their parents ! Congratulations to all!!

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