Ken and Joanne Laper of Bethalto will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Family and friends are invited to an open house to help them celebrate. Please join them from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at the Bethalto Senior Citizen Center, 100 E. Central Street in Bethalto. The couple has requested no gifts.
Ken and the former Joanne Gaetz were married Oct. 9, 1965 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity, Wis., with Pastor Sutherland officiating.
Ken retired from Prairie Farms Dairy in Granite City after 25 years. Joanne retired from the Bethalto School District after 27 years.
They have three children, Melinda (Hank) Cathorall of Bethalto, Tammy (Joe) Vetter of Cottage Hills and Travis (Starla) Laper of Bethalto. They have four grandchildren, Jessica (Matt), Zachary, Dillon and Hannah.