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Joe and Charlene exchanged wedding vows 50 years ago on Sept. 17, 1966 at St. Joseph's in Massillon.
They met at during dance at the former Sandy Valley Inn which was located on Route 800, just south of Route 183.
Joe is a retired furniture specialist. These days, when he's not hanging out with friends or family, you can probably find him at a garage sale, flea market or auction.
Charlene retired from the Timken Company Medical Department after 45 years. When she's not in a meeting with either the East Sparta Village Council, Historical Society or Women's Club, she's probably on the golf course.
Their daughter-in-law Natalie, along with the help of their son Danny and grandchildren Joey (and girlfriend Marissa) and Tanner (and girlfriend Paige) threw a surprise party for them on July 1 at the North Canton Civic Center. More than 100 friends and family expressed their congratulations.
Joe and Charlene shared their milestone celebration with Danny and Natalie, who recently celebrated 25 years of marriage, by taking to trip to Biccari, Italy where Joe was born and raised.