A McClellandtown couple celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary recently.
A family dinner was held for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Benko Sr. who were married by Rev. D. Kresko on September 7, 1914, in Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in New Salem.
Mrs. Benko, the former Mary Berdar, was born in Stroyna, Austria. Mr. Benko is a native of Kritshevo, Austria.
The Benkos have seven daughters and four sons: Mrs. Louis (Ann) Nagy, Uniontown; John Benko, Hopwood; Steve Benko, Phillips; Charles Benko Jr., Leckrone: Mrs. Joseph (Mary) Crackovich, Nemacolin; Mrs. John (Helen) Fiedor, Bowie, MD; Mrs. Leo (Cathy) Markel, Willowick, Ohio; Mrs. John (Nikki) Sohyda, Cleveland, Ohio; Staff Sergeant Michael Benko, with the US Army in Germany; Mrs. Jay (Teresa) Goehring, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Mrs. John (Leda) Hale, Holly Oak., Del.
The couple also have 32 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.