Mr. and Mrs. John Kiefer of Belle Rive will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 27, 2014.
John William Kiefer and Jamie Carmella Watkins were married July 11, 1964, in Carbondale at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
John is the son of the late Linus and Anne Kiefer of Belle Rive. Carmella is the daughter of the late James and Mary Belle Watkins of Jonesboro.
The couple have three children, Anna Jukes and husband Russell of Belle Rive, Christina Epperson and husband Mark of McLeansboro and Robert Kiefer and wife Monika of Belle Rive. They also have nine grandchildren, Jarrett Jukes, Brendan Epperson, Aaron Jukes, Emily Jukes, William Kiefer, Alexander Kiefer, Alaina Kiefer and Hayley and Hayden Wiedman.
A reception to celebrate John and Carmella’s 50-year union is planned for Sunday, July 27, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the St. John Nepomucene Parish Hall in Dahlgren. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. John and Carmella have requested no gifts, but cards or letters would be welcome and appreciated.