Carl and Darlene Bickmeier of Rayland are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary today, Aug. 18.
They were united in marriage Aug. 18, 1973 at St. John's Catholic Church, Bellaire.
Darlene Bickmeier attended St. Joseph's Academy and graduated from Bellaire School of Practical Nursing. She worked at Bellaire City Hospital.
Bickmeier is a graduate of Bellaire High School and an Army veteran. He is retired from the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. as a caster at the Mingo Junction plant.
They are the parents of five children. The family includes William Lasure of Celina, Ohio; Christine Supanik of St. Clairsville; Fay Fuller of Alger, Ohio; Joy Arbogast of Centerville, Ohio, and Patrick Lasure of Martins Ferry. They have 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
They were honored by their family and friends with a celebration and a surprise gift to Hawaii from all.