Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Seifried Jr., of St. Augustine Shores, St. Augustine, F.L., joyously celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows and receiving a special blessing at a mass held at Corpus Christie Catholic Church in St. Augustine.
Seifried and the former Mary Agnes (Gay) Cyr exchanged vows on June 22, 1946 at St. Martin's Catholic Church, Port Leyden, N.Y. and have remained a loving, loyal pair ever since.
They are the proud parents of six children: E. William (Bill) Seifried, Watertown, N.Y.; Randall (Randy) Seifried, Oswego, N.Y.; Scott Seifried, Zebulon, N.C.; Judith (Judy) Percy, Austin, Texas; Susan Maxwell, Lynchburg, Va.; and Russell Seifried, Saranac Lake, N.Y. The couple has 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The Seifrieds have resided in St. Augustine Shores since 1983, moving there from Saranac Lake, N.Y. Seifried retired as superintendent of schools for the Saranac Lake Central School District, and he returned briefly in 1986 to serve as interim superintendent for six months. The couple settled in Saranac Lake in early 1948 when Seifried accepted a substitute Metal and Machine Shop teaching job after graduating from Oswego State Teachers College in Oswego, N.Y., (now known as the State University of New York at Oswego) with a B.S. in Industrial Arts. Mrs. Seifried, who graduated from Lyons Falls High School in 1944 as Valedictorian, also attended Oswego State Teachers College, majoring in Industrial Arts.
Seifried is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II and receiving a Purple Heart at the time of his medical discharge in December 1944.
Mrs. Seifried is the daughter of the late Anna and Marcial Cyr of Lyons Falls, N.Y. Mr. Seifried is the son of the late Mabel and Ernest W. Seifried Sr. of North Gage, N.Y.
A family reunion honoring the couple attended by children and grandchildren was held in May at Topsail Island, N.C. where the family has been gathering each summer for more than 15 years.