A surprise 40th wedding anniversary celebration for John and Denise Repella of Salem was held at the First Free Methodist Church in East Liverpool. They were married on Jan. 18,1969, at the Wellsville Free Methodist Church by the Rev. Delmar Logston.
Mr. Repella is the son of the late Walter and Agnes Repella of Amsterdam..
Mrs. Repella is the daughter of the late Andrew Ewing and Dorothy Ewing, formerly of Salineville.
The event was hosted by their children and grandchildren, Holly, Kevin, Kyle and Sarah Kibler of Rootstown; Hayley, Greg, Harmony and Abigail Miller of Massillon and Heidi, Chuck, Hannah and Hope Swiger of New Middletown.
Among the many family and friends celebrating were also attendees of the wedding, Dorothy Ewing, Ronda Miller (maid of honor), Josephine Beatty (aunt), Curtis and Marge Miller (uncle and aunt), John Ewing (brother) and Susan Graubner (friend).
Mr. Repella is employed at the Timken Company in Canton. Mrs. Repella is employed as a speech-language pathologist at East Liverpool City Hospital.