Michael and Diane Blasko celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on July 4 at Essex I of Salem. The couple met in France during World War II while Michael was on tour with the 36th Field Artillery. He met Diane after the southern invasion of France. They were married on July 4, 1946, in Nice, France, on the French Riveria. They returned to Ohio and raised three children in New Middleton. Michael is currently a resident at Essex I.