Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Shoemaker of 611 Benton Road, Salem, were honored at a surprise 50th wedding anniversary celebration on Jan. 2 at the Elks Lodge. The event was hosted by their children and spouses, Leanna Wutrick of Beloit, Diana (Mike) Mahouski and Joe (Jane) Shoemaker, all of Salem.
Also joining in the festivities were the couple's seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The former Patricia Johnson and Mr. Shoemaker were married on Jan. 2, 1960, at St. Christine Church in Youngstown. Father Edward Varble officiated.
Mr. Shoemaker is a retired owner/operator truck driver. He is a member of Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree.
Mrs. Shoemaker is employed as a phlebotomist at Salem Community Hospital.
The Shoemakers are members of St. Paul Catholic Church where he is an usher and she is a Eucharist minister to the homebound. They also are involved with the Salem Community Pantry.