Mr. and Mrs. Bernard and Joyce Gill were honored recently at a 50th anniversary celebration at Tod Avenue United Methodist Church. The event was hosted by the couple's children, Michael (Laura) Gill, Gary Gill and Cindy Gill. Also hosting were their only grandchild and Debra Fabrizio and Kevin Bosak.
Mr. Gill and the former Joyce McMillen were united in marriage on Dec. 27, 1961, at the Warren Seventh Day Adventist Church, by the Rev. Ellen Rowan.
Rowan helped celebrate the occasion, along with most of the original wedding party, Nancy Williams, matron of honor; and bridesmaids Lucy Galayde and Ila Jo McMillen, sister of the bride; Twila Breese, flower girl; and Frank Williams, best man.
Bernard and Joyce Gill
Bernard and Joyce have lived most of their lives in Ohio, with the last 48 years being in Champion. Mr. Gill retired in 1999 from Copperweld Steel after 40-plus years of service. Recently, he retired as janitor of Tod Avenue United Methodist Church. He now works part time for the Trumbull County Metro Parks.
The couple are active members of the Tod Avenue United Methodist Church. Joyce sings in the church choir and plays in the hand bell choir. She enjoys reading, crocheting, cooking and baking.
Guests were in attendance from Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia as well as Ohio.