Mr. and Mrs. James D. VanBecelaere celebrated 60 years of marriage on Dec. 28, 2017
James D. VanBecelaere and Wava M. Martin, of Columbus were joined in marriage on Dec. 28, 1957, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pittsburg. The couple owned and operated VanBecelaere Machine Works in Pittsburg, until retiring in 2000.
They have eight children, James (and Annette), Vincent (and Theresa), Anna (and Larry) Boler, Audrey (and Michael) Dickey, John (and Tracie), all of Pittsburg; Alice (and Michael) Coltrane, of Andover, Clara (and Davi) Barnes, and Joel (and Ami), all of Pittsburg. 33 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.
A family Mass of celebration was held on Dec. 29, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pittsburg, with Fr. Kimbro and Fr. Robert McElwee as co-celebrants, followed by a family dinner at the Crestwood Country Club in Pittsburg.