Bill and Sharon (Finnegan) Bertram of 1423 Earlham Avenue, New Castle, were married 50 years ago on Sept. 4, 1970 by Rev. Pavy at the First Baptist Church. They are presently members of the First Assembly of God in New Castle.

They were blessed with three children, Jennifer, Bradford and Betsy, and three grandchildren, Zachary, Devin and Mariah. The couple’s children and grandchildren have been such a big part of their lives. They enjoyed 36 years, vacationing at Maderia Beach, Florida, and 20 years in Tennessee.

Bill retired from Westinghouse after 37 years. Sharon is a registered nurse, semi-retired after 30 years working at Henry County Hospital and the New Castle Clinic.

The picture taken on their front porch surrounded by fall flowers is in honor of their daughter, Betsy, who passed away Nov. 1, 2016. Fall was her favorite time of the year and also her birthday, Sept. 20, 1971.

Gigi, the couple’s Shih Tzu, has been part of the family for the past 10 years.