PHILADELPHIA — Dale E. and Marie P. Watkins, County Route 29, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 27.
Mr. Watkins, son of the late Harold L. and Florence Knaus Watkins, and Marie Nowicki, daughter of the late Bruno J. and Frances Bailes Nowicki, were married on June 27, 1964, at St. Mary’s Church, Corning, with the Rev. T.F. Brennan officiating. Honor attendants were Lewis H. Watkins, Park Forest, Ill., brother of the groom, and Eleanor Bailey, Stanford, Ky., sister of the bride.
Mrs. Watkins graduated from Campbell High School and pursued a bachelor’s degree from Geneseo State Teachers College. She completed her master’s degree studies at SUNY Potsdam. She is a past president of the Jefferson County American Association of University Women, is active with her church and the Philadelphia Red Hatters and serves on the Philadelphia Planning Board.
Mr. Watkins graduated from Wellsboro-Charleston High School, Wellsboro, Pa., and pursued his undergraduate degree at the State Teachers College in Mansfield, Pa. He completed graduate work at Syracuse University and Elmira College, and received a master’s degree from the SUNY Potsdam and administration certification from St. Lawrence University, Canton.
He is a past president of the Philadelphia Civic League and Indian River Kiwanis Club. He serves on the board of the Philadelphia Historical Society and Childs Falls Cemetery Board. He has served on several civic committees and has been active in choral groups and community theater productions. For several years, he taught safe driving classes for AARP.
Mr. Watkins was a building principal and district administrator for the Gouverneur and Indian River Central school districts and was an adjunct professor for Potsdam student teachers. Mr. and Mrs. Watkins began their professional education careers as teachers for the Corning-Painted Post Schools and retired with a combined total of 75 years in public education.
Mr. and Mrs. Watkins have been active in the Episcopal church as vestry, warden and Sunday school teachers, among other capacities. They have been Jefferson County election poll inspectors, are past docents for the Thompson Park Conservancy New York State Zoo, and for 20 years, have been hosts to foreign exchange students through the American Field Service.
Mr. and Mrs. Watkins enjoy gardening, traveling, making maple syrup, spending time with family and volunteering in their free time.
The couple has a daughter and son-in-law, Amy L. and Col. Timothy T. Lunderman, Manlius, and two granddaughters.