Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Melman, Laflin, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 13, 2017. They were married May 13, 1967, in St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church, Ashley, by the Reverend John Pender.
Their attendants were Joan (Maksel) Monkoski, maid of honor; and Andrew Melman, best man. Bridesmaids were Joann Melman and Mary Jo (Strome) Johnson. Groomsmen were Albert Maksel and Dr. Michael Spak. the flower girl was Kimberly (Danks) Reininger and ring bearer was David Baranowski.
Mr. Melman is the son of the late Joseph and Josephine Melman. He is a retired Luzerne county realtor and was the owner of the Melman Real Estate Company. Mr. Melman is currently owner and general manager of Melman Apartments.
Mrs. Melman is the former Dolores Maksel, daughter of the late Albert and Genevieve Maksel. Dolores was a licensed real estate agent with the Melman Real Estate Company. She was also employed as a teacher associate with the LIU 18 and the Wilkes-Barre Area School District, from which she retired in June 2006.
They are the parents of four sons, Joseph Jr., deceased; Stephen (Theresa), Bellefonte; John, Atlanta, Georgia; and James (Deanna), Peyton, Colorado.
They have two granddaughters: Kate Lynn Melman, Colorado; and Jacqueline Rose Melman, Georgia.
Joe and Dolores have traveled throughout the world during the last 20 years of their marriage. Romantically, the couple are celebrating their anniversary in May, 2017, with a trip to Canada where they originally honeymooned fifty years ago. This time they will explore even more of the country, including Quebec and the Island of Coudre’s, with their dear friends, Joe and Jan Rizzo.
Joe and Dolores will also celebrate their special anniversary this summer with their children, family and friends who will all gather locally in honor of them.
Joe and Dolores will attend the annual Diocese of Scranton’s wedding anniversary mass and reception in June at St. Peter’s Cathedral, in Scranton. They, along with all the couples celebrating, will have their marriage blessed once again.