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Fries celebrate 70 years of marriage

• Sep 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM

WILLARD — Harold Roy and Mary Jane (Nickoli) Fries, of Thomas Road, Willard, are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

Harold, a native of Willard, and Mary, of Norwalk, were married Sept. 25, 1948 at Church of the Master in Steuben.

Their wedding party included Corinne Stiving (sister of the groom) as maid of honor, and Bertha Johnson (cousin of the bride) and Gladys Nickoli Stierhoff (sister of the bride) as bridesmaids. Janet Lapoint Kip was flower girl. Best man was the groom’s friend, Donald Capelle, and the groomsmen were Wayne Trimmer (friend of the groom) and Kenneth Nickoli (brother of the bride).

The couple are the parents of Sandra Fries Kraft, of Milton, Ga; Shirley Fries, of Milford; Sheila Fries Buurma, of Willard; Steven Fries, deceased in 2005; Scott Fries, of New Carlisle; and Stacy Fries, deceased as a newborn. They have 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Harold retired from the Willard post pffice and as head farmer at Fries Farms. Mary was employed at Young & Young Attorneys and Langhurst Insurance. She was also the bookkeeper for Fries Farms.

Harold and Mary met as teenagers, dancing at Forest Lake Park. Planning to marry, Harold purchased the farmland next to his father’s (Vernon Fries) property on Thomas Road. After the church wedding, they held their reception at the house and spent their wedding night there.

Today they still reside on the farm. Losing the original barn and house in two separate fires, a decade apart, they now have an updated home and live there independently. They keep active attending school events and sporting events of great-grandchildren. They remain active and attend most weekly services at Church of the Master.

They remain independent with the watchful eyes of Ben and Katie Fries (grandson and his wife) next door, and Mike and Sheila Buurma (daughter and son-in-law) who live locally. Daughters Shirley Fries and Sandy Kraft and son Scott Fries keep in touch from afar. Several grandchildren and great-granchildren also live in the area and visit regularly.

An open house will be held in honor of their anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at Church of the Master, Steuben, 2643 Ohio 162, Monroeville. Come and wish them well.

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