Richard and Sarah Bolsem of Eldridge celebrated 50 years of marriage on Valentine’s Day. They were wed Feb. 14, 1971, in Chesapeake, Va., at Lake Drummond Baptist Church.
Rick was serving in the U.S. Navy in Virginia Beach, Va., and Sarah was teaching elementary school at Point O’ View in that city.
They are the parents of Stephanie (James) Ritchie of Inverness, Scotland, and Bradford (Anne) Bolsem of South St. Paul, Minn. They have four grandchildren: Hannah, James Elliot, Elias and Barrett.
Rick and Sarah commemorated their anniversary by repeating their wedding vows during the Valentine’s Day evening services at the Central Baptist Church in Moline, where they are members. Pastor Rick Bevans conducted the services using the original text of the ceremony as it was performed in 1971.
Rick and Sarah wish to express their appreciation to all the family and friends who have communicated their good wishes and given assistance to make this golden anniversary unforgettable.