Gingrichs celebrate 70th anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. J. Lloyd Gingrich ... now

Mr. and Mrs. J. Lloyd Gingrich, of Richfield, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 24, 2017, with a family gathering. The event was attended by 60 family members which was hosted by their children at Lauvers Mennonite Church fellowship hall.

The couple was married on June 22, 1947, by Bishop W.W. Graybill, at the home of the bride’s parents in McAlisterville.

She is the former Orpha Lorene Wert, and the daughter of the late Michael and Alma (Lauver) Wert. She taught school before she married and became a busy farmer’s wife. She is a member of Lauvers Mennonite Church and served there as a Sunday School teacher for many years. She also led Neighborhood Women’s Bible studies in the community of Evendale. Her hobbies include gardening, tending houseplants, embroidery, memorizing scripture and reading.

He is the son of the late John W. and Margaret (Knouse) Gingrich. John Lloyd was named after his father and was in partnership with him in farming and an egg business. He is a member at Lauvers Mennonite Church, where he served in teaching Sunday School, trustee and Bible School superintendent in the past. He also served on the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions for 30 years.

J. Lloyd is a charter member of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. He is also a charter member of the Juniata Mennonite Historical Society and served as the first secretary when it was founded in 1951. Later he helped in the planning of the Historical Center at the Brick Church near Richfield. He enjoys stories of local history, ancestries, reading and collecting books.

They are the parents of seven children, Margaret Varner and husband, Tim, of McAlisterville; John M. Gingrich and wife, Rosanne, of Richfield; David Gingrich and wife, Phyllis, of Thompsontown; Dale Gingrich and wife, Gladys, of Richfield; Barbara Gingrich, of Richfield; Paul Gingrich and wife, Debra, of Dillsburg; and Marie Vredevelt and husband, Kirk, of Alto, Michigan. They are the beloved grandparents of 20 grandchildren and have 26 great-grandchildren.