LaVerne and Janice (Schoenthaler) Dinkel, Highlands Ranch, Colo., celebrated their 50th anniversary Jan. 2, 2010, with a Mass at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Centennial, Colo., followed by a reception, dinner and dance hosted by their children and grandchildren in the church hall.

The couple were both born and raised on farms west of Ellis and have many relatives in the area.

Children of the couple are Dan and Ann Marie Dinkel, Highlands Ranch, Don and Jan Dinkel, Columbia, S.C., and Daryl and Cori Dinkel, Rifle, Colo., and the late David Dinkel.

Grandchildren of the couple are Trent and Kayla Dinkel, Rifle; two step-granddaughters, Jessica and Jennifer Sloan, and a step-great-granddaughter, Rosey Sloan-Wilson, Pueblo, Colo.

Those also attending the celebration were their attendants, Bill and Armella Gerber

LaVerne Dinkel and Janice Schoenthaler were married Jan. 2, 1960, at St. Margaret Mary Parish, Wichita.