Elmer and Aletha Hertel, Hays, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 21, 2009, with a Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Munjor, followed by a reception and dinner hosted by their children.

Children of the couple are Patty Stramel and husband, Stan, Pfeifer, Theresa Truan and companion, Robert Dinkel, Rosie Redetzke and husband, Matt, all of Hays, James Hertel and wife, Jean, Victoria, and Larry Hertel and wife, Brenda, Yocemento.

The couple have 15 grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Elmer Hertel and Aletha Leiker were married Nov. 21, 1949, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Munjor.