BLOOMSBURG - The family of Mary Lou and Gary Honabach Sr. honored their parents' 50th wedding anniversary with a surprise party for their parents and friends on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The couple were married at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Mary Lou is the former Mary Lou Mikulski, of Mount Carmel. Her husband, Gary, is formerly from Shamokin.

The couple were blessed to have two sons, Gary Jr. and his wife Kim, and their four great children, Ashley, Corey, Zach and Isabelle, and Kevin and wife Nancy, and two lovely children, Amanda and Allison.

The following poem was given to them by their granddaughter, Amanda Honabach:

Half a century ago, they say, a wonderful marriage began that day.

Two beautiful people joined as one, and worked together to make living fun.

We celebrate now those 50 years, we raise our glass and give three cheers.

To partners in life, both work and play, it's our pleasure to share your golden day.

Happy 50th Anniversary Nana and Pop! Maybe there is a happily ever after out there, you are the inspiration to make sure I find mine. I love you.