Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Varney, of Elysburg, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 26, 2013.

They were married at 3 p.m. Oct. 26, 1963, in St. Joseph's Church in Shamokin by the Rev. Daniel Mahoney.

Claire Varney is a daughter of the late Lois (Hagan) and Franklin Clutcher. Larry Varney is a son of the late Mary (Lesko) Varney and Eleanor and Lawrence Varney Sr.

Larry is a retired highway construction supervisor for Faylor Middlecreek Inc. and Barletta Construction. Claire is a retired Women's Pavilion R.N. Clinic operations manager for Geisinger Medical Center. Both now seasonally work part time at J&D Campground. They are active members of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Elysburg.

They are parents of two children, Lori, wife of Curt Jones, of Catawissa, and Darryl and his wife, Lori, of Shamokin. They have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A surprise 50th anniversary party was held at The Pine Barn Inn. They celebrated with a trip in September to the national parks.