MOUNT CARMEL - Thomas and Eleanor (Wolkoski) Schott, of 228 S. Maple St., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 15.

The couple were forever joined together in marriage on Sept. 15, 1962, in St. Joseph's Church, Mount Carmel by the groom's cousin, the late Bishop Lawrence F. Schott.

Tom began his career as a carpenter and followed in the footsteps of his successful father, William, who owned his own business as a general contractor in the Danville area. He then accepted employment at Mount Carmel Lumber Company and later with Lapinski Lumber Company. He most recently worked for the Alpine Construction Company, from which he retired.

While he is officially "retired," he can often be found remodeling his house (it's a guy thing). Tom also served in the U.S. military as an Army sergeant after joining the National Guard unit out of Danville, where he grew up. He is the youngest child of William and Alma Schott. His siblings were Bill, Joe, Margy, Dot, Marykay and Irene.

Ellie started her career as a full-time mother and a full-time seamstress in the Len-Jeff Factory. She moved on to one of the premier retail stores in the Mount Carmel area, Matlow's Clothing Store, where she was applauded as "the woman behind the curtain," hemming and repairing clothing for thousands of wonderful customers over many years. She retired from Matlow's. Ellie is also the youngest of the two children of Bernard and Stella Wolkoski, of Mount Carmel. Her brother is Bernie Jr.

Tom and Ellie are the parents of three children, Deb, of Coal Township, Tom Jr., of Elysburg, and Larry, of Mount Carmel, and have five grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel and Caleb Latovich and Austin and Ashley Schott.

In addition to their household duties, Ellie has been active in church and is a member of the Secular Franciscans. She likes to keep busy reading, while Tom is a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoys collecting coins. They also have dedicated themselves in helping to care for their son, Larry, who has ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Their children, grandchildren, family and many friends thank both Tom and Ellie, Mom and Dad, Grammy and Pap-pap for the years of hard work, love, patience and dedication they have endured and bestowed on them in a never ending display of unselfish love.

"We are so proud of both of them." the children write. "Fifty years of marriage is a milestone that is truly amazing by today's standards, yet it is everything marriage is intended to represent. If you're reading this, just pause and think about it. Tom and Ellie vowed and dedicated themselves to each other 50 years ago that, no matter what, they were committed forever as one: to love, raise a family and support each other as they grow younger together. They did it. Wow! Thank you! Wishing you another 50."