Bernard and Gilda Erke were honored at a special family gettogether for their 70th wedding anniversary.

Bernard and Gilda Erke were honored at a special family gettogether for their 70th wedding anniversary.

They were married on Aug. 26,1948, at Akers Chapel.

They are the parents of sevenchildren, Janice Todd, Anita Bellovich, Lynn Erke, David Erke, Jim Erke, Susan Neff and Tom Erke. They have 23grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.       

The gathering at Founders Park in New Canton, Ill., on Sept. 1 included the sharing of memories and pictures, tears of joy and sadness, and a specially-made anniversary cake with homemade ice cream. Homemade ice cream has been a long­-standing Erke family staple.

The Erkes thank everyone for the expressions of congratulations and well wishes.