Jim and Helen Smith of Swansea celebrated their 60th Wedding anniversary with family and friends at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. A future family vacation is also being planned.
Jim and the former Helen Welsch were married on October 24, 1953 at St. Henrys Church in Belleville, Illinois by Fr. Edward Killian, OMI.
Jim is retired from Monsanto Company and is active with Monsanto Retirees, Swansea Moose, and Belleville Senior Citizens.
Helen is retired from the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, and is active in the St. Clair Womans Club, Belleville Senior Citizens and St. Augustines Church.
They have four children: Cynthia (Ralph) Chancy, David (Mary) Smith of Belleville, IL., Robert (Toni) Smith of Freeburg, IL and Kris (Dan) Kimutis of OFallon, IL.
They have thirteen grandchildren: Erin (Gabe) Raines of Brooklyn, NY; Derek, and Kelly Chancy, Matt Shea; Renee (Matt) Gorton, Ken, Jeff and Jenna Smith, Jamie and Emily Smith; Jared (Monica) Kimutis of Knoxville, TN, Alyssa and Nicole Kimutis.
They have four great grandchildren: Andrew and Grace Elizabeth Gorton; Llilla Raines, and Samuel Jared Kimutis.