Darl and Jane Elchert celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a surprise party Sept. 14, 2013, at Knights of Columbus Hall No. 608, Tiffin, an 8 a.m. Mass Sept. 15 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin, and a luncheon at Ole Zim's Wagon Shed.
The couple was married Sept. 14, 1963, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Bascom, by the Rev. Cornelius J. Dobmeyer.
Darl is the son of the late Eugene and Bertilla Elchert and is retired from Hossler Construction.
Jane, the daughter of the late Flavius and Irene Steinhauser, retired from Toledo Molding and Die.
They are the parents of three children, Greg (Janet) Elchert of Alvada and Jolene (Rod) Hicks and Brett (Kristi) Elchert, both of Tiffin. Six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren complete their family.