On Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, Richard E. Hines and Susan Henkle Hines of Kingston (formerly of West Pittston) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The couple eloped on Aug. 9, 1965, to Elkton, Maryland, where they were married with friends Dick Peck and his late wife, Nancy, of Harding. A ceremony was performed by Father Leo Kilpatrick at St. Francis of Assisi in Allentown where they moved and where Richard worked at Bethlehem Steel. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick McFadden were attendants.
Susan is the daughter of Mary Russo Ermel and John Ermel, Forty Fort, and the late Fred J. Henkle, West Virginia. Richard is the son of the late Elwood and Altheida Hines, West Pittston.
The couple are graduates of West Pittston High School, Richard in 1957; Susan in 1963. They did not cross paths until they shared employment at the Atlas Chain and Precision in West Pittston.
In addition to serving four years in the United States Air Force where Richard was in security service as a radio intercept operator in Masana, Japan, he worked for Bethlehem Steel, Proctor and Gamble and the Social Security Administration. Finally retiring he was an independent driver for Wyoming Area School District.
Sue was a stay-at-home mom for 20 years. She became a cosmetology teacher in 1985, and has been working at her profession as a stylist in Scranton for 39 years, currently employed at Hair Loft in Dunmore.
The couple has four children: daughter Cheryl Hines Kundrat and husband Jeffrey, Pittsburgh; son Richard L. and wife Tahnee Hobbs Hines, Pittsburgh; son Jeremy and wife Jeanelle Gittens Hines, Dallas; and daughter Shelley Hines Buselli and husband Peter, Mayfield.
They have six grandchildren; Sean Kundrat, Buckhannon, West Virginia; Eva and Nadia Hines, Pittsburgh; Michael Ramirez. Ventura, California; Jordon Ramirez, Dallas; and Carter Buselli, Mayfield.
The children sent the couple on a celebration trip to Wildwood and Cape May, New Jersey. Then they all had a wonderful family fun day at Knoebels to remember days gone by.