2012-11-29 / Religion & Family

Swales celebrate 50th anniversary


GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY Sandra (front, left) and Philip Swales (front, right) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 15 with their family and friends at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Prudenville. Pictured along with the couple are the children Tammy (front row, center) and (back row, left to right) Shawn, Todd and Tim. (Courtesy photo) GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY Sandra (front, left) and Philip Swales (front, right) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 15 with their family and friends at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Prudenville. Pictured along with the couple are the children Tammy (front row, center) and (back row, left to right) Shawn, Todd and Tim. (Courtesy photo) Family and friends from Michigan, Virginia and Canada gathered at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Prudenville to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sandra S. and Philip S. Swales on Sept. 15.

Among those present at the celebration was Sandy Swales’ favorite uncle and family poet, Arthur R. Barr, 92.

The couple was married Sept. 15, 1962 at St. Athanasius in Roseville. They shared the same high school, homeroom and yearbook page and have four children (Tammy, Tim, Todd and Shawn) and nine grandchildren.

In 1982, the couple relocated to the “North Country” of Northern Michigan. Philip Swales procured a medical retirement from Sears and Sandy Swales was selected as one of the original employees of the Weyerhaeuser mill in Grayling. She recently ended her career as a realtor that spanned 40 years, including time at Houghton Lake.

In addition to marking their 50th anniversary in 2012, the couple also welcomed two new grandchildren. Their son Shawn and wife Andrea, along with their son Benjamin, welcomed Ethan Philip on Jan. 13. Todd and Melissa Swales, along with children Nathan, Abby and Alex, welcomed Caroline Sandra on March 13. The Swales’ other grandchildren are David Michael, Shane and Sierra, the children of Tim and Michelle Swales of Houghton Lake.

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