Paul and Emma Lou Hecht, of Sidney and Bartow, Fla., will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary April 27, 2014, at an open house hosted by their children from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Heck Yeah restaurant in Piqua.
They request that gifts be omitted.
Paul and the former Emma Lou Elsass were married Feb. 27, 1954, in the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sidney by Monsignor Edward Lehman.
Paul is the son of the late Christ and Ursula (Magoto) Hecht. He has a living sister, Norma Hecht Stengel, of Lakeview, and a living sister-in-law, Jeanette (Siegel) Hecht, of Sidney. Three brothers, Ralph, Vernon and Donald, two sisters, Margaret Hecht Freisthler and Barbara Hecht, a sister-in-law, Betty Stump Hecht, and two brothers-in-law, James Stengel and Howard Freisthler are deceased.
Emma is the daughter of the late Leroy and Mary (Grimm) Elsass. She has a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Ruth Ann Elsass, of Burnsville, Minn. A sister, Delores Ann Elsass, is deceased.
The Hechts are the parents of three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Chris Klepinger, of Celina, Kimberly and Gary Vondenhuevel, of Sidney, and Teresa and Ross Whittington, of Sidney, and a living son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Connie Hecht, of Troy. Two other sons, Steven and Eric, are deceased. They have six grandchildren.
Paul retired from Ross Aluminum in 1994. Emma retired from the Shelby County Mental Health Counseling Center in 2010.
They enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. Paul is an avid fisherman and Emma loves to read a good book.