Tom and Marilena Frier of 2814 Maine St., Quincy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner and, later this fall, will go on a cruise of the New England and Canadian coasts.
They were married August 9, 1969, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hannibal, Mo.
Mrs. Frier is the former Marilena Chris Simms, daughter of the late Robert and Mildred Simms, and Mr. Frier is a son of the late Albert and Margaret Frier.
They are the parents of Ryan (Jennifer) Frier of Lenexa, Kans., and David (Melissa) Frier of Columbia, Mo. They have two grandchildren.
The Friers met in 1961, while students at McCooey High School in Hannibal, Mo.
Mr. Frier was an active duty U.S. Army officer, retiring after 20 years of military service in 1989. Following his retirement the family moved to Quincy where he took a position as Principal of St. Boniface School, concurrently serving as the Parish Business Manager. He later served as the Director of Alumni Relations for his alma mater, Quincy University.
After graduating from the University of Missouri (Columbia), Mrs. Frier was a Public Aid Caseworker before joining her husband at their first military posting in Germany, where she volunteered with the American Red Cross at the U.S. Army Hospital in Nurnberg. In later years, at another overseas military assignment, she served as a tourism coordinator for a military service organization. While living in Davenport, Iowa, she was employed with the American Automobile Association in the tourism and travel office. After the family moved to Quincy in the early 1990s, she took a position with Quanada, eventually retiring after 22 years as the Domestic Violence Program Director.
In retirement the Friers volunteer their time to a variety of causes. Tom currently volunteers with United Way of Adams County, the Disabled American Veterans, the Diocese of Springfield and St. Peter Catholic Church. Marilena volunteers in several ministries through St. Peter Catholic Church, including its Haiti Sister Parish Committee, the Social Concerns Committee, and as a Eucharistic Minister with the church and at Blessing Hospital. She is one of two liaison contacts between the church and the United Way Unmet Needs Committee and also serves as a CASA volunteer for the Advocacy Network for Children. They also drive a weekly route for the local Meals on Wheels program. The Friers are parishioners of St. Peter Catholic Church of Quincy.