Francis (Fran) and Jacquie Clifton Balzer of Newton will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at Koerner Heights Church, 320 Meridian Road, Newton.

Fran and Jacquie both graduated from Newton High School.  Fran attended Emporia State University and Jacquie graduated from Wichita Business College.  Fran was engaged in sales management and Jacquie was a legal secretary and assistant.  For several years they owned and operated Fran's Carpet Gallery in Newton.

They were married at Bethel College Mennonite Church on September 16, 1967.  They have lived in Newton for most of their married lives except for two short times in Oklahoma City and a couple of years in Tulsa.  They have been blessed with three children, Jason and Stacy Balzer of Commerce, Michigan;  Stefanie and Steve Roth from Goddard;  and David and Amanda Balzer from Newton.  They are also blessed with eight grandchildren - Jeremy and Sydney Balzer of Michigan; Tyler, Jaden and Paige Roth from Goddard; and Taylor, Mason and Gavin Balzer of Newton.