Mr. and Mrs. Lester Behrends Sr. of Tiskilwa will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. May 4 at the Tiskilwa Community Church. The event will be hosted by the couple’s eight children.
Lester Raymond Behrends and the former Ester Mae Hull were married May 3, 1944, in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bartonville. They first lived in rural Hanna City.
They are the parents of six sons and two daughters, Janet (Dale) Fox of Tiskilwa, Margaret Copher of Tiskilwa, John (Lynn) Behrends of Moline, Rick (Joyce) Behrends of Lake Stevens, Wash., Robert (Carol) Behrends of Crystal Lake, Lester (Cindy) Behrends of Tiskilwa, Ron (Eileen) Behrends of Tiskilwa and Don (Shelley) Behrends of Amboy. They also have 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Lester is retired from farming and Ester is a homemaker. The couple enjoys camping, fishing, gardening and watching their grandchildren’s sports activities.
All family and friends are invited to attend the open house. It is requested that gifts be omitted. Cards may be sent to the couple at: 8298 2050 East St., Tiskilwa, IL 61368.