DETROIT - Lew Vailliencourt and the former Edie Sheehan were married 50 years ago on June 18, 1960, at Our Lady Gate of Heaven Church in Detroit.
Original attendants were Bill and Ken Vailliencourt, brothers of the groom, and Sue Sheehan, sister of the bride and Jean Baker Morgan, cousin of the bride.
The couple were honored at a celebratory Mass at St. Anne's in Escanaba. An anniversary reception was held in a restaurant in Fenton, Mich., the same weekend (Aug. 13-14) the family gathered for the wedding of the couple's nephew, Tom Churchill.
Edie and Lew Sheehans — 1960
Lew and Edie Sheehans — 2010
Lew retired in 1996 from Bittner Engineering as an occupation engineering technician. He is a deacon at St. Anne's Church in Escanaba and is a member of the Remnants Barbershop Chorus. He enjoys woodworking at home in his spare time.
Edie is a retired secretary and is also a seamstress.
The Sheehans are the parents of three sons, Bob of Wauseon, Ohio, Ed of Holly, Mich., and Jim (Kristin) of Shorewood, Wis., and one daughter, Mary Lilly of Valrico, Fla. They also have six grandchildren, Ruby, Elizabeth, Ian, Ben, Jack and Nick.
The couple are residents of Detroit.