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Cleggs Celebrate Fifty Years Together

By Staff | Aug 19, 2020
Chuck and Mary now.
Mary and Chuck on their wedding day.

Fifty years ago, Chuck Clegg returned home on leave from the Air Force. He was on a mission to ask Mary Berger to be his wife. At the time, Mary was attending beauty school in Wheeling. Before he made his marriage proposal he had one other question to ask his prospective wife. Looking into her eyes while holding her hand he asked, “How much money do you have?” She responded “$1000.00.” That response led to his next important question, “Will you marry me?” She said yes.

A week later on August 23rd 1970, Mary walked towards her future husband as Bonnie Workman played the wedding march on a chord organ. Shortly thereafter they exchanged vows in front of family, friends and neighbors. Those vows were given by Pastor Bob Eddy. A couple days later, they were on a plane heading to El Paso, Texas. From there they traveled 90 miles north to the town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. A community near Holloman Air Force Base where Chuck was stationed. Arriving late they had no place to live, no housewares and no real prospects where to begin. Mary with her new husband was now 1800 miles from the only home she had ever known. Over the coming months Mary’s savings along with Chuck’s $52 check every two weeks financed the beginnings of their lives together. That first year they ate a lot of chili and hamburger helper. Mary still cannot eat hamburger helper to this day.

Fifty years later they are happy to celebrate a wonderful life together. Chuck retired in 2012 after 37 years of service with PPG Industries. Mary still works part time for Northwood Health Systems. They have a son Jeremiah who lives in Albemarle, North Carolina along with his wife Jennifer (Williams). They have two grandsons, Justin and Cameron. Justin and his wife Trista live in Zanesville Ohio. They have four children, Landon, Makayla, Jack and Makenzie. Chuck and Mary’s youngest grandson Cameron will begin his freshman year of college this fall in North Carolina.

Mary and Chuck had planned on a trip to Ireland to celebrate their 50 years of marriage. Unfortunately, the coronavirus has put a hold on those plans. They are planning to make the trip next year.