Dick and Yvonne (Schlachter) Sebastian of Cuyahoga Falls recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.
The Sebastians were married on Dec. 16, 1961 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hastings, Neb., and now have 12 grandchildren. They moved to Cuyahoga Falls in 1964. Dick retired from Praxair and then taught at Cuyahoga Falls High School for 12 years. Yvonne retired from the American Diabetes Association after 25 years. They both retired in 2001.
Their family includes: daughter Laurie (Dave) Kreuser and their children Thomas, Kelly (and her husband Steven Bestgen), Matthew, Peter, Andrew and twins James and John, all of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter Nancy (Max) Hall and their children Hudson and Hannah, of Cuyahoga Falls; and son Dr. Stephen (Nancy) Sebastian, and their children Wesley, Sarah, and John, of Southern Pines, N.C.
On the Sebastians' wedding day, there was 16 inches of snow in Hastings. One of the bridesmaids who lived 30 miles from the church was unable to reach the church due to the ice and snow. Many out-of-town wedding attendees were unable to leave following the wedding.
Yvonne and Dick have been active in the Cuyahoga Falls community. Yvonne was active as a leader in the Cuyahoga Falls New Comers after arriving in Ohio, as well as Girl Scouts, PTA, "Just Say No," a program to encourage teenagers to abstain from using drugs, as well as a number of other community organizations. Dick was the chairman of two successful school levy campaigns in the 1980s. He was also a longtime member of the Cuyahoga Falls Lions Club and served in numerous positions prior to becoming "King Lion" -- a term reserved for the club president. He currently serves as a member of the Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Board.
In 2012, Yvonne and Dick were named "Citizens of the Year" by the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce.