POTSDAM -- Aras and Yvette Smith, 7988 U.S. Highway 11, celebrate their 74th wedding anniversary on Dec. 16, 2020.
They were married in 1946 at St. Mary's Church in Massena, with Father Aloysius officiating. Attendants were Anita Henry and Loren Barton.Aras was a construction worker for many years including working on the St. Lawrence Seaway Project. He retired from Potsdam Central School as superintendent of building and grounds. He also served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946.
Yvette (Castagnier) worked at Kauffman's Department Store until she was married. She is a devoted wife and homemaker.
The couple have eight children including Carol Smith, Ogdensburg; Brian, Montreal, QC; Stanley, Slingerland; Joanne Merritt, Norwood; Kathy Egli, Enfield, CT; Clark, Winchester, ON; Jacqueline, Scotia, NY; and Susan of Ballston Spa. In addition, they have 25 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.
Due to COVID-19 no gathering will be held at this time. Cards and well wishes are welcome.