Mr. and Mrs. Gary Szczepankiewicz of Tonawanda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a blessing at the Candlemas celebration at St. Casimir’s Church in South Buffalo, surrounded by their children, grandchildren and friends. St. Casimir’s was the location of the wedding of Gary Szczepankiewicz and the former Christine Barth on Feb. 4, 1967. He is a retired chemical engineer and an active member of Buffalo Friends of Folk for many years as a storyteller, guitar player and songwriter. He is also a volunteer with St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and the Canisius College Summer Science Camp. She was a secretary in the probation department in Buffalo City Hall, a former home health care aide and a homemaker. They have six children and 19 grandchildren.