Muncy couple reaches 50-year anniversary
On Sept. 1, 1971, Carl Schlappi, son of Charles and Wanda Schlappi, of Evans Mills, New York, and Opal Jean Miller Kisner, daughter of Clyde and Bertha Miller of McVeytown, were married in an at-home ceremony by Merton Lincoln, justice of the peace, in Naples, New York. Opal worked for the U. S. Government and Carl was a teacher in the Naples School system. Opal went on to continue to work for the Federal Government and retired in 1994. Carl continued as an educator and retired in 1992 from the Williamsport Area School District. They now reside outside of Pennsdale, Pa., where they have lived for 32 years.
The couple is blessed with eight children, Kyle, Bill, Jim, Kurt, Tim, Kim, Karla and Kris; 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Carl and Opal have been associated with music in some way throughout most of their lives. Both started playing in local bands at an early age, played in several others during the years and still enjoy being a part of the McNett Country Band at square dances and other venues in the area. They also have been a musical duo performing at many nursing homes, churches, senior centers and shows for 52 to the present.
Both are presently members of the Williamsport Kiwanis Club, where, in 1996-97, Carl served as governor of the Pennsylvania District, and Opal, a very gracious first lady. He also served as chairman of the Lycoming County Conservation District board for many years. Opal served as chair of the Williamsport Christian Women’s Club, an affiliate of Stonecroft Ministries, for eight years, vice president of the local NARFE chapter, many offices in their church and in Kiwanis.
Their greatest joy, however, is their family. They always enjoy the family and friend get-togethers whenever and wherever they occur throughout the year.