Thomas and Mary Anne Saunders Foster of Gloversville, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Maine and a family dinner at the Raindancer Restaurant.
The couple married June 28, 1958 at Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville with the Rev. Anthony Kruegler officiating. Their maid of honor was Natalie Tremante Kaufman and the best man was Robert Kennedy, both of Gloversville. The bridesmaids were Ann Brough Phillips of Syracuse and Mary Wells of Rochester, Monroe County. The groomsmen were Clifford Steele and the late Jack Alofs of Gloversville and Edward Brown of Johnstown. The junior bridesmaids were Mary Ellen Drake Hallenbeck of Gloversville and Susan Inman of Binghamton.
They have two sons and five daughters, Thomas K. Foster of South Orange, N.J., Margie (Jeremiah) Cunningham of Ashburn, Va., Timothy J. Foster of Clifton Park, Mary (James) Thompson of Waterford, Va., Anne Foster of Ashburn, Va., Elizabeth (Martin) Cusack of Downington, Pa., Rosanne (Jake) Ouimet of Pittsburgh, Pa. They also have 13 grandchildren, Trevor, Stephanie and Drew Foster of Clifton Park; Jeremiah, Jessica and Connor Cunningham of Ashburn; Isabel, Sofia and Thomas Thompson Waterford; Patrick and Caroline Cusack of Downington; Olivia and Elle Ouimet of Pittsburgh.
Thomas and Mary Anne Foster in 1958.
Thomas and Mary Anne Foster in 2008.
Tom Foster attended Gloversville High School and graduated from New York Military Academy, the State University of New York at Brockport, Monroe County, with a bachelor's degree and Ithaca College with a master's degree. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, Ky. and Fort Meade, Md. as a member of the military police and special services playing baseball. He also pitched in the St. Louis Cardinals chain for four years. He taught physical education in the Gloversville School District for 34 years, six of which included coaching at GHS. In 1972, he assumed the head coaching position of the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Flairs Gymnastic Team.
Mary Anne Foster attended Gloversville High School and graduated from The College of New Rochelle with a bachelor's degree. She was employed by Eastman Kodak, Rochester. After returning to the Gloversville area, she taught mathematics at Johnstown High School for 30 years.
They both retired in 1996 and live in Peck Lake.