The children of John H. and Jacklyn K. (Maile) Skinner happily announce their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. To celebrate the event, an open house will be held on Jan. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Schoolcraft Presbyterian Church, Westminster Hall. The couple request no gifts, please.
John and Jackie were married on Dec. 20, 1967 in the chapel at the First United Methodist Church in Three Rivers by Reverend Schanzlen. They have been blessed with four children, Tim Brundige, Gary Brundige, Beth (Skinner) Vause and Amy (Skinner) Kweton, and eight grandchildren.
John is retired from Armstrong International in Three Rivers; Jackie is retired from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. John and Jackie have been very active in several volunteer and community organizations,
Throughout their years of living in Schoolcraft, they have gifted the community with many volunteer hours. They are both lifetime members of the Schoolcraft Historical Society.
They have served in many offices in Masonry, John in the Masonic Lodge and Jackie in Eastern Star. John has an honorary life membership from the American Legion Post 475, Schoolcraft, having served in various command capacities. Jackie has served in many roles with the American Legion Auxiliary at the local, state and national levels. The Daughters of the American Revolution is an important organization that Jackie has been involved with locally and as chaplain at the state level. She currently serves as the board president of South County Community Services.
Jackie received the 2011 National Outstanding Daughter of the American Revolution Service for Veterans Award for exemplary service in caring for America’s Veterans. It was presented to her in Washington, D.C.
She also received the Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award at a Governor’s Service Awards event in Detroit from Gov. Rick Snyder.