LEWISTON – A surprise party was held recently for Maurice and Jackie Blondin of Lewiston, on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary. The event was planned by their son and his wife, and daughter and her husband, Steven and Kristen Blondin and Christine and Scott Baer, and was held at the Eagles Hall.

The couple arrived in a white stretch limousine provided by their children and their spouses. Tables were decorated with fresh roses in globe bowls and a buffet was served. Party favors were candy bars with the wedding photo of the couple. A three-tier custom-made anniversary cake with butter cream frosting and fresh strawberries was served.

Music was provided and Connie Lambert sang a special song for the couple. Also singing a song was their nephew, Tony Blondin. A video and slide show, celebrating the couple’s 40 years together, was done by their son-in-law, Scott Baer.

The couple received many cards, gifts and money, and their children presented them with a picture frame collection of their life together. Steven Blondin and Christine Baer were the toastmasters.

Mr. Blondin and the former Jackie Pratt were married June 29, 1968, at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Lewiston.

In addition to their two children, their grandchildren are Brianna, Kacie and Kailyn of Sabattus, and Kala Baer of Manchester, N.H.

Mrs. Blondin was employed at Goodwin’s Dairy for 13 years and Bates College for 17 years. She is currently retired due to ill health.

Mr. Blondin was employed as an auto body technician for more than 35 years at Thrifty Toyota and Emerson Chevy, and is currently semi-retired, working for the Auburn School Department as a custodian. He built a new secondary home in Rangeley.

Original wedding attendants present were Rita Laflamme, bridesmaid, Jerry Blondin, best man, and Bob Laflamme, usher.

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