Elaine Verillo Bona and James J. Bona Sr., of Auburn, celebrated 50 years of marriage on Dec. 16, 2017. They were married by the Rev. John Nacca at St. Francis of Assisi Church, in Auburn.
Elaine was a legal secretary for 28 years and is retired from the Cayuga County Health Department. Jim worked at Sylvania and General Electric, and retired from the Auburn Enlarged City School District.
Elaine enjoys cooking, bowling and cruising. Jim, who is a U.S. Army veteran from the time of the Vietnam War, enjoys hunting and fishing.
They celebrated their anniversary at a family party thrown by their children at the Springside Inn in Fleming.
Their children are James J. (and Christine) Bona Jr., Michael Bona, Deanna (and Jake) Taro, and Christina (and Luigi) Caruana. A son, Joseph M. Bona, passed away in 1994.
Their grandchildren are Maddie and Carson Bona, and Giovanni Caruana.