Padillas celebrate 50th anniversary

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Florela and Tony Padilla Jr., of Belen, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 18. The couple was married in 1962 at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.

Florela and Tony Padilla Jr.: At their wedding

Tony graduated from Belen High School in 1957. He retired from BNSF in 1998 after 40 years with the railroad.

Florela graduated from Belen High School in 1961. She retired from Belen Schools after 27 years.

The couple will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, which will be hosted by their children and spouses, grandchildren and their great-grandchildren, with a blessing at Our Lady of Belen. A reception will be held at the Sheriff’s Posse in Belen.

The couple’s children are Tina Bibiano and the late Pete Sedillo, Paula Solano and her husband, Gerald, Shirlee Baca and her husband, Jerry, Catherine and her husband, Adam Sena.

Their grandchildren are Nancy Sais and husband, Anthony, Gabby and husband, Michael, Aaron, Brandon Solano, Carlos Chavez, Timothy Pete Sedillo, Emmanuel Aragon and Gerald Baca. Their great-grandchildren are Emiy, Breanan, Alaza Sais, Gabriel, Angelina Albertina Chavez and Angel.