John and Penny Nastasi of Gustavus celebrated their 50th anniversary Nov. 9, 2018, at a surprise party hosted by their children and their spouses, and by the couple’s grandchildren.
John and the former Penny Hillman were married Nov. 9, 1968.
John served with the U.S. Navy, assigned to VA 34 on the USS John F. Kennedy. He was attached to the airwing known as the “Blue Blasters” squadron with the A-6 Intruder during the Vietnam era.
John is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering degree. He worked for IBM and EDS as an electrical engineer. John also taught engineering at ITT in Youngstown.
Penny received her degree in cosmetology and management from Edicott School of Cosmetology in New York. She also worked with multi-handicapped students as a teacher’s aide. She worked and retired as a program assistant for TMM at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, and she is a volunteer at Mercy Medical Center.
The couple have two children and three grandchildren.