Members of Journey Life Center parade down the street of the Vippermans who celebrated their 70th anniversary Tuesday.

ONTARIO -- Stitzner and Mona Vipperman have seen a few things in 70 years of marriage.

But Tuesday night's celebration of their anniversary brought a unique experience even to them.

Members of the Journey Life Center paraded outside the Vipperman's home on Spring Village Drive around 7 p.m. to commemorate the occassion while abiding by the state's mandates social distancing requirements.

Stitzner, 91, and his wife, Mona, 89, said they were happily surprised to see familiar faces.

"We love it. I just told her (Mona) a bit a go, 'wasn't that something?' " Stitzner said.

Mona said the fact that her congregation created the parade despite the social and weather conditions made it a memorable tribute.

"We were going to try and do something for them, but with the social distancing, this was the best we could do," said Bruce Phikippi, pastor at Journey Life Center at 2578 Ohio 39. "We just put the word out."

Nearly a dozen vehicles decked out in signs and balloons and children leaning out the windows drove up and down Spring Village Drive in front of the Vipperman's home.

"We're having fun with it," Philippi said.

Mona said with all the news and fear about COVID-19, it was great to see familiar faces.

"That's our church," she said. "It was so nice."

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