Gerald “Jerry” and Sharon “Sherry” (Welcher) Root of Fulton celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Sept. 29, 2012.
They were married in Fulton in 1972. A quiet celebration trip was taken in early September with a weekend getaway on their anniversary. They met in November 1971, and both are native Fultonians.
Children include daughters Kerry Grover and husband David of Fulton, Amy Beth Lisi of North Syracuse, and a son, Aaron Root and wife Amy of Franklin, Indiana. There are eight grandchildren, Joshua, Bryce, Madison, Blake, Michael, Josephine, Dominick and Anthony.
He enlisted in the Air Force in 1967, stationed in Austin, Texas, until his discharge in 1971. He worked for Niagara Mohawk for 27 years until his retirement.
She worked at Chappell’s for 14 years until it closed. From there she worked at Goetz Dolls in Radisson until soon after 9/11.
For years, their hobby has been antique cars. They currently have a 1956 Buick. He also collects petromobilia and enjoys restoring anything old and automotive related. Both are antique car enthusiasts and have belonged to old-car clubs. They attend shows and enjoy and appreciate cars brought back to production. They also love antiquing and attending auctions.
She loves to read and putter outdoors, and they delight in spending time with their grandchildren and sharing their interests in life.