Eleanor Robb and Chick Cicconi, both born and raised in Latrobe and graduates of Latrobe High School in 1948, currently living in Ligonier, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this fall.
Married Oct. 15, 1949, in Grace Lutheran Church in Winchester, Virginia, they have three children, Debbie Shock of Little Oak, Texas, Cindy Ernst of Macungie and Rob Cicconi of Ligonier, and eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, scattered in Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas.
All 32 family members attended a dinner Nov. 9 at Dave and Carol’s Roadhouse in Ligonier, and the following day, Nov. 10, Chick and Ellie welcomed more than 150 guests at an open house at Fort Ligonier Center for History Education.
Chick and Eleanor started out as owners of a Clover Farm Grocery Store in Stahlstown in 1950. In 1958, they sold the store and Chick became a Nationwide insurance agent in Latrobe. Nationwide hired him as a manager, and he recruited and trained agents in Allegheny County until 1964, when the Cicconis had the opportunity to move to Ligonier. Eleanor became a volunteer with the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society and worked for her bother Bill Robb at Robb’s Floral in Latrobe. Chick became involved in Ligonier government, first as a member of borough council then as mayor. Since then, he has served in appointed positions of land use officer and chair of the Zoning Hearing Board and Planning Commission.
Chick, born on the 4th of July, was noted for being Uncle Sam, riding his flag-painted Honda in parades in Latrobe and Ligonier, and the position that he cherished was being the Ligonier Santa on Light Up Night and Ligonier Town Wide Open House.