Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mertens, Jefferson City, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday with a dinner and dance at the Wardsville Gym, hosted by their children, spouses and grand-children. Fred Mertens and Rosie Pringer were married April 12, 1969, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Wardsville. Father Paul Distler officiated. They were attended by Anna (Mertens) Bisges, Jefferson City; Debbie (Van Loo) Hemmel, Jefferson City; Joyce (Prenger) Boessen, St. Thomas; Donna (Pringer) Hurley, Holts Summit; Lisa (Kempker) Fee, Warrensburg; Ronald Pringer, Jefferson City; John Mertens, Jefferson City; Gary Pringer, Centertown; Kenneth Mertens, deceased; Kevin Welch, St. Martins; and Keith Welch, New Bloomfield. Mr. and Mrs. Mertens have four children: Craig Mertens, Henley; Brian Mertens and his wife Suzette (Kleffner), Jefferson City; Andrew Mertens and his wife Jackie (Schenewerk), Jefferson City; and Kelly Basinger and her husband Shawn, Jefferson City. They also have three grandchildren: Hailey Mertens, Spencer Mertens, and Wyatt Basinger.