Celebrations Spotlight: Mary Lou and Tony Castriota
Tony and Mary Lou Castriota celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 29, 2012. They have four children: Thomas Castriota, Cathy Mullin, Susan Castriota and John Castriota and six grandchildren: Alex and Chris Castriota, Beth and Mike Mullin and Bethany and Caroline Hoag. The couple resides in Upper St. Clair and Trinity, Florida.
Q: How did you meet?
Tony: We met in Dormont through mutual friends.
Q: Where did you each grow up?
Tony: I grew up in Brookline and Mary Lou grew up in Dormont.
Q: Who proposed? How?
Tony: I did. We only knew each other for three months before I proposed.
Q: Where were you married? Why did you choose that site?
Tony: We were married at St. Bernard Church where Mary Lou was a parish member.
Q: Where was the reception and honeymoon? Why did you choose those sites?
Tony: We planned a large reception at the American Legion Hall in Mt. Oliver, but a blinding snowstorm hit the day of our wedding and kept most of our guests away. We were then supposed to fly to New York City for our honeymoon, but had to take a train instead because of the snow.
Q: What is your favorite wedding memory?
Tony: Spending time with the members of our wedding party. Unfortunately, most of them have since passed away.
Q: Do you still own any of your wedding gifts? If so, what?
Tony: We still own a camera and an album filled with wedding photos that a dear friend gave to us.
Q: What is the secret to your successful marriage?
Tony: Mary Lou has forgiven all of my sins!
Q: What activity do you enjoy doing most as a couple?
Tony: Since we are true Florida snowbirds, we like being able to enjoy warm weather in November!
Q: How did you celebrate your anniversary?
Tony: We celebrated in Florida with friends and two of our children.
First Published December 18, 2012 12:00 am