Gary and Helen Sosniecki.
Gary and Helen Sosniecki, former owners of the Vandalia Leader, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary May 15.
Gary Stuart Sosniecki of Bensenville, Ill., and Helen Louise Stephens of Clinton were married May 15, 1973, at Dripping Spring Christian Church near Columbia, Mo.
Both had graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism earlier in the day.
The Sosnieckis worked in the newspaper business for 34 years in Tennessee, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri, where at various times they owned newspapers in Humansville, Seymour and Vandalia and published The Lebanon Daily Record.
Since 2008 they have been vendors to the newspaper industry. Gary is a regional sales manager for TownNews.com of Moline, Ill., and Helen is senior sales and marketing manager for Interlink Inc. of Berrien Springs, Mich. They live in Le Claire, Iowa. The Sosnieckis will celebrate their anniversary later with a vacation to Estes Park, Colo.