September 28, 2009

49-year marriage found not to be official

A Pennsylvania couple who married nearly 49 years ago said they discovered their wedding was never made official under the law.

Frank and Betty Skrout, who married Oct. 6, 1960, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Wilmore, said they discovered recently while hunting down documents needed for Betty Skrout's pension plan that Rev. James Feehley failed to file the return of marriage document at the Cambria County Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans Court, The (Johnsontown, Pa.) Tribune Democrat reported Monday.

All these years we've been living in sin, Frank Skrout joked.

Patty Sharbaugh, the Cambria County official in charge of the records, said she would file the document and backdate it to the couple's wedding date if it can be located.

If the priest is still around or if they can locate those church records, we'll complete them, she said.

Officials with the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese said they are searching for the documents to finally make the marriage official.