Things happen at the social centers operated by Aging Services Inc. of Indiana County.
This month’s calendar for the Chestnut Hills Social Center in Burrell Township includes dime and candy bar bingos, a Civil War display, a “Christmas in July” trip to the Saltsburg Social Center — and a wedding.
“I go there every day and they’re like a big family,” said Denver Shetler, 73, of Blairsville, who will tie the knot Friday at 11:30 a.m. with Lynnette Muck, 59, of Delmont. “And she said, ‘That’s fine with me, I just want to say “I do.’”
She’s no stranger to the Blairsville-area center, either.
“That’s his second family,” she said, “and they’ve accepted me as their family, too.”
It’s Denver’s second marriage.
“I was married 42 years,” Shetler said, recalling his first wedding in 1968 to the former Janet Rae Carney, who passed away in 2009. “She had a brain tumor.”
It’s Lynnette’s third.
“He’s the charm of my life,” she said. “He proposed to me on Valentine’s Day.”
The Rev. John Buchmann, pastor of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Blairsville, will officiate.
“Denver and I sing very well together, so we’re going to sing ‘You Are My Sunshine’ to each other,” the future Mrs. Shetler said. “We’re going red, white and blue. We’re going to wear red, white and blue, and it is going to be a special wedding.”
Muck is employed as a receptionist for East Suburban OB/GYN at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville.
Her husband-to-be is a retiree.
“I was a mechanic in separate factories for 40 years, the last 13 years I was with KH Controls in Blairsville,” Shetler said.
Shetler had a son who died in 1990. Muck has two daughters.
“I was friends with her family for years and years,” said Shetler. “I knew the family as I was growing up, so we’re not strangers.”
The most recent connection between the two families began with a song Shetler wrote and put in the hands of her mother, Doris Weaver, before she passed away last September.
“I recorded a song, ‘My Heart Needs An Answer,” he recalled.
“I sold a CD to her mother.”
The song wasn’t being sung by Shetler, though he wrote the lyrics and can sing.
“I sing at SeniorLife once a month,” Shetler said. “I sing a cappella.”
That recording planted a seed that sprouted later last fall.
“I feel the same way he does. I’m tired of a broken heart,” Lynnette told her father.
“When I heard that song, I told my mom, ‘this is the way I feel,’” she recalled. “She always let me do what I felt was necessary and never interfered with our lives.”
Muck is one of six children of Doris and Joseph Weaver. The song led to a decision.
“I was awakened wondering, at 2 o’clock in the morning, the day before Thanksgiving, wondering what Denver was doing for Thanksgiving,” the future Mrs. Shetler said. “I called my dad the day after Thanksgiving, and he said, ‘Are you going to call him? Are you going to call him?’ So I called him and we’ve been dating ever since Nov. 27, 2018.”
And have been engaged ever since Valentine’s Day.
On the monthly Aging Services Inc. newsletter, Chestnut Hills center manager Michele Haynes opined, “Let the fireworks begin but not on the Fourth. July 12th is when we will be having a blast as we celebrate Denver and Lynn’s wedding. Make sure you wear Red, White, and Blue as they pledge their love to each other.”