Alice and James Knick, of Fairfield, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, June 24, during a gathering with family and friends.

The celebration included a trip to Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, where a dogwood tree was planted in the couple's honor. The church is the site of the annual Dogwood Festival, and the tree planting was revealed to the couple Tuesday as a surprise, the family said.

The couple have 11 children, ranging in age from 47 to 68; 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Alice Knicks is 90, and her husband will turn 92 on Saturday, June 27. They live independently in their own home, the family said.

The former Alice Bonney and James Knicks met in the early years of World War II, when both worked in Bridgeport for the former Chance Vought Aircraft, which made fighter planes for aircraft carriers.

James, who was not eligible for military service due to deafness in one ear, was a draftsman, and Alice was a materials runner, the family said.

They were married on June 24, 1944, at St. Thomas Church in Fairfield, and a reception followed at the old Barnum Hotel in Bridgeport.

After the war, James remained with Chance Vought as a draftsman and later an executive. In the 1970s, he obtained a real estate license and worked for many years as an agent for Fingelly Real Estate and Dunlap Hibbs in Fairfield, according to the family. He also was a property manager into his 90s.

Alice raised 11 children, helped raise a grandson, David, and worked part-time in retail sales.

The couple and their growing family lived in Brookfield, Waterbury and Naugatuck before settling back in Fairfield about 40 years ago, the family said.