Javier and Linda Ramirez are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary on December 21st. They were married on December 21, 1984 at The Assembly of God Church in Toppenish, WA. Javier is employed as a journeyman painter for Grubbs painting Co. and also works for Evans Fruit as a service tech mechanic. Linda works for the Dept. of Social and Health Services and has been employed there for 26 years. They have 3 children, Anthony (Martha) of Yakima, Adrian of Tacoma, Amanda of Yakima, and a beautiful granddaughter Eva Lucia. They will celebrate their anniversary with a family dinner and a trip to Hawaii is planned in March.
It is with great admiration and love that the family and friends of Kenny and Dorselene Watson honor them on their 60th wedding anniversary. Kenny and Dorselene will celebrate their 60th anniversary with a trip to the Oregon Coast in the spring. Dorselene Green and Kenny Watson were married December 18, 1954, at the Pentecostal Church on East Adams Street in Yakima, WA. They have lived in the Yakima area for more than 59 years. Mrs. Watson retired as a cook from the Yakima School Dis-trict and continues to be the Secretary-Treasurer for the Naches- Cowiche Canal Co. and Mr. Watson retired from Bowden’s Auto Parts after 36 years of service. They have three children, Dorinda Watson-Cunha (Joseph) of Yakima, Loretta Watson (Crystal Marey) of Yakima, Kenneth (Nancy) Watson of Camas. They also have seven grandchildren. They also have a special family daughter Yvonne Ullas.On your Diamond Anniversary, “All the diamonds in the world cannot outshine the diamonds you found when you found each other”. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for not only teaching us, but also showing us how rich life can be by serving, praying, working, loving and laughing A LOT!!!
Gary and Mary Gefre of Yakima, Washington are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Karisa Gefre to Brandon Searles. Brandon is the son of Connie Searles and the late Mike Searles of Sumner, Washington. Karisa graduated from West Valley High School in 2010 and is currently studying Spanish and education at Central Washington University. Brandon is a 2010 graduate of Sumner High School. He is pursuing a Music Education degree at Central Washington University.A summer wedding is planned for June 2015 at Mercer Creek Church in Ellensburg, Washington.
Bob and Mauna K. Myers celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 19, 2014 in Yakima with their family. They married on June 19, 1954 in Baker City, Oregon. They were blessed with two children, son Robin Myers and daughter Sandi K. Myers (Abrams) of Yakima. Bob and Mauna were blessed with three granddaughters: Janee Twitchell, Shannon Myers and Brandi Abrams.
Lennie and Isabelle Sak of Toppenish, WA celebrated their golden 50th wedding anniversary, Friday, December 12, 2014. Married in 1964, Lennie and Isabelle have three children together, and are proud grandparents as well as being a much-loved “uncle” and “auntie” to many cousins and friends. All are invited to a special 50th wedding anniversary celebration on Saturday, December 27, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gathering will be held at their church, All Tribes Christian Life Center on Hwy 97, between Toppenish and Wapato. (Corner of Progressive Road) Please drop in anytime. Happy anniversary Lennie and Isabelle Sak! With God’s help, turn it into 60 years!
Bruce and Barbara Hines celebrated 60 years of marriage with family and friends at a surprise dinner held in their honor. Bruce met Barbara Schonoff in Frankfurt, Germany while serving his country in the US Air Force. They reunited about a year later in Long Island NY where Barbara came to work as a nanny. On November 27, 1954 they eloped to Lewiston, Idaho. They made their lifelong home in Yakima. Bruce worked 34 years for the Yakima Fire Department and retired in 1989 as Battalion Chief. Barbara worked 15 years as a Nurse for Memorial Hospital. They raised two fine children, daughter Linda and husband Jerry, son Scott and his wife Karin and favorite grandson, Cedric who is newly enrolled at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Bruce and Barbara would like to thank all who came to celebrate with them and those who couldn’t.
Harold Barkl and Dolores Falon-Fleming were married on November 24, 1989. Harold is an owner operator hauling locally and Dolores works for U.S.P.S in Roslyn. Their home is in Ellensburg. They celebrated an early anniversary with a cruise to Alaska in July and a family breakfast with their family. They have five children: Scott Flemming, Tina Nickolaus, Kerrie Sutton, Jeneille Barkl, and Kassie Scott. The couple have nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Ronald Painter and Darlene Surgeon were married December 7, 1954 at West Valley Missionary Church.They celebrated with a dinner at Creekside West with family. They also had a celebration at West Valley Missionary Church with family and friends. Ronald is retired from Northwest Laborers and Darlene is retired from Rosauers. The couple have three children: Connie (Joe) Piccininni, Steve (Jayne) Painter, and the late Kathy Mae Painter. They also have five grandchildren: Josh (Danielle) Painter, Josh Johnson, Jessica (Ben) Cameron, Alex DeBord, Natasha (Leo) Lua and four great grand children; Kaiden Lua, Landon Cameron, Ryder Painter and Rylee Mae Painter.
Dick and Velma Leitch of Moxee celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 5, 2014. They joined their family and friends at a reception at the Broadmore Clubhouse on the 6th. Dick and Velma were married in Yakima on December 5, 1964 and lived all their married life in the Moxee area. Dick worked at Moxee City Warehouse at the time of the marriage and went on to work for the State of Washington Department of Transportation until his retirement. Velma worked for various restaurants around Yakima until she went to work for the East Valley School District, where she retired. They were both involved with many civic activities, including the Moxee Hop Festival. Dick is a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a volunteer fireman with the Moxee Fire Department including acting as Fire Chief for many years. The couple has seven children, Dick Jr. and wife Joan, the late Steve Leitch and his wife Janet, Tami Bradley, Dan Leitch and his wife Sandy, Louanne Leitch, Jeff Pierson and his wife Karen, and Lee Pierson.
Hilary Anne Freund and Matthias Peter Meuter were married August 22, 2013, at St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima. A dinner followed at Gasperetti’s Restaurant. The bride is the daughter of Scott and Lisa Freund of Yakima. The groom is the son of Herbert and Monika Meuter of Aachen, Germany. The bride’s sister, Claire Freund, was the matron of honor. The groom’s brother, Martin Meuter, was best man. The couple took their first honeymoon on the French Riviera. A second, celebratory mass took place on October 4, 2013, near the groom’s parents’ home at St. Matthias Church in Herzogenrath, Germany. A reception followed at Bilderberg Castle in Vaals, Netherlands. In August 2014 the couple took a second honeymoon in Barbados. The bride is a graduate of Eisenhower High School and the University of Idaho. She is currently employed at Tejay’s Kindergarten, Munich. The groom is a graduate of Anne-Frank-Gymnasium and the Rheinisch Westfahlisch Technische Hochschule Aachen. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Mathematics from the University Graz, Austria. He is employed at AVL, Munich.The couple is at home in Munich, Germany.
Tom and Pat Martin were married on November 24, 1989 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Yakima, Washington. The couple have three wonderful children: Grace, Jordan, and Gillian. After a family dinner celebration in Yakima and a trip to Disneyland with Gillian, Tom and Pat are busy collecting bets from all who thought they’d never make it this far. Cheers to another 25 years! Any wagers?
Shawn and Christine James of Yakima, WA announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashlee Nickole Nelson, to Brandon Thomas Overholt of Selah, WA, son of Christopher Overholt and Jane and Dick Wellner. The bride to be graduated from West Valley High School and the groom to be graduated from Eisenhower High School and is working with Hiway Towing. The bride to be’s grandparents are LaRayne Case and the late Dick Christensen. An August 2015 wedding is planned.
Stephen and Sonya Merz of Union Gap, Washington are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Gabrielle Lynn Merz, to Ivan Christopher Bonaparte, son of Iranette Kelley and Thomas Wright all of Charleston, South Carolina. Gabrielle graduated from Squalicum High School in Bellingham, WA and Washington State University in Pullman, WA. She is a corporate assistant with WINGS for kids, a Charleston-based non-profit after school education program. Ivan graduated from Middleton High School in Charleston, SC and Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. He is employed with Robert Bosch in North Charleston as an automotive technology technician. The two met while Gabrielle was doing a college internship in Charleston. The couple currently live in Charleston and plan a summer 2015 wedding in the state of Washington followed by a European honeymoon in the fall.
Mike Saxton would like to thank his wife of 30 years, Jill, for the wonderful life they have built together. Mike and Jill married November 24, 1984 in Jill’s hometown of Lyman, Washington. They have four beautiful children together: Amanda, Megan, Kaycie and Kody and four grandchildren: Jaiden, Jorden, Claire and Jaxsen. They enjoy chasing after their three wild puppies: Lola, Baki and Cora. They also enjoy spending their time together and with their family, whether they are at home, riding motorcycles, or the beach; where they plan to celebrate when the weather is a bit warmer!
James and Vangie Geike (left) were married on November 28, 1964 at St. Pauls Cathedral, with a double wedding with her twin Angie and Art Goldade. Father Ecker stated he was confused as to which twin he was marrying to which groom. Art passed in 1998 but left Angie with many blessings of eight children, 35 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Jim and Vangie have six children; Brenda (Ron) Stiles, James (Amanda) Geike, Kathleen Geike, Jeremy (Crystal) Geike, Terese Geike, Rose (Rob) Erickson. They also have 16 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. They made a bucket list of 50 things to do including small trips, quiet times at restaurants with friends and family and spent two days at ocean shores but no sky diving. They will celebrate with friends and family on Thanksgiving.