We are excited to announce that our beloved Steve and Laurie Rowland are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. They exchanged vows and words of love to one another on April 14, 1984 surrounded by their adoring family and friends. Their marital bond and devotion continued to blossom as their family grew with the addition of two sons.
Steve and Laurie taught those boys the value of marriage and family which is impeccably displayed in the men they grew to be. They have watched both their sons become husbands and fathers to beautiful girls. Full-time grand-parenting has brought these two nothing but joy, love and laughter. Laurie always said it takes a village to raise a child, and we are so fortunate that these folks are a part of our village.
Steve and Laurie, your boys Matt (wife Jessica, daughter Olivia) and Nik (wife Krista, daughters Hazel and baby angel Maya) want you to know how much you are loved, respected, treasured and valued. We are all better people for knowing the two of you. Happy Anniversary! Lots of love, your boys and all of their girls.
Larry and Lillie (Thomas) Mortimer were married April 2, 1954. They have lived in Yakima Valley their entire married lives. They are retired fruit growers and raised four children on the farm. Larry is a retired truck driver after 20 years with Noel Canning. Lillie is a retired Realtor, after 25 years, mostly with Coldwell Banker.
They have four children; Larrita (Pat) Perrault, Jill (Greg) Beck, Vicky (Chris) Kinsey, Jim (Marty) Mortimer. They have seven grandchildren and five great grandsons.
Larry and Lillie will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house. Please join us on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 1 to 4pm at the Lower Naches Grange, 1800 Old Naches HWY. Your presence will be their greatest gift. A written memory, photos and cards will also be greatly appreciated and added to a memory book.
Gus and Darlene Mercer of Selah are proud to announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Kaylee Mayers, to Brandon English, son of Ken and Karen English of Lake Stevens, WA. The bride to be is a student of University of Western States Chiropractic College in Portland. The groom to be is employed at Fred Meyer in Gresham, OR. A September wedding is planned in Maui, with an October reception in Lake Stevens.
Clifford and Joan Stai (Mooney) were married on April 16, 1964 in Eau Claire, WI. Both were born and raised there.Clifford retired from the US Army as an SFC E-7 after twenty years service. Then the family moved to Selah where their sons graduated from High School. Clifford then worked as a baker for Buttrey Food and Drug and then Fred Meyers.
Joan worked for Selah Save-on Foods for 26 years as a retail clerk before retiring. The couple have three sons, David and Crista Stai of Yakima, Kenneth Stai of Eau Claire, WI and Earl and Cathy Stai of Selah. Eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The family will celebrate this summer in Yakima.
Rahnie and Dorthy Lee celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a surprise party put on by their family. Rahnie Lee and Dorthy Yergen were married at Central Lutheran Church in Yakima, Washington on April 11, 1964. They met in school where they both attended West Valley High School. Although they did not date in school, their lives together started shortly after.
Dorthy currently works at Yakima Regional Hospital where she is head of Payroll. She has been there for 42 years. Rahnie has a love for sports and has been a basketball coach around the valley for various high schools, middle schools, and YVCC, since 1958.
Rahnie and Dorthy have three sons, Timothy Lee (Diane), the late Dahnie Lee, and the late Joseph Lee. They have five grandchildren. Granddaughters Brittnee Lee and Cayla Goodman-Lee, and three grandsons, Kyle Lee, and Dylan and Daniel Lee. They also have one great-grandson, Wyatt Goodman-Lee. In their free time, you can either find them in a gym or at home watching old westerns, Judge Judy, or hanging out with their dog Manly.
Here’s to 50 more golden years…Happy 50th anniversary to our beloved parents Dan and Janice Gefre! All our love, Cecilia, Tina, Danielle, Traci and all of our families.
Shelby Welch, daughter of Lonnie and Diana (Alliston) Welch of Selah, WA and Chris Willette, son of Rocky and Lou Willette of Yakima, WA., were married at Camp Dudley on Clear Lake September 14, 2013. They joined their lives and celebrated with friends and family while surrounded by the beautiful lake and forest.
The Maid of Honor was Kelli Jones, friend since Jr. High. The Bridesmaids were Maggie Devitt, Michaela Walther, Abby Brown, and Annika Willette. The Best Man was Zach Willette, brother of the groom. The Groomsmen were Bryan Rich, Colton Welch, Craig Jameson, and Tom Hale, the Flower Girls were Andi Alliston (niece of the bride) and Mandi Freniere (niece of the groom).
The ring bearers were Tyler Cicotte and Luke Cicotte (nephews of the bride). The Minister was Tyler Van Horn who introduced them at First Pres youth group seven years ago. The groom graduated from Eastern WA University and the bride is a St. at EWU.
Rick and Kathy Perez are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Trelby Marie to Michael Lane Marshall, son of Randy and Lori Marshall. Trelby is a graduate of West Valley High School and Washington State University. Trelby earned a Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences and is currently employed by The Coffee Shoppe. Michael is a graduate of West Valley High School and University of Idaho earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He is currently employed by Quality Finish, Inc. The wedding will be held at Le Jardin in Zillah on July 19, 2014. The couple plans to reside in Yakima.
Doug and Patty Downard announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Downard to Glen Getz.The groom is the son of Glen Getz (Brookings, Oregon) and Rebecca Mitchell (Vancouver, Washington). The wedding will be Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Yakima, Washington.
Delbert and Sandra Newcomb of Yakima will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on April 18, 2014. They were married in Lewiston, Idaho on April 18, 1954. They are the parents of two children, Doug (Cheryl) Newcomb of Pleasant Grove, Utah and Cindy (Dennis) Kessner of Lynnwood, Washington.
They have 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. They lived in Lewiston where Del worked as a grocer until 1972. They moved to Anchorage, Alaska for a few months to manage grocery stores in the area. They then move to Sunnyside, Washington in early 1973 to manage Akins Thrift Grocery and Sandy worked at Old National Bank. In 1982 they purchased a Kits Camera franchise and moved to Yakima.
They finished out their working careers there and retired in 1997. Del continues to work part time at the Ace Hardware on Yakima Avenue. A reception was held in their honor on Saturday, April 12th.
Ellensburg residents Neil and Kathy Grauerholz met on a blind date in Boulder, Colo. and were married on April 7, 1964 after eloping to Las Vegas. Neil was an engineer for a public utility in Denver for over thirty years; Kathy worked as an artist and for the State of Colorado before her retirement. The couple raised their daughters, Lisa (Leitz) and Shelly (Jelmberg) in Littleton Colo., and the family spent many happy hours on adventurous driving trips throughout the U.S. The couple moved to Ellensburg in 1998 to be closer to their daughters and six treasured grandchildren: Walter, Neil, and Franklin Leitz; March, Jack, and Ava Jelmberg. Neil and Kathy’s love for each other and their honesty, integrity, and generosity continue to be an inspiration for everyone who knows them. The family will celebrate this spring in Yakima.
It all started in a WSU chemistry lab and Coke date …
Richard and Trudy (Langmas) Cargill recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married upon Rich’s return from the Navy on the first day of spring, March 20, 1954, in the Congreagational Church in Pullman, WA.
They have been long-time Yakima, WA residents. They both enjoyed successful careers in Yakima – Richard a long time ag teacher at YVCC, and Trudy an RN at St. Elizabeth’s hospital. The Cargill family will celebrate wtih an Alaskan cruise this summer.
They have four daughters: Karen (John) Rasmussen, Laura (Dan) Wodrich, Nacy (Rick) Orozco and Jana (Tony) Kirschner. Rich and Trudy proudly have 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, who reside in WA state.
Mom and Dad – God has blessed us all though your great example of marriage!
Ray and Jean Curtis (Stratton) were married on April 4th, 1964 at Ridgeview Assembly of God in Spokane, WA. Ray is originally from Cleveland, OH and Jean from Lake Stevens, WA. They met when Ray was in the Air Force stationed at Spokane. Ray retired after 23 years and nine months from Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he worked as a Building Superintendent. Jean held some part-time jobs but was primarily a housewife, mother and caregiver. The couple has four children: Jack (Joi) Curtis, Debbie (Scott) Roberts, Cheryl (Vern) Mulford, and Annette Curtis (Jerrod Brash). They also have eight grandchildren: Allie, Amanda, Russell, Jesse, Nikki Sue, Caleb, Veronica and Blake. They have two great-granddaughters, Alicia and Eloise. Their children are planning an open house to celebrate, and all are welcome. It will take place on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 from 1pm to 4pm at Ahtanum Valley Assembly of God at 7803 Ahtanum Rd.
Mary LaBissoniere and Eric Rothlisberger were married on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Seattle. A reception followed on Lake Union aboard the MV Skansonia.
Mary is the daughter of Jeff and Leanne LaBissoniere of Yakima. She graduated from Selah High School in 2006 and earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Washington in 2010. She is employed as a senior actuarial analyst for Trupanion in Seattle.
Eric is the son of Marie Rothlisberger of Friday Harbor and Patrick Rothlisberger of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 2006 and earned a bachelor of science degree in economics and a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of Washington in 2010. He is employed as a portfolio analyst for Vulcan in Seattle. Mary’s sisters, Carmen LaBissoniere and Laura LaBissoniere Miller, served as her maid and matron of honor.
Her bridesmaids were Megan Cyr, Britni Babington, Bernadette Schmitt, and Emily Rothlisberger. Eric’s oldest brother, Matthew Rothlisberger, served as best man. The groomsmen were Casey Rothlisberger, Nick Harter, Ryan Warbis, Chris Sherman, and Lars Lian.
After a honeymoon in France, Switzerland and Croatia, the Rothlisbergers live on a houseboat moored in Lake Union.
Mr. Marvin Richards and Mrs. Lorrie Christie of Yakima, WA announce the engagement of their daughter, Ciarra Nicole Richards, to Sean Tyler Bruso, son of Norm and Edie Bruso of Yakima, WA.
The bride-to-be is receiving an Associate of Arts from YVCC. The future groom received an Associate of Arts from YVCC and is currently employed as a security guard for Whelan Security.
The wedding is planned for August 17, 2014, at Ritter Farms in Cle Elum , WA.