Ivan and Sharon Neumeyer are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on May 1st, 1964 in Selah, WA. They have both been life-long residents of the Yakima Valley and both had successful careers there. They have recently been enjoying a happy retirement together.They have two grown daughters who were also born and raised in Yakima: Jana (Shane) Wells of Moor-park, California (Hunter, Rogan and Abbie); and Cindy (Gene) Hedden of Harrah, Washington (Dash, Huck and Finn). They treasure their six grandkids and enjoy spending time with family. Happy 50th Anniversary to both of you! You are a true inspiration. We love you!!
Ryder Lee Otto, along with his Mommy, Devan Marie, and his Auntie, Shelby Lee, announces the engagement of his “Ga-ma,” Shawn Marie Ramsay, to his “Papa Deano,” Dean Wallace Law.
Shawn is the daughter of Judy Estep and sister of Tom and Tawnya Bothwell and the late Wayne Pettit. She is the Dental Implant Coordinator for SunRidge Oral Surgery. Dean is the son of James Law, the late Linda Law, and brother of Dale and Brenda Hawkesworth. He is a Facilities Engineer for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.
The couple will be married on May 30th with a reception date to be announced at a later time.
Walter L. (Barney) and Pauline Erickson Barnhart celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on March 26.
Barney and Pauline were married on March 26, 1949, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in North Seattle. They raised two sons, David and Bryan, and are blessed with two grandchildren, Cory and Nicole, and two great-grandchildren, Odin and Rhiannon.
Barney enjoyed a long and varied career as a buyer/coordinator on the Hanford Project and at the Boeing Company before going into teaching. He retired from Mount Adams School District. Pauline began her career as a keypunch opera-tor for the General Electric Company in 1948 and retired many years later as a business education teacher for the Yakima School District.
They retired to a log home Barney had built in Chinook Pass and have lived their last twenty years since retiring, been traveling between their home on Chinook Pass and a home in Yuma, Arizona. Both agree it has been a long and happy life.
John R. Scribner and Iva Sue Solomon-Scribner, 55 years and counting. Your kids love you, your grandkids love you and your great grandkids love you. What could be better than that?
Love your bones, Toots. – Johnny
Harvey and Vinda (Sedge) Hoke of Naches will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on April 21, 2014. The two were married atop Mount Tantalus on Oahu, HI in 1979.
Harv grew up in Honolulu, HI. Known as ‘The Flyin’ Hawaiian,’ he has been a driver with UPS for 33 years. Vinda grew up in Naches, WA. She is a talented hairdresser and has owned and operated her own hair salon in Naches since 1990. They have three daughters; Jocelyn (Gregg) Tate of Yakima, Kaili Hoke of Naches, and Savannah Hoke of Yakima. They have two granddaughters, Presley and Parker Tate.
Their marriage has been an inspiration to those around them and it’s set a wonderful example for their girls to aspire to. Their home has always been full of quality family time and lots of laughter. They enjoy spending time with family and working on projects around their house.
They will celebrate their anniversary with a trip to Hawaii in July.
On a beautiful Saturday, September 14, 2013, in Seattle, Stephanie Frances Berger and Shaun Joseph Grubert exchanged vows and joined their lives. Family and friends celebrated with them at St. Patrick’s Church and then at a dinner reception on the MV Skansonia on Lake Union.
Parents of the couple are Rick and Molly Berger of Yakima and Bill and Mary Grubert of Blackwood, New Jersey. Maid of honor was Teresa Wells, sister-in-law of the bride. Best men were Bryan Grubert, brother of the groom, and Joseph Nestor. Other attendants were Morgan Henderson, Michelle Goodwine, Valerie Larson, Elly Coulter, Heather Detering, Janelle Dougherty, Denise Grubert, sister of the groom, Daniel Eckman, Dave Thomas, Porter Loring, Nicholas Berger, brother of the bride, Troy Youhas, Sean Henderson. Belle Grubert, niece of the groom, was flower girl, and Simon Berger, nephew of the bride, and Brock Grubert, nephew of the groom, were ring bearers. Fr. John Madigan presided.
The bride-to-be earned her Bachelor of Arts at Seattle University and is an assistant buyer at Nordstrom. The groom earned his Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Business Administration at Vanderbilt University and is a project manager at Premera Blue Cross.After a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple is at home in Seattle.
Bobbi and Louie are celebrating their 60th Anniversary. They were married in Coeur d’Alene, ID on May 3 1954. They have three children; Cindy Jackson(Chris) Sodeman, Gregg (Jan) Hauser and Laurie Krause, twelve grandchildren; Brandy (Rudy Sr.) Criner from San Antonio, TX. Eddie (Nadia) Lopez from Houston, TX. Abby (Shane) Gargett, Greg Gargett (Melissa) from Yakima, WA. Adam (Samantha) Hauser from Cape Carteret NC in the USMC. Jamie Hauser (Dan) from Zillah, WA. Joey (Erin) Hauser from Cordenons, Italy in the USAF.
They also have 12 great grandchildren; Luna, Lilu and Eliza Lopez, Rudy Jr. and Lily Criner, Addy Gargett, Ava, Benjamin, Michael, Nauteeca, Paige Hauser and Greg Hauser III.
Together with their families Tracy Craig and Aaron Olson are pleased to announce their engagement. Tracy is the daughter of James and Marcella Cole of Yakima and Brad and Mary Danson of Grandview.
Aaron is the son of Denis and Jeanette Olson of White Swan. Tracy is a graduate of CWU and is employed as a Credit Representative for Star Rentals, Inc., in Yakima. Aaron is a graduate of CWU and is a Dairy Farmer in the Yakima Valley. A July 26th wedding at the Central Washington Agricultural Museum is planned.
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.