John and Joni Fannin of Sunnyside will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary during a reception later this month. The two were married in Seattle on Oct. 14, 1989, followed by a honeymoon in Victoria, B.C. John is a reporter for the Daily Sun News and Joni is a pianist and piano teacher. Joni’s family will host a reception at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct. 26, for family and friends to mark the couple’s anniversary. The reception will take place following the church’s 10 a.m. worship service. For their anniversary, the Fannins are planning a trip to Whidbey Island, where they first met.
Rodriguez and Rodriguez
Former Disney on Ice skater Tanya West of Spokane married James Rodriguez of Sunnyside on Aug. 2, 2014. The couple exchanged wedding vows at the Ridge at Rivermere in Spokane. The bride wore a cream-colored cathedral length ball gown, designed by Vera Wang. Serving as maid of honor was Kaliegh Phyall. Eight other family members and friends served as bridal attendants. The groom’s best man was Joseph Rodriguez, whose son, Damen, also stood by the groom. The bride now teaches aspiring skaters the art of dancing on ice. Because of her ice skating career, she was home-schooled. She also manages and is a corporate official for The Body Shop. The groom graduated from Sunnyside High School, and received a Master’s degree in social services at Eastern Washington State University. He is presently a district manager for Chase Bank in the Spokane area. The couple spent their honeymoon in Playa Del Carmen.
Swofford and Gardner
Taylor Gardner and Brenen Swofford, elementary school sweethearts, plan to marry at Sunnyside’s former sugar beet factory on Oct. 11, 2014. The couple attended Sunnyside Christian School. They were among the graduating class of 2008. The bride-elect is the daughter of Chris and Lori Gardner of Sunnyside. Gardner, the 2006-07 Miss Sunnyside, received her secondary education at Washington State University and was a member of Pi Beta Phi-Washington Beta chapter. She’s now employed as the public relations and marketing specialist at Hops Direct, LLC. The groom-to-be is the son of David and Patrice Swofford of Grandview. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington State University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon-Washington Beta chapter. Swofford is currently attending A.T. Still University in Arizona, studying medicine at the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Harris and Surratt
Rachel Surratt and Ryan Harris plan to marry on Oct. 11, 2014 in Cleburne, Texas. The bride-elect is the daughter of Steve and Carrie Surratt of Cleburne. She is a 2009 graduate of Cleburne High and currently works for Alcon, Inc. The groom-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Mabton High School. He is the son of Bill and Debbie Harris of Henderson, Nev. Harris is a pilot for American Airlines.
Gary and Joan Niemeyer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Aug. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. with an open house for family and friends at the home of Albert and Deanna Flores in Prosser. Gary Niemeyer and Joan Werst were married Aug. 12, 1964 in Yakima. They have lived in the Lower Valley for the past 50 years. He is retired as a foreman from Airport Ranches of Sunnyside, and she is retired from the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department. The couple enjoy any sport their grandchildren are playing, old cars, fishing and traveling. They will tour China for their anniversary. The open house will be hosted by the couple’s three children: Gwen Gibbs, Deanna Flores and John Niemeyer and their families. They also have six grandchildren and a great-grandchild on the way.
Byma and Bonilla
Brittany Bonilla and Josh Byma, both of Sunnyside, plan to be married at Jim Sprick Community Park on Chinook Pass near Naches on Sept. 6, 2014. The bride-elect is the daughter of Karen and Joe Bonilla of Sunnyside. She is a graduate of Sunnyside High School and Lower Valley School of Massage. She also is a graduate of Yakima Valley Community College’s phlebotomy program. Bonilla is the owner of Lower Valley Therapeutic Massage and works with patients of the Sunnyside Chiropractic Centre. The groom-to-be is employed by Simplot. He is a graduate of Sunnyside High School. Byma’s parents are Janet and Garret Byma of Sunnyside.
Jack and Mary (Hallman) Nealy are planning a summer getaway for their 45th wedding anniversary. The couple was married on July 18, 1969 at the Grandview Presbyterian Church. The Nealys have lived in the Sunnyside area their entire lives. They are the parents of Chris (Alison) Nealy of Everett and Cory (Lorri) Nealy of Shoreline. The Nealys have four grandsons and one granddaughter, as well as two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Nealy is a retired bartender and Mr. Nealy has been employed by FSI Fabrication in Sunnyside for 35 years. The couple is planning a trip to Ocean Shores for their wedding anniversary.
Jeannie (Borders) and Albert Albrecht, formerly of Sunnyside, will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Wednesday, July 16. The couple was married in Sunnyside on July 16, 1964. Mrs. Albrecht was a nurse and Mr. Albrecht worked at Hanford. She was raised in Lewiston, Idaho. The couple met in Sunnyside. The couple raised Jared (Ronnie) Albrecht of Post Falls, Idaho, Jason (Joanne) Albrecht of Moxee and Andy (Sheri) Albrecht of Spokane while living in Sunnyside. When the couple retired in 2004, they moved to Spokane. Mr. Albrecht enjoys vintage cars and hunting for parts for the vehicles, while his wife enjoys crafting, gardening and reading. They are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren. No party is planned, but those wishing to congratulate the Albrechts can do so by sending cards to Al and Jeannie Albrecht, 25424 N. Day Mt. Spokane, Chattaroy, WA 99003.
Smith and Thomas
Taylor Thomas, a Grandview High School and Yakima Valley Community College graduate, plans to marry Joshua Smith in an evening ceremony at Shadow Lake Ranch near Prosser on Saturday, July 26. The bride-elect is the daughter of Alan and Sara Thomas of Grandview. She plans to attend nursing school next year. The groom-to-be, also a graduate of Grandview High School, is the son of Richard Smith of Tillamook, Ore. and LeeAnn Ferson of Wasilla, Alaska.
Brandmire and Carey
Michael Brandmire, a 1999 Sunnyside High School graduate, and Stephanie Carey recently announced their engagement to be married. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Arizona State University and is the daughter of Charles and Sandy Carey of San Diego, Calif. She is employed as a medial sales assistant supervisor with Time Warner Cable in southern California. The groom is a graduate of the University of Washington and is the son of Mark Brandmire of Forks and Debra Brandmire of Sunnyside. He is employed as a sales engineer with AVI-SPL of Los Angeles, Calif. The couple is planning their wedding for Saturday, July 19, in Palos Verdes, Calif.
Ralph and Alice Prescott of Sunnyside will be celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary this coming Friday at a back yard breakfast for family and close friends. The couple was married in Polson, Mont. on July 5, 1946. Ralph worked for PG&E in California before retiring. The couple ran a roller skating rink in Sunnyside for many years. The couple has a daughter, Kathleen Rogers of Grandview, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Jack and Doris Hinderlider of Sunnyside will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 29, at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. at their daughter’s home at 523 Terry St. in Sunnyside. Hosting the event will be their children - Janet (Craig) Hicks of Sunnyside and Brenda (JR) Schwendeman of Moses Lake, and their grandchildren Levi, Aaron, Megan, Bailie and Ryan. Jack and Doris were married June 27, 1964 in a little country church in Indiana. They made their home there until 1965, when they moved to Washington state. Jack worked for the telephone company and Doris was a homemaker. Jack enjoys reading, watching sports and westerns, and Doris enjoys being outside working on her flower garden and connecting with friends and family on Facebook.
Guild and Slagg
Ashley Nicole Slagg, a 2004 graduate of Granger High School, is set to marry Joshua Reid Guild of Tacoma on Aug. 2, 2014. The couple plans to marry in Toppenish. The bride-elect is the daughter of Carl and Marilyn Slagg of Granger. She graduated from Central Washington University in 2008 and in 2012 earned a registered nursing degree from North Idaho College. The groom-to-be is a graduate of Foss High School in Tacoma. He completed his college education at Dakota State University in 2010. He is the son of Greg and Judy Guild of Tacoma.
Ellis and Anderson
Erica Rae Anderson, formerly of Sunnyside, and Matthew Ray Ellis plan to marry on Oct. 3, 2015 at Winn Homestead in Weston, Ore. The bride-elect is the daughter of Scott and Amy Stanton of Hermiston, Ore. She is a 2009 graduate of Sunnyside High School. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University this year and currently works at Simply Divine Salon and Day Spa in Hermiston. The groom-to-be is a 2008 graduate of Stanfield High School in Stanfield, Ore. He is the son of Monte and Angie Ellis of Stanfield. He completed his education, graduating from Northwest Lineman College in 2010. He is currently an apprentice lineman for IBEW Local Union 77.
Peter and Wilma Vis of Sunnyside will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 28, with an open house at their home at 2380 Sheller Rd. Hosting the event will be their children; Sandy (Jose) Martinez of Sunnyside, Ken (Pia Elvina) Vis of Fremont, Calif., Marv (Christy Shoemaker) Vis of Boulder, Colo., Karen Vis of Sunnyside, Ron (Cheryl) Vis of Bloomington, Minn. and Randy (Alyssa) Vis of Mount Vernon. Also hosting the anniversary celebration will be the couple’s four grandchildren; Terry, Abby, Braden and Adrian. Peter and Wilma (Dykxhoorn) Vis were married June 26, 1964 in Escalon, Calif. Other places they have lived during their nearly 50 years together include Chandler, Minn. and Modesto, Calif. Peter was farming with a cousin at the time he was married and in 1984 became a truck driver. Wilma was a hair stylist. They are members of the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church. Wilma enjoys working outside in her yard and home do-it-yourself projects, while Peter likes to keep up with current events and watching westerns. Both appreciate opportunities to explore the Northwest. The open house on June 28 will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Family and friends of the couple are welcome to attend.