Les and Helen Amundson are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary today. The couple was married May 24, 1946, in Idaho. He was a partner in Amundson Hardware, the family hardware store. She worked part-time as a store bookkeeper, along with caring for the couple’s five children; Paula Culver, Gayle Pykonen, Bunny Martinez, Max Amundson, all of the Lower Yakima Valley, and Geri Setter, of Seattle.
Carol and George V. Johnson will mark their 60th wedding anniversary by renewing their marriage vows Saturday at a 5 p.m. mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. An open house at the church will follow the wedding mass. The couple was married May 5, 1956 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Yakima. The Johnsons have lived in the area for 75 years. He is known as Sunnyside’s milkman, having worked for the Carnation Milk Company for 26 years. He also was a Sunnyside School District bus driver for 24 years. Mrs. Johnson is a housewife and author of God Speaks to Us, which was published in 2008. She also operated a home craft shop making flower arrangements for special occasions, such as weddings. The couple have five children, 15 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The couple plan a family celebration after school is out.
Bobadilla and Ramos
Following a Christmas Eve 2015 proposal, Alejandra Bobadilla and Adam Ramos have set Aug. 20 as their wedding date. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Miguel and Maria Bobadilla of Sunnyside. She is employed as a migrant student advocate and as a Sunnyside High School cheerleading coach. Ramos is the son of David and Rosey Ramos of Sunnyside. He is employed at Haywood Concrete Construction in Moxee.
Murphy and Pierce
MABTON — Shannon Pierce and Mark Murphy of Spokane announced their engagement before friends at the Spokane Fellowship Church, where the couple plan to be married on April 9, 2016. The bride-to-be is the daughter of the late Sandra Pierce and Don Pierce of Mabton. She is also a 1993 Mabton High School graduate, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Central Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in developmental education from Seattle Pacific University. She is employed as a pre-kindergarten teacher at Sunnyside’s Sun Valley Elementary School. Murphy is the son of Margaret Jane Murphy of Spokane Valley and the late George Edward Murphy. Murphy is a 1998 graduate of North Central High School in Spokane and attended Spokane Falls Community College. He is employed as a cabinet marker for Huntwood Cabinets in Liberty Lake.
Couple marks 30th wedding anniversary SUNNYSIDE – Henry and Marilyn Van Oostrum are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married on Nov. 30, 1985, in Yakima. The couple has two children, Adrian (Jessica) Van Oostrum of Vancouver, and Analisa Van Oostrum of Newberg, Ore. The Van Oostrums have lived in Sunnyside their entire married life. He has owned and operated his own business in landscaping and lawn maintenance since 1981. She is a nurse supervisor with nurse family partnership for Yakima Memorial Hospital. The couple’s favorite verse is I Corinthians 13:7-8, “Love always trusts, hopes, protects and preserves. Love never fails.” - I Corinthians 13: 7-8.
SUNNYSIDE – Bruce and Donna Homer will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day. The couple will mark the day at their home with their children and grandchildren, counting their blessings, Mrs. Homer said. They were married in the Sunnyside Methodist Church on Nov. 26, 1955. The longtime Sunnyside couple have four children, Darena Ah Quin, of Richland, Natalie Varoz of Phoenix, Ariz., Renee Carith of Richland and Jolene Henn of Sunnyside. They have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Homer is a retired journeyman plumber and farmer and she is a retired secretary.
Kantman and Vargas
Barbara L. Vargas will marry Michael S. Kantman on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. The couple will be united in marriage at the historic Princess Theatre in Prosser. The bride-elect is the daughter of Domingo and Pat Ramirez of Grandview. She is a licensed massage practitioner at Prosser Chiropractic. The groom-to-be is a special education teacher at Sierra Vista Middle School in Sunnyside. He is the son of the late Emma Lacy of Sunnyside. Celebrating the union of their parents will be the bride-elect’s two children, Lauren and Alexander, and her fiance’s two sons, Tyler and Ethan.
Zamora and Lopez
Samantha Zamora and C.J. Lopez will be united in marriage this coming Saturday at Le Jardin in Zillah. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gabriel and Misty Zamora of Sunnyside. The groom-to-be is the son of Daniel Lopez and Melinda Diaz, both of Grandview. Zamora is a 2009 graduate of Sunnyside High School. She earned an Associate’s degree at Columbia Basin College in 2012 and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2014. She is the owner of the Daily Buzz espresso shop in Sunnyside. Lopez graduated from Grandview High School in 2008. He continued his education, earning a degree to become a physical therapist assistant at Pima Medical Institute in 2015.
Marlee Ziegler of Sunnyside and Matt Elliott of Moses Lake were married Saturday, Aug. 1, in a late afternoon ceremony held at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser. Serving as maid of honor was Rachel Rodriguez. Colton Haas was best man. Bridesmaids included Heidi Merrit, Kayla Elliott and Stormie Douglas, who wore black lace dresses with a champagne-colored underlay in keeping with the bride’s white, gold and black colored Great Gatsby scheme. Flower girls Sadie Merrit and Isabella Douglas wore gold sequin dresses with black sashes and gold crowns. The bridegroom and his groomsmen entered the ceremony to the music of the Star Wars’ “Imperial March.” His groomsmen included Matt Milanca and Mike Ryan. Elijah Elliott was the ring bearer carrying a Star Wars’ ring pillow. The couple’s wedding vows included the words “in a galaxy far, far, away.” The Star Wars-theme was also featured on the wedding cake with a handmade topper of the newlyweds holding light sabers. The wedding guests enjoyed a catered dinner from Sunnyside’s Bon Vino’s Bistro and Bakery, with music by DJ Garin Moore. A photo booth and complimentary photographs were also enjoyed. Following a honeymoon trip to southern California, the couple is at home in Moses Lake.
Wavrin and Hernandez
Sunnyside High graduates Nidia Hernandez and Daniel Wavrin will marry one another on Sept. 5, 2015 in Terrebonne, Ore. at Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards Event Center. Hernandez, the daughter of Anselmo and Cristina Hernandez of Sunnyside, graduated from SHS in 2011. Wavrin graduated from SHS in 2010. He is the son of Dr. Bill and Laurie Wavrin of Mabton. The bride-elect is working toward a Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in marketing and a minor in anthropology. She is scheduled to graduate from college during the winter of 2016. Currently she is a public relations intern at SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics in Bellingham. Hernandez’s grandparents are Ricardo and Linda Rodriguez, Anselmo Hernandez-Rivera and the late Martina Samano- Hernandez. The groom-to-be is the grandson of Donna and the late Eugene Wavrin, and Don and Mary Olson. He attended Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. before moving to Ferndale. After returning to Washington, he started a small artisan cheese farmstead with his father. Wavrin’s best man at the Sept. 5 wedding will be his brother, Luke. Serving as maid of honor will be Hernandez’s sister, Addy. The couple plan to make their home in Ferndale after exchanging wedding vows.
Ross and Woods
Christeen Woods and Grant Ross were united in marriage at Neighborhood Church Assemblies of God in Sunnyside on June 27, 2015. The bride is the daughter of Betty Woods, and the groom is the son of LeRoy and LaRae Ross, all of Sunnyside. The bride wore a white ball gown from David’s Bridal. Her bridal bouquet was simple and elegant. Walking her down the aisle at the beginning of the wedding ceremony were the bride’s brothers, Lance and Jordan Warner. Serving as maid of honor was Amber Coder of Sunnyside. Sadie Ross of Sunnyside was a bridal attendant. Reagan and Justin Ross of Sunnyside both served as the groom’s best men. The bride was among the top 10 percent of her graduating class at Sunnyside High School. She was named to the Dean’s List five semesters in a row at Heritage University. The groom is an electrician at Mid Valley Electric. A reception in honor of the newlyweds was held at Belma Square near Grandview. The couple spent their honeymoon in Leavenworth.
Morrow and Morrow
Next month Jim and Coline Morrow of Sunnyside will celebrate 50 years of marriage. The high school sweethearts were married at the First Baptist Church in Sunnyside on Aug. 27, 1965. Together they raised their three children in Sunnyside. They include Lisa Raeanne of Sedro Woolley, Brandon Guy (Michaela) of Spokane and James Howard (Cher) of Sunnyside. The couple now has two grandsons, Colton James, 11, and Jackson Caleb, 6. Mr. Morrow is a retired car salesman and Mrs. Morrow is a retired legal assistant. The couple celebrated their anniversary with a week-long family trip in Seaside, Ore., as well as a trip to the zoo, as requested by Mrs. Morrow. A party in their honor is being planned by the couple’s children. It will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 908 Woodward Ave. in Sunnyside. The party will include a wedding vow renewal ceremony and a dinner. The family asks those planning to attend to RSVP by calling Cher at 837-4224.
Elliott and Ziegler
Marlee Ziegler, the daughter of Teri and Gordan Ziegler, will marry Matt Elliott of Moses Lake on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center in Prosser. The bride-elect is a 2006 graduate of Grandview High School. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in early education at Heritage University and will teach fourth grade students in Warden this coming fall. She is the granddaughter of Oscar and Trina Alvarez and the late Darrell and Darene Ziegler. The groom-to-be is the son of Grant Elliott and Trina Sullivan. He is the grandson of Guy and the late Lois Cote, Sylvia and Doris Elliott. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, Elliott earned a GED and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He earned an Associate of Arts degree in welding and is a welder at Genie Industries in Moses Lake.
Bernie and DiAnn Schutt will mark 50 years of marriage on July 10. The longtime Sunnyside couple was married in Sunnyside in 1965. They have two sons, Thad and wife Lisa, and Ryan and wife Kellie; as well as three grandchildren, Sofia, Mason and Emma.