BERNALILLO, N.M. — Former Lower Yakima Valley residents Phyllis Burton of Sunnyside and Milton Ramsey of Grandview fell in love when they were both in high school in 1938. They dated for four years but were separated when Milton joined the U.S. Army Air Corps at the beginning of World War II. The couple decided to get married when Milton was home on leave in August 1942. They will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on Aug. 8, with family at a dinner hosted by their children in Bernalillo, NM. “They have lived many places, and had many adventures, but none as wonderful as being married to each other for 75 glorious years,” said their daughter, Marikay Ramsey.
Frias and Cervantes
Grandview couple Vanessa Cervantes and Edwin Frias, have announced their plans to exchange wedding vows Sept. 16, 2017. The couple plan an afternoon wedding at Wine Country Gardens in Prosser. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Robert and Linda Marquez of Mabton, Vanessa is a graduate of Mabton High School, Yakima Valley Community College and Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human development. She is employed as education program manager for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho in Sunnyside. Frias’ parents are Senorino and Maria Isabel Frias of Grandview. Edwin received his education in Grandview and is employed as a machine operator at FruitSmart in Grandview.
OUTLOOK — Jesse and Romana Arriaga will celebrate 45 years of marriage with a trip to Florida. The couple married July 1, 1972, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sunnyside and are lifelong residents of the area. He is retired from the Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic and Romana is a retired Sunnyside School District food service worker. They have four children: Jesse, Jr., Maria Elena, Jose and Lupita. They also have seven grandchildren; Isabella Arriaga, Avery and Caleb Matheny, E.J. Gonzalez, Manuel Jr. and Mathew Saldana and Mozi Arriaga.
SUNNYSIDE — Married on April 2, 1967, Sharon and Ervin Kilian will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at a gathering of family and friends Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church, 11th and Harrison Avenue. Sharon and Ervin have four children, Carl Kilian, Missy Clymer, Colleen Goulet and Jenny Tobin; and 16 grandchildren. The couple have lived and farmed all their lives in the Sunnyside area. She also worked for Calvary Lutheran Pre-School for 20 years. Both have been very active in the organization of the annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade.
Longtime residents Ron and Sharon Moore of Outlook will mark their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Just Like Home Resident Care, 906 North Ave. The couple was married in April, 1967 in Sacramento, Calif. They have lived in the area for 58 years. They have one daughter, Tamera Alderman of Pasco. They also have two grandchildren. He worked at Valley Auto Parts for 18 years and she was employed at Price Chopper for 23 years.
Rangel and Vargas
Some brides dream of perfect weather for their special day. She wanted snow for her wedding day and she got her wish. Lucilia (Lucy) Rangel and Hipolito (Paul) Vargas Jr. of Sunnyside exchanged wedding vows on Dec. 10 in the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church chapel, while the world outside was covered in snow. “I wanted snow for our wedding pictures,” the bride said. Following the 2 p.m. ceremony, the newlyweds paused for family photographs in the white covered landscape before joining family and friends for a reception at Navarro’s Family Center in Sunnyside. Serving as her Friends of Honor were Christy Vargas and Jessica Tovar. Groomsmen included Agustin Villegas, Miguel Rangel, Antonio Rangel, Joel Martinez, Ismael Vargas, Alejandro Vargas, Miquel Angel Martinez and Adrian Vargas. Gabby Gomez and Nyeli Ramos were the flower girls. Also, attending the couple were their children Joshua Rangel, Irene Rangel, Mya Vargas and Enrique Rangel. She is the daughter of Amada and Miguel Rangel of Sunnyside and he is the son of Hipolito Vargas of Sunnyside and the late Juanita Sanchez of Grandview. The bride is employed by the Sunnyside School District and he is employed by Wyckoff Farms of Prosser. The couple is making Sunnyside their home.
Mendez and Hernandez
MABTON — Marlene Hernandez of Mabton married Richard Mendez Nov. 1 in an afternoon ceremony in “A Little White Wedding Chapel” in Las Vegas, Nev. The newlyweds were accompanied by his parent s Jesse and Janice Alaniz, of Zillah. The bride, the daughter of Jose Abel and Rosa De La Cruz of Sunnyside, chose a burgundy red formal as her wedding dress. Following a reception at the Chapel, the couple is now making their home in Mabton. She is a Mabton High School graduate and is employed as sales representative for The Daily Sun. He is a Grandview High School graduate and is employed for Hogue Cellars in Prosser.
RICHLAND — On a steamy hot day, Aug. 21, 1966 Lynne Ann Schupbach wed J. Douglas McCray in New Martinsville, WV. An open house to celebrate 50 years of marriage and this accomplishment will be from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 29.. Those wishing to join in the celebration are asked to call 208-490-0207 for directions. The couple made its way west to Sunnyside with two boys in 1978. They were active members in the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church until they moved to West Richland in 2000. Their eldest son Jeff McCray and his wife, Julie, live in Burley, Idaho. Their youngest son, Jason Mcray and his wife, Susan, live in Orando with two granddaughters Claire and Valerie. The family requests “No gifts please, just come and share in the celebration.”
SUNNYSIDE — They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and her 90th birthday on July 3 at Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant. He will celebrate his 92nd birthday on Dec. 21. Ralph and Alice Prescott, were married July 5, 1946, in Polson, Mont. The couple has made Sunnyside their home for the majority of their married life. They lived in California from the 70s through the 80s, before returning to retire. He was a heavy equipment diesel mechanic and she retired as an insurance clerk at JCPenneys. They also owned and operated the Sunnyside Roller Skating Rink early in their married life. They continue to live in the home they built in 1954. The couple have two grandchildren, Keith and Kurtis Sparrow, and a number of great-grandchildren.
VanTongerloo and Wedam
LEUVEN, BELGIUM – Julie Wedam of Sunnyside married Stijn VanTongerloo in a Belgium civil ceremony Aug. 10, which is mandated by law. The couple, then, recited their wedding vows in a Catholic marriage ceremony Aug. 13 in historic St. Kwintens Church. It is required in Belgium, and most of Europe, for there to be a civil marriage ceremony before the couple is allowed to have the religious ceremony, the bride’s mother, Sue Wedam said. The bride is the daughter of Mike and Sue Wedam, DVMs, of Sunnyside and the bridegroom is the son of Roger and Maria VanTongerloo of Belgium. The couple was attended by her sister, Kristen Wedam of Pullman, and his friend Merijn Fagard of Leuven. The bride’s lace wedding dress was purchased from Fashion Corner and carried by her mother to Belgium for the occasion. She graduated from Sunnyside High School in 2008 and from Washington State University in 2012. She earned her Master of Science in anthropology from Katholieke University, Leuven, in February 2016. The newlyweds met while they studied at Katholieke University, where he has earned two Master’s degrees. He works as a translator and is an editor of a number of written documents. There was a reception and dinner was held for family and friends following the church ceremony. The ceremony was attended by friends and family from the United States, as well as from all over Europe, including Ireland, Scotland and Russia. There will be an American reception at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser on Sept. 4. The newlyweds will make their home in Leuven.
SUNNYSIDE — George and Beverly Schanz are celebrating their 60th anniversary today. The couple was married Aug. 18, 1956, in Yakima, and has called Sunnyside home since 1960. They raised four children: Susan, Nancy, Andy and Chris. They also have four grandchildren: Jordan, Wesley, Sapphire and Summer. Through the years, they have been active in First Baptist Church, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. They are members of Sunnyside AmVets and Ladies Auxiliary. He is also a member of Lower Valley Honor Guard.
BERNALILLO, N.M. — Former Lower Valley couple Milton and Phyllis Ramsey are celebrating their 74th wedding anniversary today at their home. He was from Grandview and she was from Sunnyside when they met. The high school sweethearts were married Aug. 8, 1942, at the Presbyterian Church in Wapato, while he was home on leave from the U.S. Army Air Corps. Milton’s twin brother Morris was best man. During his career in the Air Force, the couple were stationed in Missouri, Idaho, Hawaii, Morocco, Spain and New Mexico. He retired from the military after a 30-year career. They have three children, Marikay of New Mexico, Michael of California and Thomas of Ohio; two grandsons, Wesley and Sean of Ohio.
Villa and Ramos
GRANDVIEW — Malia Lani Ramos and Benjamin Villa have announced they will marry Sept. 10 in an afternoon ceremony. The nuptials will be in the Pioneer Building at State Fair Park in Yakima. The 2010 Sunnyside High School graduate is the daughter of Reynol and EvaLani Ramos of Sunnyside. He is a 2009 Granger High School graduate, and the son of Cindia Soto and Martin Villa of Sunnyside. Villa is a sales manager at Mid Valley Chrysler and Dodge in Grandview and Ramos is a homemaker.
Warner and Coder
SUNNYSIDE — Amber Renee Coder of West Richland and Jordan Trey Warner of Sunnyside will be married at 3 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Sandberg Event Center in West Richland. She is the daughter of Ronda Hoptowit of West Richland and he is the son of Betty Woods of Sunnyside. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in business management, interior decorating and hospitality. She is employed at Red Lion Inn in Pasco. Warner is a graduate of Columbia Basin College with a degree in welding. He is currently employed by Columbia Energy of Richland.
Plasencia and Mendoza
Dianna Mendoza and Robby Plasencia of Battleground, were married in the Charter Oaks Community Church June 25. A blessing of the marriage and a reception will be at noon Aug. 6 at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1106 Taylor St. in Sunnyside. The bride is the daughter of Debbie Mendoza of Sunnyside and Jesus Mendoza of Kennewick. The groom is the son of Rick and Susie Plasencia of Puyallup. Members of the wedding party included matron of honor Hannah Comerford, and maid of honor Leah Barkell. Bridesmaids were Kirsten McDaniel, Stephani Young, Christina Mooney and Allie Criswell. Alena Wolbert of the Netherlands was honorary bridesmaid and Ava Mendoza was flower girl. Rick Plasencia was best man and groomsmen were Brendan Steiger, Trevor Jastad, J.D. Wheeler, Andrew Accornero and Danny Mendoza. The bride is a 2007 Sunnyside High School graduate and a 2011 Pacific Lutheran University graduate. She is currently employed as a case manager for international foster care with the Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. Plasencia is a youth minister at Charter Oaks Community College in Battleground. He is a 2009 graduate of Gov. John Rogers High School in Puyallup and a 2015 Western Washington University graduate of Bellingham. The couple are at home in Battleground.