October 22, 2013

Marv and Lucille Lemke

Lucille and Marv Lemke in 1943

Lucille and Marv Lemke in 1943

On Sept. 22, Marv and Lucille Lemke, both of Issaquah, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bellevue.

The couple are originally from Wisconsin. They celebrated with their son Paul.

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Penneys celebrate 50th anniversary

September 12, 2013

Fifty years after marrying in Spokane on Sept. 15, 1963, John and Carol Penney are joyfully celebrating a half-century as husband and wife.

The couple first met in kindergarten and attended grades K-12 together in the Spokane Valley. They began dating in high school, followed by a memorable courtship while Carol attended Washington State University and John attended the University of Idaho. Marriage soon followed.

John and Carol Penney in 1963

John and Carol Penney in 1963

John and Carol Penney in 2013

John and Carol Penney in 2013

John and Carol lived in Omak and Olympia before moving in 1972 to Issaquah, where they resided on Squak Mountain.

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Sanellis celebrate first anniversary

July 9, 2013

Happy first anniversary, Stephen and Julie Sanelli!

Stephen and Julie Sanelli (Donate) were married July 14, 2012, on the beach at the Edgewater House in Ollala.

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Stephen and Julie Sanelli

Stephen and Julie are both 2002 graduates of Issaquah High School, where they met.

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Double diamonds

July 2, 2013

Couple celebrates 75 years together

Willard and Jane Williams, in a 2013 photo, will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary in August. Contributed

Willard and Jane Williams, in a 2013 photo, will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary in August.

The number 98 surrounds the daily lives of Providence Point residents Willard and Jane Williams.

Willard celebrated his 98th birthday in September last year, while Jane turned 98 in April. Their beloved cocker spaniel, Maggie, is 98 years old, too, but that’s in dog years.

The couple will celebrate a more meaningful number, 75, on Aug. 19, the date of their 75th wedding anniversary.

“Married to the same man all those years, I don’t know how I stood it,” Jane said with a grin on her face.

Sitting in their Providence Point home, with their loyal dog Maggie resting at their feet, Willard and Jane reminisced about their years together.

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The Woods celebrate their 70th anniversary

April 9, 2013

David and Joan Wood celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary March 22, 2013.

They both grew up in Seattle; David attended Roosevelt High School and Joan attended Garfield High School. They attended the University of Washington. David and Joan met while skiing with college buddies on a trip to Paradise at Mount Rainier.

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Hagertys celebrate 50th anniversary

January 22, 2013

Tom and Su Hagerty, of Issaquah, celebrated their 50th anniversary Jan. 19, 2013, with their five children and nine grandchildren at the Mount Si Senior Center.

Tom Hagerty and Su Humphreys met in July 1962, when Tom’s mother Ruth invited Su to dinner after choir practice at Kirkland Assembly of God Church.

Su was a student at Northwest College. Tom was employed at The Boeing Co., where he worked for 40 years before retiring.

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Diemerts celebrate diamond anniversary

September 25, 2012

Roger and Ruth Diemert in 1952

Roger and Ruth Diemert were married Sept. 19, 1952, in Seattle.

Roger was born in Fargo, N.D., to parents Robert and Jeanette (Dickson) Diemert; Ruth was born in Seattle, to parents George and Evelyn (Markey) Palmer. Ruth met Roger when her brother Eugene was dating Roger’s sister Corrinne.

Roger and Ruth have five children: Linda (Stan) Lawson, Arlene (Fred) Patterson, Michael (Joan) Diemert, Neal Diemert and baby Joanne, whom died in infancy. They have 12 grandchildren: Heidi, Seth, Jonas, Riley, Roger, Carrie, Julie, Heather, Michael, Hayes, Sarah and Harrison. They also have four great-grandchildren: Emily, Audrey, Trevor and Jared.

Roger was a union glazier apprenticing at Acme Glass in Seattle and continued to work in the glazing industry until retirement. Ruth retired from the J.C. Penney Co. after 25 years.

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Hoegh-Christensens mark 70th anniversary

September 18, 2012

Ruth and Preben Hoegh-Christensen in 1942

Preben and Ruth Hoegh-Christensen celebrated their 70th anniversary Aug. 2.

Preben and Ruth met in World War II during the German occupation of Denmark. The couple married in a downtown Copenhagen church in 1942.

After the German invasion and threat of a Russian occupation, they departed for the west and landed in Seattle.

The world-traveling duo moved their home base over the years from Ballard to Mercer Island, where they helped found the Bellevue Philharmonic Symphony and volunteered for more than 30 years, to their last stop in Sammamish. They still volunteer for the Sammamish Symphony, which they also helped establish, and at Overlake Hospital, in Bellevue.

The childless couple said years ago they decided to make the community their family.

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High school sweethearts celebrate platinum anniversary, 70 years of marriage

August 7, 2012

Lorraine and Bud Cochran enjoy summer from the wicker patio swing at their home near Issaquah High School.
By Greg Farrar

Bud Cochran used to walk more than a mile to see his sweetheart Lorraine back when they were students at Puyallup High School in the late 1930s. With no car and a girlfriend that lived on the opposite side of town, the trek became a familiar path for the love-struck Bud.

“It didn’t seem far at all,” he said. “I was just smitten.”

Seven decades later, the two longtime Issaquah residents are still together, having celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary May 2. Sitting in their cozy ranch-style home situated next to Issaquah High School, Bud, 90, and Lorraine, 88, fondly reminisced about their eventful 70 years together.

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Lorangers celebrate 60th anniversary

July 3, 2012

Claire Loranger has been married for 60 years to the same man. She hesitates for nary a second to reveal her secret.

“I call it extreme patience,” she said.

It never hurts to say that, but it helps even more when it comes from an expert.

Claire and Ed Loranger (above) were married 60 years ago in 1952. Contributed

Ed Loranger, a product of Bellevue, met the Massachusetts-born, Montana-raised Claire while she was in town babysitting for an ailing aunt. Ed was the aunt’s mechanic. To keep a bored Claire from returning home, her aunt and uncle set her up on a date with Ed.

Fresh from a tour in Korea, soldier Ed was for an old-fashioned girl. A lifelong Catholic and the sister of a nun, Claire was looking for someone who had seen the world.

The year was 1951; she was 21 and he was 27. A year later, they were married in her hometown of Anaconda.

Sixty years later, they have three children, three grandchildren and a pile of hobbies. Well, she does the hobbies: bowling, traveling, choir, skiing and curling, or as Ed called it “watching paint dry.”

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