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.
Johnson and Armstrong
GRANDVIEW — Tiffani Nicole Armstrong will marry Spencer William Johnson of Medford, Ore. July 17 in a backyard ceremony at her parents’ Grandview home. She is the daughter of Eric and Brenda Armstrong. He is the son of Brent and Jeana Johnson. The couple’s wedding party will include bridesmaids Kayley Risenhoover, Crystal Sample, Hannah Armstrong, Andrea Donaldson, Laura Johnson and Sierra Reiboldt. Groomsmen will be Nathan Johnson, Andy Sticka, Johnathon Prichard, Hudson Prichard, Jordan Armstrong and Ryan Armstrong. Flower girls will be Erica Armstrong, Adelynne Reiboldt and Kaydence Reiboldt. Eric Sticka will be the Bible boy. Armstrong is a piano teacher and a representative for exchange students. Martin is a Portland Community College graduate and an airplane mechanic in Medford. The couple will made their home in Medford.
A reception in honor newlyweds Drew and Meghan Puterbaugh will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday at 380 Green Valley Road. A dinner will follow at 6 p.m. Meghan Stadheim of Albert Lea, Minn., married Drew Puterbaugh of Mabton in ceremonies on Jan. 2, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea. She is the daughter of Richard and Sarah Stadheim of Albert Lea and he is the son of Stacy and Diana Puterbaugh of Mabton. Serving as her maid of honor was Ella Johnson. Bridal attendants were Charlene Kuipers and Jade VanHolland. Levi Puterbaugh was best man. Groomsmen included Bennett Stadheim and Garret Stadheim. Ushers were Zach Wangen and Spencer Wangen. Previously, a wedding reception was held at the bride’s home in Albert Lea. She is a 2011 graduate of Albert Lea High School and a 2015 Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business. Puterbaugh is a 2013 Sunnyside Christian High School graduate and will graduate in the spring of 2017 from Dordt College. He is also working on his degree in agricultural business.
Gonzalez and Sanchez
Diana Sanchez and Adrian Gonzalez of Sunnyside will exchange wedding vows in a Catholic ceremony Saturday at Blessed Sacred Church in Grandview. An outdoor reception will follow in Prosser. The couple will be attended by nine groomsmen and nine bridesmaids. The future newlyweds plan to honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta. They will make Granger their first home. The bride to be is the daughter of Miquel and Isabel Sanchez. He is the son of Mario and Maria Gonzalez. The couple are both 2011 graduates of Sunnyside High School. He attended Wyo-Tech in Wyoming to study collision and repair. Gonzalez is currently employed at Bob Hall’s Greenway in Yakima. Sanchez is pursuing a degree in dental hygiene and is currently employed at Community Dental Care in Sunnyside.
Boyd and Pat McLean’s children will host a party in honor of their parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. The celebration is from 1:30-4:30 p.m. June 18, in the Sunnyside Eagles, 100 E. South Hill Road. Boyd McLean and Pat Meiser were married on June 9, 1956, in Lewiston, Idaho. He retired from operating Boyd’s Barbershop and continued to operate Boyd’s Auto Wrecking. Mrs. McLean is retired from Independent Food Processors. They have four children; Deb and Vic Ward of Selah, Phyliss and Pat Bopray of Spokane, Dale and Angela McLean of Bellevue, and Chip and Stacy McLean of Gresham, Ore. They also have eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Family and friends are welcome to attend. The McLeans request “no gifts please.”
Copenhaver and Walter
SUNNYSIDE – Elecia Walter and Austin Copenhaver have set Aug. 12 for their late afternoon wedding at the Savanna Bible Church in Savanna, ILL. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Douglas and Janice Walter of Elizabeth, ILL. A graduate of West Carroll High School, Walter earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and management from Grace College in 2011. She currently is a marketing and communication coordinator at Benton REA in Prosser. The bridegroom is the son of David and Kathie Copenhaver of Sunnyside. A 2006 graduate of Sunnyside High School, he is a 2010 graduate of Grace College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and management of information systems. He currently works as a system’s administrator for H.R. Spinner in Yakima.
SUNNYSIDE — A coffee social is planned to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Dan and Brenda Kephart of Sunnyside. The social, which will include cake and ice cream, is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 12 at Sunnyside United Methodist Church, 906 E. Edison Ave. The event is open to family and friends. The couple was married June 10, 1966 in Nampa, Idaho. They have lived in Sunnyside for the past 47 years. They have two children, Scot Kephart and Suzy Kephart, three grandchildren, Shayla, Savanna and Siena. Both are retired Sunnyside School District teachers – he at the junior high and high school and she worked at Lincoln and Chief Kamiakin elementary schools.
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.