John and Dorothy Valenta, longtime residents of Woodinville, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. John and Dorothy were married on June 22, 1940. John is 99 and Dorothy is 96 years old. They met at Western Washington State College. John was principal of the Old Woodinville School in the 1940’s and later for the Mercer Island School District. They lived on Hollywood Hill for many years. The event was celebrated with family and friends at Redmond Heights Senior Living.
John and Sandy Hosey will celebrate 60 years of marriage on June 6, 2015. They were married in Salt Lake City on June 6, 1955.
John and Sandy met on a Greyhound bus, both going to Seattle, Washington for different reasons. John was on his way to Korea to join the 187th ABN ROT and Sandy was on her way to Seattle to study music and drama. Family and friends did not feel the marriage would work since John was a country boy from the south and Sandy was very much a city girl.
When asked what their secret was for their long and happy marriage, they said lots of prayers, lots of love and lots and lots of compromising.
They have three living children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, most living in the surrounding area.
Jim and Shirley Bridgman celebrated 50 years of marriage on April 11! A party was beautifully put on by their daughter and her family, Tim, Melody and Angel Carpita.
Jim and Shirley grew up in Bellevue and Woodinville, and have called North Bend their home since 1982, raising 3 children (LoriJeanne, Melody and Travis) there.
Their secrets to marital longevity?
#1 – Jesus
#2 – 110 percent/110 percent relationship
Festivities at the celebration included tables decorated with themes from childhood adventures to pet monkeys and exchange students to mission trips.
The cake was a delicious re-creation of the Maltese cross Jim’s dad had made.
Photos were displayed, and music was played from the 50’s to the present. Special memories were shared from both the couple and guests.
Carol and Greg Olsby celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on June 30. They have resided in Woodinville for 27 years. Carol and Greg have three children, Joshua, Jewels and Jacob, and their faithful dog, Coconut. Joshua graduated from Whitworth University in 2012. Jewels and Jacob are seniors at Seattle Pacific University. They have a very close family and their home is often the destination for get-togethers with family and friends. They are frequent international travelers and will be traveling to Paris, France soon. Carol is a global and domestic human resources consultant where she advises multinational companies. Greg is a marketing strategist with Microsoft.