Gary and Joan Niemeyer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Aug. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. with an open house for family and friends at the home of Albert and Deanna Flores in Prosser. Gary Niemeyer and Joan Werst were married Aug. 12, 1964 in Yakima. They have lived in the Lower Valley for the past 50 years. He is retired as a foreman from Airport Ranches of Sunnyside, and she is retired from the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department. The couple enjoy any sport their grandchildren are playing, old cars, fishing and traveling. They will tour China for their anniversary. The open house will be hosted by the couple’s three children: Gwen Gibbs, Deanna Flores and John Niemeyer and their families. They also have six grandchildren and a great-grandchild on the way.
Byma and Bonilla
Brittany Bonilla and Josh Byma, both of Sunnyside, plan to be married at Jim Sprick Community Park on Chinook Pass near Naches on Sept. 6, 2014. The bride-elect is the daughter of Karen and Joe Bonilla of Sunnyside. She is a graduate of Sunnyside High School and Lower Valley School of Massage. She also is a graduate of Yakima Valley Community College’s phlebotomy program. Bonilla is the owner of Lower Valley Therapeutic Massage and works with patients of the Sunnyside Chiropractic Centre. The groom-to-be is employed by Simplot. He is a graduate of Sunnyside High School. Byma’s parents are Janet and Garret Byma of Sunnyside.
Jack and Mary (Hallman) Nealy are planning a summer getaway for their 45th wedding anniversary. The couple was married on July 18, 1969 at the Grandview Presbyterian Church. The Nealys have lived in the Sunnyside area their entire lives. They are the parents of Chris (Alison) Nealy of Everett and Cory (Lorri) Nealy of Shoreline. The Nealys have four grandsons and one granddaughter, as well as two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Nealy is a retired bartender and Mr. Nealy has been employed by FSI Fabrication in Sunnyside for 35 years. The couple is planning a trip to Ocean Shores for their wedding anniversary.
Smith and Thomas
Taylor Thomas, a Grandview High School and Yakima Valley Community College graduate, plans to marry Joshua Smith in an evening ceremony at Shadow Lake Ranch near Prosser on Saturday, July 26. The bride-elect is the daughter of Alan and Sara Thomas of Grandview. She plans to attend nursing school next year. The groom-to-be, also a graduate of Grandview High School, is the son of Richard Smith of Tillamook, Ore. and LeeAnn Ferson of Wasilla, Alaska.
Jeannie (Borders) and Albert Albrecht, formerly of Sunnyside, will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Wednesday, July 16. The couple was married in Sunnyside on July 16, 1964. Mrs. Albrecht was a nurse and Mr. Albrecht worked at Hanford. She was raised in Lewiston, Idaho. The couple met in Sunnyside. The couple raised Jared (Ronnie) Albrecht of Post Falls, Idaho, Jason (Joanne) Albrecht of Moxee and Andy (Sheri) Albrecht of Spokane while living in Sunnyside. When the couple retired in 2004, they moved to Spokane. Mr. Albrecht enjoys vintage cars and hunting for parts for the vehicles, while his wife enjoys crafting, gardening and reading. They are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren. No party is planned, but those wishing to congratulate the Albrechts can do so by sending cards to Al and Jeannie Albrecht, 25424 N. Day Mt. Spokane, Chattaroy, WA 99003.
Ralph and Alice Prescott of Sunnyside will be celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary this coming Friday at a back yard breakfast for family and close friends. The couple was married in Polson, Mont. on July 5, 1946. Ralph worked for PG&E in California before retiring. The couple ran a roller skating rink in Sunnyside for many years. The couple has a daughter, Kathleen Rogers of Grandview, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Brandmire and Carey
Michael Brandmire, a 1999 Sunnyside High School graduate, and Stephanie Carey recently announced their engagement to be married. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Arizona State University and is the daughter of Charles and Sandy Carey of San Diego, Calif. She is employed as a medial sales assistant supervisor with Time Warner Cable in southern California. The groom is a graduate of the University of Washington and is the son of Mark Brandmire of Forks and Debra Brandmire of Sunnyside. He is employed as a sales engineer with AVI-SPL of Los Angeles, Calif. The couple is planning their wedding for Saturday, July 19, in Palos Verdes, Calif.
Jack and Doris Hinderlider of Sunnyside will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 29, at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. at their daughter’s home at 523 Terry St. in Sunnyside. Hosting the event will be their children - Janet (Craig) Hicks of Sunnyside and Brenda (JR) Schwendeman of Moses Lake, and their grandchildren Levi, Aaron, Megan, Bailie and Ryan. Jack and Doris were married June 27, 1964 in a little country church in Indiana. They made their home there until 1965, when they moved to Washington state. Jack worked for the telephone company and Doris was a homemaker. Jack enjoys reading, watching sports and westerns, and Doris enjoys being outside working on her flower garden and connecting with friends and family on Facebook.
Peter and Wilma Vis of Sunnyside will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 28, with an open house at their home at 2380 Sheller Rd. Hosting the event will be their children; Sandy (Jose) Martinez of Sunnyside, Ken (Pia Elvina) Vis of Fremont, Calif., Marv (Christy Shoemaker) Vis of Boulder, Colo., Karen Vis of Sunnyside, Ron (Cheryl) Vis of Bloomington, Minn. and Randy (Alyssa) Vis of Mount Vernon. Also hosting the anniversary celebration will be the couple’s four grandchildren; Terry, Abby, Braden and Adrian. Peter and Wilma (Dykxhoorn) Vis were married June 26, 1964 in Escalon, Calif. Other places they have lived during their nearly 50 years together include Chandler, Minn. and Modesto, Calif. Peter was farming with a cousin at the time he was married and in 1984 became a truck driver. Wilma was a hair stylist. They are members of the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church. Wilma enjoys working outside in her yard and home do-it-yourself projects, while Peter likes to keep up with current events and watching westerns. Both appreciate opportunities to explore the Northwest. The open house on June 28 will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Family and friends of the couple are welcome to attend.
Guild and Slagg
Ashley Nicole Slagg, a 2004 graduate of Granger High School, is set to marry Joshua Reid Guild of Tacoma on Aug. 2, 2014. The couple plans to marry in Toppenish. The bride-elect is the daughter of Carl and Marilyn Slagg of Granger. She graduated from Central Washington University in 2008 and in 2012 earned a registered nursing degree from North Idaho College. The groom-to-be is a graduate of Foss High School in Tacoma. He completed his college education at Dakota State University in 2010. He is the son of Greg and Judy Guild of Tacoma.
Ellis and Anderson
Erica Rae Anderson, formerly of Sunnyside, and Matthew Ray Ellis plan to marry on Oct. 3, 2015 at Winn Homestead in Weston, Ore. The bride-elect is the daughter of Scott and Amy Stanton of Hermiston, Ore. She is a 2009 graduate of Sunnyside High School. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University this year and currently works at Simply Divine Salon and Day Spa in Hermiston. The groom-to-be is a 2008 graduate of Stanfield High School in Stanfield, Ore. He is the son of Monte and Angie Ellis of Stanfield. He completed his education, graduating from Northwest Lineman College in 2010. He is currently an apprentice lineman for IBEW Local Union 77.
Tucker and Altmaier
Katie Altmaier and Benjamin Tucker will pledge their lives to one another this coming Saturday, March 22. The couple plans to marry at the Coeur d’ Alene Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. The bride-elect is the daughter of Joel and Sherrie Altmaier of Newman Lake. She is a 2007 graduate of East Valley High School in Spokane, graduated in the top 5 percent of the Eastern Washington University class of 2012 and teaches students in Deer Park. The son of Sunnyside’s Mark and Karen Tucker, the groom-to-be graduated from Sunnyside Christian High School in 2008. He earned a Bachelor’s degree at Eastern Washington University in 2012 and is in the university’s graduate program, earning a Doctorate’s degree in physical therapy. He is set to graduate from the program in 2015.
Wheeler and Wheeler
Larry and Phyllis Wheeler of Sunnyside marked 50 years of marriage on Valentine’s Day, the anniversary of their wedding. The couple was married in the Sunnyside Church of Christ on Feb. 14, 1964. He is a farmer. She is a retired beautician and the former owner of Neva’s Beauty Salon. The lifetime Sunnyside residents have three children, Sheryl and Mike Duim of Zillah; Pam and Bryan Everett of Plymouth, MN.; and Todd and Marsela Wheeler of Sunnyside. They also have eight grandchildren, Makaela, Connor, Morgan and Carson Duim; Caleb and Rylee Everett; and Keegan and Kailee Wheeler.
Kyle and Teresa Kollmar of Grandview celebrated 25 years of marriage during a family gathering and potluck social held this past Saturday. The couple was married on Feb. 11, 1989 at Sunnyside United Methodist Church. The couple has lived in the Sunnyside-Grandview area all their lives. They have three children, Koty, Kory and Kaysie. Mr. Kollmar works for the family business, Kollmar, Inc. as a sheet metal worker. Mrs. Kollmar is a para-professional in the Grandview School District.
Oscar R. and Trina Alvarez of Sunnyside are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple was married on Feb. 9, 1964 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Crystal City, Texas. He is the son of Rogelio and Benita Alvarez, and she is the daughter of David and Trinidad Luna. The Alvarez’s will celebrate their anniversary with a private family dinner, along with daughters Teri Alvarez-Ziegler and Laura Alvarez, granddaughter Marlee Ziegler, spouses, and extended family.