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.
Bobadilla and Ramos
Following a Christmas Eve 2015 proposal, Alejandra Bobadilla and Adam Ramos have set Aug. 20 as their wedding date. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Miguel and Maria Bobadilla of Sunnyside. She is employed as a migrant student advocate and as a Sunnyside High School cheerleading coach. Ramos is the son of David and Rosey Ramos of Sunnyside. He is employed at Haywood Concrete Construction in Moxee.
Murphy and Pierce
MABTON — Shannon Pierce and Mark Murphy of Spokane announced their engagement before friends at the Spokane Fellowship Church, where the couple plan to be married on April 9, 2016. The bride-to-be is the daughter of the late Sandra Pierce and Don Pierce of Mabton. She is also a 1993 Mabton High School graduate, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Central Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in developmental education from Seattle Pacific University. She is employed as a pre-kindergarten teacher at Sunnyside’s Sun Valley Elementary School. Murphy is the son of Margaret Jane Murphy of Spokane Valley and the late George Edward Murphy. Murphy is a 1998 graduate of North Central High School in Spokane and attended Spokane Falls Community College. He is employed as a cabinet marker for Huntwood Cabinets in Liberty Lake.
Couple marks 30th wedding anniversary SUNNYSIDE – Henry and Marilyn Van Oostrum are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married on Nov. 30, 1985, in Yakima. The couple has two children, Adrian (Jessica) Van Oostrum of Vancouver, and Analisa Van Oostrum of Newberg, Ore. The Van Oostrums have lived in Sunnyside their entire married life. He has owned and operated his own business in landscaping and lawn maintenance since 1981. She is a nurse supervisor with nurse family partnership for Yakima Memorial Hospital. The couple’s favorite verse is I Corinthians 13:7-8, “Love always trusts, hopes, protects and preserves. Love never fails.” - I Corinthians 13: 7-8.
SUNNYSIDE – Bruce and Donna Homer will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day. The couple will mark the day at their home with their children and grandchildren, counting their blessings, Mrs. Homer said. They were married in the Sunnyside Methodist Church on Nov. 26, 1955. The longtime Sunnyside couple have four children, Darena Ah Quin, of Richland, Natalie Varoz of Phoenix, Ariz., Renee Carith of Richland and Jolene Henn of Sunnyside. They have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Homer is a retired journeyman plumber and farmer and she is a retired secretary.