Engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements.




Ray and Joan O’Claire married Feb. 27, 1965 at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Marinette, Wis. The late Rev. Arthur A.A. Gentz officiated. Attendants were Karl Bergeson of Peshtigo, Wis. and Judy Bergeson Wood of Green Bay, Wis., both cousins of the bride; Meta Miller Schwerzler of Marinette, Wis., a good friend of the bride; and Roger Schroeder of Mesa, Ariz., a brother of the bride. The couple were both born and raised in Marinette, Wis. Both are 1961 and 1962 graduates of Marinette High School. In the summer of 1964 they met at a street dance at the public library and were married six months later. Mr. O’Claire was employed by The Motor Company in Marinette before moving to Mesa, Ariz. in 1967 where he retired from General Motors Desert Proving Grounds in 1999 with 30 years of service. Mrs. O’Claire, was employed as an infant nurse in the newborn nursery at St. Joseph-Lloyd Hospital in Menominee, Minn., a twin city of Marinette, working from 1963 to 1967 when they moved to Arizona. The couple are the parents of a son, Scott O’Claire born in 1967 four months after arriving in Arizona. He is employed with Wells Fargo Bank, with 25 years of service, and resides in Mesa. A reception will be held at their church, Calvary Lutheran in Chandler, Ariz. Flowers will be placed on the altar with a prayer said by their pastor Rev. Martin Spaude. Corsages will be worn by the honored couple. For the past 30 years the couple have spent summers in Payson at their second home in Woodland Meadows. For the same number of years they have attended Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, with Pastor David Sweet, presently. Payson, has grown much in the past 30 years of which has left the couple with memorable moments and life-long friends. The couple is very thankful to God for all the blessings bestowed upon them during their 50 years together. They have resided in Mesa, nearly all of their married life.



George and Judy Huckey marked their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 20 and then were given a special celebration Nov. 30. The couple met in Ajo, Ariz. Judy was a high school teacher and George was a machinist with Phelps Dodge Corporation. They were introduced by family members and married in Las Vegas, Nev. at The Wee Kirk o’ The Heather Chapel. They lived in Ajo until George moved his family to Holbrook, Ariz. where he went to work at Arizona Public Service Company. In 1990 George retired from APS and the couple moved to their cabin in Payson, Ariz. They are blessed with four children and their spouses: Steve and Sylvia Huckey of Eagle River, Alaska, Elaine Huckey-Richardon of Payson, Ariz., Keith and Norma Huckey of Sherrill, New York and Lester Huckey of Ramona, Calif. George and Judy’s greatest treasures are their 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.



Tom and Dee Fox of Payson celebrated 50 years of marriage on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The couple was married Oct. 31, 1964 in Falls Church, Va. The couple has four children, Barbara (Fox) Bolar, Mary Fox, John Fox and Michael Fox; and six grandchildren, Brody, Dana, Holden, Libby, Ellory and Karlynn. Their loving family and friends from all over the country and throughout the world congratulate them on 50 years of marriage and wish them many more years ahead.



Harley and Thelma Anderson were married Oct. 9, 1954 in Plainview, Texas. They moved to Phoenix in 1963 and to Pine in 1999. They have four children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Chatfield and Willcoxson

Craig and Gina Willcoxson of Mesa, Ariz. are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Paige Willcoxson to Clint Chatfield, the son of Kim Nees from Payson, Ariz. Paige is a recent graduate from Pima Medical Institute and recently accepted a job as a radiology technician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Clint is a Payson High School graduate and a 2006 graduate of Arizona State University. He is the corporate security manager at the campus of State Farm in Tempe. They wedding is Feb. 28, 2015 at the Windmill Winery in Florence, Ariz.


Isabell and James

Ashley Nicole James and Fred Dee Isabell, Payson graduates 2009, were married Saturday, Sept. 27 at Camp Tontozona.



Happy 60th Anniversary to Roy and Margie Wiitala of Payson. The couple married Oct. 2, 1954 and became the proud parents of four children: Lynda, Kathy, Dan and Chris. They have been blessed with six grandchildren, four and 3/4 (soon to be 5) great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. From all your family and friends, congratulations! We love you!)


Frewin and Atwell

Joshua Frewin, formerly of Payson, married Mary Atwell of Cottonwood July 19, 2014 in Clarkdale, Ariz. Frewin is a 2010 graduate of Payson High School and the son of Kyle and Karen Frewin, formerly of Payson, now Benson, Ariz., and grandson of Louise Frewin of Payson. The bride is a 2010 graduate of Mingus High School and the daughter of Charles and Susan Atwell of Cottonwood, Ariz. The groom attended Greenville College in Greenville, Ill. and is now employed by Freeport-McMoRan as the sports and recreation coordinator for city of Morenci, Ariz. The bride attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., and is now employed as a student teacher at Morenci Elementary School, Morenci, Ariz. Among the couple’s attendants were Chelsea Frewin and Eric Vohs, both of Payson, Ariz. The couple honeymooned in Rocky Point, Mexico and are making their home in Morenci, Ariz.



Dan and Rose Gerard celebrate 67 years of marriage Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Dan enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was discharged as Petty Officer 2nd Class in 1946. He met Rose working for her brother in a diner. They married on Sept. 7, 1947, had four children, 14 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Dan was a plumbing contractor for more than 50 years and Rose was in consumer research. They moved from Long Island to Payson in 1977. Not knowing anyone in town, Dan volunteered his plumbing services for weeks on end and installed all the plumbing and fixtures in the Payson Senior Center. Both Dan and Rose volunteered with the Payson Police Department for several years and with other organizations. They currently enjoy their retirement in wonderful Payson.



Fifty years ago today — Friday, Sept. 5 — Judy Ann Rhea and Bill Claerhout said “I do” at the First Congregational Church in their hometown of Moline, Ill. Since then, while living in a total of six states, they raised a strong and loving family — daughters Cindy (Gary) Soultanian, Carin (Gus) Gallett, and five truly wonderful grandchildren, Alec, Kylie, Evan, and twins Hailey and Mallory. Following Bill’s retirement in 2001, the couple happily located in Payson. As “Golden Oldies” they agree, the long road through life is a pleasant and satisfying journey when shared with a loving companion.



Martin Szekeresh from Nanty-Glo, Pa. and Helen Kenly from Whittier, Calif. celebrate 55 years of marriage on Aug. 29. The first time Martin saw Helen was when, as an usherette, she found a seat for him in a dark, crowded theater. The next day he saw her enter St. Mary’s church. He immediately changed his seat to sit beside her, introduced himself and the rest is family history. That family includes three children and six grandchildren. The most current photo (above) was taken at St. James Cathedral in Santiago, Spain.



Dave and Sonia Swanson will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Dave and Sonia, from Illinois, met on a rainy Sunday after church in February 1954, and were married six months later on Aug. 27, 1954. Dave served in the Navy during the Korean war. They have two children, Tamara of Payson, Ariz., and Todd (with wife Teresa) of San Diego, Calif. They moved from Illinois to California in 1972, and then moved to Payson, Ariz. in 1997, which they presently call home.



Paul and Beverly Bastow celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 20, 2014. They were introduced by friends while still in high school in California. Paul went off to college and Beverly to business college. In 1942, when World War II began, Paul enlisted in the Army Air Corps. The couple became engaged in 1943 during the Christmas holidays and were married in 1944. They raised a family of four: Marsha Larson of Mesa, Ariz., David Bastow of Milford, N.J., Susette Call of Bountiful, Utah, and Kathleen Bastow (Jordy) of Bellingham, Wash. Paul and Bev have nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. They love the towns of Payson and Star Valley and have lived in the area for 13 years. They have enjoyed their volunteer activities with the Mogollon Health Alliance. They are members of the Ponderosa Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.



Residents of Payson for the past 18 years, Barbara and Dick Caddenhead have reached a milestone in their relationship: 50 years of marriage on Aug. 8 (1969 – 2014). They have two children, Eric and Shelley; and three grandchildren, Christopher, Sage and Madison. They met on a blind date arranged by Dick’s U.S. Air Force buddy, Jim Bouchell, and Barbara’s high school friend, Sharon Smith.



John and Janet Zilisch, 1010 N. Monarch Drive, Payson, celebrated their 50th Anniversary April 4, 2014 with a family cruise with 14 family members. They now have three grandsons, 15, 13 and 11 years, living in Chicago with Tracie and their father Gregg Hirstein. Their daughter Kimberly lives in Chandler, Ariz. and is married to Don Spencer with three adult stepchildren all over 21 years of age.

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