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.
Dewey W. and Willadean (Pruett) Sweatt celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on March 21. The couple was married in Phoenix, Ariz. in the Phoenix Wedding chapel. They raised three children: Connie Needham, Lorrie White and Donald W. Sweatt. Dewey spent many years in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War. Willadean worked years at Motorola and other electronic plants. They raised their children in Phoenix and Chandler. They built their second home in Pine, Ariz. and then after 10 years moved to Payson. Family members include 13 grandchildren and 27 (and two on the way) great-grandchildren; four sisters: Dolly Armstead, Vivian Cottrell and husband Loy, Dian Halsey and friend Paul; one brother, Dan Pruett and wife Barbara; and daughter-in-law Dian Elder.
Ron and Diane Baran celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 18, 2014. The couple was married in New Jersey in 1964 and raised two children, Ron Jr. and Laura. They moved to Mesa, Ariz. in 1984 and started a business called Baran Enterprises and upon retirement moved to Payson in 2005. Family members include four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Carole and Wayne Donnay celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 3, 2014. They were married at Langley Air Force base in Virginia in 1954. Wayne served with the 5th Air Force in Korea and Japan in 1952. They have three daughters and a son, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Carole and Wayne were born in Minnesota where they raised their family, fishing and camping in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. They owned a precision metal fabricating company doing contract work for the computer industry. Carole and Wayne were both involved in competitive archery and both shot a perfect 300 PAA round. In 1972 they sold the business and moved to Arizona. Wayne retired from Allied Signal Aerospace in 1998 and built a house in Payson where they now live. Wayne led a hiking group for 12 years and is involved in several non-profit organizations in Payson.
Ritter and Watson
Laura Ritter married Bryan Watson, both formerly of Payson and now of Scottsdale, Jan. 2, 2014 in Mesa. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Judy Perham of Payson and the groom is the son of Mark and Debbie Manelli of Scottsdale. The new Mrs. Watson attended Grand Canyon University. Mr. Watson served with the U.S. Coast Guard and was employed by the Payson Police Department for six years. Honor attendants Lindsay LaPre´ and Jesse Davis; bridesmaids Monica Williamson, Holly Perham and Judy Perham; groomsman Randy Perham. Her son, Titus Ritter escorted the bride down the aisle. The bride’s father, Steve, officiated.
Floyd “Marvin” and Clarys Boyle celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 31, 2013. The couple was married in Tucson, where they raised three children: Lonnie, Doug and Mary Boyle. Marvin spent many years working with the Arizona Carpenters Union after serving with the U.S. Army in the Korean War. Clarys was employed at a downtown Tucson law firm for 40+ years. After retirement, Clarys and Marvin moved to Payson to build their dream home. Family members include six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, with a third great-grandchild on the way. Mr. Boyle passed away Jan. 2, 2014.
Bob and Victoria Sanchez of Star Valley recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the Big Island of Hawaii. There were married in Madrid, Spain Dec. 21, 1963. They have four sons, each born in a different country: Bobby, Madrid, Spain; Henry, Peru, Ind.; Jose in Asuncion, Paraguay; and Victor, Canal Zone, Panama. Bob is retired from the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 28 years and from Honeywell, where he worked for 13 years. Victoria graduated from the University of Madrid with a degree in education and from Arizona State University with a degree in medical science. All four of their sons attended and graduated from college. They have 10 grandchildren, with four in college, two that will start next year and the youngest, who at 10, has already decided to attend ASU. The couple is very active in the community and have both volunteered with the AARP TAX-AIDE program in Payson for 12 years.
Keith and Sherry Talley will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Dec. 22. The Talleys were married in Chadron, Neb. On Dec. 22, 1963. They have three children: Ket Talley of Phoenix, Michelle Alter of Flagstaff and Lance Talley of Peoria, Ariz. The Talleys have five grandchildren: Tyger Talley, who attends the University of Arizona and is on the baseball team there; Cody Bauer of Flagstaff, who is in fire sciences training; Ashley Alter and her sister Rachel, who are in the sixth and seventh grades in Flagstaff; Sera Talley, a junior at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale and plays on the varsity softball team. Sherry was a fourth-grade teacher and Keith taught high school biology and was a golf coach in the Deer Valley School District in Phoenix before they moved to Payson in March of 2006. Keith and Sherry are members of Ponderosa Bible Church in Payson where Keith teaches an adult Sunday school class. Keith is also a member of Payson P.A.Y.S. and is a manager with Legal Shield.
Moore and Pullin
Molly Ann Moore from Scottsdale, Ariz. and Joe Earl Pullin from Senath, Mo. married on Nov. 14, 2013. The couple will continue to reside happily in Payson.