Vic and Ruth Bladel celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday, June 13.
The couple, 24-year residents of Oakhurst, were married June 13, 1953 in Yuma, Arizona.
Vic and Ruth grew up in the small town of Hawthorne, where they went to the same grammar school and Leuzinger High School, along with the same church and malt shop.
Vic and all the neighborhood boys would go to Ruth's parents house to play basketball. Yet, all those years growing up together, they never knew each other until Ruth was 16 and Vic was 18, when Vic's brother and Ruth's sister were dating, and set them up on a blind date.
After they were married, they later moved to Gardena, where they lived for 32 years before moving to Oakhurst.
Formerly, Ruth owned an antique shop in Redondo Beach for 10 years, and Vic worked as an engineer for 38 years at Northrop Aircraft in Hawthorne.
After moving to the Mountain Area, Ruth starting playing golf at Sierra Sky Ranch until it closed, and then went over to River Creek Golf Course in Ahwahnee.
The couple have three children, Vickie Dean of Oakhurst, Penny Lecour of Oakhurst, and Jim Bladel of Garden Grove in Southern California; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
They are currently celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with a trip to Carson City.
George and Bea Walden 60th wedding anniversary
George and Bea Walden, 13-year residents of Oakhurst, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary May 20.
The couple was married May 20, 1953 in Somers Point, N.J. and honeymooned in Washington, D.C.
They met on a blind date at the wedding of one of George's friends from the Navy. George had just returned to Atlantc City Naval Air Station from a seven-month electronics school in Memphis and didn't know any girls.
After they were married, the couple lived in the Oakland area from 1954 until 2000, when they moved to Oakhurst.
Before their move to the area, George spent four years in the Navy as a aviation radar operator, flying on and off aircraft carriers during the Korean war. After discharge in 1954, he began working for Pacific Telephone where he retired 36 years later in 1990 as a project manager.
Bea stayed home with the couple's three children until they were in high school then she started working at their school, Skyline, as an attendance clerk. She retired the same day as George in 1990.
The couple have been active volunteers at Fresno Flats Historical Park since shortly after moving to Oakhurst. Bea is also a member of the Mountain Bear Fan Club and volunteers at the Methodist Church, prepping clothes for sale at the thrift shop.
George enjoys playing tennis and Bea enjoys gardening. The Waldens have also traveled a total of 170,000 miles in three motorhomes to every U.S. state and Canadian province since 1994.
Their children and grandchildren include daughter Linda Scharninghausen of Menlo Park, and her children Will and Samantha (now attending University of Colorado in Boulder); daughter Karen Taylor and husband Frank of Oakhurst, and their daughter Rachel (finishing her first year at UC Santa Barbara) and son Dylan (who will attend college their after graduating from Yosemite High School June 7).
Their son Donald passed away at age 48 in February of 2002. Donald's daughter, Cicely, lives in Petaluma with her mother, Peg. She will graduate high school in 2014.
George and Bea are planning a triple celebration: their 60th wedding anniversary, Bea's 80th birthday (March 12) and George's 82nd birthday (June 16), on June 8 at Fresno Flats. Approximately 90 people are planning to attend, including relatives and friends from Oregon and Nevada.
Area students receive degrees -- Oakhurst student receives "Student of Note" award
The Oakhurst Community College Center and Madera Community College Center held their 2013 Commencement ceremony May 17 in the Madera Center amphitheater where 20 area students were among 205 students who received their associate of arts and associate in science degrees.
The local students who received their degrees included Coarsegold students Roni Bates, Andrew Davidson, Janie Renteria, Kyle Robinson and Leslie Smiley; Oakhurst students David Mellon, Emily Morrow, Lydia Richie, Kathryn Shimer, Amanda Webb, and Jack Williamson; North Fork students Tamara Fiske, Kristal Newman, Kiley Rolff and Sharon Wallace; Heidi Morris of Ahwahnee; Dawn Long of Raymond; Vicki Bustos of Mariposa; Geri Hoag of Tollhouse; and Alice Rivera Rosenfeld of Yosemite.
A "Student of Note" award was given to one student graduating from the Oakhurst center, and one from the Madera center. The Oakhurst center award was presented to Alice Rosenfeld. The award recognizes a student who has overcome significant obstacles in his/her pursuit of education.