Richard and Julie Bailey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner on Dec. 1. They were married on Dec. 1, 1969, at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Richard is now retired from 40 years with Friese Hide and Tallow of Ferndale and Julie is retired from teach…

Michelle and Mark Tolsma of Lynden welcomed a son, Isaac Mark, on Sept. 30 at the University of Washington Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and joins siblings Jacob, 14, Samantha, 13, Levi, 10, Makenna, 9, and Ethan, 5. Grandparents are Larry and Debbie Stap and John and Carol…

Lee and Shirley (Larson) Jones of Mount Vernon are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married Oct. 17, 1959, in First Baptist Church of Lynden. Shirley was an office assistant and Lee a delivery driver for Visser Oil; both are retired now. Their children are: Tim and Beth …

Fred and Anne Vander Veen of Lynden are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Oct. 17, 1969, in St. Joseph Catholic Church of Ferndale. Fred is retired from working with Starkenburg & Wiersma and also Dick Vellema construction companies. They have four children…

Tina Navis (Van Waveren) was born to Dick and Ruby Rutgers on Oct. 30, 1919, in Lynden. Her children — Lori Grant of Bellingham,  Ron Van Waveren of Willows, Alaska, and Joy Brennick of Lynden — will celebrate her 100th birthday with relatives and friends on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at an open ho…

Lee and Shirley (Larson) Jones of Mount Vernon are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married Oct. 17, 1959, in First Baptist Church of Lynden. Shirley was an office assistant and Lee a delivery driver for Visser Oil; both are retired now. Their children are: Tim and Beth …

Hank and Kathy (Scholten) Poortinga are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Oct. 10, 1969, in First Christian Reformed Church of Lynden. She is retired as a watiress for 30 years, mostly with Hong Kong Garden. He had 40 years as a meat cutter, mostly in retail. T…

Shannon and Dave Heutink of Everson welcomed a baby daughter, Ellie Rose, born Aug. 9, 2019, in Bellingham. She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and joins Joie, 8, Tytus, 6, and Alyx, 4. Grandparents are Scott and Eileen Van Dalen of Lynden, and Del and Karen Heutink of Sumas. Great-grandparents…

Ron and Jean (Bannerman) Handy of Bellingham are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on Sept. 19, 1954, in Yuma, Arizona. Their children are: Ronell (Gil) Willemsen of Nooksack, Doug (Meg) Handy of Bellingham, Bill (Rikki) Handy of Bellingham, and Chuck (Leeann) Han…

Butch and Polly (Hartman) Kvamme of Blaine are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on Sept. 27, 1959, in the Methodist Church of Pasco. John was a farmer and real estate developer while Polly was a wife, mom and business partner. Their children are: Jeff and Jane Kv…

Please join the family of Lois (Kleinhuizen) Polinder in wishing her a very happy 90th birthday. An open house will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept 21, at Third Christian Reformed Church of Lynden. Mom taught K-8 music at Lynden Christian School for many years, She also directed choirs at…

Herm Heusinkveld is celebrating his 90th birthday. He was born Sept. 20, 1929, on the Benson Road family farm north of Lynden to Herman and Grace/Ann Heusinkveld. He served two years in the U.S. Navy and then dairy farmed all his life until retirement. Herm is a member of the Lynden Breakfas…

Bethany and Zac Higman of Lynden welcome a baby girl, Stassi Michelle, born Aug. 22, 2019, at the PeaceHealth Childbirth Center in Bellingham. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and joins sister Scarlett. Grandparents are Jerry and Margie Struiksma of Everson, Shawn and Kathie Shook of Lynden a…

Rod and Marilyn Bruland will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house for family and friends (no gifts, please) from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5782 Lawrence Rd., where they were married on Sept. 14, 1969. Rod worked his whole career of 30-p…

Meredith Jacobson of Ferndale is celebrating her 80th birthday. "Happy birthday to a wonderful mom who gave us life, love and the ability to laugh. As can be seen, your future is so bright you have to wear shades. Really, really big shades. Mom, we love you so much. Here's to 80 more! From y…

Don and Janice Geleynse were married on Sept. 2, 1954, at First Reformed Church of Lynden. They celebrated their 65 wedding anniversary in late July at Suncadia near Cle Elum with their kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Their children are Greg and Lavonne Geleynse of Mount Vernon, Ken and…

Don and Lynda (Vander Mey) Clark of Lynden were married on Sept. 5, 1969, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Lynda worked for 35 years with the Lynden YMCA, Don for 45 years with Lynden Sheet Metal; both are retired. Their children are Michelle and Donny Boyd and Aaron and Shirlene Clark, all of Lynde…

Larry and Joanne Klyn of Lynden were married on Aug. 30, 1969, in Pella, Iowa. Joanne is retired from being a registered nurse. Larry is retired from 28 years as a teacher and principal in the Midwest and Lynden, and also time in the printing industry. Their children are Angie and Chris Burk…

Henry and Shirley Veldman were married on Aug. 22, 1969 in Lynden. Also, Henry was born on Aug. 23, 1944. They will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and Henry’s 75th birthday together on Friday, Aug. 23, with a morning tea at 10 a.m. and an open house at 7:30 p.m. at the Veldman home…

Lawrence and Bertha Silvis of Nooksack were married in Lynden on Aug. 17, 1954. They will celebrate their 65th anniversary with family on a dinner cruise. Their children are Larry and Adri Silvis of Lynden, Randy Silvis of Lynden, and Lynette and Jeff Hemnes of Everson, with six grandchildre…

Glenn and Sandy will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 4 with an open house at Shuksan Golf Event Center, 1500 Axton Rd., Bellingham, from 2 to 6 p.m. They were married Jan. 31, 1969. They are inviting friends and family to join in their celebration.

Rev. Jack Matheis of Lynden celebrates his 95th birthday with an open house/art show, along with a time of family fun, festivities and falderal!  Jack James was born to Jack and Jacoba Matheis on Aug. 5, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is retired from ministry in the Christian Reformed Church,…

The family of Pat Van Dyk invites you to join them at an open house in celebration of Pat's 90th birthday on Saturday, July 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Faith Community Church, 586 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd. No gifts, please; your presence is her present.

Thanking the Lord for blessing our mom, grandma and great-grandma Wilma Vander Pol with 90 years, we invite you to celebrate with us Sunday, July 21, at 3 p.m. in the Lynden Manor second-floor activity room. No gifts, please, just your presence.

Signe Heys and Jason Whaling of Mill Creek, Washington, welcomed a daughter, Ivy Elizabeth, on July 1 in Bellevue. She weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces, and joins Naomi, 10, and Natalie, 7. Grandparents are Doug and Karen Vellema Heys of Edmonds, and Art and Leslie Whaling of San Diego. Mickie Kin…

Ruby Blasingame (Morgan) is celebrating her 90th birthday. She was born July 19, 1929, in Springfield, Missouri, to Bert and Alma Clay. She was married to Darrel Blasingame. A son, Larry Douglas Morgan, is deceased. She attributes here longevity to the Lord Jesus Christ. An open house for fa…

Great-great-grandmother Harriet Wagter holds Bryson Birdsey while standing behind are grandmother Teressa King, great-grandfather Ron Wagter and mother Kylee King.

Hank and Marge Hoekstra are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married in Lynden on June 24, 1959. Their family includes children Marnie Sutton of Missouri, Karen and Phil Ellis of California, and Kelly Hoekstra of Lynden, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They a…

Five generations gathered for this family photo. The baby, Darwin Hickey, is pictured with, from left: father Austin Hickey, great-grandmother Carol McClellan, great-great-grandmother Betty McClellan, and grandfather Allen Hickey.

Monica and Peter Johnston of Custer welcomed a son, Colton Dean, on June 22, 2019, at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham. He weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and joins Pete Jr., 21, Macki, 20, Wyatt, 17, Isaac, 14, John, 12, Sarah, 10, Brooklyn, 8, Londyn, 5, and Reagan, 2. Grand…

On July 2, 2019, John Kooy will celebrate his 97th birthday. He was born in 1922 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. In 1944 he married Dena Withage and together they raised six children: Wayne, Beatrice, Brenda, Greg, Garth and Ted. John moved his family to Lynden in 1965 and was married to Den…

Torey and Nathan Louws of Concord, California, welcomed a son, Ari Andrew, on June 15, 2019, at their home. He weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces, and joins Micah, 2. Grandparents are Eric and Renae Erickson of Lynden and Jack and Cindy Louws of Bellingham. Alta Louws and Joanne Vogel, both of Lynde…

Herm and Jackie (Orange) Oordt of Mount Vernon are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. They were married in Lynden on June 23, 1949. Family and friends are invited to an open house celebration from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the Heather Village Senior Residence Community…

Keith and Karen Boon are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on June 20, 1969, at Second Christian Reformed Church in Lynden. A dessert open house for family and friends will take place at their home in Lynden from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Their daughters, Kim…

Lindsey Marie and Joel Daniel VanderHoek of Lynden welcomed twins, son Wyatt Daniel and daughter Willa Marie, on May 28, 2019, at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham. Wyatt weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and Willa weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces. Grandparents are Dave and Claudia Va…

Gaylen and Sylvia (Holleman) Visser are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. An open house is planned for family and friends from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at Faith Community Church, 586 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd., Lynden. They were married in the Everson Christian Reformed Churc…

Albert Vinkes of Lynden is celebrating his 90th birthday. Friends and family are invited to a no-gift open house from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, in the second floor activity room of Lynden Manor, 905 Aaron Drive, Lynden. Albert was born on June 8, 1929, in Rock Rapids, Iowa, to Evert “…

Erin and Brett Van Andel of Mount Vernon, Washington, welcomed a daughter, Eiley Noelle, on March 27, 2019, at Skagit Valley Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and joins Emri, 8, Abe, 6, and Jaemin, 5. The grandparents are Rob and Carol Geertsma of Mount Vernon and Doug and Norene Va…

Brooke Christine Schut of Sedro-Woolley and Titus Jay Hollis Ungersma of Lynden announce their engagement and plans for an afternoon wedding on May 11, 2019. Brooke is a daughter of Steve and Melanie Schut of Sedro-Woolley and a 2018 homeschool graduate. She is a meat wrapper/pricer at Islan…

The family of Donna Kenworthy invites you to join them in celebrating Donna’s 90th birthday. The open house celebration will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Grace Baptist Fellowship, 338 N. Park St., Lynden. Come and enjoy coffee, cake and fellowship, but no gifts, please.

  Taya Marie Postma and Knute Cameron Olsen were united in marriage on March 30, 2019, in Bethel Christian Reformed Church of Lynden, with Don Vandenberg officiating. A reception followed at the church.

Harold E. Hanson of Custer is celebrating his 100th birthday. Friends and family are invited to an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Good Samaritan Society/Stafholt, 456 C St., Blaine. No gifts, please, but cards and good stories are very welcome!

Gerard De Koekkoek of Lynden is celebrating his 85th birthday. He was born in Edgerton, Minnesota, on March 21, 1934, to Gerard and Ida (Hanenburg) De Koekkoek. He is retired from dairy farming and enjoys reading, traveling, and being involved with the Gideons. Gerard  was married to Marion …

Dennis (Dutch) and Sandi (Smith) Clark are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on March 14, 1969, at Faith Reformed Church of Lynden and are now retired. Their children are Kerri Clark of Republic, Washington, and Missy and Joel VanderYacht of Lynden. Their pride an…

Dave and Jean Nelson of Ferndale are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. On Sunday, March 17. they will be having a dessert social with family and church family at the Bellingham Covenant Church. They were married on March 13, 1959, at the United Church of Ferndale. Jean is retired f…

Walt DeKraai of Lynden will be celebrating his 97th birthday on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. He was a World War II Navy Seabee and the picture shown was Walt at age 21. He is Judge Advocate of Lynden VFW Post 9301 and is a tireless advocate for all veterans. Walt wil be enjoying a family dinner on…

J. Richard Mayer was born on Feb. 12, 1929. A very happy 90th birthday is wished for a most humble and special man, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor and friend. Your family and friends feel honored to be a part of your life.

     Jenah Rae Korthuis and Andrew John Ziegenfus were united in marriage on June 16, 2018, at Samson Estates of Everson, with Pastor Jason Matthews officiating. A reception followed.

Glenn and Sandra Gitts are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 31, 2019. They were married at Central Lutheran Church in Bellingham on Jan. 31, 1969. The couple celebrated with a trip to Hawaii. An open house is planned for Aug. 4, 2019, when family from Denver and England wil…

  Kirstyn Leslie Schoneveld and Tucker Gerrit Garcia were united in marriage in Lynden on Oct. 5, 2018, with Pastor Ryan Bajema officiating. A reception followed at the  Semiahmoo Resort.

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