Tracy Vander Stelt of Lynden is celebrating her 90th birthday. She was born on Aug. 3, 1931, in Rapelje, Montana to parents John and Kate Zylstra. Tracy has been married to Gerrit Vander Stelt for 69 years. Tracy and Gerrit have four children, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. …

Wayne and Barb (Scheenstra) DeVries of Ferndale were married on July 6, 1971, in Third Christian Reformed Church of Lynden. They dairy farmed until 1995 and since then have been raspberry growers off Northwest Drive between Lynden and Ferndale. Their children are Wendi and Vince Stremler of …

Len and Bev (Heeringa) Honcoop of Lynden were married on June 11, 1971, in First Christian Reformed Church of Lynden. Together starting in 1975 they were the owners of Len Honcoop Gravel Inc., a business from which they are now retired. Their family includes: Jodi and Darren Tjoelker of Ever…

On June 18, 1971, Meindert Joostens married Beverly DeYoung in South Park, Illinois. They are thankful for the 50 years God has given them together and blessed them with five children: Dr. Faith Bult, Tim (Heidi) Joostens, Steve (Stephanie) Joostens, Joy (Joel) Hoksbergen, and Paul (Becca) J…

Ken and Pam Ritter of Everson are celebrating 50 years married. Their wedding date was June 6, 1971. Their family includes: sons Jason (Alysha) and Justin (Keeley), daughters Amy and Katy (Shiloh); 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Their advice for long and healthy marriage: "Nev…

John Kooy is the oldest member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church of Lynden and one of the oldest residents in Whatcom County. His 99th birthday will be celebrated on July 2, 2021. John is thankful for the many years he has lived, including 73 years of marriage to Dena before she died in 20…

Erika R. Boyd, of Issaquah but born and raised in Lynden, is engaged to be married to Radu Cracut, of Issaquah and formerly of Lynnwood by way of Brasov, Romania. The parents of the bride-to-be are Don and Michelle Boyd of Lynden. Erika graduated from Lynden Christian High School in 2011 and…

Jake and Jeannette Stap of Lynden were married 70 years ago on Friday, May 18, 1951, in the Sumas Christian Reformed Church. They are retired from dairy farming. Their children are: Karen and Ron Hendricks, Larry and Debbie Stap, Ken and Sherri Stap, Kermit and Trish Stap, Monte and Tammie S…

William and Loretta O’Shaughnessy of Birch Bay are quietly celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on April 29, 2021. (Don’t worry, it will get loud once the border reopens!) A toast that was presented at their 25th anniversary still holds true: “To Mom and Dad, the best example of a coup…

Nettie Pottratz turns 105 years young on April 24, 2021. Born in Lynden as Annette Rutgers on April 24, 1916, she lived elsewhere in Washington in life and retired back to Lynden, Nettie now resides at the Christian Health Care Center of Lynden. Because of COVID restrictions this year, her f…

    Jaime Breann Erickson and Matthew William Reed Schmidt, both of Bellingham, will be married at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021, on a charter boat leaving from Eastsound on Orcas Island.

Malorie and Derek Tjoelker of Lynden welcomed a son, Dekker Lee, on March 12, 2021, at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and joins Macy, 9, and Briggs, 4. Grandparents are Lauren and Doreen Meenderinck of Lynden and Dave and Kim Tjoelker of E…

Kaysha and Joel VandeHoef of Everson welcomed a son, Jack Walker, on March 9, 2021, in Bellingham. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and joins Peyton, 8, and Jude, 4. Grandparents are Rod and Joan VandeHoef of Everson and Monte and Tammie Stap of Everson. Great-grandparents are Jake and Jeanette…

Dave and Kathy (Heutink) Buys of Custer are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on March 19, 1971, in First Christian Reformed Church of Lynden. Both are retired. Their children are: Shannon and Denise Buys of Oak Harbor, Rebecca and Kevin Hansen of Lynden, Vincent …

Karen and Kenneth DeWaard of Ferndale welcomed a son, Austin Lee, on Feb. 16, 2021, at the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Childbirth Center in Bellingham. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and joins Hazel, 4, and Ivy, 2. Grandparents are John and Mary Meyer of Lynden and Terry and Karen DeWaard of Ferndale.

Tena Speelman, a resident of the Christian Health Care Center in Lynden since September 2018, will celebrate her 90th birthday on March 21, 2021. Mom has always been a card-sending, letter-writing lady, said her daughter, and would love to hear from friends and family; send to CHCC Room 307,…

Five generations of the Ronhaar family gathered recently at the home of Jerry and Brenda Roosma of Lynden. Pictured are Bea Brune Ronhaar, 93, a life-long resident of Lynden; Bill Ronhaar, 68, of Mount Vernon; Connie Talbot, 40, of Mount Vernon; Olivia Temple, 21, of Nashville, Tennessee; an…

Julie and Scott Vander Laan of Kenmore welcomed a second daughter, Calla Joelle, on Feb. 1, 2021, at EvergreenHealth Medical Center, Kirkland. She weighed 7 pounds and joins Elise, age 2. Grandparents  are Keith and Lori Vander Laan of Everson and Cal and Melinda Bratt of Lynden.

Walt DeKraai of Lynden is celebrating his 99th birthday. He was born on Feb. 15, 1922, in Ottumwa, Iowa. His work was as a pipefitter/steamfitter. He has been very involved with Veterans of Foreign Wars and continues as Judge Advocate of VFW Post 9301 of Lynden. He is active in recruiting fo…

Jeanette (Jeanie) Cyr of the Christian Health Care Center is celebrating her 100th birthday. She was born on Feb. 7, 1921, in Seattle to parents Ray and Margaret Ham. The family moved to Everson when Jeanie was 5 years old and she continued to lived there. She worked in the public informatio…

Eleanor (Johnson) Shagren, born Jan 18, 1921, in Anacortes, is celebrating her 100th birthday. She was married to Henry for 74 years before his death in 2015. She still lives on her own and drives. She is a blessing to her family, church members and many friends.

Charles J. Tjoelker of Lynden is celebrating his 90th birthday. He was born on Jan. 1, 1931, at home on the Lynden family farm to William and Ruby Tjoelker. Charles is retired from trucking, which he did from age 16, although his work was also his hobby. He kept his truck and hauled logs cut…

Earl Matheson of Lynden is turning 100. He was born on Dec. 17, 1920, in Bellingham. He is a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served at the naval base in Kodiak, Alaska. Earl likes to spend time with family and friends, following sports, gardening and singing a happy tune. Earl …

Stephanie and Nathan Kooi of Washington, D.C., welcomed a daughter, Holland Olivia, on Oct. 26, 2020, in the nation's capital. She weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and joins Lynden, 7, and Dempsey, 6. Grandparents are Rick and Jill Lubbers of Hudsonville, Michigan, and Veryl and Connie Kooi of Ly…

Sheri and Alan Haaland of Overland Park, Kansas, welcomed a son, Andrew Bruce, on Nov. 23, 2020, at Advent Health Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam, Kansas. He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and joins sisters Amelia, 4, and Morgan, 2. Grandparents are Sandy Haaland and Marlin and Nellie…

Chelsea and Kelby Stadt of Everson welcomed a son, Kason John Stadt, on Nov. 16, 2020, at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Grandparents are Bruce and Lisa Stadt of Everson, and Scott and Eileen VanDalen of Lynden. Great-grandparents are Jac…

Sierra and Tanner Tjoelker of Blaine welcomed a daughter, Bria June, born Nov. 14, 2020, in Bellingham. She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and joins siblings Kasen, 4, and Axton, 2. Grandparents are Bill and Laurie Scheffer of Everson and Dean and Heather Tjoelker of Blaine. Great-grandparents a…

Jerry and Henrietta (Tolsma) Kaptein are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married  Nov. 20, 1970, in the Mount Vernon Christian Reformed Church. Henrietta is a homemaker and Jerry is retired from owning Jerry’s Iron Works and Sanitech Systems. Their children are Debbie a…

Jake Stap is celebrating his 90th birthday. He was born Nov. 11, 1930, in Lynden. Jake and Jeannette (Visser) have been married 69 years and are retired from dairy farming. Their children are: Ron and Karen Hendricks,  Larry and Debbie Stap, Ken and Sherri Stap, Kermit and Trish Stap, and Mo…

Gerrit and Tracy Vander Stelt of Lynden celebrate 69 years married  on Oct. 24. They exchanged vows in  1951 in Brooten, Minnesota. Both are retired. Their children and spouses are Gary and Kriss Vander Stelt of Owatonna, Minnesota, Kevin and Jane Vander Stelt of Brooten, Karen and David Bov…

Freda Visser of Lynden is celebrating her 95th birthday. She was born as Freda Bierlink on Oct. 17, 1925, and married Lambert Visser in 1945. They had four children: J. Howard, Eileen, Robert and Kathleen. Freda has 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She…

Dorothy Jean Weidkamp Loney celebrated her 90th birthday Oct. 13 having dinner with her children. Dorothy was born Oct. 13, 1930, to the late Harold and Sena Weidkamp of Lynden; she and her seven siblings grew up on the Bender Road family farm. After graduating from Lynden High School, Dorot…

Jan DeVries of Lynden is  celebrating his 90th birthday soon. He was born on Oct. 17, 1930, in Steins, the Netherlands. He is retired from being a dairy farmer and a Realtor in Lynden. He is married to Sharlene and their children are: Frank (Marilyn) DeVries, Wilbert DeVries, Ivan (Trista) D…

Bob and Dorothy (Friesen) Bronkema of Lynden are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on Oct. 1, 1955, in Sumas Advent Christian Church. Dorothy was a cook at Sumas Elementary School and Bob is retired from Darigold. Their children are Terry (Kathy) Bronkema of Evers…

Alice James has celebrated her 103rd birthday. She was born on Sept. 16, 1917, in Sloten, the Netherlands, to parents John and Elizabeth vander Welle, who later lived in Oak Harbor. Alice was a dairy wife and mother, living in the same Custer-area house for 67 years. She and her husband Perc…

Henry and Anjean Vander Veen of Mount Vernon have been married for 70 years. They were wed on Aug. 14, 1950, in Lynden. The couple's children are: Jerry, Jeannie (Charlie) Boon and Joan (Will) Van Der Meulen, all of Mount Vernon, Judi of Bellingham, and Jill (Oren) De Vries of Idaho. There a…

Joan and Herm Fransen of Lynden are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 12, 1960, in Redlands, California. Herm is a retired school administrator and businessman. Joan retired from teaching and being in retail sales. Their children are: Kim (Bill) Naber of P…

Edwin and Rose (Goodacre) Mork of Lynden are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on July 2, 1960, in the Lutheran church of Campbellsport, Wisconsin, both having been raised on farms there. Edwin is a retired from being a locomotive mechanic and electrician. Rose wa…

Glen and Anita (DeGraaf) Chapman are celebrating 70 years married; they were wed on July 22, 1950, in Bellingham.  Anita worked as an administrative assistant, Glen in sales. Their children are Chris Flammang of Kent, Ray and Jan Chapman of Bellingham, and Susan Straight of Everett, and ther…

John and Jessie (Zylstra) Van Hofwegen are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on July 12, 1960, in Artesia, California. John is retired from carpet installation; Jessie was a homemaker. Their children are Derrick and Shari DeBoom, Eric and Sharla Ellens, and Dale a…

Hazel Wright is almost 100 years old! Born in Indiana on July 16, 1920, she married Evan Wright in 1941 and they set out right after the wedding for Everson, Washington. She has now lived in Lynden for more than 45 years. Cards and calls to her would be appreciated.

Elizabeth Kayser and Brandon Mount of Lynden welcomed a baby boy, Kevin Daniel Mount, on May 5, 2020, at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 6.3 ounces.

Dana and Cindy (Davis) Petersen of Lynden are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on July 5, 1970, in Zumbro Lutheran Church of Rochester, Minnesota. Cindy is retired from nursing and Dana from being a family-practice physician. Their children and spouses are Meliss…

Ron and Luanne Alvord of Lynden are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married on June 29, 1980, in Bremerton. Ron is retired from being a general contractor and bus driver, Luanne retired from teaching school. Their children are Erin (Brian) Clemmer of Lynden, Jennifer Al…

On July 2 John Kooy of Lynden will celebrate his 98th birthday. He was born in 1922 in Alberta, Canada. In 1944 he married Dena Withage and they were married for more than 72 years before her passing in 2016. They raised six children: Wayne, Beatrice, Brenda, Greg, Garth and Ted. John now ha…

Loren and Vickie (Emerson) Crabtree of Sumas are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on June 6, 1970, in the First Assembly of God church of Nampa, Idaho. Vickie is retired from being a brokerage analyst with UPS Brokerage, and Loren is retired from being an agronom…

The family of Glen Huleatt wishes him a Happy 90th Birthday! Glen was born to Dale and Elizabeth (Zylstra) Huleatt on June 4, 1930. He was active in sports at Lynden High School. During summer breaks and after graduating he worked for the U.S. Forest Service before joining the Navy. Glen has…

Ed Mills of Lynden is celebrating his 80th birthday. Ed was born May 24, 1940, in Loogootee, Indiana, to Earl and Catherine Mills, the youngest of 12 children. He relocated to Seattle in 1961 and then to Lynden in 1999. Most of his 40-year work career was in marine construction for Manson Co…

Bob and Edna (Vander Meulen) Vander Hoek are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on May 8, 1970, in Third Christian Reformed Church of Lynden. Bob is retired from more than 40 years with Scholten Roofing (if you ever take a Sunday drive with him, he will often point…

Nick and Judy (Boehringer) of Bellingham are celebrating their 50th anniversary. They were married on April 4, 1970, in Bellingham. Both are retired. Their children are: Michelle (Darrel) Cronk of Deming and Brian (Julie) Criscuola of Watauga, Texas; plus 11 grandchildren. They give credit t…

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