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: Paula (Erik) Leininger of Everson, Mark (Kathleen) Vander Veen of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Lisa (Glen) Cronk of Helena, Montana, and Philip (Stephanie) Vander Veen of Lynden; and also 19 grandchildren. They attribute their lasting marriage to faith, trust and love of God and each other. They will have a family gathering Oct. 26 in the Fairway Cafe of Lynden.