Gerrit and Marie Van Andel

Gerrit and Marie (Ooms) Van Andel of Lynden are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary. They were married on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1943, at the Christian Reformed Servicemen's Home in San Diego, California. Their children, all residing in Washington state, are Linda and Dale Gilmore of Bellingham; Connie and Leroy Hockema of Camano Island; Janice and Dean Butler of Lynden; and Judy and Mike Weiford of Mountlake Terrace. They have 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The couple attributes their lasting marriage to having God as the head of their home.