Frederick “Tony” and Patricia Homminga of
Grand Rapids are celebrating 50 years of marriage with an open house at Townsend Park Pavillion, Rockford, on Saturday, August 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The couple were united in marriage on September 3, 1959, at the Plainfield Township Fire Station Hall.
Frederick enlisted in the U.S. Navy after marriage and spent a few years in Rhode Island and Antigua before returning to Michigan. He became a diesel mechanic for Contractors Machinery and ATL/ANR Truck Lines, retiring from ANR. He went on to get his builder’s license and helped to build a few Parade of Homes houses in the Grand Rapids area.
Patricia worked as a phone operator for Amway for many years, and for a time was also an administrator’s assistant for a local business network communications company. She is now enjoying being a full-time mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is an avid reader, and also loves spending time in her garden.
The Hommingas’ children include Deborah Homminga, Darrell Homminga, Denise Hofstra, and Darla-Jo (Mike) LeBaron. Grandchildren include; Paige, Stephanie and Matthew Hofstra; Alex Rude; Shelby, Chelsea and Ashley Homminga. The couple has one great-grandson, Marcus Brown.