On August 5, 1961, Joseph Groh and Josephine LaFrate were united in marriage. This week, the Belmont couple is celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends on Saturday, August 6. Their children include Stephen and Natalie Groh, David and Michelle Groh, Michael and Tina Groh, Paul and Cindy Groh and Dan Groh. The couple has 10 grandchildren, Callie and Aaron Bunyea, Chase, Nikole, Devon, Kama, Brandon, Brittany, CJ and Gabe; and two great-grandchildren, Kora and Wyatt Bunyea.
Rev. Ken and Ruth (Frens) Westrate will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 9, 2011. The couple was joined in matrimony on June 9, 1961, at 16th Street Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Mich. The Westrates’ parents are Gare and Alberta Westrate and Ben and Gertrude Frens. The couple’s children are Keith and Val Westrate of Connecticut, Eric and Amy Westrate of Michigan, and Bill and Shela Westrate of Wisconsin. Their grandchildren are Crystal and Gabrielle of Connecticut, Emma and Abby of Michigan, and Ellie and Grace of Wisconsin. The Westrates celebrated with a family vacation to Disney in November 2010, and will be taking a trip to Cap Cod in June 2011. Rev. Ken served five R.C.A. congregations in Sheldon, Iowa, Lennox, S.D., Maurice, Iowa, Wyoming, Mich., and Gary, Ind. He retired in October 2008, and he and Ruth moved to Rockford. Ruth graduated from Blodgett School of Nursing and was employed by Holland, Blodgett, Bronson, Pine Rest, U of M Hospital, and Sioux County Health Department Center in South Dakota. She also was a volunteer counselor at Crisis Pregnancy Center in South Dakota. She has served in churches in various ministries. Rev. Ken is presently involved with Rockford Reformed Church, and he and Ruth are enjoying their beautiful home and town.
Thomas and Lupe Bradfield of Rockford will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on December 26, 2010. They are now retired and enjoy vacationing in Texas. Thomas and Lupe have two children, Tommy and Tony, and one grand-dog, Karma. A hockey game and family dinner in downtown Grand Rapids is planned for the occasion.
Reeds celebrate 50 years James and Beverly Reeds of Rockford will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on October 29. The couple were joined in matrimony October 29, 1960. The Reeds are the parents of Wendy (Larry) Harr, Randy (Linda) Reeds, and Christopher Reeds (deceased). They have five grandchildren: Jacob, McKenzie and Michael Reeds, and Nathan (Brandi) and Emily Harr. An open house in their honor will be held on October 29, 2010, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rockford Sportsman’s Club, 11115 Northland Drive, Rockford.
Bert and Linda Schuitman will be married 50 years on Thursday, September 9, 2010. They were married on September 9, 1960 at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church in Rockford. Their children are Scott and Dawn Schuitman and Susan and David Bilski of Rockford. Their grandchildren are Kari, Kevin (Kasie) and Kelli Schuitman, Amanda (Randy) Branderhorst, Andrew, Michael and Steven Bilski, and great-granddaughter Gracie. The Schuitman’s celebrated this very special occasion with family trips to Traverse City and Mackinaw.