LEUVEN, BELGIUM – Julie Wedam of Sunnyside married Stijn VanTongerloo in a Belgium civil ceremony Aug. 10, which is mandated by law. The couple, then, recited their wedding vows in a Catholic marriage ceremony Aug. 13 in historic St. Kwintens Church. It is required in Belgium, and most of Europe, for there to be a civil marriage ceremony before the couple is allowed to have the religious ceremony, the bride’s mother, Sue Wedam said. The bride is the daughter of Mike and Sue Wedam, DVMs, of Sunnyside and the bridegroom is the son of Roger and Maria VanTongerloo of Belgium. The couple was attended by her sister, Kristen Wedam of Pullman, and his friend Merijn Fagard of Leuven. The bride’s lace wedding dress was purchased from Fashion Corner and carried by her mother to Belgium for the occasion. She graduated from Sunnyside High School in 2008 and from Washington State University in 2012. She earned her Master of Science in anthropology from Katholieke University, Leuven, in February 2016. The newlyweds met while they studied at Katholieke University, where he has earned two Master’s degrees. He works as a translator and is an editor of a number of written documents. There was a reception and dinner was held for family and friends following the church ceremony. The ceremony was attended by friends and family from the United States, as well as from all over Europe, including Ireland, Scotland and Russia. There will be an American reception at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser on Sept. 4. The newlyweds will make their home in Leuven.
SUNNYSIDE — George and Beverly Schanz are celebrating their 60th anniversary today. The couple was married Aug. 18, 1956, in Yakima, and has called Sunnyside home since 1960. They raised four children: Susan, Nancy, Andy and Chris. They also have four grandchildren: Jordan, Wesley, Sapphire and Summer. Through the years, they have been active in First Baptist Church, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. They are members of Sunnyside AmVets and Ladies Auxiliary. He is also a member of Lower Valley Honor Guard.
BERNALILLO, N.M. — Former Lower Valley couple Milton and Phyllis Ramsey are celebrating their 74th wedding anniversary today at their home. He was from Grandview and she was from Sunnyside when they met. The high school sweethearts were married Aug. 8, 1942, at the Presbyterian Church in Wapato, while he was home on leave from the U.S. Army Air Corps. Milton’s twin brother Morris was best man. During his career in the Air Force, the couple were stationed in Missouri, Idaho, Hawaii, Morocco, Spain and New Mexico. He retired from the military after a 30-year career. They have three children, Marikay of New Mexico, Michael of California and Thomas of Ohio; two grandsons, Wesley and Sean of Ohio.
GRANDVIEW — Malia Lani Ramos and Benjamin Villa have announced they will marry Sept. 10 in an afternoon ceremony. The nuptials will be in the Pioneer Building at State Fair Park in Yakima. The 2010 Sunnyside High School graduate is the daughter of Reynol and EvaLani Ramos of Sunnyside. He is a 2009 Granger High School graduate, and the son of Cindia Soto and Martin Villa of Sunnyside. Villa is a sales manager at Mid Valley Chrysler and Dodge in Grandview and Ramos is a homemaker.