Published on Tue, Jun 14, 2011
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65 and counting
Dick and Winona Bekkevar will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Thursday, June 16.
Dick’s family, one of the area’s best-known, settled in the area in 1910, arriving from Norway. Winona Lotzgesell’s family, a territorial pioneer family, was here to greet them. They showed up in the Dungeness Valley in 1859, arriving from Germany.
Dick was working for Leroy Lotzgesell, Winona’s dad, when they met. Soon after, they married in Port Angeles, then raised a family of six children in eastern Clallam County (Little Michigan).
Dick was a logger, heavy equipment operator and a well driller. Winona worked in Sequim and raised the children on the farm they reside on and take so much pride in.
Now both retired, they enjoy activities with the Grange, Elks and Masonic Lodge. Dick and Winona also enjoy helping with the annual farm tour and the big Labor Day barbecue they share each year with family and friends.
The Bekkevars have four daughters: Chris Baker, Aleta Smith, Loretta Grant and Dorinda Becker. They have two sons: Dave and Jim. All live in Sequim. In addition, they have 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Angels, maybe Charlie’s
Seven of the eight Sequim High seniors who are part of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church youth group showed up in cap and gown for Mass on Sunday, June 8. They were introduced to the congregation by Anne Marie Grey, who handles St. Joseph’s youth ministry program. Top, from left, Abigail Vidals, Vincent Luis, Aldo Garcia and Gerardo Azanza. Front, Monica Moreno, Alice Hastings and Cynthia Flores.
Western Washington University student Jenna Hall, daughter of Randy and Camille Hall of Carlsborg, recently received a $2,000 Florine A. Wheeler Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year.
The Wheeler Scholarship is awarded to students from Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Clallam, Pacific or Mason counties who have chosen elementary education as a major.
Hall, a senior at Western, is majoring in elementary education and English. She has earned a 3.8 grade-point average and is expecting to graduate in winter 2012.
Learning by degree
Sequim High junior Megan Bekkevar and senior Vito Cibene received their FFA State degrees during the 2011 State FFA Convention held in Pullman on May 14-16. The requirements for achieving the degree are lengthy and rigorous, including participating in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level.
Applicants also must have completed at least 25 hours of community service in a minimum of two different activities.
Successful applicants also must have earned and productively invested at least $1,000 in their agricultural projects or have worked at least 300 hours outside of scheduled class time in a “supervised agricultural experience.”
Cibene plans to study agricultural technology management next year at WSU. Bekkevar also plans to attend WSU, where she will pursue a degree in large animal veterinary science.
Birdsall receives sweet recognition
The Grand Olympics Chorus of Sweet Adelines International announced Jayme Birdsall from Sequim High School as its scholarship winner for 2011.
Birdsall was given the scholarship in recognition of her “exemplary effort throughout her high school career in the area of music.”
The chorus generates the scholarship funding through its annual show, which is held each fall. This year’s show is entitled “Magic of Music” and organizers promise it will be “full of surprises.”
Yes, it’s a bit early, but go ahead and mark your calendar now for Saturday, Oct. 1.
Cody A. Hill, the son of Randy and Kelly Jo Hill of Sequim, has been commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Aviation.
Hill graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Academy – Daytona Beach, Fla., on May 15 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical science. He will attend flight training and the Basic Officers Leader Course at Fort Rucker, Ala.
Cody’s grandfather, Capt. Harold W. Hill, retired, pinned on the bars at the commissioning ceremony. Mr. Hill served as company commander of G-395 in Europe during World War II.
One last time
Kayla Gresli makes a point and shares a laugh with Brian Gang, the principal of Sequim’s Mountain View Christian School. Gresli also gave Gang a gift thanking him for his help during the school’s eighth-grade graduation ceremony. Fellow graduates Rebecca Lewis and Jeremiah Omann joined Gresli and Rebecca’s mom, Shirley, on the front row to watch video compilations of their early years Thursday, June 2.
Pomp and circumstance
Ten students from Sequim were among those picking up diplomas from the University of Washington on Saturday, June 11. The graduates include Moriah Bentz, Bachelor of Arts in communication; Shane Dinius and Nicole Haberer, Bachelor of Arts in business administration; Stephanie Hake, Bachelor Arts in comparative religion; Natalie Jones, Bachelor of Science in chemistry; Samuel Ketcham, Bachelors of Arts in history and philosophy of science; Sarah Mangiameli, Bachelors of Science in astronomy and physics; Catalina Marcial, Bachelor of Science in nursing; Hillary Neal, Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature; and Robert Emmett Watters, Bachelor of Arts in political science.
It’s a girl!
Xyla Teal Reichner was born to Chelsea and Jake Reichner of Sequim on May 16 at 11:10 a.m. The little girl weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces. Xyla’s paternal grandparents are Mike and Rosalind Reichner, Jadyne Reichner and Brenda Donovan, and her maternal grandparents are E. Dean Howell and Waynette Howell.
‘Distinguished citizen’ dies at 105
Helen Marie Gamroth, Sequim’s oldest (as best we can ascertain) resident, died on May 28, just six weeks shy of her 106th birthday. Gamroth was the subject of a Gazette story in July 2010 as she was honored on her 105th birthday with a party and with personal letters from Gov. Chris Gregoire and President Barack Obama. Sequim Mayor Pro Tem Laura Dubois recognized Gamroth as a “distinguished citizen of this city.”
For more on this remarkable woman, see Gamroth’s extended obituary in this week’s Gazette.