Gabe and Margaret Joseph of Walla Walla celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary during a dinner at Smith’s Restaurant. It was hosted on Saturday by their children and spouses and attended by other family members.
Introduced by mutual friends, they married Dec. 26, 1953, at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Portland.
A resident of Walla Walla since he was 2 months old, Gabe attended Green Park Elementary School and graduated from Walla Walla High School and Whitman College. His earliest work was in the family business, Ninth Street Grocery and Market and being a “licker-picker.” When the store closed, he worked for Sherwood & Roberts. He retired in 1990 from Walla Walla Community College. He is a member of Walla Walla Elks Lodge; a co-founder of Quest at Walla Walla Community College, a Fort Walla Walla Museum docent, a vestry member at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and frequently volunteers as needed for many agencies, such as The Pantry Shelf.
Raised in Portland, Margaret attended Creston Grade School and graduated from Franklin High School and the Oregon College of Education in Monmouth, Ore. She taught elementary school in Portland; was director of special education in Empire, Ore., and a kindergarten-ninth-grade teacher for College Place and Walla Walla Public Schools, retiring in 1991. She became a board member of the Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association. She is a co-founder of Quest, a member of PEO-chapter GO and AAUW. She recently was elected to the board of the Walla Walla Senior Citizens Center.
Both are lay eucharist ministers at St. Paul’s and active in the Walk with Christ ministry.
They enjoy traveling to visit family and friends and to interesting places in the world. They play bridge and attend musical and theatrical presentations available in Walla Walla.
They have three daughters, Anne René Joseph of Woodinville, Wash; Margot Joseph Haddad of Seven Hills, Ohio; Susan Joseph Nielsen of Spokane; son Gabe Joseph III, of Centreville, Va.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.