John R. and Jean Marie Ponti will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 1-5 p.m. Saturday during an open house for friends and family at their home, 52478 Pleasant View, Milton-Freewater. Their children and Norene Mikkelson will host. At the couple’s request, guests are asked not to bring gifts.
John and Jean met at a Christmas gathering and married Nov. 23, 1963, at St. Frances Church, Milton-Freewater. Jean’s maiden name is Severin.
John worked for Umatilla Cannery, A Boy Supply, Sunshine Chevrolet, Hanlon Motors and Ponti’s Auto Service. He enjoys hunting, fishing and the National Rifle Association and is always fixing something.
Jean worked for St. Mary Hospital, Catherine Street Clinic and Davis-Sameh Meeker Lab. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She enjoys gardening, cooking and being with her grandchildren.
Both are members of St. Frances Catholic Church.
They have two sons, John Lee Ponti of Camarillo, Calif., and Kerry Ponti of Walla Walla; a daughter and son-in-law, Desiree and Brian Muirhead of Walla Walla; and four grandchildren.