Irma and Don Zacher of Pasco celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 28 with a family dinner at Three Margaritas in Kennewick. They also enjoyed a 15-day Panama Canal cruise in September.
They were married Dec. 28, 1963, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Pasco. They are longtime Pasco residents, both graduating from Pasco High School and Columbia Basin College.
Irma continued her education at Eastern Washington University, receiving a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in curriculum. She taught school for 25 years, many of them in the primary grades at Vista Elementary School in Kennewick before retiring in 2007.
She was a member of the Kennewick Education Association and is now a member of the Benton-Franklin School Retirees Association. She is a 57-year member of Columbia Valley Grange in Pasco.
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Don is a 40-year member of the Pipefitters Local 598 Union. He retired in 2005. He was a welder and worked on three of the local dams in the 1960s: Little Goose, Lower Monumental and Ice Harbor dams. He was involved in many construction jobs in this area, including Hanford and several nuclear plants in Washington and Minnesota and the Alaskan Pipeline pumping stations in 1976.
They have three children, Kim and Kenny of Kennewick and Kippy of Pasco.
They have eight grandchildren and two great-grandsons.