Theresa and Charles Pavkov
Theresa and Charles Pavkov of Richland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 18, and will celebrate again with family in Arizona in April.
They were married Feb. 18, 1966, at West Akron Apostolic Christian Church in Akron, Ohio. They have lived in the Mid-Columbia for 9 1/2 years.
Theresa was born in Yugoslavia and housed in a World War II refugee camp before immigrating to the U.S. as a child. She became a nurse and worked in Ohio and New Mexico. In Brazil, she led women’s groups and helped organize statewide church conferences and they played host to many short-term missionaries and visitors in their home. After returning to the U.S., she worked at Hi-Stat Manufacturing Company in Ohio, then as a nanny in Richland. She volunteers at the Richland Lutheran Church, making quilts and at the Richland Community Center. She retired in 2006 from Hi-Stat.
She participates in Women’s Aglow and Tuesday Coffee Klatch at her church.
Chuck was a math and science teacher in Akron, Ohio, Albuquerque, N.M. and Aurora, Colo. In 1971 he moved his family to Brazil, South America, where they worked as missionaries for 27 years, pastoring churches, teaching Bible school and launching national missionaries. Returning to the U.S. in 1998, he was employed as a work cell leader at Hi-Stat Manufacturing Company until semi-retiring in 2006 and moving to Richland. Here he worked for Burden Bearers, Inc. and Richland Life Church. For the last 8 1/2 years he has been a school bus driver for the Richland School District. He teaches small group Bible studies at church.
They are active in the New Vintage Church.
They have three children, Sandi (Craig) Galat of Richland; Ben (Livia) Pavkov and Marc (Andrea) Pavkov, all of Phoenix, Ariz.
They have six grandsons.
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