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John and Dena Kroeze celebrate 70 years of marriage
ARLINGTON Dena and John Kroeze enjoyed a big party in their honor Sunday, Oct. 14, when more than 250 people attended a luncheon at the Assembly of God Church to recognize their 70th wedding anniversary.
Relatives came out of the woodwork to visit Uncle John and Aunt Dena enjoying a large spread with 70 pounds of potato salad and plenty of pasta salads to go with fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of sweets, too.
The Assembly of God church community also helped to fill the hall. The long line for an expansive buffet lunch prepared by friends and family took more than an hour before everyone was seated with lunch.
Entertainment was provided by Denas nephew Burton DeGrote who sang, Youve always been my hero, and The Hoys, who sang three poignant songs, including We Have this Moment, If That Isnt Love, and Precious Memories.
One of the four singers, Tom Hoy, Johns great nephew, recalled one of his own fondest memories about his great aunt and uncle.
No TV or Internet will ever be as interesting as Sunday afternoon visits with Uncle John and Aunt Dena, Tom Hoy said.
Johns sister, Lillian Kroeze Peterson, remembered a boxing match with Joe Lewis on TV that her husband and John missed because they had stepped out on the porch.
The long-lived couple was very pleased with the day.
It was wonderful way more than we expected, said Dena Kroeze, age 90.
John, on the other hand was a bit worried.
I was sure we didnt have enough food, said John Kroeze, who will be 99 in December.
John Kroeze is a life-long resident of the Arlington area. He was a dairy farmer and built a lot of the barns in the valley. Dena migrated to America from Holland and met John when he was milking cows in Snohomish. John Kroeze attended the Trafton School.