Edward and Nicola Pearson celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.
Ed and Nikki were first introduced to each other by a mutual friend and it was love at first sight. Ed was 26 at the time and Nikki was 20. They dated for only six weeks before they realized that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.
Trying to arrange a wedding in their local town of Spokane proved to be not as timely as they wanted, so the two of them headed to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for a small church wedding.
Prior to marrying Nikki, Ed served in the Air Force and then was employed by Kaiser Aluminum where he was a crane operator for 17 years. Nikki worked at a local department store. Later Ed and Nikki owned and operated a small upholstery business for 4 years.
In 1977, after years of reading and researching all about Alaska, Ed decided to come to Alaska for a summer hire job. Ed soon realized that Soldotna would be the best place to raise their children. So the following summer Ed and Nikki made the decision to head north. In 1978 Ed quit his job and packed up the family and they moved to Soldotna. After odd jobs and lots of hard work, Ed and Nikki both landed jobs with the school district, where they both worked fulltime until retirement.
The first winter after retirement they purchased a huge class “A” motor coach and decided to become snow birds and headed to Arizona. They truly enjoyed the snow bird experience for many years.
Looking back and also ahead, Ed and Nikki have been blessed with a large family that continues to grow.
They have five children, Eddie, Greg, Ted, Heidi and Shawn; 11 grandchildren, Zack, Audrey, Sarah, Brianne, Conner, Denali, Dawson, Dalton, Amanda, Savannah, Dakota, Autumn and Kyaha; nine great-grandchildren, Kyler, Layla, Daisy, Carson, Peyton, Myla, Tristen, Lydia and Karma; along with many more in the future!
Ed and Nikki’s family writes, “Many blessing to both Ed and Nikki as we look forward to celebrating many more Wedding Anniversaries with you! Love always.”
Krystal Friedly and Matthew Moore were married in an afternoon ceremony on Oct. 20, 2012 at Trinity Christian Center in Soldotna.
The bride is the daughter of Roy and Sharri Whitford of Soldotna, and Keith and Toni Friedly of Lostine, Ore. She is a 2000 graduate of Skyview High School. She wore a strapless soft white gossamer gown with sunflower detailing on the bodice and carried a bouquet of stargazer lilies and blue dendrobium orchids. Sister of the bride April Friedly served as the maid of honor. Keeley and Taylen Moore were flower girls.
The groom is the son of Renske Vinke Scano, Domenico Scano and Todd and Kirsten Moore. He is a 2002 graduate of Skyview High School. He wore a black tuxedo with a lapis purple tie and vest. Michael Beals served as best man, and Darren Finley and Michael Beals were ushers. Tanner Moore, the couple’s son, was the ring bearer.
The reception included a prime rib dinner at Paradisos, and a teal and ivory three-tiered wedding cake.
Honored guests included the bride’s grandmother, Sharon Kinley, who traveled from Idaho and performed the ceremony.
The couple plans to honeymoon in Hawaii in the spring. They reside in Soldotna.
Kayla Faye Saltzgiver and Darrel Terry Foister of Kenai are engaged to be married on March 23, 2013 at Land’s End in Homer.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Kelly and Pam Saltzgiver of Kenai. She is a 2001 Kenai Central High School graduate and has EMT 2 and pre-nursing training. She is employed as a Medical Assistant Lead at the Medicenter in Kenai.
The future groom is the son of Darrel and Tracy Foister of Kasilof. He is a 2006 graduate of Skyview High School. He has a Paramedic Degree and starts a nursing program in August 2013. He is employed as an ED tech at Central Peninsula Hospital.