Hoekemas celebrate 60 years together

Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2009

Patti and Roy Hoekema were married June 25, 1949, in Spokane, Wash. After 50 years together in Washington state, raising their children and making lifelong friends, they moved to Kasilof 10 years ago, where they built themselves a retirement home that they call "The Hoekema Retreat."

Patti, Roy Hoekema

Patti began married life as a homemaker and moved into retail sales, real estate and bookkeeping as the children grew up. Roy is a retired master machinist who has worked variously in manufacturing, mining, the fishing industry and his own machine shop. Both were active volunteers with the Tustumena 200 sled dog race for seven of the 10 years they have been in Kasilof. Roy has served as president and trail coordinator. Patti served as treasurer. Both have assisted with numerous fundraisers to benefit the race.

The couple's children are Molly (Hoekema) Palmer and her husband, Russ, of Valdez, Charlotte (Hoekema) Rancourt and her husband, Mike, of Wasilla, and Paul Hoekema and his wife, Joan, of Puyallup, Wash.

Houkje Bonnema, a cousin from the Netherlands (and the Hoekemas' unofficial fourth child), together with their three children, many of their 10 grandchildren, and some of their 18 great-grandchildren, joined Patti and Roy at a reunion at the Decanter Inn on Saturday, July 18. In conjunction with the reunion, a reception for local friends and neighbors will be held at the Decanter Inn's gazebo today, July 19, from 2 to 6 p.m.

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