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Tue, June 18

Anniversary: Ralph and Fran Hallstrom

On June 25, Ralph and Fran Hallstrom celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary at the Victorian Estates Clubhouse following the weekly Bible Study.

The tables were decorated with flowers, an anniversary cake and a photo of their June 1947 wedding. Pastries, finger foods, punch and coffee were served, and all enjoyed the celebration.

Most of their six children arrived for the weekend. Son-in-laws John and Kerry took over the kitchen and the barbecue for all the meals. Ralph and Fran were able to just sit, relax and find their seats at the dining table. Ralph said, "Our children are a blessing from God - especially when we are in our 80s."

Ralph and Fran were married in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1947. They moved to California in 1951, and to Arizona in 2007.

The Hallstroms have three sons: Gregory of Prescott Valley, Rob and wife Jeanette of Fullerton, Calif., and Ron and wife Careyn of Reno, Nev.; and three daughters: Diana of Carlsbad, Calif., Kathleen and husband Kerry McGee of Prescott Valley and Karen and husband John Maier of Scottsdale. They have four grandchildren.

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