Fred and Verla Jean Zielke will celebrate 66 years of marriage in 2012 with a family gathering in Cove. The Zielkes have been Hermiston residents since 1952.
Fred retired after 31 years as a junior high industrial arts teacher in Hermiston. Verla Jean worked as a cosmetologist for 20 years before retiring. Fred enjoys playing bridge while Verla Jean volunteers with Hospice and the P.E.O. sisterhood. They attend the Christian Church.
Their children are Francis, Jerelyn, Jennfred (Jenny) and Scott. They have 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.