ESCANABA - Escanaba residents Loren and Donna Woerpel recently celebrated 50 years of marriage during a June 13 gathering in the Red Barn at the U.P. State Fairgrounds. Special guest was Kathleen Coan, Donna's college roommate, who sang at the couple's wedding. Coan traveled from Tulsa, Okla., to perform the same two songs she had sung at the wedding 50 years ago. She was joined for one song by the couple's son, Mark Woerpel.
In addition, a duet was sung by the couple's daughter, Kristine Hovland, and granddaughter Lauren Hovland. The German Band played dancing music for the crowd, and local historical singer and songwriter Bill Jamerson played guitar and sang two songs dedicated to Loren's career as a forester.
The former Donna Henke, originally of Port Washington, Wis., became the bride of Loren Woerpel, originally of Stevens Point, Wis., during a ceremony at St. John's Lutheran Church in Port Washington, held June 13, 1959.
Donna and Loren Woerpel, 1959
Attendants of the bride were: June Rismeyer, sister of the bride, who served as maid of honor; Linda Woerpel, sister of the groom, who served as a bridesmaid; and Wendy Rismeyer, neice of the bride, who was the flowergirl.
Standing for the groom were his cousins Wally Wichmann, best man, and George Peterson, groomsman.
Loren retired from the Forest Service Supervisor's Office in 1991. He is now owner of Noc Bay Trading Co. in Escanaba. A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Loren is active in various church groups. He is also an active member of the Sportsman Club, NARFE, Mouz Pamp Memorial Association, and past member of Jaycees, Lions and Boy Scouts (earned the W.B. Hunt Award in 1990). Loren's hobby is photography.
Also a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Donna is active in various church groups. She is a member of Mouz Pamp Memorial Association is a volunteer for RSVP. Donna is a past member of Jaycetts, General Federated Women's Club (GFWC). She was also a den mother for Boy Scouts and served as a Girl Scout leader. Donna's hobbies are reading, writing and photography.
Loren and Donna raised four children - Craig (Patty) Woerpel and Jeff Woerpel, both of Escanaba, Mark (Cindy) Woerpel of Ellsworth, Wis., and Kristine (Dan) Hovland of Muscat, Oman. They also have four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.