WILSON - George and Della (LaMarche) Willa of Wilson became husband and wife 50 years ago on June 3, 1961. They were married at St. Thomas Church in Escanaba.
Bridesmaids were Janice Nelson and Linda LaFave, sisters of the bride. Groomsmen were Elmer LaMarche and Ivan Hammerberg.
Flower girl was Mary McMartin and ring bearer was Tony Harris Sr.
Della and George Willa
The couple's children are hosting an anniversary party/family reunion on June 4 with an estimated 200 people in attendance.
The daughter of Homer and Alice LaMarche, Della is a part-time substitute mail carrier for the Wilson Post Office. George is the son of Anna Willa. He worked as a woodsworker for many years before retiring.
The couple has five children - Karla (Jim) Willa, Mike (Darla) Willa, Deneen (Mike) Berg, Doug (Marsha) Willa and Jeff (Sheila) Willa, along with eight grandchildren - Chris Hanna, Branden and Allissa Willa, Ryan and McKaylee Berg, Brooke Willa, and Spencer and Natalie Willa.