LuVerne and Alice Petersen celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Jan. 19, 2014, with a brunch in Walla Walla, Wash.

LuVerne R. Petersen and Alice M. Nelsen were married Jan. 19, 1944, in Kimballton, Iowa. LuVerne was inducted into the Army and spent time at Ft. Lewis, Wash., and Saipan. After the service, the couple farmed near Kimballton for about 63 years. Alice worked as human resources director at the Salem Lutheran Homes in Elk Horn, Iowa, for 28 years. They were members of the Exira (Iowa) Church. They moved to Walla Walla in 2009 and are members of the University Church in College Place, Wash.

The Petersen family includes Jane and Larry Dodds of Walla Walla; Janet and Les Brown of College Place; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

January 20, 2014