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John and Wendy Gallagher

  • John and Wendy Gallagher celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, Tuesday, August 6, 2013. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

John and Wendy (Thayer) Gallagher celebrated their 50th anniversary with a trip to Lake Louise, Canada, and a family dinner party arranged by their children and spouses.

The Gallaghers lightheartedly claim that they have finally forgiven their mutual friend who set them up on their first blind date to a coffee shop for ice cream sundaes. They hit it off immediately, and after dating for approximately two years, were married at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, in La Habra, on June 22, 1963.

They lived in Anaheim and Fullerton before settling in Santa Rosa in 1967.

John has had a long career in law. He was deputy D.A., assistant D.A., and deputy city attorney for the city of Anaheim; and a Sonoma County Superior Court judge. Wendy was a teacher in the Twin Hills School District. Both retired in 1997. Avid travelers, the Gallaghers have traveled abroad to Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, Costa Rica and Canada. In the U.S., excursions have taken them to Oregon, Washington, Maine, Vermont, Iowa, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona and Montana.

These days, John keeps busy with golf and reading. He is active with various clubs and organizations including the Elks, Rotary Club, and the Bishop's Advisory Committee. Wendy enjoys gardening and reading. They both try to spend as much time as possible with their grandchildren.

Family members include: son Stephen Gallagher and his wife, Summeena, of Santa Rosa; daughter Mary Beth Salmon and her husband, Roy, of Santa Rosa; and daughter Kathleen Jones and her husband, Steve, of Rancho Murieta. They have seven grandchildren.

Their advice for a long and happy marriage is: "Love each other, and treat each other as you would like to be treated."


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