Jim and Gale (Grosskopf) Manwaring celebrated their 50th anniversary early by taking the KZST cruise to Australia and New Zealand. Accompanying them were Jim's sister, "Cookie" Auvinen, and her husband, Jerry, of Edmonds, Wash. Also in attendance was Jim's college roommate, Ex-Sigma Chi fraternity brother, and friend of 60 years, Bill Seawell.

Festivities after the trip involved a luncheon at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon and a dinner party with friends in Santa Rosa.

The couple met at a teen dance at the Old Strawberry Lake Lodge in Pinecrest, over Labor Day weekend. On their first date, they went to the movies to see "Tammy & the Bachelor." Gale claims Jim fell asleep. They dated on and off from August 1957 to June 1963. They wed at the Millbrae Methodist Church on June 22, 1963.

Gale attended San Francisco State, and obtained her bachelor of science from San Jose State. Jim went to Willamette University in Salem, Ore., for his Bachelors degree, did graduate work at San Francisco State, and obtained his M.A. from Sonoma State.

They have lived throughout the Santa Rosa area, settling in Rincon Valley for the past 47 years. Jim was a physical education and math teacher and cross-country coach for 37 years with Santa Rosa City Schools, and at Lawrence Cook Middle School. Gale worked for 27 years at Hall's Gifts and Awards and for three years at Oakmont as an administrative assistant.

Gale was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at San Jose State and to this day is active as a "Theta" alum. These days, she keeps busy playing Bunko and volunteering at White Head Elementary. Jim stays active by running. He has done the Bay to Breakers for 25 years, the DipSea Race for 10 years, and a few marathons. He is included in the club of marathon runners who have completed races in less than 3 hours. Jim has also volunteered at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

They have traveled around the world to England, France, Germany, Austria, Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, Panama Canal and Australia/New Zealand.

Family members include: daughter Lisa Janine Anderson, and her husband, Curtis, of San Diego; and son Robert L. Manwaring, and his wife, Susan, of Bellingham, Wash. They have 4 grandchildren.

Their advice for a long and happy marriage includes being supportive, understanding and patient, working hard to keep family together, and encouraging all to succeed.

Resources To Help

North Bay Suicide Prevention 24-hour hotline: 855-587-6373

NAMI Sonoma County warmline: 707-527-6655

Sonoma County Psychiatric Emergency Services: 707-576-8181

For information on Sonoma County support groups, call 707-527-6655 or go to namisonomacounty.org