Lani and Stan Rossetta of Central Point celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 18, 2012, on a Hellgate Excursions jetboat trip with family and friends, followed by a party at the home of their son, Christopher, and his wife, Trina.
Thirty-four people attended, including three of their four children, (Dan, Wendy and Christopher), and their spouses (Jaime, Melanie and Tina), and six of their 10 grandchildren (Jake, Karli, Rebekah, Andrew, Jordan and Jayden). Also present were Lani's brother, Randy, and his family (wife Nita, daughter Anna, son-in-law James and 4-month-old son Finn) from Bakersfield and Valley Springs, Calif.
Stan's brother, Dan, who was best man at their wedding, and his family (wife Terry, daughters Dani, Dawn and her husband, Jerry, son Jeremy and daughter Talia) arrived from Oroville and Paradise, Calif. Tina's family (parents Dave and Nancy, sister Lisa, her husband Keith and sons Michael, Andrew and Brandon, also attended. Friends, Leroy and Diane Foster from Mount Shasta, Calif., helped celebrate the occasion. Stan and Lani's oldest daughter, Heidi, her husband, Mike, and their children, Devri, Ben and Aubrey, from Madison, Wis., were unable to attend.
Stan and Lani were married Aug. 26, 1962, in the chapel of the Naval Training Center in San Diego where she was raised. They met at Chico State College in Chico, Calif., in 1960 and were married two years later. Both Lani and Stan were teachers in the public-school system. Stan, also known as Fred the Umpire, officiated slow-pitch and fast-pitch softball and basketball games throughout Southern Oregon for 20 years.
The couple has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1972. Lani returned to school and spent the last 11 years of her career working for Southern Oregon Education Service District as an occupational therapist. They both retired in 2003. Lani now teaches yoga at Superior Fitness in Eagle Point, as well as raw-food preparation classes. Together they enjoy traveling; Stan also enjoys gardening and photography; Lani also enjoys writing books and quilting.