Norm and Pat FitzGerald of Shady Cove celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner and party on New Year's Eve, hosted by their children.
Norman FitzGerald married Patricia Tracy on Dec. 31, 1960, in Reno, Nev.
Both were raised in Klamath Falls. Norm attended Riverside, Fremont, Klamath Union and graduated from Bonanza High School in 1954. Pat attended Altamont Elementary and Altamont Junior High, and Klamath Union, graduating in 1957. Norm joined the National Guard in 1952, graduated from Officer Candidates School in 1959 as a second lieutenant, and after working for FitzGerald Construction Co. for a few years, became a full-time technician for the Oregon Military Department, which administers the Oregon National Guard.
The family lived in Ashland, Keizer and Canby, before Norm's retirement as a lieutenant colonel with 26 years of service.
They then returned to Klamath Falls, where they started a small construction company until 1984, when they went to Yuma, Ariz. Norm worked for Yuma County in the construction of a large detention facility. He then was the facilities maintenance chief at Yuma Proving Grounds.
Returning to Klamath Falls, he became the office manager and weatherization coordinator for Oregon Human Development Corp. until his retirement. They moved to Shady Cove in 2001.
Pat worked at Pacific Power at the time of their marriage, but became a full-time mom and spent many hours volunteering for PTA, as a room mother, teacher's aide and library aide at their five children's schools and activities.
Norm and Pat enjoy traveling and camping in their RV with friends and family. When they aren't traveling, Norm enjoys woodworking and Pat enjoys sewing and quilting.
Their children and spouses are Teri and Alan McCowan of Keizer; Debbie of Mississippi; Doug of North Carolina; Robin and Harmon Tompkins of Redding, Calif; and Christopher of Shoreline, Wash. They also have eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.