June 15 was a memorable day for Peter and Leona VanHeyst as they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with family and friends in the Fellowship Hall at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo.
It was a festive mood for all in attendance, especially the couple as they entered the hall, which was graced with flowers and red/blue balloons.
An archway also was beautifully decorated and lit with small lights.
What did surprise the couple was how many of their family and friends came out to help share in this special day and pass along best wishes for a happy future.
For 39 years, the couple resided on their well-kept dairy farm in Chapple Township. They now make their home in Emo, hoping to build someday on the property once owned by Dr. Young at the corner of Front and Robert Streets.
The couple has three sons, Karl (Sherry) of Barwick, and Mark and Marvin (Pam) of Emo. The couple also has seven grandchildren to keep them busy.
At a family supper after the come-and-go tea, a roast pig was enjoyed by those attending, including brothers and sisters of the happy couple.
The evening was filled with humorous stories reminiscing about experiences growing up as a family. A sing-song led by Dorothy and Eltjo Wiersema also gave the audience something to cheer about.
A toast was given by brother, Don. Son, Karl, was emcee and thanked his parents on behalf of his brothers for their guidance. In response, the couple thanked everyone for coming out and sharing their love with them.
The evening concluded by all singing praise and thanksgiving.