James and Margaret Reister


James and Margaret Reister, formerly of Walla Walla and now of Albany, Ore., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family celebration at home hosted by daughters Susan Ruckert and Carolyn Reister and sons Edward and Jeff Reister.

Jim served in the U.S. Navy Seabees in the Philippines in WWII and then worked as a machinist in Portland and Arco, Idaho, before coming to Walla Walla to teach machine shop at the Washington State Penitentiary. His program developed into an Industrial Maintenance Technology program and was moved to the Walla Walla Community College. He retired from the college in 1986. Jim loves his church, as well as fishing, golf and working in his shop at home.

Margaret was a homemaker, raising their five children until they were all in school. Then she worked in the kitchen at Garrison Jr. High until she retired in 1986. Margaret loves her church and entertaining in her home.

She has given much time to visiting shut-ins and taking care of the needs of people around her. She is known for her cooking and her ability with a sewing machine.

They have two daughters, Susan Ruckert, of Tangent, Ore. and Carolyn Reister, of Halsey, Ore.; three sons, Edward Reister, of Tangent, Robert Reister, of Yanai City, Yamaguchi, Japan and Jeff Reister, of Woodburn, Ore.; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


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