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editorial@robson.com — June 2012


Don and Sandy Neu


Newlyweds Sandy and Don Neu. Don and Sandy Neu were married


June 1, 1962, in Lake Oswego, OR, with Sandy’s father, the Rev. Vincent Stageberg, performing


the ceremony. Don was


teaching school in Salem, OR, and Sandy fi nishing her training in medical technology at the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland, OR. They had been introduced via a blind date set up by Don’s roommate, who happened to be the houseboy at the Pi Phi house where Sandy lived the fi rst two years while at Willamette University in Salem, OR. After the wedding and school obligations, they settled into Salem where Sandy fi nished school and the fi rst two of the three boys were born. Later, Don changed careers and for the next 33 years worked for State Farm Insurance in the


Sandy and Don celebrate 50 years together.


claims department, ending as an attorney negotiator, the majority in the Seattle area where the third son was born. Sandy held primarily hospital management positions, but upon receiving her Master’s degree when the boys were in college,


took a


management stint at Boeing, which was new and fun. Don wanted to learn to play tennis so transferred to Sun Lakes in 1990, retiring here as well after several years. Tennis is his game! The family has grown with three grandchildren in Des Moines, IA, and two in Abingdon, MD. Besides fi guring out ways to visit them, Don and Sandy like to go cruising and have enjoyed many in the past years. This year they plan to do that to the SE Caribbean to celebrate their anniversary with the whole family. 


LaVerne and Maxine Schepker


The Schepkers on their wedding day. LaVerne and Maxine Schepker will be


observing their 70th wedding anniversary on June 1. They were married in Gladstone, Nebraska, in 1942. Their son, Gary Schepker, lives in Surprise, AZ, and their daughter, Candace Gatti and husband John, live in Sun Lakes. Also grandson Scott and wife Veronica, and great grandchildren Josh and Alyssa live in Surprise.


Best of Show Robert Kwait won this award with his


original oil painting “J J J Jackhammer” at the Scottsdale Art League. This annual show is for the Scottsdale Artist’s School. The show was held from May 4 until June 1 at the school. Many talented artists from the League were also in the show. Bob has won numerous awards with


his outstanding oil paintings. He has won this award three times previously. With the award is a $600 Scholarship to the school. Bob’s paintings can also be viewed at the Gallery Andrea in Scottsdale. He also has paintings at the Timmons Gallery in San Diego, California. Before retiring to Sun Lakes six years


ago, he had an outstanding career in advertising. He won the highest and most prestigious awards including being elected


SUN LAKES SPLASH


And 70 years later.


South Pacifi c with the Seabees, and after returning home the couple


Mr. Schepker served two years in the resided in


Hebron, Nebraska, until 1974 when they moved to Mesa, Arizona. In 1987, they moved to Sun Lakes where they still reside. A celebration will be held with family


to honor the couple on this special occasion. 


Bob Kwait and his winning oil painting.


into the Billboard Hall of Flame; one of fi ve to receive this award.


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