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LONGEVITY MARRIED 60 YEARS: MICHAEL AND JOAN MCPARLANE.

Byline: -- Simone Schramm Trimm

Michael and Joan McParlane of North Hollywood celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a family barbecue on May 25. They were married on May 25, 1946, at Shrine of the Little Flower in Ferndale, Mich.

They met at J.L. Hudson's Department Store in Detroit, where both of them worked. When Michael joined the Army, Joan began writing him letters overseas. Not realizing which girl she was, he convinced her to meet his family for approval of their long-distance relationship. She got close to the family, and the rest is history.

Joan was born in 1921 in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to Detroit at an early age. While growing up, she loved speed skating in the winter and tennis in the summer. Other passions included singing and painting. She participated in several amateur contests with two of her sisters. She became primarily a stay-at-home mom taking care of nine children. She has worked part time at various medical and dental offices. In 1977, she joined the Retired Persons Scholarship Program and attended the University of Michigan for a time.

Michael was born in Coat Bridge, Scotland, in 1919, and came to the United States in 1926, at the age of 7. His family settled in Detroit. He worked at J.L. Hudson Department Store as a truck driver and dispatcher for the furniture delivery department. He retired from there in 1984.

In 1985, they moved to California, following in the footsteps of some of their grown children. There they became involved in the St. Charles Borromeo Parish, volunteering at a Service Center to help those in need.

They have nine children: Mike McParlane of Canonsburg, Penn.; Chris McParlane of Valley Village; Patsy Grace of Santa Barbara; Peter McParlane of Conifer, Colo.; Colleen Ellison of South Pasadena; Monica Mason of Irvine; Terry McParlane of Livonia, Mich.; Tim McParlane of Batavia, Ohio; and Matt McParlane of Plymouth, Mich. They also have 13 grandchildren.

MARRIED 60 YEARS: JAN AND CATHY MULLER

Jan and Cathy Muller of Granada Hills celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family on June 24 at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills. They were married on June 23, 1946.

They met at a Dutch Reformed Church in Surabaya, Indonesia. In 1950, they left Indonesia for Holland and moved to the United States in 1957 with the help of the Church World Service, along with many other Dutch-Indonesian immigrants.

Cathy was born and raised on the island of Java and attended Dutch schools.

Jan was born and raised in the Netherlands. He volunteered in the Dutch Army and in 1946 was sent to Indonesia, where he met Cathy.

He worked as an engineer in the planning department for Rocketdyne. Following his retirement from Rocketdyne, he and Cathy worked in real estate.

Both are active members of Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch. They have also volunteered for Northridge Hospital over the years.

They have three children: Gerrit Muller of Las Vegas, Harry Muller of Palmdale and Julia Shilling of Clare, Mich. They also have 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Date:Aug 28, 2006
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