Born and raised in North Dakota, Arnold and Donna Wallender were married Dec. 22, 1955, in Ellendale, N.D. They moved in 1961 to Coalinga, Calif., where they pursued their careers and raised their children.
Arnold was a professor of mathematics at West Hills College. Donna worked as a nurse at Coalinga District Hospital. They moved to Medford upon their retirement in 1991.
Arnold and Donna have two children; Lisa Wallender of Los Osos, Calif., and Lee Wallender of Kirkland, Wash.; and one grandchild.
To celebrate, Arnold and Donna hosted coffee Dec. 13 at their church, Ascension Lutheran Church in Medford.