John and Norma Gates of Lodi celebrated 50 years of marriage in June. They were married on March 4, 1962 and have resided in Lodi since that day.
They celebrated their anniversary on June 9 to honor Norma’s godmother, Esther Schwindt, who celebrated her 99th birthday. The celebrations spanned a week, with the major event being a dinner-dance gala hosted by Cory and Joni Semer at the Woodbridge Golf and Country Club. Special highlights included John and Norma’s commitment ceremony, the lighting of their first unity candle, dancing to their song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” a life video by Steve Jensen shown during dinner, and a recognition of Esther while she and John danced to “You Are My Sunshine.”