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Gary and Manianne Saxe

Gary and Manianne Saxe

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Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 1:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 1:51 p.m.

Gary and Marianne (Silva) Saxe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at their Sebastopol home. Initially it seemed that their plans for a garden party would be ruined by rainy weather, but Mother Nature relented and it cleared up just in time for them to have a delightful outdoor party after all. Gary was born in San Francisco and grew up on the Russian River. Marianne, known as Marni, was born in Sebastopol and has lived there all her life. The couple met at Analy High School in world history class. At that time, there was no high school in Forestville and the teens living in the Russian River area went to high school in Sebastopol. On their first date, they went to the Analy Theater, followed by dancing at the Canteen, a popular teen club in Sebastopol. After going together for two years, they were married on April 6, 1963 in Reno.

Gary worked for Safeway as a produce manager until his retirement. Marni was a stay-at-home mom until the children were older. At that time, she joined the work force and was employed at OCLI until her retirement.

Family members include: daughter, Nanette Misuraca and her husband, Ron, of Fort Bragg; son, Gary Kent Saxe II, and his wife, Cherise, of Inwood, W.Va.; and daughter, Angie Staub, and her husband, Stuart, of Guerneville. They have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Gary has been a member of the Santa Rosa Photographic Society for many years and also enjoys fishing. Marni’s artistic skills include knitting, crafts and painting. Jointly, they enjoy gardening; camping and hiking in the desert; and traveling throughout the United States in their tent trailer.

Their advice for a long and happy marriage is, “Marriage is not easy. You have to work at it. It is give and take for both.” Summing up their close family relationship, Nanette said, “My parents are the best parents, grandparents and great-grandparents anyone could ask for. We all love them very much.”

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