ROSEBERG — Richard and Connie North celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary late last year.

They wed on Dec. 27, 1969, in Fargo, North Dakota with temperatures below zero. A Presbyterian minister and Catholic priest presided at the ecumenical wedding.

They regularly attend Mass at St. Joseph Church in Roseburg, where they have lived for more than 50 years. Both were employed by the Roseburg School District and Douglas Education Service District for about 30 years as speech and language therapists. Richard served as a middle school tennis coach for 30 years.

The Norths have traveled widely in Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, Hawaii, Costa Rica and across the United States. They also enjoy Bible study and evangelizing.

Richard facilitated two granite Scripture monuments with a bench and parking spaces behind Wellspring Bible Fellowship’s water feature. The family, he says, have been blessed with many divine interventions and miracles.

Their children and children-in-law are John and Kristin North O’Dell and Drs. Eric and Senna North. John O’Dell is a high school teacher at West Salem High and Kristin is a researcher and administrator at Portland State University. Eric and Senna North are physicians who own their own practice, Hope Family Medicine in Silverton.

The Norths have six grandchildren, three from each family. The anniversary celebration included an hour-long Bible study.