LONG BEACH - L.F. "Swede" and Carole Warneke celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 8, 2007, with traveling companions at the Kismet Hotel overlooking the Aegean Sea in Kusadasi, Turkey. This venue was chosen because they had missed their 25th anniversary when Mr. Warneke was sent to Adana, Turkey to work facilities problems for Boeing at the nearby NATO airbase in 1982. They were able to explore this historical country and bridge between eastern and western cultures more thoroughly during their 23-day trip.
The couple was married at the Fauntleroy Church in west Seattle by Dr. Wade Carter. They both worked at Boeing while Swede also completed his degree in civil engineering at the University of Washington with lots of help from Carole. They moved to Vashon Island in 1960, and began a family when son Alan was born in October 1961. Daughter Diane followed 17 months later in March 1963.
They have always loved the ocean and chose Long Beach as their summer home after Swede retired from Boeing and Carole retired from managing the office for Travel Wild tours and from the galley of Washington State ferries in September 1990. Their son and his wife introduced them to bird watching in 1991 at Cornell's Lab of Ornithology and Sapsucker Woods. Looking for and at birds has taken them to 30 countries and all continents, except Antarctica, since they began this new avocation. Bird watching and wet winters in Washington were instrumental in their purchasing a small winter home in Tucson, Ariz.
A highlight of their retirement was the birth of grandson Lance to son Alan and his wife in November 1995.
Carole continues to be very active with tai chi, yoga, line dancing, hiking, reading, leading bird walks, and volunteering at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Swede loves golf, reading, making slide shows of trip pictures, and writing his "History According to Grandpa" for Lance. Both love to travel mostly by themselves, with their fifth-wheel, or with small tour groups.