Joseph and Marjorie (Johnson) Paik of Violet Hill were married in 1940 in St. James Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, Wis., and retired from engineering and teaching careers in Wisconsin to Arkansas in 1975.
They were honored at a dinner for family and friends both for 65 years of a happy marriage and Joe's 90th birthday at Hillhigh Resort in Horseshoe Bend by their three children and spouses; Douglas and Haydee Paik of Boca Raton, Fla., Kathleen and Thomas Ramstack of Watertown, Wis., and Michael and Carolyn Paik of Delafield, Wis. Also attending were three of their five grandchildren, Christopher and Charleen Olsen of Wisconsin, Carl Olsen of Franklin, and Michele (Paik) and Jamal Black of Wisconsin. The other two, Jennifer (Paik) and Carlos Alanso, Coral Springs, Fla., and David and Mira Paik of Wisconsin, each have little babies and the trip would have been too much. Marjorie's sister, Dottie Brinkman, and her daughter, Barbara, and husband, Bill Knoff. of Wisconsin were also present.
After dinner with flowers and photos and the beautiful wedding cake, Joe and Marjorie were surprised by a short video of Jennifer, her husband and baby. Following that was a humorous review of their lives from babyhood to the present showing births, graduation, wedding, children growing up, more weddings, more births of grandchildren, extensive travels, homes that Joe designed, gardens and photos old and new.
As a climax, Chris and Charlene's daughter, Malina, the Paiks' great-granddaughter, age 8, played a classical violin solo accompanied by her mom on guitar. She has been studying Suzuki violin method for three years which concentrates on the classics.
Kathleen and Thomas hosted a large picnic for family and friends. The men enjoyed the golf courses and the women and Malina took in the holiday doings in town and enjoyed swimming and exercising. "We were overwhelmed by it all and thank them for planning the beautiful and loving celebration," the Paiks said.