Longtime Lovell residents Inez and Milt Ontiveroz late this summer celebrated a pair of milestones with their family.
Inez recently celebrated her 80th birthday, and at the same time, the couple’s five children sponsored a party for their 60th wedding anniversary in Cheyenne. The couple’s actual wedding anniversary date is Oct. 30.
A barbecue was held for Inez and Milt, followed by a program where their grandchildren in attendance told favorite stories about their grandparents. In attendance were Inez and Milt’s five children and spouses: Cecilia and Bruce Moats of Cheyenne; Milton and Liz Ontiveroz from Laramie; Anna and Tom Fink of Lovell; Mike Ontiveroz and fiancée Becky Hultgren of Laramie; and Victoria and Brian Welan of Phoenix, Ariz.
The couple were surprised that many of their grandchildren and great grandchildren were able to attend.
Thirteen of their 16 grandchildren were in attendance: Thea and Joseph Gomez-Moats; Alexis, AAron and Austin Ontiveroz; Cole, Ely and Kiana Fink; Rhio and Adreanne Ontiveroz; Shelby Happe; and Corina and Clarissa Soto.
And nine of their 10 great-grandchildren also attended: Jordan and Alyson Klemt; Lily Gomez-Moats; Cheyenne Happe; Jaxx and Noa Ontiveroz; Amelia and Olivia Fink; and Salma Gonzalez.
Five of Inez’s sisters and two of her brothers-in-law also attended the family gathering: Lupe Hernandez of Powell; Socorro Ortiz of Denver; Mary and John Alvarez of Laurel, Mont.; Ruth and Phillip Montanez of Lovell; and Cathy Rincon of Cheyenne. Several of the couple’s nieces and nephews also were present.
Inez and Milt were married Oct. 30, 1954, at the old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Park Ave. in Lovell. They have lived in Lovell since the 1940s, having come to Wyoming from Texas as migrant field workers. They raised all seven of their children in Lovell. Son Tom and daughter Alicia have passed away.
Inez taught hundreds of area children as a longtime Head Start instructor. She recently retired after nearly 45 years with the federally-funded early childhood program. She first started as a volunteer aide and moved to cook, teacher’s assistant and finally became head of the program. She then served several years on the regional Head Start board. Inez won many teaching awards, including being nominated for National Head Start Teacher of the Year in 1991.
Milt, who for many years was a farm laborer for Tom Asay and Brownie Brown, retired from the Town of Lovell.