Their marriage began Oct. 13, 1962 in the aftermath of the Columbus Day Storm and has weathered 50 years with love and grace. Phil Roethig, an engineer, and Patricia Peightal, a dental assistant, fell in love on the dance floor in Salem in 1962. They were married at St. Joseph's Catholic Church there.
They began their life as a married couple in Lebanon, where they welcomed their son David in 1964. In 1966, they moved to Milwaukie, adopting their daughter Jane in 1967. Phil began work for a paper mill and engineering firms until he began his own engineering consulting corporation in 1979. He has been active in the Boy Scouts and parish stewardship.
Pat was active in their parish and the children’s schools and worked in property management. She eventually became employed at Marylhurst University, where she also earned a degree in Human Studies. They were active members of St. John the Baptist and Christ the King parishes.
Phil and Pat are now happily retired and living in downtown Portland with a view of the Portland hills and Willamette River. They are enjoying visits from their two youngest grandchildren Niklas and Anna.
Phil and Pat are grateful to their family, friends, bridge group and church for supporting their union and express their love and adoration of their two children, their partners and their four grandchildren. A family celebration took place this summer with David and Jane reading stories written and collected from family and friends.