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Nilsens celebrate 50th anniversary
Lynda Snelson and Bruce Nilsen, sweethearts since their days at North Kitsap High School, were married 50 years ago on June 22, 1963 at the First Lutheran Church in a candlelight ceremony. Six bridesmaids and six ushers were part of the wedding party. Shirley Gnos Hill was the maid of honor; the brother of the groom, Roger Nilsen, was the best man. The happy couple honeymooned in San Francisco and at Disneyland.
They have lived in Kitsap County for the majority of their 50 years together. They have two daughters, Michele Nilsen-Wasson and Lesley Nilsen; and two grandchildren, Aaron and Holly Wasson. Bruce still works at Nilsen’s Appliance with his daughters, and Lynda is now retired. They are scholarship coordinators for the Miss Poulsbo/Miss Kitsap/Miss Silverdale Scholarship Organizations.
The Nilsens celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 23 at Kiana Lodge, celebrating with more than 90 people. Many of the original wedding party and guests were there to share stories and memories about Lynda and Bruce.