Andy and Marie Angaiak celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Aug. 27, 2012, having dinner in the Eiffel Tower restaurant, before going to the top to watch the lights flash on a warm Paris evening.
Since both are retired now, a first ever trip-of-a-lifetime to Europe was the top adventure on their bucket list. They spent three weeks visiting Ireland, England, France and Italy. They also were honored to be able to renew their wedding vows in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican through the kindness of a wonderful Irish Monsignor, John Kennedy. It was another special Irishman, Fr. Daniel Derry, who officiated at their marriage on Aug. 27, 1972, in the chapel of the Sacred Heart Convent in Menlo Park, Calif.
Andy and Marie Morey met in 1970, and became best friends on Nelson Island, when she was a Jesuit volunteer, teaching in Toksook Bay. Andy had just returned home to Tununak after serving in the U.S. Army. After marrying, they moved to Pullman, Wash., so Andy could complete college at Washington State University. While there, they were blessed with the births of Michael and Amy, before the family moved to Seattle so Andy could obtain his master in social work degree from the University of Washington. Their final destination was Fairbanks when, in 1978, Andy accepted the job as Director of Student Orientation Services (now RSS) at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Here they were further blessed with Jennifer and Ryan being born into the family.
Andy and Marie feel unbelievably fortunate to be surrounded by these real treasures in life, their loving and very much loved family in Fairbanks, which also includes Amanda Briggs Angaiak, Matt Smeltzer and Nick Wood, along with grandchildren, Kip, Gabe and Ava Angaiak, and Gavan and Liana Smeltzer. This incredibly generous and creative group prepared an amazing Italian-themed, multi-course 40th anniversary dinner for Andy and Marie when they returned from Europe, a culinary event to be long remembered.
Andy retired in December 2010, as director of Upward Bound and 32 years of service to UAF. Marie retired this past May after teaching second grade for 22 years at University Park Elementary School.
Retirement for both has allowed them to see a bit of the world, and they continue to hope for many more adventures together.