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Garcias mark silver anniversary

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Meadow Vista residents Tony and Stephanie Garcia will mark their silver wedding anniversary with a dinner party on Saturday. Joining them will be Stephanie’s parents, Jim and Linda Monday, close friends and other family members. The couple grew up in Newcastle and attended schools in Lincoln. They started going steady in high school and married right after graduating from Lincoln High. After their wedding on Aug. 24, 1985, Tony went to work at Jolly Market in Rocklin and Stephanie was employed at Kennedy Jenks Engineers in Rancho Cordova. Six months after the wedding, Stephanie was critically injured in an accident in Wheatland. Doctors didn’t expect Stephanie to survive. “But, she did survive,” recalled her mother. “With three years of physical, occupational and speech therapy she was on the mend and ready to press on with their lives as planned.” Before moving to Meadow Vista two years ago, the couple lived in Colfax for nearly 20 years. For the past 19 years, Tony has been employed as a real estate appraiser. Stephanie works part time at Target in Auburn. They have three children: 19-year-old Anthony, a student at Sierra College, 17-year-old Steven, a senior at Colfax High and 13-year-old Leah, an eighth-grader at Colfax Elementary. In 2001, the couple’s 18-month-old daughter, Melinda, lost her battle with hepatoblastoma. Afterwards, the couple formed the Busy Angel Foundation and hosted an annual golf tournament and raffle to raise funds for research into the rare form of childhood cancer. They raised nearly $70,000 over seven years. The recession forced them to close out the foundation last year.