Hoegh-Christensens mark 70th anniversary

September 18, 2012

By Contributor

Ruth and Preben Hoegh-Christensen in 1942

Preben and Ruth Hoegh-Christensen celebrated their 70th anniversary Aug. 2.

Preben and Ruth met in World War II during the German occupation of Denmark. The couple married in a downtown Copenhagen church in 1942.

After the German invasion and threat of a Russian occupation, they departed for the west and landed in Seattle.

The world-traveling duo moved their home base over the years from Ballard to Mercer Island, where they helped found the Bellevue Philharmonic Symphony and volunteered for more than 30 years, to their last stop in Sammamish. They still volunteer for the Sammamish Symphony, which they also helped establish, and at Overlake Hospital, in Bellevue.

The childless couple said years ago they decided to make the community their family.

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