Tom, Cora Grost mark 50th anniversary with family
When the family of Tom and Cora Grost of Lansing went looking for a place to gather for the Grosts' 50th wedding anniversary and family reunion, they found the Windemere Lodge on Houghton Lake's northeast shore, near the Spikehorn restaurant and bar in Markey Township.
The Grosts knew the family was planning a week-long get-together, so the celebration was not a surprise.
"We knew it was coming since 1959!" Cora Grost said.
The Grosts, who have seven children, were put up in the Skylight Cottage, across the street, so they could enjoy some privacy.
The rest of the clan, Richard and Karen Grost of Oregon, Mary and John Halpin of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Janet and Mark Sudac of DeWitt, Diane and Doug Coon of DeWitt, Christine and Dan Popoff of Canton, Nancy and Mike Linton of Clarkston and David Grost of St. Joseph, along with the grandchildren Nick, Daniel, Jenny, Dana, Heather, Beth, Katie, Stephanie, Lance, Allison, Carter and Alexis, have been staying in the main lodge, which features about a dozen bedrooms, a fireplace and piano in the main room, a screened-in porch, large eating areas, a laundry room and indoor and outdoor games and toys.
Ruth Linton, mother-in-law of Mike Linton, said she helped Nancy Linton choose a site at Houghton Lake large enough for the event.
"I just thought it would be a nice place for the family to have their reunion," she said.
Russ "Joe" Kwaiser Jr., who owns the lodge with his dad, Russ, and sister, Pay Meyer, said the two-story building is booked all summer, adding they get many returning guests.
Nancy Linton said the Windemere was available for the week of the gettogether, so it was meant to be.
Ruth Linton and her husband, Donald, have lived at Houghton Lake for about 18 years, but it was the first time Tom and Cora Grost have visited - in the past they have camped at Higgins Lake.
Tom Grost retired as an engineer at a hospital in Lansing. His wife was employed as a registered nurse.
When the entire family gathered for a group picture, there were 27 people, dressed in matching colors, according to individual families. The total entourage included closer to 40 people.
Family members brought with them a fishing boat, a speed boat and a pontoon - enough to keep them busy the entire week at Houghton Lake.