Roses are romantic, line dancing is dumb: Hommels celebrate 25 years


February 9, 2022

Sarah Aslam/Wrangell Sentinel

Joe and Charity Hommel, who will celebrate 25 years of marriage on May 26, believe in sharing, and talking. "Communication is everything," Charity said.

Joe Hommel in 1996 at age 24 used to swing by the meat department at IGA to visit his best friend. Then Charity, 18, started working there, too.

"It started with saying 'Hi' to my friend. Then I started saying 'Hi' to Charity," Joe, now 49, said.

Charity, 43, said she lived on a boat for seven years with her family, and Wrangell was one of her favorite towns to stop in. Her family was sailing from Juneau to Ketchikan, and she jumped ship in Wrangell, getting a job at the former iterations of IGA, working at both Benjamin's and Bob's.

"We met just before Christmas, got together in Februar...

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