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Couples announcements for April 2006

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Cormack

Cormack Michael and Shirley Cormack, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner and card shower. Michael Cormack and Shirley Absher were married April 8, 1956, in Topeka. They met in junior high school and began dating while students at Topeka High School, where they graduated in 1955. The couple have lived in Topeka; Mobile, Ala.; Rossville; and Lawrence. Both worked for the federal government after graduation. Michael attended Washburn University. He was a teacher at Whitson Elementary School in Topeka and at Central Junior High School in Lawrence. He was an elementary principal at Rossville and at East Heights and Kennedy schools in Lawrence. He retired in 1995. Shirley was a secretary for 47 years for various organizations, including secretary to the base commander at Forbes Air Force Base and secretary to the clerk of the Topeka school board. She retired from Southwestern Bell in 1991 and from Kansas University in 1999. The couple have enjoyed several years of acting in the Lawrence Community Theater. They also participated in productions with the Baker Playmen and the Helen Hocker Theater in Topeka and other venues. Their children are Michael Cormack and Jill Hardesty, Lawrence; Jon and Janie Cormack, Knoxville, Tenn.; and Tim Cormack, Kansas City, Kan. They have five grandchildren. Cards may be sent to the Cormacks at 715 Wellington Road, Lawrence, 66049.

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Collins

Collins Corbet and Jean Collins, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 7 at the Lawrence Holidome. They were married May 14, 1956, in San Antonio. Their children are Barbara Collins, Lawrence; Susan Collins, Merriam; Randy Collins, Lawrence; Judy Collins Jupe, Lawrence; and Lorrie Collins, Lawrence. They also have 10 grandchildren.

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Bower

Bower Michel and Sue Bower, Lawrence, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 9 at Lawrence Wesleyan Church, 3705 Clinton Parkway. They were married April 4, 1981, at First Christian Church in Leavenworth. They have two children, Alyssa Bower and Adam Bower. The couple request no gifts.

Engagement

Gowin

Mellard-Gowin Daryl Mellard, Perry, and Ellen Mellard, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsey Mellard, Perry, to Brady Gowin, Bismarck, N.D., son of Randy and Ina Gowin, Bismarck, N.D. The bride-to-be is a 2002 graduate of Free State High School. She plans to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health from Winona State University, Winona, Minn. The future groom is a 1999 graduate of Bismarck High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorehead and a Master of Science degree in sport administration from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. The couple plan a July 1, 2006, wedding at St. Lawrence Catholic Center in Lawrence.

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Marcellino and Altman

Altman-Marcellino William W. Jr. and Debby Kay Altman, Tonganoxie, announce the engagement of their daughter, Whitney Bailey Altman, Scottsdale, Ariz., to Dr. Thomas Richard Marcellino, Scottsdale, Ariz., son of Griff and Kathryn Hawkinson, McPherson, and Thomas and Lara Marcellino, Mesa, Ariz. The future bride received a bachelor's degree in human development and family life from Kansas University. She is a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She is in long-term care administration. Whitney is the granddaughter of William W. Sr. and Nella Mae Altman, Clearwater, and Roy and Marlene Harris, Derby. She is the great-granddaughter of Moscelene Farney, Wichita. The future groom graduated with honors in biology from KU. He is a member of the Beta Theta Phi fraternity. He received a medical doctorate from KU's School of Medicine. He is a family practice resident with The Mayo Clinic Arizona. Thomas is the grandson of Dr. John Richard and Joan Johnson, McPherson. The couple plan an Aug. 12, 2006, wedding at Elim Lutheran Church in Marquette with a reception at the McPherson Country Club.

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Hammerschmidt

Ballard-Hammerschmidt Larry and Barbara Ballard, Hutchinson, and Lloyd and Cheryl Hammerschmidt, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their children, Katie Ballard, Lawrence, and Dain Hammerschmidt, Lawrence. The bride-to-be is a 2001 graduate of Hutchinson High School. She received a degree in elementary education from Kansas University in 2005. She is a graduate student at Ottawa University. The future groom is a 1997 graduate of Lawrence High School and a 2003 graduate of KU's School of Engineering. He is employed by Bird Engineering in Shawnee. Grandparents of the couple are Lloyd and Irene Ballard, Haviland, and Bill and Sharon Sutton, Greensburg. The couple plan a May 13, 2006, wedding at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.

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Young

Willhite-Young Katie Willhite and Brooks Young were married Sept. 24, 2005, during an outdoor ceremony in Lawrence with the Rev. Jonathon Jensen officiating. The bride is the daughter of Kristi Willhite, Lawrence, and the late Michael Willhite. The groom is the son of Michael and Barbara Young, Lafayette, La. Maid of honor was Betsy Willhite. Best man was Derrek Young. Bridesmaids were Darcy DeVictor and Amanda Price. Groomsmen were Adam Budny and Justin Claypool. Corinne Brinkerhoff was an honor attendant and reader. Megan Winter was an honor attendant. Benjamin Kruse was a reader. Scott Glaves, Eric Hale, Brandon Jordan and Michael Riney were ushers. Ring bearer was Connor Young. Flower girls were Torre Fisher and Leah Willhite. Lauren Zingre was vocalist. A reception was given at Steve's Place in Lawrence. The bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School and Drake University. She is the director of communications for the Better Business Bureau, serving Alaska, Oregon and western Washington. The groom is a graduate of Nickerson High School and Kansas University. He received a doctorate of podiatric medicine from Des Moines University. He is employed as a podiatry resident at Tacoma General Hospital. The couple reside in Auburn, Wash.

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Supancic and Moore Supancic

Moore-Supancic Elizabeth Bronwen Moore and Dennis Joseph Supancic Jr. were married Sept. 30, 2005, in the Malott Room at the Kansas University Memorial Union with Ronald Ricley officiating. The bride is the daughter of Garry and Virginia Moore, Olathe. The groom is the son of Dennis and Sheila Supancic, Lawrence. Matrons of honor were Heather Cummins and Jessica Moore. Best men were Mike Balding and Greg Collins. Flower girls were Abegail Moore and McKayla Sullivan. A reception was given in the Kansas Room in KU Memorial Union. The bride is a 1999 graduate of Olathe South High School. She received an associate's degree in nursing from Johnson County Community College in 2004. She is a registered nurse at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. The groom is a 1998 graduate of Baldwin High School. He received an associate's degree in nursing from Johnson County Community College in 2004. He is employed at PHS as a registered nurse. The couple reside in Overland Park.

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Warren

Warren Gerald and Catherine Warren, rural Douglas County, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house for family and friends on Sunday. They were married April 8, 1956, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence. Gerald attended schools in Osage County. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 3rd Division, 3rd Tank Battalion from 1951 to 1953. Gerald farmed and worked for Clinton, Marion and Willow Springs townships. He also worked as a supervisor for facilities and operations at Kansas University from 1986 to 1995, when he retired. Catherine graduated from Lawrence High School in 1954. She worked as a quality checker for Hallmark Cards for more than 33 years until retiring in 1998. Their children are Peggy Warren, Overbrook; Cindy Nesvarba, Topeka; Brenda Leach, Olathe; and Kelly Coleman, Lecompton. They also have four grandchildren. The family suggests a card shower. Cards may be sent to them at 535 N. 500 Road, Overbrook 66524.

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Wilmes

Gens-Wilmes Kiersten Lynn Gens and Aaron Rylee Wilmes were married Nov. 12, 2005, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence with the Rev. Michael Mulvany officiating. The bride is the daughter of Janet and Bob Gens, Massillon, Ohio. The groom is the son of Cheryl and Duane Wilmes, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Christine Ziel. Best man was Robert Gens. Bridesmaids were Angela Bremer, Christine Gens and Lisa Harlan. Groomsmen were Brian Gens, Steve Segebrecht and Adam Wilmes. Flower girl was Kylee Bremer. Ushers were Jeremy Bowman, Dave Goodwin, Brad Harker and Mike Walters. An evening reception with cocktails, dinner and dancing was given at Alvamar Country Club. The couple took a honeymoon to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The bride is a 1997 graduate of Clemson University and works for Hallmark Cards. The groom is a 1993 graduate of Lawrence High School and a 1999 graduate of Kansas University. He graduated in 2004 from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. He is an optometrist in Lawrence. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Levings and Graves

Graves-Levings Perry and Gloria Graves, Lawrence, and David and Christy Levings, Osawatomie, announce the engagement of their children, April Graves and Damian Levings, both of Lawrence. The bride-to-be attended Lawrence High School and received her General Educational Development degree in 2000. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration at Haskell Indian Nations University. She is a customer service representative at Sunflower Broadband in Lawrence. The future groom is a 1991 graduate of Paola High School. He is a union carpenter employed with George J. Shaw construction in Kansas City, Mo. The couple plan a Sept. 2, 2006, wedding at Steve's Place in Lawrence.

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Braddy

Reynolds-Braddy Gary Braddy, Lawrence, and Barbara Braddy, Seward, announce the engagement of their son, Aaron Braddy, Seward, to Devon Reynolds, Hoisington, daughter of Harold and Tina Reynolds, Hoisington. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Hoisington High School. She is a student in the nursing program at Barton County Community College. The future groom is a graduate of St. John High School. He works at Roto Mix in Hoisington. The couple plan a May 20, 2006, wedding at the Barton County 4-H Building in Great Bend.

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Lash

Myers-Lash Kari Myers and Bryan Lash announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Harold and Sue Myers, Baldwin. She graduated from Baldwin High School in 1994. She is employed as a shipping/sales associate at McFarlane Aviation Inc. in Baldwin. The future groom is the son of Darlene and Ike Taylor, Baldwin, and Curtis and Phyllis Lash, McLouth. He graduated from Baldwin High School in 1994 and North Central Kansas Vo-Tech, where he received certification as a heavy equipment operator. He is employed at DB Excavating in Spring Hill. The couple plan a July 1, 2006, wedding at First Baptist Church in McLouth.

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Buscher and Rippel

Rippel-Buscher Gary and Karen Rippel, Topeka, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Suzanne Rippel, to Duane William Buscher, son of Bill and Sharon Buscher, Topeka. The bride-to-be is a 2001 graduate of Hayden High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Italian from Kansas University in 2005. She is employed by DaimlerChrysler in Overland Park. The future groom graduated from Hayden High School in 2000 and KU in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He is the store manager at Wheat State Pizza in Gardner. The couple plan a fall 2006 wedding.

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Goff

Moore-Goff Robert and Linda Moore, Girard, announce the engagement of their daughter, Suzanne Elizabeth Moore, Lawrence, to Travis Jay Goff, Lawrence, son of Thomas Jr. and Joyce Goff, McCune. The bride-to-be graduated from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor's degree in Spanish in December 2004. She is employed by Kansas University's Learning Communities Office. The future groom plans to receive a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from KU's School of Pharmacy in May 2007. He is employed by Dillons as a pharmacy intern in Olathe. The couple plan a June 17, 2006, wedding at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frontenac.

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Griffith and Kennedy

Kennedy-Griffith Carl Kennedy, Miltonvale, announces the engagement of his daughter, Jessica Caye Kennedy, Lawrence, to Adam Andrew Griffith, Lawrence. The bride-to-be also is the daughter of Mary Anne and Wilton Cherry, Dover, Tenn. She is a 2001 graduate of Stewart County High School, Dover, Tenn. She attended Kansas University from 2002 to 2005. She is an employee at Insight Photography in Lawrence. The future groom is the son of Patricia Griffith, Iola. He is a 1993 graduate of Salina South High School. He is employed at Stanion Wholesale Electric in Lawrence. The couple plan an Aug. 5, 2006, wedding at the South Park Gazebo in Lawrence.

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Taylor

Spurgeon-Taylor John and Karla Spurgeon, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Marika Spurgeon, White Bear Lake, Minn., to Adam Taylor, White Bear Lake, Minn., son of Steve and Sandi Taylor, Bloomington, Minn. The bride-to-be is a 2000 graduate of Free State High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications in 2004 from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. She is a school-based match coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities in St. Paul, Minn. The future groom is a 2000 graduate of Thomas Jefferson Senior High School, Bloomington, Minn. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Drake University in 2003. He is a Web marketing specialist for Securian Financial Group in St. Paul, Minn. The couple plan a Sept. 16, 2006, wedding at the South Park Gazebo in Lawrence.

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Jackson

Brandt-Jackson Erin Brandt and Jarod Jackson, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Lee and Ruth Brandt, Wathena. She is a 2003 graduate of Kansas University with a bachelor's degree, emphasizing early childhood education, from the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is a kindergarten teacher at Sunshine Acres Montessori preschool. The future groom is the son of Jim and Deanna Jackson, Osage City. He is completing his final semester of classes at KU's School of Pharmacy. He will begin a year of pharmacy internship rotations in July. He plans to graduate in May 2007 with a doctorate in pharmacy. He is employed with Orchards Drug Store. The couple plan a June 10, 2006, wedding.

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Reischman

Reischman-McCoy Rick and Gloria Reischman, Tonganoxie, and Kenneth and Roxane McCoy, Tonganoxie, announce the engagement of their children, Christopher Reischman and Jena McCoy, both of Colorado. The future bride is a 1999 graduate of Tonganoxie High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in special education in 2004 at Kansas University. She is an elementary reading teacher for the Douglas County school district in Colorado. The future groom also is a 1999 THS graduate. In 2004, he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and business administration from KU. He works for Trigon EPC, an engineering and consulting firm in Colorado. The couple plan an Oct. 28, 2006, wedding at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.

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Anderson

Berg-Anderson Gregg and Charlotte Anderson, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their son, Bryan Anderson, Lawrence, to Heather Berg, Lawrence, daughter of James and Carlene Berg, Grand Junction, Colo. The bride-to-be is a 2000 graduate of McPherson High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Kansas University in 2004. She is employed at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America in Lawrence. The future groom is a 1995 graduate of Lawrence High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2001 from KU and a bachelor's degree in education from Washburn University in 2003. He is an English teacher at Washington High School in Kansas City, Kan. The couple plan a private wedding ceremony June 2, 2006, followed by a reception at Liberty Hall in Lawrence.

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Loder

Modrzynski-Loder Rachel Modrzynski and Caleb Loder were married Oct. 8, 2005, at Fall Leaf Farms in Linwood with the Rev. Clint Bridges officiating. The bride is the daughter of William and Lynn Modrzynski. The groom is the son of Bruce and Linda Loder, Brookville. Maid of honor was Jennifer Guy. Best man was John Boyd. Flower girl was Moira Seu Modrzynski. A reception followed the ceremony at Fall Leaf Farms. The bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School and Lawrence Career College. She is a business office assistant for Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority. The groom is a graduate of Ell-Saline High School. He received an associate's degree in technology from Kansas State University-Salina. He owns and operates Action Technologies Group Inc. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Scott

Whalen-Scott Aindrea Katherine Whalen and Derek Fischer Scott were married Oct. 15, 2005, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lawrence with the Rev. Robert Leiste officiating. The bride is the daughter of Kurt and Susie Whalen, Lawrence. The groom is the son of David and Rhonda Scott, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Tamara Henley. Best man was Brian Collins. Bridesmaids were Karen Bentley, Melina Cook and Katrina Scott. Groomsmen were Arman Pirzad, Colby Vick and Jared Whalen. Ushers were Wesley Cook, Mark Betzen and Jon Hall. Flower girl was Hannah Young. Ring bearer was Adam Gorges. Emily Scott and Amanda Fredrickson were guest book and gift table attendants. Lynne Saunders, Janis Grandon and Jane Carroll were assistants to the bride. Carlos Espinosa, Jesse Henkensiefken, Leslie Henrie and Noemi Miloradovic provided music for the ceremony. John and Sara Evans provided transportation for the bride and groom. A reception followed the ceremony at Abe and Jake's Landing in Lawrence. The bride is a 1999 graduate of Lawrence High School. She is employed at Regions Bank. The groom is a 2001 graduate of Lawrence High School. He graduated from Kansas University in 2005 with a degree in chemical engineering. He is employed at Earth Science Solutions Inc. The couple reside in Springfield, Mo.

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Sloan

Peuker-Sloan Mindee Leigh Peuker and Steven Jeffrey Sloan were married Oct. 1, 2005, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Atchison with the Rev. Robert Zeigler officiating. The bride is the daughter of Steven and Yvonne Peuker, Atchison. The groom is the son of Steven and Venice Sloan, Powhattan. Grandparents of the bride are Ruth and Dwight Peuker, Atchison, and Don and Pauline Ptomey, Troy. Grandparents of the groom are Mary Ellen Sloan, Leavenworth, and Helen Lohman, Tonganoxie. Maid of honor was Alycia Madison. Bridesmaids were Kelly Hale and Brandee Peuker. Junior bridesmaid was Dominique Ptomey. Adam Shirley was best man. Groomsmen were Andrew Peuker, Curtis Sloan, Darren Lamme and Karl Gaskell. Junior groomsman was Hunter Idol. Natalie Ptomey was flower girl and Houston Idol was ring bearer. Stacey Handke and Melissa Selland handed out programs. Guest book attendants were Joyce Shirley and Pamela Gaskell. Candle lighter was Corrinne Hickman-Sloan. A dinner and dance reception followed the ceremony at the American Legion. The couple took a honeymoon trip to Branson, Mo. The bride works at Dr. Richard Whitlow's office in Leavenworth. The groom works at Anderson Ford in St. Joseph, Mo. The couple reside in Atchison.

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Lynch

Lynch Robert and Norma Lynch, Tecumseh, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 at Stull United Methodist Church. Norma Damm, of Stull, and Robert Lynch, of Berryton, were married April 22, 1956, at the Stull Evangelical United Brethren Church with the Rev. Robert Hayes officiating. Bob and Norma were graduates of Berryton Rural High School. Bob worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. for 28 years before retiring to the farm where they have lived for 49 years. Reception hosts will be their children Sherry and Dale Conrad, Hiwassee, Va.; Rita Arni and Ron Cloughly, Marshall, Mo.; and Jeanne and Chad Copeland, Manhattan. They also have two grandchildren. The couple request no gifts.

Engagement

Fizell

Carkhuff-Fizell Timothy and Margaret Carkhuff, Topeka, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Carkhuff, Washington, D.C., to Jason Richard Fizell, Washington, D.C., son of Richard and Jeanne Fizell, Olathe. The bride-to-be graduated from Topeka High School in 1995 and Kansas University in 2001. She is a communications associate for the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. The future groom graduated from Olathe South High School in 1993 and from KU in 1998. He is manager of proposal development for Health System Research Inc. in Washington, D.C. The couple plan a May 27, 2006, wedding at Grace Episcopal Cathedral and Kansas Museum of History.

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Kuder

Sours-Kuder Kirk and Denise Sours, Linwood, and Merlin and Shirley Kuder, Minneapolis, Kan., announce the engagement of their children, Layci Sours and Bryan Kuder. The future bride graduated from Lighthouse Academy in 2003. She attends Emporia State University, where she is majoring in recreation and pursuing a minor in psychology. The future groom graduated from Minneapolis High School in 2003. He attends Emporia State University, where he is majoring in pre-medicine. He is employed at Flinthills Eyecare in Emporia. The couple plan a June 24, 2006, wedding at Free Methodist Church in Lawrence.

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Wolking

Harris-Wolking Jessica Lorin Harris and Eric Andrew Wolking were married Oct. 1, 2005, at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin with the Rev. Becky Johnson officiating. She was assisted by Monsignor Dennis Dorney, Tulsa, Okla. The bride is the daughter of Jane and Bo Harris, Lawrence. She is the granddaughter of Ruth Beck and Neil Harris, both of Lawrence, and the late Col. Donald Beck and Marion Harris. The groom is the son of Kay and Joe Wolking, Tulsa, Okla. Matron of honor was Toland Hippe. Best man was Dave Sharrer. Flower girls were Haley Hippe, Katie Edmiston, Claire Wolking and Greta Wolking. Flower girl escort was Trevor Huddleston. Sign bearer was Sam Huddleston. Ring bearer was Gavin Wolking. Candle lighter was Garrett Wolking. Guest book attendant was Gretchen Wolking. Ushers were Hunter Harris, Chris Wolking, Greg Wolking, Daniel Wolking, John Huddleston and James Edmiston. Mandy and Mike Spanier were scripture readers. Soloists were Holly Heck, Sara Beach and Jim Tuscherer. A reception followed the ceremony at the home of the bride's parents. The couple took a honeymoon trip to Costa Careyes, Mexico. The bride is a graduate of Kansas University. She is senior manager of alliance coordination and research with McGraw-Hill Construction in Washington, D.C. The groom is a graduate of American University and the Anderson School of Business at the University of California in Los Angeles. He is vice president and account manager for Stanley Associates in Arlington, Va. The couple reside in Arlington, Va.

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Kostner

Hird-Kostner Ricardo Kostner and Kathleen Hird were married Feb. 25, 2006, inside their photographic studio in their home west of Lawrence with Don Dorsey officiating. The bride is the daughter of Dorothy Hird, Conroe, Texas, and the late Otis Eugene Hird. The groom is the son of Johann Ernst Kostner and Clemencia Gonzalez de Kostner, Santiago, Chile. The bride was escorted by Carroll Hird, her brother. Best man was Tom Verska. Groomsmen were Brigham Anderson and Michael Rooney. Matron of honor was Heather Rooney. Aurora Anderson was flower girl. Kathleen Anderson and Jay Haugh were attendants. Mary Stauffer arranged the flowers. The bride is a 1970 graduate of Kansas University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in jewelry and silversmithing. The groom is a 1970 graduate of the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design. He received a master's degree in communications in 2000 from the Metropolitan University of Technology, Santiago, Chile. He is a graphics artist and Web designer. The couple own and operate Hird Photography and Design Center LLC.

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Stoppel

Krebs-Stoppel Holly Krebs and Brett Stoppel were married March 25, 2006, at their Lawrence home with Judge Jack Murphy officiating. The bride is the daughter of Jack and Jill Krebs, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Terry and Anna Mae Stoppel, Garden City. Greg Smith served as the couple's attendant and photographer. The bride is an Oskaloosa High School graduate. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies and sociology from Kansas University. She is a massage therapist for Kinetikos Bodywork Therapy and a yoga instructor for the Yoga Center of Lawrence. She is vice chairwoman of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission. The groom is a graduate of Garden City High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He is Web administrator for KU University Relations. The couple reside in Lawrence.

Engagement

Kruse

Brune-Kruse Mike and Nancy Brune, Lawrence, and Melvin and Patricia Kruse, Bremen, announce the engagement of their children, Kristin Brune, Roeland Park, and Jerod Kruse, Emporia. The bride-to-be is a 1997 graduate of Lawrence High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Emporia State University in 2002. She plans to graduate in May from the KU School of Medicine. Kristin will begin her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at KU Medical Center in July. The future groom is a 1996 graduate of Marysville High School. He received a degree in social science from Emporia State University in 2001. Jerod is a defensive secondary coach at Emporia State University. The couple plan a May 13, 2006, wedding at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Olathe.

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Jamison

Slifer-Jamison Rhett and Vickie Jamison, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their son, Noel Jamison, Ottawa, to Tiffany Slifer, Ottawa, daughter of Frank and Debbie Rushe, Lawrence, and Shelly Patterson. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Lawrence High School and Neosho County Community College. She is a registered nurse and employed at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. The future groom is a graduate of Lawrence High School and Wyoming Technical Institute. He is an automotive technician employed at Wolff Automotive in Eudora. The couple plan a May 27, 2006, wedding at the Lawrence Holidome.

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Connolly

Connolly Retired Col. John J. and Theresa A. Connolly, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering today. They were married April 28, 1956, in Cincinnati. John is a retired 30-year Army veteran. After living in numerous locations throughout the world, the couple retired in Lawrence. They are members of St. John the Evangelist Church. Their children are Mary Wooding, Wichita; Donna Hultine, Lawrence; John P. Connolly, Lawrence; Sheila Connolly, Lawrence; and Michael Connolly, Phoenix. They also have five grandchildren.

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Wedermyer

Trent-Wedermyer Rick and Rene Davidson, Willow, Alaska, announce the engagement of their daughter, Andora Mae Trent, Anchorage, Alaska, to Eric Jeston Wedermyer, Anchorage, Alaska, son of Mel and Judy Wedermyer, Lawrence, and Jim and Lauree Honas, Ellis. The bride-to-be attended the University of Anchorage. She is a court reporter. She is the granddaughter of Ala Mae Sharp, Willow, Alaska, and Ken and Mary Sorenson, Port Angeles, Wash. The future groom is a graduate of Hays High School. He is employed by Rams Services. He is the grandson of Melvin and Beverly Wedermyer, Hays, and Duane and Chris Trauer, Hays. The couple plan a July 15, 2006, wedding in Anchorage.

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Emerson

Neeland-Emerson Dennis and Rosalind Neeland, Great Bend, announce the engagement of their daughter, Hillary Neeland, to Aaron Emerson, son of Misty Emerson, Lawrence, and Danny Emerson, Chanute. The bride-to-be graduated from Great Bend High School in 1998 and Kansas University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in human development and family life. She is employed at Lawrence Family Vision Clinic as a certified paraoptometric. The prospective groom graduated from Lawrence High School in 2000 and is serving in the U.S. Army at Forth Jackson in Columbia, S.C. The couple plan a June 23, 2006, wedding in Lawrence.

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Holliday

Meyer-Holliday Joanne Stewart, Oxnard, Calif., announces the engagement of her daughter, Alicia Meyer, Lawrence, to Christopher Holliday, Independence, Mo. The bride-to-be also is the daughter of Michael Meyer, Sicklerville, N.J. She graduated from Santa Clara High School in Oxnard, Calif., and earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from California State University Dominguez Hills and a master's degree from Kansas University. She is employed with the City of Lawrence. The future groom is the son of Jayne Holliday, Excelsior Springs, Mo., and the late Stanley Holliday. He is a graduate of American High School in Ansbach, Germany, and he received a bachelor's degree in history from William Jewell College. He is a senior consulting information systems technician for the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City. The couple plan a June 10, 2006, wedding in Independence, Mo.

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Fraser

Lynn-Fraser Bill and Cindy Westerhouse, Eudora, announce the engagement of their daughter, Tiffany Lynn, Eudora, to Cory Fraser, Eudora, son of Kurt Fraser, Birmingham, Ala., and Kim Durbin, Tacoma, Wash. The bride-to-be is a 1999 graduate of Eudora High School. She is routing coordinator for Dish Network in Lenexa. The future groom is a 2001 graduate of Roosevelt High School and Vatterott College in St. Louis. He works at Huhtamaki and plans to receive HVAC training. The couple plan a May 5, 2006, wedding at the home of the bride's parents.

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Magnuson and Pippert

Jeffrey Pippert, Ozawkie, announces the engagement of his daughter, Amy Pippert, Ozawkie, to Joseph Magnuson, Topeka. The bride-to-be also is the daughter of Kristi Hawthorne, Oceanside, Calif. She is a graduate of Oskaloosa High School. She works at Central National Bank in Topeka. The future groom is the son of Dennis and Debbie Stofer, Hutchinson. He is a graduate of Nickerson High School, Hutchinson. He works for Jim Garrison State Farm Agency in Topeka. The couple plan a June 24, 2006, wedding at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Topeka.

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Herrman

Laura E. Cribbs and Brad J. Herrman were married Dec. 31, 2005, at Family of Faith Church in Eudora. Parents of the couple are Joseph and Cathleen Cribbs, Eudora, and Alvin Herrman, LaCrosse, and the late Agnes Herrman. The bride attended Kansas University and is a dental assistant at Drs. Seaman and Mayuga D.D.S. in Overland Park. The groom is a graduate of Baker University and is a property inspector and the owner of Antioch Inspection Services in Overland Park. After a honeymoon cruise in the Eastern Caribbean, the couple reside in Overland Park.

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Leary

Norman and Norma Leary, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 6 at Union Pacific Depot in Lawrence. Norman Leary and Norma Sharp were married May 6, 1956, in Lawrence. Norman graduated from Liberty Memorial High School. He is a farmer and house builder. Norma is a Lawrence High School graduate. She is a homemaker and secretary at the Diagnostic Center for Lawrence schools. Their children are Denise Britto, Lawrence, and Meredith Leary, Lawrence. They have two grandchildren. The couple request no gifts.

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Whitman and Brown

David and Twilla Brown, Baldwin, announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Elizabeth Brown, Eudora, to Scott Henry Whitman, Las Vegas, son of Stephanie Whitman, California, and the late Larry Charles Whitman. The bride-to-be is a 1998 graduate of Lawrence High School. She received a bachelor's degree in animal science in 2002 from Kansas State University. She is human resource manager for Hy-Vee in Belton, Mo. The future groom is a graduate of Douglas County High School, Nevada. He attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He works at Brown Cargo Van in Lawrence. The couple plan a June 10, 2006, wedding at Worden United Methodist Church in Baldwin.

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Burke and Bradshaw

Don and Sandy Bradshaw, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Robin Dawn Bradshaw, Lawrence, to Bradley Robert Burke, Lawrence, son of Robert and Priscilla Burke, Topeka. The bride-to-be is a 1999 graduate of Eudora High School. She received an associate's degree from Washburn University in 2004. She is a paralegal for Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline in Topeka. The future groom is a 1993 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School. He received a bachelor's degree from Kansas University in 1998 and a juris doctorate in 2001 from KU's School of Law. He is an assistant attorney general to Atty. Gen. Phill Kline in Topeka. The couple plan a May 26, 2006, wedding at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.

Engagement

Campbell and Folks

Margaret Folks, Eudora, and the late Kenneth Folks, announce the engagement of their daughter, Diana Folks, Eudora, to Sam Campbell, Eudora, son of Richard and Janet Campbell, Eudora. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Eudora High School. She received a bachelor's degree in communication studies with a minor in leadership studies from Kansas University. She is a personal lines underwriter with Farmers Insurance. The future groom is a Eudora High School graduate. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from KU. He is employed with Bird Engineering. The couple plan an Oct. 21, 2006, wedding at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.

Engagement

Jackson and Morales

Adrianne Morales and Wayne Jackson, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Chuck Morales, Kansas City, Kan., and Dodie and Roy Coker, Lawrence. She is a graduate of Lawrence High School and Johnson County Community College's School of Cosmetology. She works at The Hair Shop in Olathe. The future groom is the son of Wayne January, Leavenworth, and Louise Jackson, Wichita. He is a graduate of Lawrence High School. He is a professional natural body builder. The couple plan an April 28, 2007, wedding in Lawrence.

Engagement

Freel and Wright

Vicki Foster, Wellsville, and Vern Wright, Bronson, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kerry Sue Wright, Salina, to Joseph Normandy Freel, Salina, son of Robert and Donna Boese, McPherson. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Central Heights High School, Richmond, and Baker University. The future groom is a graduate of Salina High School and Brown Mackie College. The couple plan a May 6, 2006, wedding at Trinity United Methodist Church in Salina.

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