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Couples announcements February 25, 2006




Lawrence Norman and Rosemary Lawrence, of Lawrence, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married Feb. 20, 1946, in Terre Haute, Ind. They moved from Indianapolis to Arlington, Va., in 1964 and from Virginia to Lawrence in November 1971. Norman worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 33 years, retiring in 1981. He worked until 1985 as a consultant for the meat and poultry industry. Their children are Norman Jr. and Sherry Lawrence, Eudora; Mary Schweitzer, Tel Aviv, Israel; and Ruth Netting, Arlington, Va. They have 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.



Patterson-Cooper Mark Patterson and Spring Cooper, both of Grand Canyon, Ariz., announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Brent and Kristene Cooper, Kanab, Utah. She is a 2004 graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah. She is employed with Xanterra Parks as a hotel clerk at Yavapai Lodge in Grand Canyon, Ariz. The future groom is the son of Kenney and Lucy Patterson, Perry. He graduated from Perry-Lecompton High School in 2000. He is employed with Xanterra Parks at the Fred Harvey Mule Barn as a trail guide into the Grand Canyon. The couple plan an April 1, 2006, wedding in Kanab, Utah.



Long Dr. Max and Edna Long, Abilene, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 5 at the First Christian Church in Abilene. Max Long and Edna Edwards were married March 4, 1956, at the Central Avenue Christian Church in Topeka. They lived in Wichita for six months, moving to Abilene in October 1956 when Max opened a chiropractic office. Edna is employed in the administrative offices for Dickinson County. She graduated from Linwood High School in 1953. Their children are Jeffrey Long, Abilene, and Bruce and Deana Long, Farmers Branch, Texas. They have six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The couple request no gifts.



Hoover-Stites Kelly and Melinda Hoover, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Heidi Hoover, Lawrence, to Mark Stites, Edwardsville, son of Ed and Judy Stites, Edwardsville. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Free State High School. The future groom graduated from Bonner Springs High School. The couple plan a March 4, 2006, wedding in Lawrence.



Beneventi-Page Holly Beneventi and Dan Page, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dan and Arlene Huhn, Nevada, Iowa. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He is on the staff of the music department at Kansas University and is on the faculty of Washburn University. She is a professional accompanist and maintains a teaching studio in her home. The future groom is the son of Patricia Page, Pratt, and the late Dr. Vale Page. He is a graduate of Plainville High School. He graduated from Northwest Area Technical School in Goodland. He is employed by Clark Mechanical Contractors in Leavenworth. The couple plan a Sept. 16, 2006, wedding at First Christian Church of Lawrence.



Shaffer Richard and Harriet Shaffer, Lawrence, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a family trip to San Diego in the summer. They were married Feb. 26, 1966, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lawrence. Harriet is a counselor at Southwest Junior High School in Lawrence. Dick is a retired research chemist, having worked at InterX-Merck and Oread Laboratories. The couple's children are Susie and Mark Fagan, Lawrence; Steve and Katie Shaffer, Allen, Texas; and Carol and Brian Birnbaum, Denver. They have three grandchildren.



Dickson-Winn Elaine Dickson, Memphis, Tenn., and Paul Winn Jr., Lawrence, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Tommie and Heidi Collins, Mississippi. She graduated from high school and college in Memphis. She works for DuPont Chemical Corp. The future groom is the son of the late Corrine and Paul Winn Sr. He graduated from Highland Park High School. He received a bachelor's degree from Western Bible College and a doctorate from Faith Bible College. He is employed with the city of Lawrence human relations department. The couple plan a March 4, 2006, wedding at Mustard Seed Christian Fellowship Church in Lawrence.



Altenbernd-Shane Amy Altenbernd and Craig Shane, both of Athens, Ga., announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Rebecca Altenbernd, Eudora, and Robert Altenbernd, Lawrence. She is a 1990 Eudora High School graduate. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech-language-hearing from Kansas University and a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from Arizona State University. She is a speech-language pathologist at Athens Regional Medical Center. The future groom is the son of Dr. Ronald and Harriett Shane, Sunbury, Pa. He is a 1988 graduate of Shikellamy High School in Sunbury, Pa. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He is the interim director of undergraduate programs for the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. The couple plan a June 24, 2006, wedding in Athens.



McCabe-McGuffie Marcy McCabe and Sean McGuffie, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Janet McCabe, Lawrence, and the late Stan McCabe. She is a 1998 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Emporia State University in 2002. The future groom is the son of Glenn and Allison McGuffie, Satellite Beach, Fla. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1997. He is principal analyst at Porter McGuffie Inc. The couple plan a July 22, 2006, wedding and Aug. 19, 2006, reception in Lawrence.



Hukle-VanKirk-Rasanen Vanessa Hukle-VanKirk and Joel Rasanen, both of Denver, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of R.C. VanKirk, Ventura, Calif., and Marian Hukle, Lawrence. She is a 2001 graduate of Lawrence High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in systems engineering in 2005 from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a systems engineer at Raytheon. The future groom is the son of Paul Rasanen and Linda Dennison, both of Green River, Wyo. He is a 2001 graduate of Green River High School. He is a flight medic with Wyoming Army National Guard. The couple plan a November 2006 wedding at the Butterfly Pavilion in Denver.

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