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Couples announcements for June 2008

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Engagement

Legler and Potochnik

Steve and Kim Legler, West Des Moines, Iowa, announce the engagement of their daughter Caroline Legler to Tim Potochnik, both of Wichita. Tim is the son of John and Kim Potochnik, Wichita. The future bride is a 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Kansas University in May. The future groom is a 2000 graduate of Wichita Heights High School. He received a Bachelor of General Studies degree in anthropology from KU in 2005. He is a property claims adjuster for Assurant Specialty Property. The couple plan a Sept. 13, 2008, wedding at Danforth Chapel.

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Rodecap and Zimmer

Zimmer-Rodecap Angela Zimmer and Jeremy Rodecap were married April 12, 2008, at Williamstown Assembly of God, Perry, with the Rev. Rick Burcham officiating. The bride is the daughter of Terry Zimmer and Tina Zimmer-Leiker, both of Salina. The groom is the son of John and Charlotte Rodecap, Perry. Matron of honor was Rosemary Coolon. Maid of honor was Lisa Theno. Best men were Laramie McPherson and Steve Biggs. Bridesmaids were Lynsie Tischhauser, Linsy Krause and Erin Hickey. Groomsmen were Patrick Gordan, Jeff Barhardt and James Hetrick. A reception followed at the Lawrence Holidome. The bride is a graduate of Salina Central High School and Washburn University. She is a registered nurse at Stormont-Vail HealthCare. The groom is a graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. He is a paramedic for Jefferson County Ambulance Service. He is also the chief of operations for a Jefferson County Fire District No. 3, Williamstown. The couple reside in Perry.

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Humphrey and Hooper

Talena Humphrey and David Hooper Jr. were married May 8, 2008, at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, with the Rev. Brian Ross officiating. The bride is the daughter of John and Pam Humphrey, Lawrence, and Marlene Humphrey and Steve Rothwell, Lawrence. The groom is the son of David Hooper Sr., Lawrence, and Claudia and Mike Jones, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Trina Humphrey. Best man was Kevin Hooper. Bridesmaid was Sarah Sharon. A reception followed at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas. The bride is a 1993 graduate of Lawrence High School. She has a business degree from Friends University. She is a commercial lender for Wells Fargo Bank, Overland Park. The groom is a 1993 graduate of Lawrence High School. He has a business degree from Baker University and is studying for a Master of Business Administration degree. He is a personal and commercial insurance agent with Farmers Insurance. The couple reside in Bonner Springs.

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Girty and Cuny

Andy and Frances Girty announce the engagement of their daughter, Kerry Sue Girty, all of Lawrence, to Richard Cuny, Pine Ridge, S.D. Richard is the son of Norma Gillespie, Riverside, Calif., and the late Charles Cuny. The future bride is a 1985 graduate of Lawrence High School. She received an associate of arts degree from Cloud County Community College, Concordia, in 1987. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Okla., in 1989. She received a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University in 2005. She is employed with the U.S. Federal Government-Haskell Indian Nations University. The future groom is a 1990 graduate of Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, S.D. He is a communications instructor at the Marine Air Traffic Control School, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. He is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is taking online courses at Colorado Technical University and plans to receive a Bachelors of Science degree in business administration in spring 2009. The couple plan a Sept. 27, 2008, wedding at Worden United Methodist Church, Baldwin City.

Anniversary

Nebergall

James and Bettie Nebergall will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in a celebration Mass on Sunday at St. George Catholic Church, St. George, Utah. James and Bettie Nebergall were married June 4, 1948. James was a history teacher and basketball coach at Great Bend High School, in Great Bend. Bettie taught advanced English at Great Bend High School. They have three children: Lillian and Steve Cross, St. George, Utah; Lynn and Tom Matthews, Banamichi, Sonora, Mexico; and Lexie Engleman, Lawrence. They have four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Cards and congratulations may be sent to James and Bettie Nebergall at 324 N. 1680 East, Apt. 116 B, St. George, Utah 64790.

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Gingerich and Crow

John and Roberta Gingerich will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a reception from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at Centenary United Methodist Church. John C. Gingerich and Roberta L. Crow were married June 6, 1943, in Oklahoma City. John is a retired Methodist minister and has served in Colorado, Oklahoma, Iowa, Ohio, Lawrence, Leawood and Tokyo. Roberta is an actress, book reviewer and program director of several organizations, including the YWCA and Kansas Humanities Council. They have three children: Harriet and Lou Caplan, Hays; Robin Gingerich and Tom Mersmann, Lawrence; and John Gingerich Jr., Kansas City, Mo. They have two grandchildren. The couple reside in Lawrence. They request no gifts.

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Fraker and Suitt

Amber Lee Fraker and Joseph Payton Suitt, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of David Fraker, Winchester, and Peggy Locklin, Lawrence. She is a 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School. She is employed with the Villages Inc. The future groom is the son of David and Cheryl Suitt, Lawrence. He is a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School. He is employed with the IBEW Local Union 304. The couple plan a Aug. 8, 2008, wedding at Mustard Seed Christian Fellowship, Lawrence.

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Swartz and McComas

Carole and Ted Swartz, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter Heather Swartz to Paul McComas, both of Evanston, Ill. Paul is the son of Hazelyn McComas, Milkaukee, Wis., and the late Harrold J. McComas. The future bride received a bachelor's and a master's degree from Kansas University. She received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a senior medical writer at Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Ill. The future groom received a bachelor's degree from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., and a master's degree in film from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. He teaches writing and film studies at several sites and is the author of three published books. The couple plan a Sept. 27, 2008, wedding in the South Dakota Badlands with a reception in Milwaukee later.

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Britton and Satterfield

Samantha Michelle Britton, Wichita, and Eric Michael Satterfield, De Soto, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Dale Britton and Carolyn Stewart, both of Wichita. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology, both from Kansas University. She received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from KU Medical Center. She is a physical therapist with Kreider Rehabilitation at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and a fitness instructor for the city of Lawrence. The future groom is the son of Michael Satterfield and Cheryl Garrett, both of De Soto. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies in classics and ancient studies from University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a bartender at the Grand Falloon, Kansas City, Mo. The couple plan a Sept. 5, 2008, wedding in Crested Butte, Colo.

Anniversary

Breithaupt

Glenn and Brenda Breithaupt celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Topeka Steak House in May. Glenn Breithaupt and Brenda Penny were married April 18, 1958, in Lawrence. Brenda worked several years at Hallmark Cards Inc, Sears, and later retired from USD 497 Food Service after 10 years. Glenn worked for Farmland Industries and later retired after 40 years. They have three children: Don and Janet Breithaupt, Lawrence; Kris and Paul Oehlert, Baldwin City; and Carrie and Brad Shuck, Lawrence. They have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Bocquin

George and Ailene Bocquin will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends with an open house reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 22 at Alvamar Country Club. George Bocquin and Ailene Johnson were married June 24, 1948, in Emporia. George and Ailene grew up on farms located near Emporia and moved to Lawrence in 1956. George worked for Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad and retired after 40 years. Ailene volunteers in the Lawrence schools, scouting and other community activities. She also taught bridge lessons and sold Avon products for many years. They are members of St. John's Catholic Church. They have four children: Peggy Palmer, Lawrence; Mary and Leland Juel, Denver, Pa.; Dennis and Lisa Bocquin, Shawnee; and Dr. Lary Bocquin, Topeka. They have six grandchildren. The couple residence in Lawrence. The couple requests no gifts.

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Tate and Diers

Rayna Diers, Lawrence, announces the engagement of her daughter, Kimberly Diers, Lawrence, to Aaron Tate, Ottawa. The future bride is also the daughter of Gerald Diers, Hays. She is a graduate of Ottawa Christian Academy. She is a junior and honor student at Kansas University majoring in environmental studies. The future groom is the son of Alvie and Anna Tate, Ottawa. He attended Ottawa Christian Academy. He is employed with Gun-Ko, Olathe. The couple plan a June 21, 2008, wedding at First Baptist Church, Ottawa.

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Baxter

Delbert and Mary Baxter began their 50th wedding anniversary celebration in April, 2008, with a river cruise in The Netherlands and visited Brussels, Belgium and Holland. Delbert Baxter and Mary Harrison were married June 21, 1958, in Lawrence at the Antioch Baptist Church where they both were members. Delbert and Mary are graduates of Lawrence High School. Delbert was in the Army from 1953 to 1956. They reside in Lawrence and are active members of the First Southern Baptist Church. They have two sons, Chester Allen and Treva Bunce of Perry; and Timothy W. Baxter of Lawrence. There is one grandson, C.J. Bunce of Perry. Delbert has two sisters, Delores Lycan of Olathe and the late Mildred Ann Baxter and two brothers, John Baxter Jr. of Ankeny, Iowa, and the late Donald Baxter. Mary has two sisters, Juanita Stowers of Mountain Home, Ark., and Ginger Harrison of Lawrence, and a brother, the late George Albert Harrison. There are 17 nieces and nephews. Delbert retired in 1990 from Aeroquip of Lawrence after 24 years of service. Mary retired in 1993 from Watkins Memorial Health Center, University of Kansas Student Health Services, after 33 years of service. She now works part-time at First Med Clinic in Lawrence. For more than 10 years, Delbert and Mary belonged to local square dance groups. They encouraged friends and family to join them and they traveled in groups to many towns, and other states for special dance events. Their neighbor, James Ellis, was a favorite square dance caller. The years found Delbert and Mary participating in many community services, such as sponsoring youth in high school programs, volunteers at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the Senior Center and the Lied Center, all of which they still continue. Also, Mary served as a Kansas delegate to the Republican Convention in San Diego in 1996. They both have been Republican precinct committeeman and committeewoman for the last 15 years and work the polls at elections. Delbert and Mary will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, with family and friends over "dinner and a movie." This celebration, by invitation only, will be held at the Alvamar Country Club on June 21. The movie is a collection of reflections on the past 50 years. A special tribute to Delbert and Mary will be performed by their goddaughter, ShyAnne Mailen, who is a songwriter and international Christian/Country radio performer. Delbert and Mary accompanied her to Nashville for a Nashville Star Search competition and have been active in promoting her career.

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Hey and Swearngin

Sue Ellen Swearngin, Spring Hill, and Bryan William Hey, Baldwin City, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Shawn Swearngin, Spring Hill, and Vicki Jean Taylor, Fayetteville, Ark. She graduated from Spring Hill High School and Heritage College. She is employed at College Park Family Care Center. The future groom is the son of John and Connie Hey, Baldwin City. He graduated from Baldwin High School and Johnson County Community College. He is employed at Hey Machinery. The couple plan a Sept. 6, 2008, wedding in Baldwin City.

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Woodard

Robert and Shirley Woodard will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception with family and friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 22 at New Life Assembly of God Church, 118 Fifth St., Baldwin. Robert Paul Woodard and Shirley Rose Jones were married on June 15, 1958, at Central United Methodist Church, Lawrence. They have four children: William (Bill) Woodard, Lawrence; Michelle (Missi) Lehr, Kansas City, Mo.; Robert and Gigi Woodard, Lawrence; and Matthew and Youngha Woodard, Lawrence. They have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The couple reside in Baldwin City.

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Siemers and Finger

Mark and Jonnie Finger, Lawrence, and Walter and Loretta Siemers, Derby, announce the engagement of their children, Abigail Katrina Finger and Aaron Ray Siemers. The future bride is a 2002 graduate of Free State High School. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Kansas University in 2007. She is employed with KU libraries. The future groom is a 2001 graduate of Derby High School. He is a studying for a humanities degree at KU. He is a manager for Taco Bell in Lawrence. The couple plan a June 28, 2008, wedding at the Mustard Seed Christian Fellowship, Lawrence.

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Eisenbarger

Merlin and Patsy will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and family with a reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 21, 2008, at the Grove Moose Lodge in Grove, Okla. Merlin Eisenbarger and Patsy Kelley were married June 21, 1958 in Eudora. They are graduates of Eudora High School. They lived in Kansas for 25 years and raised their children. They owned and operated Merlin's Hy-Klas Grocery and Merlin's Ice Co. until they moved to Grove, Okla. in 1983. They started Grove Beauty Supply in 1986 and retired in 1996. They are members of First Christian Church in Grove, Okla. They have both been active in the Moose Lodge for more than 20 years and are in other civic programs. They have two daughters: Penny and Mike Harrell, Lawrence; and Pam Landon, northern Missouri. They have four grandchildren. They couple reside in Grove, Okla. Cards may be sent to Merlin and Patsy at 101 N. Seneca, Grove, OK 74344.

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Fouts and Leach

Julie Jean Leach and Andrew Levi Fouts, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Ron and Peggy Nicholl, Lawrence, and Jim Leach, Burnsville, Minn. The future groom is the son of Tom and Pat Fouts, Columbus. Julie received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Kansas State University. She is a teacher in the Lawrence Public Schools. Andrew received a bachelor's degree in finance from Kansas University. He is a graduate student at KU in the dual Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration program. The couple plan a June 14, 2008, wedding at Danforth Chapel in Lawrence.

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Suitt and Fraker

Amber Lee Fraker and Joseph Payton Suitt, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of David Fraker, Winchester, and Peggy Locklin, Lawrence. She is a 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School. She is employed with the Villages Inc. The future groom is the son of Michael and Cheryl Suitt, Lawrence. He is a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School. He is employed with the IBEW Local Union 304. The couple plan an Aug. 8, 2008, wedding at Mustard Seed Christian Fellowship, Lawrence.

Wedding

Skillman

Sheri Brune and Kyle Skillman were married May 2, 2008, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Lawrence, with the Rev. Michael Mulvany officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mike and Nancy Brune, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Marc and Janet Skillman, Tampa, Fla. Maid of honor was Kristin Kruse. Best man was Bryan Peck. Bridesmaids were Heidi Brune, Ann Wright, Erin Goodman. Groomsmen were Lee Hendricks, Shane Tolbert, Todd Sheely. Ushers were Ryan Brune and Jerod Kruse. A reception followed at Liberty Hall. The bride is a 2001 graduate of Free State High School and a 2008 graduate of Kansas University. She is a structural engineer with Thornton Tomasetti in Kansas City, Mo. The groom is a 1997 graduate of Center Grove High School. He is a 2001 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and a 2004 graduate of KU Law School. He is an attorney with the Collegiate Sports Practice Group of Bond, Schoeneck and King in Overland Park. The couple reside in Kansas City, Mo.

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Lopez and Schimmel

Gene and Linda Schimmel, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter Amy Schimmel to Ricardo Lopez, both of Salinas, Calif. The future groom is the son of Jose Lopez, Salinas, Calif., and Marta Gladys Antonio, San Martin, El Salvador. The future bride is a 2001 graduate of Free State High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in architectural studies from Kansas University in 2006. She is a geometry teacher at Salinas High School. The future groom is a 1998 graduate of Everett Alvarez High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in educational studies and social welfare from California State University, Monterey Bay, in 2000. He is a special education teacher for Alisal Elementary School District. The couple plan a June 14, 2008, wedding at Dance Pavilion on KU campus.

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Lewis

Donna and Herschel Lewis will receive friends at their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Country Club on Sunday. The event will be hosted by their children: Andrea and Patrick Lewis, Olathe; and Jodi and Jarod Lewis, Lawrence. The couple were married on June 15, 1958, at E.U.B. Church in Iola, with the Rev. Lyle B. Roe officiating. They moved to Lawrence in 1969 and established the Lewis Veterinary Clinic. The couple request no gifts, but cards will be appreciated.

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Lisher

Amanda Jeanne Connel and Chad Charles Lisher were married Dec. 1, 2007, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lawrence, with the Rev. Gary Teske officiating. The bride is the daughter of David and Lennie Connel, Leavenworth. The groom is the son of Melvin Jr., and Charlene Lisher, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Rebecca Connel. Best man was Carl Lisher. Bridesmaids were Bobbie Jo Connel, Catherine Connel, and Jayme Lisher. Groomsmen were Andrew Flory, Tyler Crotts, and Cuyler Halpin. Ring bearer was Gabe del Valle. Reader was Jordan Ferguson. Candle lighters were Samantha Jo Connel and Mikel Connel. Ushers were Christopher Connel and Alex del Valle. Program attendants were Libby Queen and Leslie Queen. Guest book attendants were April Pierce and Brookelin Pierce. Musicians were Benjamin Keseley, piano; Cyril Cook, violin; and Whitney Juneau, vocalist. A reception followed at Maceli's. The bride is a graduate of Leavenworth High School. She attended Kansas University and graduated from Washburn University. She is a radiation therapist with Kansas City Cancer Center, Overland Park. The groom is a graduate of Lawrence High School. He attended Johnson County Community College and Washburn University. He is a firefighter emergency medical technician-I with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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LaFaver and Englebrake

Mike and Judy Englebrake, Baldwin City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Molly Englebrake to Sean LaFaver, both of Vail, Colo. The future bride is a 2001 graduate of Baldwin High School. She is a salon owner and hair stylist at Main Street Salon in Vail, Colo. The future groom is the son of Mary Faye LaFaver, Alexandria, Va., and the late John LaFaver. He is a 1998 graduate of Washburn Rural High School. He graduated from Kansas University with a strategic communication degree in 2003. He is a sales manager at RockResort in Vail, Colo. The couple plan an Aug. 30, 2008, wedding at the bride's parents home in Baldwin City.

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Guggissberg

Carl and Doris Guggissberg will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at a restaurant. The couple were married June 13, 1948, at the Methodist Church in Burns. Carl served on a Navy destroyer in the Pacific in World War II. He worked in the parts department at Ford dealerships in Topeka, California and Lawrence for more than 40 years. Doris worked at the Topeka Air Force Depot and was also a homemaker. They have two children: Carol and Steve Martindale, Lenexa; and Kimberly and Clarence Rayton, Lawrence. They have five grandchildren. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Haines

Victoria Partridge and Eric Haines were married June 1, 2008, at Danforth Chapel, Lawrence, with the Rev. Tom Brady officiating. The bride is the daughter of Joseph Partridge, Emporia, and Darla Dale, Burlington. The groom is the son of Charles and Mary Haines, Salina. Maid of honor was Brittany Partridge. Best man was Derek Davis. Flower girl was Izabel Partridge. Ring bearer was Jackson Lillo. A reception followed at the Crystal Ballroom in the Eldridge Hotel. The bride wore a halter top ball featuring a pick up skirt, in all white, from David's Bridal. Her crinoline was dyed hot pink, and her shoe of choice was a traditional black and white low-top Converse All Star "Chuck Taylor." The flower girl and maid of honor both wore black and white dresses from David's Bridal with black and white low-top Converse All Stars. The groom wore a black tux and white shirt with a blue vest and tie and black and white Converse All Stars. Best man, father of the bride, and ring bearer all wore black tuxes, white shirts, vests, and ties, with black and white Converse All Stars. The wedding's color scheme included black and white attire with orange, white, pink and yellow spring flowers, and accents of bright blue fabric (men's ties, brides bouquet ribbons, etc.) A pizza buffet was set up by The Eldridge, to honor the bride and groom's engagement night dinner. The wedding cake was a six-tier cupcake stand of dark chocolate cupcakes with milk chocolate frosting and edible flowers. The cakes were baked by the bride's bakery, Atomic Cupcake Bakery. Edible flowers were provided by BitterSweet Floral. Eighties alternative and new wave rock and modern indie rock were played at the reception. Friends of the bride and groom dj'd the reception. The first dance song was "The Luckiest," by Ben Folds, which was a surprise song picked out by the groom for the bride. Following the reception, the bride and groom spent two nights in the Chateau Avalon in Kansas City. The bride is a 1999 graduate of Burlington High School. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in communications from Emporia State University in 2004. She received a Masters of Arts degree in English from Emporia State in 2008. She is an assistant to the director of undergraduate student services for the School of Fine Arts at Kansas University. The groom is a 2001 graduate of Salina High School. He is a graphic artist with Stouse Screen Printers, Gardner. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Wise and Bailey

Shannon Wise and Ryan Bailey, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Jerry Wise, Topeka, and Sandy Vanatta, Lecompton. She is a 2000 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. She received an associates degree from Johnson County Community College in 2004. She is a radiological technology student at Washburn University. The future groom is a 1999 graduate of Lawrence High School. He is the son of Rick and Jane Bailey, Lawrence. He is self employed in construction. The couple plan a July 26, 2008, wedding at Abe & Jake's in Lawrence.

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Fortune and Rowland

Lindsay Fortune and Ryan Rowland, both of Charleston, S.C., announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Michael and Janet Fortune, Sunset Beach N.C. She received a professional biology degree with a minor in chemistry from Charleston Southern University. She plans to attend the Medical University of South Charleston for a master's degree in occupational therapy in May 2009. The future groom is the son of Ron and Debbie Rowland, Lawrence. He received an accounting degree from Charleston Southern University. He is studying for a master's degree in accounting at the College of Charleston. The couple has not set a wedding date.

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Patterson and Kihm

Larry Patterson, Leavenworth, along with Walter and Ann Kihm, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their children Missy Patterson, Leavenworth, and David Kihm, Lawrence. The future bride is also the daughter of the late Frances Patterson. She is a graduate of Leavenworth High School. She is an art history student at Kansas State University. The future groom is a graduated from Maranatha High School. He is an accounting and finance student at K-State. The couple plan an Aug. 9, 2008, wedding in Lawrence.

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Watson

Gary and Bertha Mae Campbell Watson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 29 at South Park Recreation Center, 1141 Mass. Their children will host the event. Gary Watson and Bertha Mae Campbell were married June 29, 1958, in Almena. They have four children: Mark and Debbie Watson, Wausau, Wis.; Douglas and Sharon Waston, Lyndon; Cherrie and Mark Preut, Nortonville; and Tammy Waston, Lawrence. They have seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Rees and Dick

Alphilde Rees, Lawrence, and Jason Dick, Kansas City, Mo., announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Michael Rees, Lecompton, and Gretchen Byer, Olathe. She is a graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Kansas University in 2008. She will begin to work on a master's degree in Slavic languages and literature in the fall. The future groom is the son of Ernest and Sheryle Dick, Kansas City, Mo. He is a graduate of Parkville High School. He is a student at KU and a supervisor at Vangent Inc., Lawrence. The couple plan a July 12, 2008, wedding at Danforth Chapel in Lawrence.

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Chapman and Lewis

Megan Leah Lewis and Benjamin Gregory Chapman were married Oct. 26, 2007, at Saint John the Evangelist Church, Lawrence, with the Rev. John Schmeidler officiating. The bride is the daughter of Joe and Kim Lewis, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Janice Chapman, McPherson, and Gregory Chapman, Newton. Bride's attendant of honor was her brother, Tyler Lewis. Groom's attendant of honor was his sister, Jessica Chapman. Best man was Ryan Ludwig. Bridesmaids were Miriam Hillmer and Brooke Sherrard. Groomsman was Aaron Dale. Reader was Nicole Proulux. Vocalist was Lynnette (Valencia) Rempel. Ushers were Cameron Cooper and Ryan Dale. Guest attendant was Sara Steinben. Program attendant was Brooke Lowe. Bride's personal attendants were Kayla (Huffman) Altman and Kelsey Cooper. A reception followed at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence. The bride is a 1999 graduate of Lawrence High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and Spanish with a minor in international relations from Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo., in 2003. She spent a year in Puerto Rico with AmeriCorps VISTA doing grant writing and nonprofit management. She received a Juris Doctorate from Kansas University in May. She will be employed as a research attorney for the Kansas Court of Appeals, Topeka, in August. The groom is a 1999 graduate of McPherson High School. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in industrial design from KU in 2003. He plans to graduate with a Professional Masters of Architecture degree from KU in 2009. He is a legal intern with 360 Architecture in Kansas City, Mo. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Nuessen and Whisler

Janelle Nuessen and Shaun Whisler, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Darald and Jane Nuessen, Burlington. She is a 2001 graduate of Burlington High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Baker University in 2005. She received a Master of Science degree in rehab counseling from Emporia State in 2008. The future groom is the son of Ronnie and Cheryl Cross, Newton Falls, Ohio. He is a 1999 graduate of Olathe East High School. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in voice from Kansas University in 2007. He is the director of music at Central United Methodist Church and a paraeducator at South Junior High School. The couple plan a Dec. 06, 2008, wedding at Central United Methodist Church in Lawrence.

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Kline and Zlatkovsky

Larry and Helen Kline, announce the engagement of their daughter, Katrina Kline, all of Lawrence, to Michael Zlatkovsky, Eagle River, Alaska. The future bride is a graduate of Free State High School and she is a student at the University of Evansville in Indiana. She plans to graduate in May 2009 with honors and a degree in French. The future groom is the son of Sasha and Yulia Zlatkovsky, Eagle River, Alaska. He is a graduate of Eagle River High School. He is also a student at the University of Evansville and plans to graduate in May 2009 with honors and a degree in computer science. The couple plan a May 5, 2009, wedding at Powell Gardens, Mo.

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King and Blackstock

Ron and Lisa King, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura King, to Garry Blackstock, both of Orlando, Fla. The future bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School. She received a bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University. She is a financial analyst for Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Fla. The future groom is the son of John Blackstock, Orlando, Fla., and Claudette Morgan, Toronto, Canada. He is a graduate of Saint Catherine High School in Spanish Town, Jamaica. He received a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Central Florida. He is a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Fla. The couple plan a Nov. 22, 2008, wedding in Orlando, Fla.

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Parsons and Fenton

Carlton and Maria Parsons, Wallingford, Conn., and Daniel and Karen Fenton, Shawnee, announce the engagement of their children, Barbara Parsons, and Brian Fenton, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a 1996 graduate of Mark T. Sheehan High School, Wallingford, Conn. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Connecticut in 2000. She received a Mater of Arts degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Kansas University in 2007. She is a graduate student at KU studying environmental policy. The future groom is a 1998 graduate of Shawnee Mission North High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and information technology from Kansas University in 2002. He is a web programmer for KU. The couple plan a Oct. 25, 2008, wedding at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.

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Axcell and Bennet

Bill and Nan Axcell announce the engagement of their daughter Shelly Axcell to David Bennett, all of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2002 graduate of Free State High School. She plans to graduate in December with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Baker University. The future groom is the son of Gary and Mary Bennett, Lawrence. He is a 2000 graduate of Lawrence High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Kansas University in 2004. He is employed with Innovative Dealer Solutions. The couple plan an Aug. 9, 2008, wedding at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.

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Bogner and Smith

Jim and Gayla Bogner, Lecompton, along with David Smith, Lecompton, and Patricia Huhs, Perry, announce the engagement of their children, Kimberly Bogner and Ross Smith, both of Perry. The future bride is a 2001 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School and a 2005 graduate of Highland Community College. She is studying business communications at Emporia State University. She is employed in the laboratory department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The future groom is a 2002 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School and a 2007 graduate of Missouri Auction School. He is employed at Leo Smith Farms and is the owner of RS Auction Service. The couple plan a Sept. 20, 2008, wedding in Perry.

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Bennett and Vale

Teddy Van and Anna Vale, Topeka, along with Joel and Karen Chapman, Prairie Village, announce the engagement of their children, Tiffany Vale and Zachary Bennett, both of Lawrence. The future bride attended Washburn University as an art history major with a minor in photography. She creates hand-made stationery, coordinates weddings and is a swing dance instructor. The future groom attended Kansas University as a film major and is also planning to study linguistics. He is a display artist for Urban Outfitters, Lawrence. He is also a swing dance instructor. The couple plan a Sept. 27, 2008, wedding in Shawnee.

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Wells

Vernon and Cleta Wells, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house reception with family and friends from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 6 at Steve's Place, 1388 N. 1293 Road, Lawrence. Vernon Wells and Cleta Statler were married on July 4, 1958, at North Lawrence Christian Church. Vernon retired after 41 years as a union plumber, and Cleta ran the family rent business. They have two children: Dennis and Caroline Wells, Valley Falls; and Mary and Don Hopkins, North Pole, Alaska. They have three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. They couple request no gifts.

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Whisler and Nuessen

Janelle Nuessen and Shaun Whisler, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Darald and Jane Nuessen, Burlington. She is a 2001 graduate of Burlington High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Baker University in 2005. She received a Master of Science degree in rehab counseling from Emporia State in 2008. The future groom is the son of Ronnie and Cheryl Cross, Newton Falls, Ohio. He is a 1999 graduate of Olathe East High School. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in voice from Kansas University in 2007. He is the director of music at Central United Methodist Church and a paraeducator at South Junior High School. The couple plan a Dec. 06, 2008, wedding at Central United Methodist Church in Lawrence.

Engagement

Rowland and Fortune

Lindsay Fortune and Ryan Rowland, both of Charleston, S.C., announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Michael and Janet Fortune, Sunset Beach N.C. She received a professional biology degree with a minor in chemistry from Charleston Southern University. She plans to attend the Medical University of South Carolina for a master's degree in occupational therapy in May 2009. The future groom is the son of Ron and Debbie Rowland, Lawrence. He is a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School. He received an accounting degree from Charleston Southern University. He is a studying for a master's degree in accounting at the College of Charleston. The couple has not set a wedding date.

Engagement

Fox and McDowell

Douglas Lettsch and Caroline Fox announce the engagement of their son, Samuel Fox to Meghann McDowell, all of Overland Park. The future bride is the daughter of Charles Jr. and Norma Jean Shotton, Bowling Green, Mo., and Carla McDowell, Independence, Mo. She is a senior in the School of Social Welfare program at Kansas University. She is a counselor at Safehome domestic violence agency in Overland Park. She is a former employee of Boston Financial, Lawrence. The future groom is a 2007 graduate of KU and a first-year graduate student in the School of Architecture at KU. He is a design team architect for Reed Group and Associates in Overland Park. He is a former employee of the Jayhawk Bookstore. The couple plan a Sept. 27, 2008, wedding at Danforth Chapel on KU's campus.

Anniversary

Studebaker

Paul and Katie Studebaker, Lawrence, began their 50th wedding anniversary celebration in late April with a western Caribbean cruise accompanied by their best man and his bride of 50 years. Their celebration continues with a reception for family and friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 6 at First Christian Church, Lawrence. The event will be hosted by their daughters and spouses. The couple were married July 6, 1958, at Hillside Christian Church in Wichita by the Rev. D.K. McColl. Paul received a chemical engineering degree from Kansas State University and began a career with Cabot Corporation in Pampa, Texas. In 1965, they moved to Lawrence and Paul worked for FMC Corporation. Paul retired in 1999 after more than 33 years of service. Katie worked for Tempo, J.C. Penney's, Anchor Savings and USD 497 and retired in 2000 after more than 18 years of service. They have three daughters: Paula and Joe Meyers, Lawrence; Susan and Dave Boehnke, Overland Park; and Pam and Joe Kucza, Lawrence. They have seven grandchildren. The couple request no gifts.

Wedding

Park

Lauren Kernes, Lawrence, and Bryan Park, Greenville, S.C., were married June 21, 2008, at Danforth Chapel on Kansas University's campus in Lawrence, with the Rev. Shawn Norris officiating. The bride is the daughter of Bruce and Janet Kernes, Shawnee. The groom is the son of John and Susan Park, Greenville, S.C. Maid of honor was Janet Kernes. Best man was John Park. A reception followed at the Eldridge Extended in Lawrence. The bride attended West Junior High School in Lawrence. She is a 1999 graduate of Fairview High School in Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., in 2003, and a Master of Arts degree in museum studies from KU in 2008. The groom is a 2000 graduate of Eastside High School, Taylors, S.C. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., in 2004, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in metalsmithing and jewelry from KU in 2008. He will be a visiting artist at Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho. The couple reside in Lawrence.

Anniversary

Wyatt

Duane and Ruth Wyatt, Eudora, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception with family and friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 6 at Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds Building No. 1. Duane Wyatt Sr. and Ruth Carr were married July 6, 1958, in Lecompton. They lived in Lawrence. Duane worked for Woods Lumber Yard for 21 years. He was an active member and past president of the Eagles Lodge No. 309. In 1979, they moved to Osage City and operated a hardware store until 1984. In 1981, Duane was elected president of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce. Duane and Ruth later moved to Topeka and worked for Jostens Inc. until Duane's retirement in 1996. The couple returned to Lawrence and Ruth worked for the city of Lawrence until her retirement in 2001. They are lifelong members of Lawrence Wesleyan Church. They have four sons, Duane Jr., Jeff, Bryan and Doug. They have 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. The couple request no gifts.

Anniversary

Woodson

Richard and Carlee Woodson, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today with a family dinner at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park. A reception will be given at their son's home and hosted by their children, grandchildren and families. Richard Woodson and Carlee Penner were married June 27, 1958, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Hutchinson. Richard and Carlee were born and raised in Hutchinson. Richard's first teaching and coaching position after graduating from Emporia State University was at Enterprise School in Wichita. After teaching there for five years, the couple moved back to Hutchinson, where Richard taught and coached for 32 years. Carlee worked as an administrative secretary for 24 years in the special education department for USD 308. They moved to Lawrence in 2001. They have two children: Debbie and David Lunman, Lawrence; and Craig and Wendee Woodson, Overland Park. They have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Anniversary

Brock

Don and Sharon Brock, Linwood, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 5 at the Tonganoxie Fairgrounds. Don Brock and Sharon McDaniel were married July 3, 1958, in Reno. Don graduated from Linwood High School in 1959. He worked 33 years for Lone Star cement and 10 years for Rural Water Management. Sharon was a homemaker. They are both retired and do missionary work with We Care Ministries. They have six children: Kris Brock, Valley Falls; Brad Brock, Linwood; Glenn Brock, Pasadena, Texas; Darren Brock, Eudora; DeAnna Klamm, Clarksburg, Tenn.; and Dennis Brock, Kansas City, Kan. They have 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The couple request no gifts.

Engagement

Thein and Watkins

John and Melissa Watkins, Lawrence, along with Dr. David Thein and Sheree Thein, Leawood, announce the engagement of their children, Katherine Watkins, Fairway, and Scott Thein, Kansas City, Mo. The future bride is a 2001 graduate of Free State High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Kansas University in 2005. She is a real estate analyst for Novogradac & Company. The future groom is a 1999 graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from KU in 2003 and a Juris Doctorate from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2006. He is an associate attorney with Aquila Inc. Office of the General Counsel. The couple plan a January 2009 wedding at St. Agnes Church, Fairway.

Engagement

Thornton and Reusch

John and Taunya Reusch announce the engagement of their daughter, Cicely Reusch, to Andrew Thornton, all of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School. She plans to receive a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Washburn University in May 2009. The future groom is the son of Larry and Michelle Thornton, Lawrence. He is a 2001 graduate of Free State High School. He received an associate's degree in automotive technology, street rod and custom fabrications from Wyoming Technical Institute in 2002. He is a diesel mechanic for LRM industries. The couple plan an Aug. 2, 2008, wedding in Linwood.

Engagement

Wedermyer and D'Orvilliers

Terry Taul, Topeka, along with Larry Wedermyer, Lyndon, and Joy Poindexter, Baldwin City, announce the engagement of their children Summer Dawn D'Orvilliers and Nathan Samuel Wedermyer, both of Baldwin City. The future bride is also the daughter of the late John Scott D'Orvilliers. She is a graduate of Baldwin High School. She attended Southwest Missouri State and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in design from Kansas University. She is an architectural sales representative for Bedrock International in Lenexa. The future groom is also a graduate of Baldwin High School. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in communications from KU. He is the owner of The First Stop at the entrance to Clinton Lake. The couple plan an Oct. 4, 2008, wedding at Abe & Jakes Landing in Lawrence.

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