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Couples announcements for February 2009

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Engagement

Mercer and Johnson

Jeff and Susie Mercer, Lawrence, along with Jody and Trudi Johnson, Talala, Okla., announce the engagement of their children, Emma Mercer, Lawrence, and Corey Johnson, Talala, Okla. The future bride is a 2007 graduate of Lawrence High School. She is a sophomore at Oklahoma City University, with a double major in English and education, and is employed as a resident assistant at the university. The future groom is a 2006 graduate of Oologah High School in Oologah, Okla. He is a junior at OCU, majoring in elementary education, and also is a resident assistant at the university. The couple plan a May 23, 2009, wedding at the home of the groom’s parents.

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Ludwick and Brensing

David and Pamela Ludwick announce the engagement of their daughter, Tess Ludwick, all of Lawrence, to Brandon Brensing, Lenexa. The future bride is a 2006 graduate of Ottawa High School. She is majoring in food science at Kansas State University. The future groom is the son of Doug and Roxie Brensing, Lenexa. He is a 2006 graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. He is majoring in landscape architecture/regional and community planning at K-State. The couple plan a June 2010 wedding.

Wedding

Strange and Lowe

October Strange and Brian Lowe, both of Lawrence, were married Oct. 28, 2008, at Watkins Community Museum of History in Lawrence. The bride is the daughter of Susan Beeter, Anchorage, Alaska. The groom is the son of Tom and Beth Lowe, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Shannon Williams. Best man was Russell Lowe. Bridesmaids were Ivy Knight, Becca Bost, and Charise Jackson. Groomsmen were Scott Weber, Ben Tomlin, and Kyle Williams. Flower girls were Ryan Beeter and Allison McNellis. Ringbearer was Jacob Beeter. A reception followed at Watkins Museum. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Stenegren and Friede

Sara Margaretha Stenegren and Anthony Fredrick William Friede, both of London, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Mats and Barbro Stenegren, Leksand, Sweden. She graduated from Media Graphic Education Center, G.U.C. Gymnasium in Uppsala, Sweden. She earned a business degree from I.H.M. Business School, Institute for Higher Marketing in Stockholm, Sweden, and is a retail account executive for Virgin Media in London. The future groom is the son of Richard and Maggie Friede, Decatur, Ill., and Patrick and Victoria Friel, Lawrence. He is a graduate of Lawrence High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Kansas University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. He is a management consultant with PA Consulting in London. The couple plan a summer 2010 wedding in Sweden.

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Odermann and Luckie

Greg Odermann, Pratt, and Barb Odermann, Ashland, along with Mark and Terrie Luckie, Ashland, announce the engagement of their children, Amber D. Odermann and Ryan T. Luckie, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2001 graduate of Ashland High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Kansas University and is a credit analyst in commercial lending at US Bank in Lawrence. The future groom is a 2002 graduate of Ashland High. He plans to graduate with an applied behavioral science degree with emphasis in juvenile justice and youth development from KU in May. He is an assistant teaching parent at O’Connell Youth Ranch in Lawrence. The couple plan a Sept. 19, 2009, wedding at Snake Creek Ranch in Ashland.

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Krysztof and Delaney

Steve and Lori Krysztof, Baldwin City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Krysztof, Baldwin City, to Martin Delaney, Fayetteville, N.C. The future bride is a 2005 graduate of Baldwin High School. She is attending nursing school at Pittsburg State University and plans to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in May. The future groom is the son of Ricky and Paula Reeder, Ewing, Mo. He is a 2004 graduate of Junction City High School. He attended Pittsburg State University and is a military policeman in the U.S. Army. He is serving as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The couple plan a June 20, 2009, wedding at Annunciation Catholic Church in Baldwin City.

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Shanks and Lokay

John Shanks and Kathryn Shanks, both of Phoenix, announce the engagement of their daughter Jensina Shanks to Joseph Lokay, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2004 graduate of Genesis Academy of Phoenix. She is studying to be a licensed cosmetologist and is a photographer at Picture Me Portrait Studios. The future groom is the son of William Crabb, Topeka, and Martha White, Lawrence. He is a 1995 graduate of Topeka High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in organismal biology from Kansas University in 2002 and is a program manager at Vangent Inc. in Lawrence. The couple plan a June 14, 2009, wedding in Lawrence.

Anniversary

Lahm

Ken and Marilyn Lahm will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family brunch Sunday at Alvamar Country Club. Ken Lahm and Marilyn Happs were married Feb. 15, 1949, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa. The couple moved to Lawrence in 1958. Ken worked for DuPont for 42 years and retired in 1989. Marilyn is a retired licensed practical nurse. Their children are Raymond, Kamuela, Hawaii; David and wife Nancy, Lawrence; Sandra Gilliland and husband Keith, Lawrence; and Fred Lahm and wife Christine, Broken Arrow, Okla. They have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Anniversary

Ramseyer

Fred and Ruth Ramseyer, De Soto, formerly of Lawrence, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with family and friends at an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 at the home of Roger and Carroll Ramseyer, 14685 Kill Creek Road, Gardner. Fred Ramseyer and Ruth Metsinger were married on March 1, 1939, in Lamar, Mo. The couple originally lived in Lamar and moved later to the Lawrence area, after Fred became employed at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant. The couple also farmed in Jefferson County, before moving into Lawrence in 1971. Ruth worked in food service for the Lawrence schools. Fred later worked for Allsman Corp. and in maintenance for Kansas University. Their children are Roger and wife Carroll, Mary Ann Marquette and the late Raymond Marquette, and William “Billy” Eugene, who died as a child. They have four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The couple request no gifts, but would enjoy cards sent to their current residence, Hillside Village, 33600 W. 85th Street, De Soto, Kan. 66018. Directions to the reception are available from Roger at (913) 856-4642, or hawksone@embarqmail.com.

Anniversary

Johanning

Orville and Judy Johanning, rural Baldwin City, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with family at their home on Feb. 21. The couple were married Feb. 21, 1969, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, in Baldwin City, and have since lived on their family farm. Their children are Amy Johanning, Enfield, Conn., and Carrie Gregoire, Topeka.

Anniversary

Raybern

Don and Shari Raybern, Lawrence, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today. The occasion was celebrated earlier with a family trip to Puerto Vallarto, Mexico, in December. Don Raybern and Shari Vick were married Feb. 14, 1969, at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence. The couple have two daughters, Jennifer Raybern, Ottawa, and Kelli Hedges, Auckland, New Zealand.

Engagement

Caldwell and Taylor

Spencer Caldwell, St. Louis, and Betsi Anderson, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Caldwell, to Terry Taylor, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School. She attended Kansas University and is studying for nursing degree. She is employed by Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The future groom is the son of Loyd Taylor, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Rose Durband, Aberdeen, S.D. He is a graduate of Lincoln High School, Sioux Falls, S.D. He attended Mankato State University and is the president of Hunt Industries, a Lawrence promotion company. The couple plan a May 23, 2009, wedding at the home of Betsi and Bob Anderson, Lawrence.

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Rita and McGlumphry

Cheryl Healey, Lawrence, announces the engagement of her daughter, Erin Rita, Lawrence, to Kelly McGlumphry, Topeka. The future bride is also the daughter of the late Michael Rita. She is a 1993 graduate of Lawrence High School and is employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Topeka. The future groom is the son of Mike and Jeni Martin, Topeka, and Gary and Bonnie McGlumphry, Iowa City, Iowa. He is a 1986 graduate of Iowa City High School and is also employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Topeka. The couple plan an Oct. 10, 2009, wedding in Tonganoxie.

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Stotts and Peters

Amy Stotts and Joshua Peters, both of Westerville, Ohio, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Miles Stotts, Baldwin City, and the late Kathy Jardon. She is a 2001 graduate of Baldwin High School and attended Kansas University and Antoine du Chez Hairdressing Academy in Denver. She is a nanny. The future groom is the son of Deborah Sumner, Corbin, Ky. He is a 1999 graduate of South Laurel High School in London, Ky. He plans to graduate from DeVry University this summer and is employed by JPMorganChase. The couple plan a Sept. 16, 2009, wedding at Stony Point Hall, Baldwin City.

Wedding

Van Blaricum and Jennings

Katie Jennings, Lawrence, and Jay VanBlaricum, Pratt, were married Aug. 23, 2008, at Danforth Chapel at Kansas University, with the Rev. Jim Harper officiating. The bride is the daughter of Jerry Jennings and Christine Fritzel, both of Lawrence. The groom is the son of Ken and Annette VanBlaricum, Pratt. Maid of honor was Christine Fritzel. Best man was Mark VanBlaricum. Bridesmaids were Kim Cooper, Diana Smith, Suzanne Jennings and Valerie Jennings. Groomsmen were Steven Briggeman, Leah Jenkins, Andrew Graves and Renee Stanley. Ringbearers were Jasmin Messenger and Keith VanBlaricum. Flower girl was Marguerite Cooper. A reception was given at Adams Alumni Center. The bride is a 2001 graduate of Free State High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from KU in 2005 and is the owner of Insect Art. The groom is a 1997 graduate of Pratt High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music theory and a juris doctorate, both from KU. He is an attorney with the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals and sings tenor with the vocal ensemble Octarium. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Thein and Watkins

Katherine Watkins, Lawrence, and Scott Thein, Leawood, were married Jan. 24, 2009, at St. Agnes Church, in Fairway, with the Rev. John Wisner officiating. The bride is the daughter of John and Melissa Watkins, Lawrence. The groom is the son of David and Sheree Thein, Leawood. Maid of honor was Elizabeth McDole. Best man was Travis Thein. Bridesmaids were Joy Friedman, Kristi McNearny, Stacey Thein, Laura Watkins and Gina Zanolli. Groomsmen were John Stevenson and Christopher Watkins. Ushers were Nicholas McDole, Ryan Cope, and Reed Cope. Guest book attendant was Rachel Cope. A reception was given at The Clubhouse on Baltimore in Kansas City, Mo. The bride is a graduate of Free State High School. She earned a business administration degree from Kansas University in 2005 and is a real estate analyst with Novogradac and Company. The groom is a 1999 graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from KU in 2003 and juris doctorate from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2006. He is a corporate attorney for Kansas City Power and Light. The couple reside in Kansas City, Mo.

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Kliem and Grammer

Dorothy Grammer and Alex Kliem, both of Lawrence, were married May 3, 2008, at Stony Point Hall, in Baldwin City, with the Rev. Randy Beeman officiating. The bride is the daughter of Wesley Jr. and Judy Grammer, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Lew and Ann Kliem, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Candice Lucero. Best man was Matthew Kliem. Bridesmaid was Deborah Mayorga. Groomsman was Bryan Funk. Flower girl was Caitlynn Grammer. Ringbearer was Braeson Kliem. Ushers were Marc Kliem and Matthew Grammer. A reception followed at Stony Point Hall. The bride is a 2000 graduate of Lawrence High School. She attended Kansas University and is employed with Natek, Inc. The groom is a 2000 graduate of Free State High School. He served four years for the U.S. Marine Corps and is employed with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. The couple reside in Lawrence.

Engagement

George and Vick

Neal and Lynn George along with Kevan and Gail Ellena Vick, all of Lawrence, announce the engagement of their children, Ariel Katelyn George to Colby Ellena Vick, both of Houston. The future bride is a 2005 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with a minor in history, from Kansas University in 2008. The future groom is a 2001 graduate of LHS. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical and petroleum engineering from KU in 2005 and is a facility engineer with Occidental Oil and Gas. The couple plan a May 9, 2009, wedding at Stony Point Hall in Baldwin City.

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Boyett and Windle

Austyn Boyett and Matt Windle, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Brock and Lisa Boyett, Lenexa. She graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School and attended Kansas University. She is employed with Boston Financial Services. The future groom is the son of Carl and Bev Windle, Baldwin City. He graduated from Columbine High School. He earned an English degree from KU and is studying for a master’s degree at Baker University. He is an assistant volleyball coach at Baker and an assistant manager at Applebee’s. The couple plan a July 25, 2009, wedding at The Clubhouse on Baltimore, in Kansas City, Mo.

Engagement

Conroy and Landau

Katlyn Conroy and Joshua Landau, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Patrick Conroy and Lana Conroy, both of Lawrence. She is a graduate of Lawrence High School, a solo musician as well as a member of Lawrence band, Another Holiday, and a customer service representative. The future groom is the son of Mason and Susanne Landau, Shawnee. He is a graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. He is studying for a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Kansas University, where he was a member of KU Marching/Basketball Band from 2006-2008. He is also a local musician in the band, Another Holiday, and a customer service representative. The couple plan a 2011 wedding at Danforth Chapel at KU.

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Nye and Grasmick

Andie Grasmick, Denver, and Derek Nye, Lawrence, were married Jan. 3, 2009, in Denver, with Seth Davidson officiating. The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Anne Grasmick, Denver. The groom is the son of Jim and Alison Nye, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Lauren Hughes. Best man was Greg Brinck. Bridesmaids were Sarah Jackson, Hannah Schultheis, Stephanie Grasmick and Katie Huff. Groomsmen were Matt Morrow-Howell, Pat Shehan, Ben Berning and Dustin Huff. Ringbearer was Jon Novorr. Flower girls were Carys Bayens and Brielle Bayens. Ushers were Jordan Guth, Ehren Feldmeyer and Ben Novorr. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Overland High School. She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in mathematics and political science from Kansas University in May. The groom is a 2004 graduate of Free State High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in sport sciences from KU in 2008. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Selk and Johnson

Kellen Selk and Robbie Johnson, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of John Selk and Christina Jordan, Lawrence. She is a 2003 graduate of Free State High School and is a technician at Sunflower Broadband. The future groom is the son of Lora Lee Johnson, Lawrence, and the late Robert Johnson. He was home schooled and graduated in 2000 and is an installation supervisor at Sunflower Broadband. The couple plan a May 30, 2009, wedding at the home of the bride’s parents in Lawrence.

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Schwyhart and Newell

Vance and Marsha Schwyhart, Lawrence, along with Terry and Shella Newell, Williamstown, and Jackie Wallace, Haverhill, England, announce the engagement of their children, Katie Schwyhart and James Newell, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Johnson County Community College in 2006 and is employed by Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. The future groom is a 2000 graduate of Lawrence High and is employed by Berry Plastics Corporation. The couple plan a July 11, 2009, wedding at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Lawrence.

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Brixey and Guilfoyle

Kimberly Brixey, Tonganoxie, announces the engagement of her daughter Amanda Lee Brixey, Lawrence, to Joshua Robert Guilfoyle, Ottawa. The future bride is also the daughter of the late Michael Thomas Brixey. She is a 2004 graduate of Basic Military Training at Fort Leonard Wood and a 2005 graduate of Lawrence High School. She attended Johnson County Community College and earned a Kansas State First Responder certification. She is currently serving in the Army Reserves and is employed by the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Department. The future groom is the son of Donna Guilfoyle, Ottawa, and Frank and Tammy Guilfoyle, Richmond. He is a 2002 graduate of Ottawa High School. He is studying for a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster Community College and is employed by S&H Construction. The couple plan an April 11, 2009, wedding in Tonganoxie.

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Vespestad and Ng

Gary and Karen Vespestad, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Vespestad, to Shawn Ng, both of Mesa, Ariz. The future bride is a 1997 graduate of Lawrence High School, a 2001 graduate of Kansas University, and a 2005 graduate of the University of Hawaii. She is a support operations manager at Avnet. The future groom is the son of Siong Ng, Saltillo, Mexico, and Lily Yong, Leawood. He is a 1996 graduate of Blue Valley North High School and a 2001 graduate of KU. He is a consultant at Accenture. The couple plan a Nov. 26, 2009, wedding at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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