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Couples announcements for January 2009

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Anniversary

Hodge

Willard “Bill” and Melva “Kay” Hodge will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 10 with an open house reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at their rural Douglas County home. The event will be hosted by their children. The couple were married on Jan. 9, 1959, in Lawrence. Bill is retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Lawrence after 29 years of service. He also retired from Stanion Wholesale Electric after 12 years. Kay retired from the Douglas County Zoning Office and Purchasing Office after 12 years of service. She also served on the Board of Zoning Appeals for 13 years. They have two children, Lisa and Rick Stradley, Lawrence, and Doug Hodge, Berryton. They have three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The couple request no gifts.

Wedding

Rinck and Bartlow

Whitney Rinck, Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Andrew Bartlow, Lawrence, were married July 19, 2008, at the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel in Baldwin City, with the Rev. Chad Donahoe officiating. The bride is the daughter of William Rinck, Grain Valley, Mo., and Terry Rinck, Lee’s Summit. The groom is the son of Michael and Melanie Bartlow, Baldwin City. Maid of honor was Jennifer Bradley. Best man was Jesse Schultz. Bridesmaids were Mikayla Medlock, Elizabeth Bartlow and Abigail Bartlow. Groomsmen were Tyler Wallace, Patrick Rinck and Mick Medlock. Ring bearer was Ty Medlock. Flower girl was Kara Sue Hehemann. Ushers were Chris Hehemann and Truyn Mosher. Program attendant was Macy Woods. Wedding coordinator was Rae Elliot. A reception was given at Signs of Life Art Gallery in Lawrence. The bride is a 2004 graduate of Lee’s Summit Senior High School. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in German and international studies from Baker University in May. She is a multimedia consultant for The World Company. The groom is a 2006 graduate of Veritas Christian School. He is studying accounting at Kansas University and plans to graduate in 2010. The couple reside in Lawrence.

Anniversary

McPheeters

Charles and Marsha McPheeters, Lawrence, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Jeffrey and Priscilla McPheeters, 624 N. 1600 Road, Lawrence. Charles Edwin McPheeters and Marsha Sue Robinson were married Jan. 4, 1969, in Kansas City, Kan. Charles has been an agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company for over 40 years. The couple request no gifts.

Wedding

Pierron and York

Allison Michelle York, Godfrey, Ill., and Daniel Carl Pierron, Olathe, were married June 7, 2008, at World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park in St. Louis, with the Honorable Judge Janice Russell and the Rev. Steven Helfrich officiating. The bride is the daughter of C. Michael and Gayle York, Godfrey, Ill. The groom is the son of Joe and Diana Pierron, Lawrence, and the late Amy Dennis Pierron. Maid of honor was Christina Bader. Best man was Sam Pierron. Bridesmaids were Abby Pierron, Kelli Stout, Marissa Marti, Allison Nowak, Andrea Wolf, Kristin McLinn and Megan LaTempt. Groomsmen were Michael Jacobson, Andrew Dennis, Chris Larson, Stephen Scobee, Jesse Scott, Jason York and Brittany Young. Ushers were Max Chartrand and Keith Henderson. Program attendants were Rose Reynolds and Laura Reynolds. Ring bearer was David Crow. Flower girl was Ava Beavin. A reception was given at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. The bride is a 2003 graduate of Alton High School in Alton, Ill. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Kansas University in 2007. She is studying for a Master of Science Nursing degree at Rush University in Chicago. The groom is a 2003 graduate of Olathe South High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics from KU in 2008. He is studying for a Juris Doctorate at Chicago-Kent College of Law. The couple reside in Chicago.

Engagement

Bell and White

Keith and Kay White announce the engagement of their son, Mitchell White, all of Lawrence, to Katie Bell, Austin, Texas. The future bride is the daughter of Kermit and Cindy Bell, Austin. She is a 2006 graduate of NYOS charter school in Austin. She plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in May and work in the accounting office at the university. The future groom is a 2006 graduate of Lawrence High School. He is a junior at Southwestern Assemblies. He plans to graduate with an associate’s degree in business and bachelor’s degree in youth ministry in 2010. He is employed at Assemblies of God Credit Union where he plans to continue working until he becomes a youth minister with the Assemblies of God. The couple plan a May 29, 2009, wedding at Glad Tidings of Austin in Texas.

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Darting and Schulz

DeAnna Darting, Baldwin City, and Christopher Schulz, Overland Park, were married Oct. 25, 2008, at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Overland Park, with the Rev. Harry Schneider officiating. The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Jan Darting, Baldwin City. The groom is the son of Nancy Schulz, Overland Park, and the late Charles Schulz. Maid of honor was Deon Darting. Best man was Scott See. Bridesmaids were Jennifer Davis, Jana Keeley and Jessica Ward. Groomsmen were Scott Schulz, Dustin Darting and Brett Bollig. Flower girls were Hayden Darting, Alyssa Ward and Ashley Schulz. Ring bearer was Ryan Schulz. Ushers were Daniel Palmer and Dillon Palmer. Program attendant was Debra Palmer. Bride’s attendants were Amy Ringler and Lauren Ringler. A reception was given at Deer Creek Country Club in Overland Park. The bride is a 2001 graduate of Baldwin High School and a 2005 graduate of Kansas State University. She is the event manager for the Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel in Kansas City, Mo. The groom is a 2000 graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School and a 2006 graduate of K-State. He is employed with Ryan Lawn and Tree in Overland Park. The couple reside in Overland Park.

Engagement

Osburn and Williams

Osburn-Williams Ashly Denice Osburn and Kevin Wayne Williams, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of James Osburn Sr. and Nita Place-Osburn, Lawrence. She graduated from Neosho County Community College in May as a certified nurse aide. The future groom is the son of Steven Williams, Ottawa, and Barbara Williams, Lawrence. He graduated from Labette Community College. He is employed by New Earth Lawn and Landscape in Lawrence. The couple plan a March 21, 2009, wedding at Danforth Chapel at Kansas University.

Engagement

Banitt and Duncan

Banitt-Duncan Angela Banitt, Kansas City, Kan., and Bryan Duncan, Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Brian and Arlene Banitt, Rochester, Minn. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, in 2002. She is a clinical psychology doctoral student at Kansas University. The future groom is the son of Bob and Mary Jane Duncan, Olathe. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from KU in 1995, a Master of Arts degree in school counseling from Emporia State University in 2001, and a School Leadership Licensure from Baker University in 2007. He is a history teacher and the head varsity girls’ basketball coach at Free State High School. The couple plan a June 6, 2009, wedding, at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Engagement

Keling and Koerkenmeier

Keling-Koerkenmeier Kyle and Vicki Keling, McLouth, along with Don and Lynn Koerkenmeier, Stilwell, announce the engagement of their children, Darcy Nicole Keling, McLouth, and Joshua Michael Koerkenmeier, Stilwell. The future bride is a 2003 graduate of McLouth High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Emporia State University in 2006 and is a second-grade teacher in the Gardner-Edgerton School District. The future groom is a 2004 graduate of Blue Valley High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Emporia State in 2008. He is a high school teacher and coach for the Blue Valley School District. The couple plan a March 14, 2009, wedding in Lawrence.

Engagement

Steward and Seele

Steward-Seele Genevieve McCartney and Richard Steward along with Dale and Dottie Seele announce the engagement of their children, Ciera Steward and Dale Seele II. All are from Lawrence. The future bride is a 2006 graduate of Free State High School. She graduated from Neosho County Community College as a certified nurse aide and certified medication aide. She is employed by Vangent Inc. in Lawrence. The future groom is a 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School. He attended Johnson County Community College and also employed by Vangent Inc. The couple plan a Nov. 9, 2009, wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Wedding

Rainbolt and Best

Rainbolt-Best April Nichole Rainbolt and Mark Randall Best, both of Larned, were married June 14, 2008, at First United Methodist Church in Larned with the Rev. William Fitzgerrel officiating. The bride is the daughter of Randy and Debbie Rainbolt, Larned. The groom is the son of Mike and Libby Best, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Laci Dearden. Best man was Ryan Gordon. Bridesmaids were Deanne Lock and Sarah Best. Junior Bridesmaid was Karlee Rainbolt. Groomsmen were James Rainbolt and Ry Roth. Ushers were Ray Coyle, Bryce Keast, Garrett Rainbolt, and Andrew Walton. Flower girl was Onya Rainbolt. Ringbearer was Kiah Rainbolt. A reception followed in the fellowship hall of the church. The bride is a 2002 graduate of Larned High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from Fort Hays State University in 2006 and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Kansas University in 2008. She is a speech-language pathologist with Topeka Public Schools. The groom is a 2001 graduate of Larned High. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from KU in 2005 and a Master of Business Administration degree from KU in 2008. He is an instructor and masters advising assistant with the School of Business at KU. The couple reside in Lawrence.

Wedding

Henderson and Folks

Henderson-Folks Angela Henderson, Norton, and Brett Folks, Lawrence, were married Oct. 18, 2008, at First United Methodist Church in Norton, with the Rev. Herman Lambrecht officiating. The bride is the daughter of Larry and Vicki Henderson, Norton. The groom is the son of Dennis and Cindy Folks, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Lisa Henderson. Best man was Nathan Burman. Bridesmaids were Emily Folks and Jenny Hildebrand. Groomsmen were Michael Sitler and Jordan Mizell. Guest book attendant was Tiffany Dunyon. Vocalist was the bride’s father. Organist was Karensa Francka. Ushers were Chance Marble and Bryce Marble. Program attendants were Ryan Blecha, Robert Blecha and Rhett Blecha. A reception and dinner were given in the fellowship hall of the church. The bride is a 2004 graduate of Norton Community High School and a 2006 graduate of Crum’s Beauty College in Manhattan. She is employed with Pro Cuts Hair Salon in Lawrence. The groom is a 2002 graduate of Free State High School. He earned a history degree from Kansas State University in 2007. He is a supervisor for a firm in Lawrence and he is also the author of “Fate of Nations.” The couple reside in Lawrence.

Anniversary

Coffman

Coffman Dale and Peggy Coffman, Lawrence, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their daughters and their families at their home on Dec. 27, 2008. Peggy L. Cowan and Alfred “Dale” Coffman were married Dec. 27, 1948, in Lawrence. Dale has been in the trucking business for 35 years in Lawrence. Prior to the trucking business, he did auto body repair. Peggy is a homemaker. They have two daughters, Joyce and husband, Jerry Cromwell, Lawrence, and Sandy and husband, Tom White, Eudora; and a son, Gary, and wife, Judy Coffman. They have six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The couple requests no gifts.

Wedding

Grossman and Poggio

Grossman-Poggio Jennifer Grossman, Carroll, Iowa, and Andrew Poggio, Lawrence, were married Sept. 13, 2008, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Mo., with Monsignor Charles McGlinn officiating. The bride is the daughter of John and Joan Grossman, Carroll. The groom is the son of John and Anne Poggio, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Soraya Kelly. Best man was Mark Poggio. Bridesmaids were Rachelle Waters, Alison Schon, Melissa Suter and Jeanne Shamburg. Groomsmen were Michael Collins, Brandon Blair, Mike Grossman and Nick Grossman. Flower girl was Claire Shamburg. Ringbearer was Jacob Schreck. Usher was Jason Shamburg. Readers were Nick Grossman and Sister Nancy Schreck. A reception was given at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Mo. The bride is a 1996 graduate of Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, in 1999. She earned a master’s degree in curriculum leadership from Emporia State University in 2004. She is a doctoral student at Kansas University, studying curriculum and instruction and is employed with McGraw Hill Education. The groom is a 1994 graduate of Lawrence High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from St. Louis University in 1998. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 1999, studying at the University of Padua in Italy. He earned a master’s degree in education from Boston College in 2001 and completed his doctoral coursework in educational statistics at the University of Iowa in 2005. He is employed with Computerized Assessments and Learning in Lawrence. The couple reside in Lenexa.

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Crady and Maxfield

Crady-Maxfield Jama Nicolle Crady, Lawrence, and Zachary Anthony Maxfield, Arlington, Texas, were married Aug. 15, 2008, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence, with the Rev. John Schmeidler officiating. The bride is the daughter of Hal and Debby Crady, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Steve and Candy Maxfield, Arlington. Maid of honor was Jennifer Myers. Best men were Jon Reyes and Matt Eklund. Bridesmaids were Jennifer Newman, Shayla Jacob, Molly O’Connor, Cathy Pierce, Stephanie Keller, Marlo Debiasse and Sacha Maxfield. Groomsmen were Brian Klapper, George Freitag, Tyler Painter, Tony Mohammed, Jesse Green and Bryce Crady. Ringbearer was Koen Myers. Flower girls were Hannah Evans and Halee Evans. Candlelighters were Kaysha Green and Morgan Green. Greeters were Jessica Green and Jenna Mumford. Program attendants were John and Karson Green. Guest book attendants were Madison Bertrand and Katlyn Green. Bride’s attendant was Abby Schulte. A reception was given at Alvamar Country Club. The bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Kansas University and a master’s degree in education from MidAmerica Nazarene University. She is a teacher and cheer coach at Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. The groom is a graduate of Lamar High School. He earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in education from KU. He is a territory manager in Medical Sales for Conmen Linvatec in Los Angeles. The couple reside in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Wedding

Cain and Mogg

Cain-Mogg Rebecca Cain, Lawrence, and Matthew Mogg, Denver, were married May 31, 2008, at University Community of Christ in Lawrence, with Elder Michael Zabel officiating. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Miriam Cain, Lawrence. The groom is the son of William and Patricia Mogg, Denver. Maid of honor was Anna Zahniser. Best man was Jonathan Davies. Bridesmaids were Sarah Marolf, Nicole Pratt and Jennifer Schumacher. Groomsmen were Erich Wagner, Michael Vickery and Neil Hunter. Wedding coordinators were Amy Davies and Krista Davies. String trio was Janice Griffin, violin; Kay Bradt, cello; and Carolyn Roy, violin. Vocalist was Amy Jeffers. Accompanist was Dan Jeffers. Guest book attendants were Lori Frasier and Alicia Davies. Program attendant was Kara Hays. Readers were Krista Davies and Amanda Hays. Ushers were Brian Cain, Christopher Cain and Keala Ahuna. Ringbearer was Brayden Mogg. A reception was given at the Lawrence Holidome. The bride is a 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a management emphasis from Graceland University in 2008. She is a program analyst for the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General. The groom is a 2003 graduate of George Washington High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in health from Graceland in 2008. He is employed with Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo. The couple reside in Lakewood, Colo.

Engagement

Elizabeth and Dustin Lister

Pennington-Lister Kevin and Debra Pennington announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Elizabeth Pennington, Eudora, to Dustin Lister, Lecompton. The future bride is a 2005 graduate of Eudora High School and attends Johnson County Community College. She is employed by Pendleton & Sutton Law Firm. The future groom is the son of Phillip Lister, Lawrence, and Richard and Shelly Nichols, Lecompton. He is a 2006 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. He attended Johnson County Community College. He is employed by Aerotech. The couple plan a May 24, 2009, wedding at Stony Point in Baldwin City.

Engagement

Souders and DeBacker

Souders-DeBacker Gina Souders and A.J. DeBacker, both of Topeka, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of John Souders and Marcia Brewer, both of Topeka. She is a graduate of Washburn Rural High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Kansas University. She is employed with Ogden Publications in Topeka. The future groom is the son of Greg DeBacker and Kathy Cutright, both of Topeka. He is a graduate of Seaman High School, Topeka. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mechanical engineering from KU and is employed by Engineered Air in De Soto. The couple plan a June 27, 2009, wedding at Grace United Methodist in Topeka.

Anniversary

Okamoto and Munger

Joanne Okamoto and Thomas J. Munger III, Anchorage, Alaska, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 20 with their children and their families and special grade-school friend, Karen Heeb, at the Plaza III restaurant in Kansas City, Mo. The couple were married Dec. 20, 1958, Miami, Okla. Joanne and Tom first met at the First Baptist Church in Lawrence. They played instruments in the Lawrence High School band and were high school sweethearts. Tom graduated in 1958 and Joanne graduated in 1959. In 1962, they moved to Kansas City where they worked and attended classes at University of Missouri-Kansas City. Upon graduation from UMKC dental school, Tom volunteered to serve in the U.S. Air Force. In August 1968, they moved to Alaska, where Tom served as a dentist at Elmendorf AFB until January 1972. Since then, Tom has been a general dentist in Alaska with offices in Anchorage and Homer. Their children are Jonathan, Olathe, and Stephanie Bessent and husband Tony, Lawrence. They have two grandchildren. The couple requests no gifts.

Engagement

Reetz and Jaimez

Stephen and Teresa Reetz announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Diane Reetz, all of Eudora, to Richard Jaimez, Lawrence. The future bride is a 2002 graduate of Eudora High School. She is attending Johnson County Community College and plans to earn an accounting degree from Emporia State University. She is employed by Vangent Inc. in Lawrence. The future groom is the son of Louis and Linda Jaimez, Lawrence. He is a 1999 graduate of Free State High School and is employed by Hamm Construction in Perry. The couple plan an Aug. 8, 2009, wedding at Danforth Chapel at Kansas University.

Engagement

Wempe and Bellinger

Wempe-Bellinger K.C. and Kari Wempe announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristy Lynne Wempe, to Kelvin Bellinger, all of Lawrence. The future bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism and communications from Kansas State University in 2005. She is the health and safety marketing director for the American Red Cross Douglas County Chapter. The future groom is the son of Bill and Melinda Bellinger, Waverly, and Vicki Vankooten, Piggott, Ark. He is a graduate of Central Heights High School. He attended Pittsburg State University. He is a corporal with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The couple plan an Aug. 15, 2009, wedding at First Christian Church in Lawrence.

Engagement

Bailey and Ray

Rick and Betty Ray announce the engagement of their son, Dustin Ray, all of Lawrence, to Erin Bailey, Eldorado Springs, Mo. The future bride is the daughter of Terry and Shirley Bailey, Eldorado Springs. She is employed by Dillons in Lawrence. The future groom is a graduate of Lawrence High School. He is also employed by Dillons. The couple plan a March 14, 2009, wedding in Eldorado Springs.

Engagement

Miller and Williamson

William and Carolyn Ball and Danny and Judy Miller, all of Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Sue Miller, to Eric Williamson, both of Fort Worth, Texas. The future bride is a 1999 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned an education degree with a minor in English from Texas Christian University in 2003. She is an English teacher and the heat swim coach at a Fort Worth high school. The future groom is the son of John and Virginia Pizzuto, Lock Haven, Pa., and Randy Williamson, Farrandsville, Pa. He earned an associate degree in civil engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in labor studies and industrial relations from Penn State University, and a Master of Arts degree in management and leadership from Webster University. He serves as a commanding officer for the U.S. Marine Corps and is stationed at the Naval Air Station in Fort Worth. The couple plan a July 25, 2009, wedding at Robert Carr Chapel at TCU in Forth Worth.

Wedding

Huff and Mangino

Danielle Huff and Tommy Mangino, both of Lawrence, were married July 12, 2008, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence, with the Rev. Mick Mulvany officiating. The bride is the daughter of Darrell and Debbie Huff, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Mark and Mary Jane Mangino, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Drew Huff. Best man was Andrew Fiorante. Bridesmaids were Katie Huff, Samantha Hardy, Krystal Hanna, Jessica Ziegler and Jaime Witt. Groomsmen were David Hardy, Dustin Huff, Derek Huff, Garrett Owings and Troy Morgan. Honorary flower girl was Gabriella Hardy. A reception was given at Alvamar Country Club. The bride is a 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a dental hygiene degree from Johnson County Community College in 2008 and is a registered dental hygienist in Lawrence. The groom is a 2003 graduate of LHS. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Washburn University in 2008 and is a graduate student and football coach at Kansas University. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Rieder and Anderson

Christine Rieder, Lawrence, and Joshua Anderson, Galveston, Texas, were married June 21, 2008, at Elk Ridge Ranch in Breckenridge, Colo., with Gretchen Abernathy officiating. The bride is the daughter of Roger and Alicia Rieder, Lawrence. The groom is the son of David and Beth LeDeaux, Galveston, and the late Mark Anderson. Maid of honor was Vicki Collie-Akers. Best man was Daniel Torres. Bridesmaids were Jill Ebmeier, Jill Fugett Torchia and Jenelle Anderson. Groomsmen were Daniel Rieder, Jeff Schenck and Jeff Falls. Violinist was Heather Hart Lessig. Reader was Amber Joppa. A reception followed at the Elk Ridge Ranch. The bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Kansas University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. She is a process engineer with Flint Hills Resources in Corpus Christi. The groom is a graduate of Ball High School in Galveston. He earned a Bachelor of Science in degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station. He is a process engineer with Lyondell Chemical in Corpus Christi. The couple reside in Corpus Christi.

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Gurley and Percak

Gillian Virginia Gurley, Vinland, and Jeffrey Michael Percak, Park Ridge, Ill., were married June 21, 2008, at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence, with the Rev. Homer Henderson officiating. The bride is the daughter of George and Susan Gurley, Vinland. The groom is the son of Jerry Percak, Hooper Bay, Alaska, and Karen Percak, Park Ridge. Maid of honor was Arian Fischer. Best man was Eric Percak. Bridesmaids were Paula Fulbright, Tanya Koch, Jennifer Rogers and Joanna Schenke. Groomsmen were Christopher Croxton, Stevan Dobric, John Williams and Daniel Jones. Ushers were Cern Van Newkirk, George Gurley III, David Priest and Cindy Serikaku. Guest book attendants were Alexander Fischer and James Fischer. A reception was given at the home of the bride’s parents. The bride is a 2002 graduate of The Barstow School in Kansas City, Mo. and a 2006 graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. She is a first-year law student at Tulane University in New Orleans. The groom is a 2000 graduate of Maine South High School in Park Ridge, and a 2004 graduate of Pomona College. He earned a medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 2008. He is a resident in internal medicine at Tulane Hospital in New Orleans. The couple reside in New Orleans.

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Gray and Evans

Margot Lloyd Gray and Timothy Ray Evans, both of Lawrence, were married May 31, 2008, at the home of the bride’s parents, with Susan Lloyd Allen officiating. The bride is the daughter of Dr. Captain and Kitty Gray, Lawrence. The groom is the son of John and Marilyn Evans, Van Buren, Ark. Maid of honor was Megan Gray. Best man was Paul Checkeye. Flower girl was Sophia Gray Kenyon. A reception also followed at the home of the bride’s parents. The bride is a 1997 graduate of Barstow High School. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre from Stephens College in 2000. She is the owner of Core:form Pilates Studio in Lawrence. The groom earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Kansas University in 1998. He is an environmental scientist with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The couple reside in Lawrence.

Anniversary

Saile

A card shower is planned to honor the 50th wedding anniversary of Bob and Donna Saile, Baldwin City. Cards may be sent to 227 E. 1250 Road, Baldwin City, KS66006. Bob Saile and Donna Cline were married Feb. 5, 1959, in Lawrence. Bob retired from farming and Donna retired from Baldwin City school district. The couple have two sons, Steven and wife Debbie, and Jeffrey and wife Brenda, both of Baldwin City; and four grandchildren.

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Moss

Donald and Madelyn Moss, Lawrence, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception of family and friends Nov. 22 in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union at Kansas University. The event was celebrated in conjunction with the 40th wedding anniversary of Koichi and Misako Kabeya, Ofuna, Japan, and the first wedding anniversary of their children, Sheldon Moss and Mina Kabeya, Tokyo, Japan. This was the first time the Kabeya family visited the United States. Donald Moss and Madelyn Minnich were married Jan. 17, 1959, in Sacramento, Calif. Don earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, a Master of Arts degree from California State University in Sacramento, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from KU. He was a psychologist for several years in Topeka and retired in 2000 after 17 years in private practice as a clinical psychologist in Lawrence. Madelyn earned a registered nursing degree from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in Des Moines, a Bachelor of Science degree in health education and a Master of Arts degree in human development from KU. She was employed in various settings including staff positions in hospital and outpatient nursing, infant development research, and as a clinical trials study monitor in pharmaceutical research and development. She also retired in 2000. The couple request no gifts.

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Jordan

Susan and Thomas Jordan, Lawrence, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner party Friday with friends and a family luncheon today. Susan K. Kidwell and Thomas J. Jordan were married Jan. 23, 1959, in the Coffeyville First Baptist Church. Thomas was an art teacher for 37 years. He taught at Ottawa High School, Manhattan Junior High School and Lawrence High School. Susan was a teacher for 24 years. She was a media teacher at Lawrence High before becoming a gifted consultant at Olathe Santa Fe Trail Junior High School and Central Junior High School. They have three daughters, Dr. Holly Jordan, Hillsborough, N.C., Christina Jordan Selk, Lawrence, and Jill Jordan, Kansas City, Mo.; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. The couple requests no gifts.

Wedding

Fouts and Leach

Julie Jean Leach and Andrew Levi Fouts, both of Lawrence, were married June 14, 2008, at Danforth Chapel on the Kansas University campus, with the Rev. James Bush officiating. The bride is the daughter of Ron and Peggy Nicholl, Lawrence, and Jim Leach, Burnsville, Minn. The groom is the son of Tom and Pat Fouts, Columbus. Maid of honor was Joanna Leach. Best man was Nathan Fouts. Bridesmaid was Lisa Olson. Groomsman was Wally Olson. Ushers were Jason Leach and David Nicholl. Personal attendant was Meghan Leach. Honorary attendants were Kelly Bernaix and Carrie Blalock. Guitarist and soloist was Michael Helweg. Organist was Sunny Son. A reception was given at Adams Alumni Center at KU. The bride earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kansas State University. She is a teacher in the Lawrence public schools. The groom earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from KU. He is a graduate student in the dual Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration program at KU. The couple reside in Lawrence.

Engagement

Lagomarsino and Willette

Antonella Lagomarsino, Quillota, Chile, and Christopher Willette, Lawrence, announce their engagement. The bride is the daughter of Sandro and Elizabeth Lagomarsino, Quillota. She is a graduate of Nuestra Senora del Huerto High School. She earned a business management degree at Gabriella Mistral University in Santiago, Chile. She is employed by an international trading organization in Barcelona, Spain. The groom is the son of Scott and Mary Ann Willette, Lawrence. He is a graduate of Lawrence High School and Miami of Ohio University. He worked for a Latin American business news agency for six years in Santiago and is studying for a master’s degree at IESE in Barcelona. The couple plan a June 20, 2009, wedding in Santiago.

Engagement

Stewart and Powell

Chris and Stacy Stewart and Matt and Linda Powell, all of McLouth, announce the engagement of their children, Alayna Stewart, McLouth, and Christopher Powell, Manhattan. The bride is a 2003 graduate of McLouth High School. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kansas State University in 2008. She teaches K-4 music in the Perry-Lecompton school district. The groom is a 2002 graduate of McLouth High. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and political science from K-State in 2006. He is studying for a Masters of Public Administration degree at K-State. The couple plan a June 27, 2009, wedding at St. Theresa’s Church in Perry.

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Langford and Winch

James “Buddy” and Irene Langford announce the engagement of their daughter, Jacinta Langford, to Graham Winch, all of Lawrence. The future bride is a 1999 graduate of Lawrence High School and a 2004 graduate of Kansas University. She is employed by Absorbent, Ink. and is the co-owner of LangfordSevier, a marketing firm. The future groom is the son of Doug and Karen Winch, Marietta, Ga. He is a 1998 graduate of Walton High School. He is a 2003 graduate of KU and a December 2008 graduate of KU’s School of Law. The couple plan an Aug. 28, 2009, wedding at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence. Editor's note: Jacinta Langford and Graham Winch ended their relationship prior to their planned wedding date.

Wedding

Omland and Montney

Jeanmarie Montney and Kris Omland were married Nov. 8, 2008, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence with the Rev. Al Rockers officiating. The bride is the daughter of Gordon and Carolyn Montney, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Jeff Omland and Maureen McDonald, both of Penticton, British Columbia. Maid of honor was Chamie McCurry. Best man was Brent Omland. Bridesmaids were Pam Gallagher, Beth Roller and Alison Omland. Groomsmen were Grant Montney and Jake Montney. Ushers were Florio Vassilakakis, Chris King, Jeff Burgovne, Randy Murphy and David Jacobs. Ringbearer was Tanner Speicker. Flower girls were Emily Silvers, Kiley Montney, Audrey Bell and Andi Bell. A reception was given at Abe and Jake’s Landing in Lawrence. The couple reside in Columbus, Ohio.

Engagement

Myers and Pierce

Dennis and Carla Anderson, Lecompton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Dana M. Myers, to Phillip D. Pierce, both of Tulsa, Okla. Phillip is the son of Chuck and Peggy Pierce, Fairway. The future bride earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Kansas University. She is studying for a Master of Business Administration degree at Oklahoma State University and employed by Hilti. The future groom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at KU. He is also studying for an M.B.A. at OSU and employed by Wallace Engineering. The couple plan a July 4, 2009, wedding at Frank Theis Park in Kansas City, Mo.

Wedding

LaFaver and Englebrake

Molly Englebrake, Baldwin City, and Sean LaFaver, Topeka, were married Aug. 30, 2008, at the home of the bride’s parents, with the groom’s brother, Jeremy LaFaver, officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mike and Judy Englebrake, Baldwin City. The groom is the son of Mary Faye LaFaver, Alexandria, Va., and the late John LaFaver. Maid of Honor was Megan Englebrake. Best man was Travis Goff. Bridesmaids were Katie Allen, Meryl May, Mariah Spalding, Sara Sandusky, Megan Diercks and Rebecca Rorher. Groomsmen were Michael Holton, Christian Walter, Jeremy Bechtold, Adam Wright, Andy Diercks and Chris Small. Flower girl was Harleigh Hagen. Ringbearer was Alex O’Donohue. Soloist was Scott Newcomer. Personal attendant was Molly Wilder. A reception followed at the home of the bride’s parents. The couple reside in Vail, Colo.

Wedding

Helm and Strunk

Crystal Strunk and Brent Helm, both of Topeka, were married March 29, 2008, at First Southern Baptist Church, in Lawrence, with the Rev. Joe Stiles officiating. The bride is the daughter of Max and Phyllis Strunk, Perry. The groom is the son of Bryan Helm, Kansas City, Kan., and Pam Howey, Topeka. Maid of honor was Suzanne Watson. Best man was Bryson Helm. Bridesmaids were Kahle Vincent and Sarah Balding. Groomsmen were Kirk Bates and Tim Beckham. Ringbearer was Parker Studer. Flower girl was Taylor Helm. Candlelighters were Ashley Watson and Brandon Watson. Ushers were Matt Watson and Kirk Bates. Guest book attendants were Beki Foreman and Andrea Box. A reception followed at the church. The bride is a 2000 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Washburn University. The groom is a 1998 graduate of Anderson County Junior/Senior High School in Garnett. The couple reside in Topeka.

Wedding

Sibley and Contoski

Carmela Sibley and Victor Contoski, both of Lawrence, were married Oct. 4, 2008, at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Lawrence, with the Rev. Jonathan Jensen officiating. Maid of honor was Linda Papa. Best man was Edmund Contoski. Bridesmaids were Sarah Stern, Jenny Stern and Holly Hill. Groomsmen were Kelly Thompson, Anthony Van Schmus and Devin Van Schmus. Flower girl was Madelin Dean. A reception was given at Adams Alumni Center at Kansas University. The bride earned degrees from Michigan and Indiana universities and KU. She retired from the electrical engineering and computer science department at KU. The groom earned degrees from Minnesota and Wisconsin universities. He retired from the English department at KU. The couple reside in Lawrence.

Wedding

King and Blackstock

Laura King, Lawrence, and Garry Blackstock, Orlando, Fla., were married Nov. 22, 2008, at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Orlando, with the Rev. William Ennis officiating. The bride is the daughter of Ron and Lisa King, Lawrence. The groom is the son of John Blackstock, Orlando, and Claudette Morgan, Toronto, Canada. Maid of honor was Meghan Walsh. Best man was Daryle Blackstock. Bridesmaids were Toni Ugolini and Michelle Harvick. Groomsmen were Devon Blackstock and Andrew Blackstock. Flower girls were Madison King and Ava King. Ringbearers were Aidan Blackstock and Jordan Blackstock. Soloist was Ryan King. Lectors were Janet Blackstock and Gene King. Ushers were Riley King and Kaleb Blackstock. A reception was given at Rosen Centre in Orlando. The bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and is an accountant for Lockheed Martin. The groom is a graduate of Saint Catherine High School in Spanish Town, Jamaica. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and is a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin. The couple reside in Orlando.

Wedding

DuBois and Reed

Kathryn Grace DuBois, Salina, and Ryan Ray Reed, Baldwin City, were married July 5, 2008, at Stony Point Hall in Baldwin City, with the Rev. Nanette Roberts officiating. The bride is the daughter of James and Susan DuBois, Salina. The groom is the son of David and Donna Reed, Baldwin City. Maid of honor was Diane DuBois. Best man was Taylor Reed. Scripture reader was Sarah Prochaska. Ushers were Zack Quarles, Matt Stokes and Jamie Gatz. A reception was given at Stony Point Hall. The couple reside in Lawrence.

Engagement

Rodgers and Ziesenis

Keith and Jeanie Rodgers announce the engagement of their daughter, Darcie Rodgers to Waylon Ziesenis, all of Eudora. Waylon is the son of Richard Ziesenis, Eudora, and Wayne and Shirley Rothmeyer, Bonner Springs. The future bride is a 1999 graduate of Eudora High School and mother of Sydney Rae Elmer, 8. The future groom has been an employee of Fidelity Information Solutions in Lenexa for nine years. He is the father of Joshua Ziesenis, 7, and Jacob Ziesenis, 2. The couple plan a June 27, 2009, wedding at St. Margaret’s Church in Lawrence.

Anniversary

Braden

The family of Duane and Karen Braden, Lawrence, will celebrate the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at the home of Scott and Cammie Braden, 1406 Riverside Road, Lawrence. Duane Braden and Karen Chamberlin were married Feb. 7, 1959, at First Christian Church in Lawrence. Duane is retired. He is a graduate of Lawrence High School. Karen has worked at Star Signs, LLC for 18 years. She is also a graduate of LHS. They have two sons, Scott and wife Cammie, and Chris and wife Wendi, all of Lawrence; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The couple requests no gifts.

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