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Couples announcements July 4, 2009




Lindsay Rene Sowder, Toronto, and John Howard Hill III, Lawrence, were married June 6, 2009, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Wichita, with the Rev. Ira DeSpain officiating. The bride is the daughter of Jeff and Cheryl Sowder, Toronto. The groom is the son of John II and Debra Lee Hill, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Stephanie Nelson. Best man was the groom’s father. Bridesmaids were Christyn Haberly, Kaylee Mann and Jennifer Heim. Groomsmen were Leo Monterrey, Craig Frydendall and Brad Stroud. Flower girls were Corinne Nelson and Avery Nelson. Ringbearer was Sutton Nelson. Ushers were Jamie Nelson, Ben Smith, Kyle Nichols, Ibraheem Suberu, Scott Cleland, Paul Nuzum, Dane Hill and Jason Clemensen. Candlelighters were Rani Aguilar, Kristen Gerdel and Holly Van Cleave. Readers were Bob Berends and Emma Meador. Gift attendants were Hannah Van Cleave, Hope Van Cleave and Addison Van Cleave. Guest book attendants were Alyssa Cleland and Angel Nuzum. Program attendants were Micaela Hill and Jillian Hill. Cake attendants were Becky Smith, Karen Hall and Nancy Van Cleave. Bride’s personal attendant was Karla Lira. Videographer was Riann Deere. A reception followed at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple. The bride is a 1998 graduate of Eureka (Kan.) Junior/Senior High School and earned an associate degree from Neosho County Community College in 2000, a bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in physical education in 2003, and a master’s degree in physical education, both from Pittsburg State University in 2004. She is the assistant volleyball coach at Pittsburg State. The groom is a 1997 graduate of Lawrence High School, and earned associate degrees from Highland Community College, a bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in physical education from Baker University in 2002, and a master’s degree in physical education in 2005 from Pittsburg State. He is the head baseball coach at Fort Scott Community College. The couple reside in Fort Scott.



Katrina Kline, Lawrence, and Michael Zlatkovsky, Eagle River, Alaska, were married May 17, 2009, at Powell Gardens, Kingsville, Mo., with the Rev. Judy Long O’Neal officiating. The bride is the daughter of Larry and Helen Kline, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Alexander Zlatkovsky and Yulia Pechersky, Eagle River, Alaska. Maid of honor was Anna Belcher. Best man was Eric Tomsen. Bridesmaid was Lauren Baker. Groomsman was Ian Hoffbeck. Music assistant was Leona Richling. Usher was Kris Kline. A reception followed at Powell Gardens. The bride was a valedictorian at Free State High School and graduated with honors from the University of Evansville. The groom was a valedictorian at Eagle River High School and also graduated with honors from the University of Evansville. The couple reside in Bloomington, Ind.



James “Jerry” and P. Joan McGriff, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children and grandchildren, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the couple’s home, 4205 Goldfield. The couple were married June 14, 1959, Argos, Ind. Joan and Jerry grew up in northern Indiana and were high school sweethearts. Jerry started as a programmer at United Telecommunications and retired after 33 years as a budget consultant with Sprint. Joan was a homemaker but held various jobs later including work as a dental assistant. They have two sons, David and wife Nancy, Provo, Utah, and Kevin and wife Susan, Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter Penne Baker and husband Jim, Lawrence; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.



George F. and Marilyn McCleary, Lawrence, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 13 in the Alton Ballroom at Pachamama’s. Friends and relatives came from Ohio, New Hampshire, Florida and California to attend the celebration, including the best man, Bill Parchen, from Aiken, S.C. George F. McCleary and Marilyn Baldwin were married June 13, 1959, at Northminster Presbyterian Church, Springfield, Ohio. Marilyn retired from elementary teaching in Lawrence in 1999 and George is entering his 36th year of teaching at Kansas University. They have three sons, Joseph and wife Heather, Centennial Colo., John and wife Zoe, Centreville, Va., and Frank, Blue Springs, Mo., and four grandchildren. The couple requests no gifts.



Roy and Ann Shobe, Lawrence, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 1308 Lawrence Ave. The couple were married June 26, 1949, in Denver. Roy graduated from Englewood (Colo.) High School in 1944 and Ann graduated from St. Francis High School in Denver. The couple have spent their married life in Denver, Oberlin, Ottawa, Garnett and Lawrence. They are members of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence. Roy served with the occupation forces in Japan after World War II and served 33 years with the U.S. Postal Service in Englewood and Oberlin. Ann was a homemaker. They have four sons, Ken, Oberlin; Don, Lawrence; Joe, Wichita; and Andy, Fayetteville, Ark.; five daughters, Cindy Whiteley, Lawrence; Becky Cooper, Edmond, Okla.; Debby Gunsleman, Lawrence; Sandy Rush, Oberlin; and Christy Shobe, Lawrence; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The couple requests no gifts.



Stu and Melanie Lorenzo, Lawrence, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with family and friends at 7 p.m., July 11 at the Eagles Lodge in Lawrence. Stu Lorenzo and Melanie Wilson were married on July 7, 1979, at First Christian Church, in Lawrence, with the Rev. Ron Goodman officiating. Stu graduated from Jefferson County North High School in 1974 and has been employed with Allied Glass for more than 21 years. Melanie graduated from Lawrence High School in 1977 and has been with Penny’s Concrete for more than 14 years. The couple are members at Lawrence Free Methodist Church. They have three sons, Justin and wife Kelly, Lawrence, Josh, Emporia, and Jake, Lawrence; and two grandchildren.

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