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Couples announcements for March 2009

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Engagement

Peterson and Lacy

Hannah Peterson, Lawrence, and Tanner Lacy, St. Francis, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Grant Peterson and Debbie Peterson, both of Lawrence. She is a 2007 graduate of Lawrence High School and a sophomore studying for an English education degree at Tabor College in Hillsboro. The future groom is the son Les and Jane Lacy, St. Francis. He graduated from high school in 2003 and from North West Kansas Technical College in 2005. He is also a sophomore at Tabor College and is studying Christian ministry. The couple plan a fall 2009 wedding.

Engagement

Martin and Vannicola

Bobby and Karen Martin announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Martin, all of Meriden, to Daniel Vannicola, Lecompton. The future bride is a 2007 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School and a 2008 graduate of Kaw Area Technical School. She is attending Allen County Community College and is a human resources clerk at the VA in Topeka. The future groom is the son of Phillip and Gayle Vannicola, Lecompton. He is a 2003 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High and Kaw Area Technical School, and a 2004 graduate of Universal Technical Institute in Houston. He is the shop foreman at Heritage Tractor in Topeka. The couple plan a May 30, 2009, wedding at Stull United Methodist Church.

Engagement

Chao and Allen

Andrea Chao and Eric Allen, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Ray and Beth Chao, Lawrence. She is a 2005 graduate of Lawrence High School and is a senior at Kansas University. She plans to graduate in May and attend the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies early childhood education program this summer. She is employed by Raintree Montessori School. The future groom is the son of O.J. Allen and Amy Rinke and Mike Rinke, all of Lawrence. He is a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School and is a senior majoring in accounting in the School of Business at KU. He plans to graduate in December and is employed by Backyard Burgers. The couple plan a June 6, 2009, wedding at Danforth Chapel at KU.

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Kansal and Rill

Rakesh and Jeannette Kansal, Scottsdale, Ariz., announce the engagement of their daughter, Anjali Kansal, to Brent Rill, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a graduate of Xavier College Prep in Phoenix. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and business management from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Social Work degree from Kansas University. She is an independent contractor for Social Work PRN in Overland Park. The future groom is the son of Bob and Bobbie Rill, Tucson, Ariz. He is a graduate of Gladwin High School in Gladwin, Mich. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Cedarville University in Ohio and is a certified public accountant at Mize Houser & Co. in Topeka. The couple plan an Oct. 10, 2009, wedding at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale.

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Upsdell and Omoniyi

David and Mei Upsdell, along with Abiodun and Folashade Omoniyi and Taju and Kafayat Hamodu, announce the engagement of their children, Shanxi Upsdell, Shawnee, to Ifeoluwa Omoniyi, Lawrence. The future bride is a 2004 homeschool graduate and a 2008 graduate of Kansas University. She earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and English and is a copy editor at the Lawrence Journal-World. The future groom is a 2002 graduate of Lifeforte International High School in Nigeria and a 2008 graduate of KU. He earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and finance and plans to graduate in December with a master’s degree in economics. He works part time at KU. The couple plan an Aug. 8, 2009, wedding at Providence Community Church in Lenexa.

Wedding

Anstaett and All

Ashley Anstaett and Matt All, both of Lawrence, were married Jan. 24, 2009, at Danforth Chapel at Kansas University, with Steve Six officiating. The bride is the daughter of Doug and Lucinda Anstaett, Topeka. The groom is the son of David and Priscilla All, Augusta. Maid of honor was Beth Iversen. Helena and Thomas All, children of the groom, were his attendants. Flower girl was Olivia Iversen. A reception was given at The Alton Room at Pachamama’s. The bride graduated from Newton High School, in Newton, and earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and religious studies from Kansas University. She is the communications director for the Kansas Attorney General’s Office. The groom graduated from Augusta High School, in Augusta, and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from KU and a law degree from Yale Law School. He formerly served as the chief counsel to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and is a vice president and the general counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. The couple reside in Lawrence.

Wedding

Voran and Anderson

Erica Voran, Leawood, and Jonathan Anderson, Ottawa, were married Dec. 27, 2008, at Church of the Nativity, in Leawood, with the Rev. Jerry Arano-Ponce officiating. The bride is the daughter of Joel and Marsha Voran, Leawood. The groom is the son of Steven and Roberta Anderson, Ottawa. Maid of honor was Ashley Voran. Best man was Mark Anderson. Bridesmaids were Rachel Anderson, Jill Scott, Victoria Luhrs and Katie Verschelden. Groomsmen were Eric Anderson, Ben Voran, Derrick Hooker and Kenneth Norton. Ushers were Ryan Ebright, David Moss, Brad Bloss and Trenton Moss. Lectors were Jill Voran, Jan Bloss and Greg Kooser. The Rev. Dave Robertson gave a wedding blessing. A reception was given at the Carriage Club on the Plaza and music was provided by The Karen Lewis Project. The bride earned an elementary education degree from Kansas State University. She is a teacher for the Olathe District Schools. The groom earned a finance degree from Kansas State. He is a third-year law student at University Missouri-Kansas City and is employed by Jackson and Wade, LLC. The couple reside in Mission.

Anniversary

Williams

Robert “Bob” and Betty Williams will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 at their rural Perry home. Their children and grandchildren will be hosts for the event. Robert Williams and Betty Nichols were married on March 27, 1959, at the Church of Christ in Lawrence. Bob was employed at FMC in Lawrence for 15 years and self-employed for several years before retiring in 2002. He is presently employed for USD 343 in Perry. Betty retired from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department in 2000. They have two sons, Bob and wife Tammy, and Bryan and wife Wendi; a daughter, Marlene Blosser and husband Tim, all of Perry; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. The couple request no gifts.

Anniversary

McNish

Roy Sr. and Sharon McNish, Kansas City, Kan., formerly of Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house reception from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 22 at the F.O.P. Hall, 7844 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. Their children and grandchildren will be hosts for the event. Roy D. McNish Sr. and Sharon Payne were married on March 20, 1959, in Lawrence. Roy has been employed by Erman Corp. Inc., Kansas City, Kan., for 39 years, and Sharon is a homemaker. They have one daughter, Bonnie Gauna; and three sons, Roy Jr., Robert and Monty, all of Kansas City, Kan.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Engagement

Nixon and McNulty

Rachel Nixon and Michael McNulty, both of Topeka, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Patricia Nixon, Omaha, Neb., and the late Stephen Nixon. She is a 1997 graduate of Bryan High School and is studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Washburn University. She is a legal secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The future groom is the son of Judy and Tom McNulty, Lawrence. He is a 1995 graduate of Eudora High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in earth sciences from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the operations director for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Center for Public Health Preparedness. The couple plan a June 13, 2009, wedding at Mater Dei Assumption Catholic Church in Topeka.

Anniversary

Walker

Don and Mary Walker, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on March 21. Their children will be hosts for the event, which will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 21 at The Lodge in Baldwin City. Don Walker and Mary Wauge were married March 21, 1959, in Lawrence. Mary worked at the former Department of Radio and Television at Kansas University, was a bus driver for the Lawrence school district for 13 years, and worked in the seafood department at Dillon’s for 13 years before retiring in 1999. Don was employed by All Star Dairy for 28 years and Dillon’s for 10 years before retiring in 1999. They have been members of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church since 1976. They have two daughters, Lori Foos and husband Randy, Eudora, and Lisa Pattrick and husband Mike, Baldwin City; and a son, David and wife Theresa, Kingman; and seven grandchildren.

Engagement

Thorpe and Gabriel

Amy Thorpe and Jim Gabriel, both of Eudora, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Richard and Lynda Thorpe, Papillion, Neb. She is a 1990 graduate of Papillion LaVista High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1994. She was a deputy sheriff in Lancaster County, Neb., from 1995 to 2004. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Arizona State University in 2007 and was a registered nurse in Mesa, Ariz. The future groom is the son of Robert and Dee Gabriel, Eudora. He is a 1990 graduate of Eudora High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Kansas State University in 1994. He is the co-owner and operator of Gabriel Farms Inc., in Eudora. The couple plan an April 3, 2009, wedding at Clarice L. Osborne Chapel at Baker University.

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Sparks and Cummins

Dave Sparks, Emporia, and Stacy England, Winfield, along with Ross and Cherry Cummins, Olathe, announce the engagement of their children, Dana Sparks and Tyler Cummins, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2003 graduate of Dodge City High School and plans to graduate May 2010 from Kansas University’s School of Pharmacy. The future groom is a 2002 graduate of Buhler High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 2006. He is employed with the Kansas Golf Association in Lawrence. The couple plan a Sept. 5, 2009, wedding at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence.

Engagement

Brubaker and Haas

Bob and Edna Brubaker announce the engagement of their son Bobby Brubaker, all of Lawrence, to Lori Haas, La Crosse. The future bride is the daughter of Maurice and Debbie Haas, La Crosse. She is a 2004 graduate of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School and a 2008 graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. She earned an elementary education degree and is a fourth-grade teacher at Bishop Elementary School in Topeka. The future groom is a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School and a 2008 graduate of Kansas Wesleyan. He earned a degree with dual majors in criminal justice and sociology and is a dairy manager at Hy-Vee in Lawrence. The couple plan a June 13, 2009, wedding at St. Michael Church in La Crosse.

Engagement

Smith

Tammy and Craig Davis, Ottawa, and Terry Smith, Edgerton, announce the engagement of their daughter Tara Renee Smith to Dustin Lee Dozier, both of Baldwin City. The future bride is a graduate of Ottawa High School and Z Cosmetology. She is employed with Beauty Brands in Lenexa. The future groom is the son of Mark and Patty Dozier, Iola, and Shelly Ellis, Cherryville. He is a graduate of Iola High School. He is studying auto mechanics at Johnson County Community College and is employed with Wal-Mart in Lawrence. The couple plan a May 2, 2009, wedding in Ottawa.

Engagement

Atwell and Casas

Amanda Atwell, Surprise, Ariz., formerly of Lawrence, and Jose Casas, Surprise, Ariz., announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Bill Atwell, Lawrence, and Angela Atwell, Surprise, Ariz. She attended Lawrence High School and is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in social work at Arizona State University. The future groom is the son of Ismael Casas, Vera Cruz, Mexico, and Maury Hernandez, Youngtown, Ariz. He attended Peoria High School and is a neighborhood expert cook at Applebee’s Restaurant. He plans to attend a culinary arts institute in the near future. The couple plan a May 29, 2009, wedding at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Sun City, Ariz.

Engagement

Diedel and Denny

Mark and Judy Denny along with Raymond and Barbara Diedel announce the engagement of their children, Jennifer Denny and Drew Diedel, all of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School and is an accounting clerk and residential staff with Cottonwood Inc. The future groom is also a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High. He earned an associate degree from Johnson County Community College in 2007 and is studying for a bachelor’s degree at Kansas University. He is a supervisor at Runza. The couple plan a Nov. 6, 2010, wedding at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.

Engagement

Davoren and Dennis

Kevin and Debra Davoren, Tonganoxie, announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Rose Davoren, to Jeffrey Thomas Dennis, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2004 graduate of Tonganoxie High School and is studying for an elementary education degree at Washburn University. She is employed with the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence at Pinckney School. The future groom is the son of Cindy Kirkwood and Tom and Maureen Dennis, all of Shongaloo, La. He is a 2003 graduate of Tonganoxie High School and the farming operations manager at Pine’s International Inc., in Lawrence. The couple plan a May 30, 2009, wedding at the Tonganoxie Historical Society.

Engagement

Birchfield and Haas

Samantha Birchfield, Lawrence, and Nathaniel Haas, Bethesda, Md., announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Stephen Birchfield and Jodi Lee, Lawrence, and Donna Gallo, Paterson, N.J. She is a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned Bachelor of Art degrees in history and women’s studies from Kansas University and is employed by Hilltop Child Development Center. The future groom is the son of Patricia Haas, Bethesda, Md. He is a 1997 graduate of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Md. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from Humboldt State University and is earning a Masters of Arts degree in geography from KU. The couple plan a Sept. 5, 2009, wedding at Buford M. Watson Jr. Park in Lawrence.

Engagement

Colgan and Kalb

Marilyn Colgan, Lawrence, along with Kermit and Margaret Kalb, Wellsville, announce the engagement of their children, Melissa Colgan, Lawrence, and Stephen Kalb, Wellsville. The future bride is also the daughter of the late Michael Colgan. She is a 2001 graduate of Lawrence High School and a 2005 graduate of Kansas State University. She will graduate with a medical degree from Kansas University School of Medicine in May and will start residency at Smoky Hill Family Medicine Program in Salina in July. The future groom is a 1997 graduate of Baldwin High School and a 2001 graduate of K-State. He is employed in production agriculture with Kalb Farms in Wellsville. The couple plan a June 27, 2009, wedding at Baldwin First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City.

Engagement

Hoover and Attebury

Jill Renee Hoover and Brendon McClaren Attebury, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of David and Maureen Hoover, Howard Lake, Minn., and the late Yvonne Hoover. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communication disorders and child psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts degree in speech-language-pathology from Northern Illinois University. She is studying for a doctoral degree in child language from Kansas University. The future groom is the son of Cheryl and Bob Nelsen, Lawrence, and Claude Attebury, Tonganoxie. He is a graduate of Free State High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from KU and a Master in Business Administration degree from Baker University. He is employed by CH2M Hill in Lawrence. The couple plan a May 23, 2009, wedding at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colo.

Engagement

Willems and Barclay

The Rev. Pieter and Alice Willems along with the Rev. Jeff and Cindy Barclay announce the engagement of their children, Adrienne Willems and Micah Barclay, all of Lawrence. The future bride is a graduate of Veritas Christian High School and is studying for a music education degree at Baker University. The future groom is also a graduate of Veritas Christian High and is studying for a communications degree with a minor in business at Kansas University. The couple plan a June 6, 2009, wedding at Mustard Seed Church in Lawrence.

Engagement

Ikenberry and Gordon

Alan and Kathy Ikenberry announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Ikenberry, all of Baldwin City, to Branner Gordon, Lawrence. The future bride is a 2006 graduate of Baldwin High School. The future groom is the son of Tracy Gordon, Perry, and Shelley Elsea, Baldwin City. He is a 2007 graduate of Baldwin High School and is an apprentice electrician with Huxtable Electric. The couple plan a Sept. 19, 2009, wedding in Baldwin City.

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