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Couples announcements for September 2011

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Barfield and Hash

Megan Barfield, Lawrence, and Brandon Hash, Baldwin City, were married June 18, 2011, at Eudora Baptist Church, with Mark Halford officiating. The bride is the daughter of David and Cathy Barfield, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Martin and Kay Hash, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Danielle Engle. Best man was Jake Hash. Bridesmaids were Amy Hilger, Betsy Pool, Megan Klicka, Shaina Williams and Angel Vann. Groomsmen were Cody Patterson, Branden Souders, Blake McClary, Chris Jones and Michael Bell. Flower girls were Maya Barfield and Annika Schoenhofer. Junior usher was Emma Barfield. Ringbearer was Jonas Barfield. A reception was given at Stony Point Hall in Baldwin City. The bride was homeschooled and graduated in 2007. She plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in music and mass media from Washburn University in Spring 2012 and is the news editor for the Washburn Review newspaper. The groom was also homeschooled and graduated in 2007. He has been working in the energy industry for over five years. The couple reside in Edgerton.

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Newton and Rankin

Beth Newton and Adam Rankin, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Rick Newton and Julie Hoffman, both of Hutchinson. She is a 2003 graduate of Nickerson High School and a 2005 graduate of Hutchinson Community College. She is studying for a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Kansas University and plans to graduate in May 2012. The future groom is the son of Frank and Sherri Rankin, Hutchinson. He is a 2004 graduate of Hutchinson High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from KU in 2008 and is a design engineer at Engineered Air in De Soto. The couple plan a Nov. 5, 2011, wedding at Danforth Chapel at KU.

Anniversary

Baxter

Don and Norma Baxter, Lawrence, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary today with a family gathering. Norma Rose Barton and Donald Gene Baxter were married Sept., 2, 1951, at the Burlington Methodist Church in Burlington. They lived in Florrisant, Colo., and Colorado Springs, Colo. before moving to Germany, where Don served after being drafted by the U.S. Army. In 1957, they moved to Lawrence. They opened Don’s Speed Shop in 1962. They eventually sold the shop and opened Baxter Ford Parts. They both enjoyed drag racing and have raced several dragsters including the “Jayhawker.” Their son Tim drove and their son Bob was crew chief. It has competed in National Hot Rod Association events across the country. The couple still enjoy their summer home near Woodland Park, Colo., with their family. In addition to their sons, they have a daughter, Kristine Baxter Wilson, all of Lawrence; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. The couple request no gifts.

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LeMert

Carol Ann and Harold W. LeMert Jr., Lawrence, celebrated their 50th anniversary wedding in early August with their family in Santa Barbara, Calif. The couple were married Aug. 27, 1961, in Shelbyville, Ind. Hal is a retired Presbyterian minister. He is currently active in campus ministry at Ecumenical Christian Ministries. Annie is retired from a long nursing career serving in many capacities (school nurse, instructor and manager) and her last job with early childhood special needs. They enjoy being involved with Plymouth Congregational Church, the Lawrence community and keeping up with their grandchildren. They have three daughters, Elizabeth Bax, Jefferson City, Mo., Jennifer LeMert, and son-in-law, Dan Beightol, Santa Barbara, Calif., and Amy LeMert-Nuzum and son-in-law, Gary Nuzum, Lawrence; a son, Paul, Malvern, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. The couple request no gifts.

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Platz

Terry and Bill Platz, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a weekend with their children and grandchildren later this month. The couple were married Sept. 2, 1961, in Lincoln, Neb. Bill is retired from Farmland Industries and Terry is a Realtor at Stephens Real Estate. They have a daughter, Shelly Platz-Davidson, and son-in-law, Chris, Lawrence; three sons, Doug, Dallas, Jon, and daughter-in-law, Stacey, Lenexa, and Jeff, Lawrence; and three grandchildren.

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Patton

Duane and Sharon Patton, Lawrence, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary while on a RV trip this summer. The couple were married Sept. 2, 1961, at the First Baptist Church in Scott City. Duane worked for the Lawrence Country Club, The Scotts Company and the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America. Sharon worked at Pioneer Bank, University State Bank and also for Duane. In retirement, they enjoy spending their summers in their 5th wheel RV and have traveled to Alaska, Nova Scotia and throughout the United States. They have a son, Scott, and daughter-in-law, Stacey, and a granddaughter.

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Hackathorn and Cook

John and Susie Hackathorn, Lecompton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Aimee Hackathorn, to Justin Cook, both of Perry. The future bride is a 2001 graduate of Perry Lecompton High School. She is employed at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The future groom is the son of Wayne Cook, Lecompton, and Novale Horton, Perry. He is a 1998 graduate of PLHS and is the owner of Justin’s Flooring. The couple plan an Oct. 8, 2011, wedding at Shawnee Lake in Topeka.

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Phillips and Aligo

Sarah Phillips and Scott Aligo, both of Stillwater, Okla., announce their engagement, along with their parents, Michael and Katherine Phillips, Edgerton, and Gerard and Linn Aligo, Tonganoxie. The future bride is a 2001 graduate of Gardner Edgerton High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Emporia State University, a master’s degree in higher education administration from Kansas University and is the director of annual giving at the Oklahoma State University Foundation. The future groom is a 2000 graduate of Tonganoxie High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports and fitness management from KU, is pursuing a master’s degree in education from OSU, and is currently a defensive quality control coach with the OSU football team. The couple plan a June 29, 2012, wedding at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.

Engagement

Dillon and Woods

Bill and Beverly Dillon, Independence, Kan., announce the engagement of their daughter Leslie Dillon to Tanner Woods, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2004 graduate of Independence High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Kansas University in 2009 and is a greenhouse manager with Cal-Ann Farms. The future groom is the son of Mary Woods, Independence. He is a 2003 graduate of Independence High School. He earned an associate degree in respiratory therapy from Washburn University in 2010 and is a respiratory therapist at Stormont-Vail Health Care. The couple plan a Sept. 24, 2011, wedding in South Park in Lawrence.

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Fox Zabusky and Stockton

Erica Fox Zabusky and Mitchell Scott Stockton, both of Lawrence, were married April 2, 2011, on the stage of the Lawrence Arts Center, with Mike Silverman officiating. The bride is the daughter of Norman Zabusky, Rehovot, Israel, and Charlotte Fox Zabusky, Pittsburgh. The groom is the son of Mary Ellen Stockton, Forestville, Calif., and the late Earle Dare Stockton. Flower girl and ringbearer was Madeleine Zabusky-Stockton. Readers were Elizabeth Dailey, Clinton Stockton, Harry Stockton and Stacia Zabusky. Attendants were Charlotte Fox Zabusky and Eleanor Dailey. Greeters were Christie and Zoe Petersen. Guest book attendants were Julie and Ria Hudson. DJ was Catherine Bolton. A reception was given at Pachamama’s Restaurant. The bride earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Harvard University and did post-graduate studies in voice/opera at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She has worked as a professional actress/singer as well as in the classical music industry. The groom earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of California-Santa Barbara. He is a project engineer with Chemetron Railway Products in Kansas City, Mo. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Thiry

Bob and Shirley Thiry, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. Second St. The couple were married Sept. 10, 1961, at the Methodist church in McLouth. Bob is a graduate of Lawrence High School. He is retired and was the training director for Carpenters Local No. 1445. Shirley is a graduate of McLouth High School. She worked at the registrar’s office at Kansas University and was a homemaker. They have a son, Michael, Lecompton; a daughter, Lori White, Lawrence; and three grandchildren.

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Hodges

Erv and Shirley Hodges, Lawrence, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday with their family at The Oread. The couple were married Sept. 8, 1951, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence. After retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps with the rank of lieutenant colonel, Erv joined the city of Lawrence staff and was director of utilities. He then became the national sales manager for the Hammel Dahl control valve company, a division of the Grinnell Corp. He also served on the Lawrence City Commission and was mayor of Lawrence in 2000. They have a son, Mark, and daughter-in-law, Anne Owen; a daughter, Cindy Fritzel, and son-in-law, Tim, all of Lawrence; five grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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Horn and Bailey

Lisa V. Horn, Lawrence, and Aaron R. Bailey, Kansas City, Mo., were married March 19, 2011, at Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, Tenn., with the Rev. John Sims Baker and the groom’s grandfather, the Rev. Robert Bailey, officiating. The bride is the daughter of John and Betty Horn, Hermitage, Tenn. The groom is the son of Steven Bailey, Parkville, Mo., and the late Lois Anderson. Maid of honor was Megan Hustings. Best man was Steven Bailey. Readers were Sarah Bailey and Traci Keeton. Vocalists were Blaine and Leala Dickenson, and Chris Horn. Ushers were Scott Keeton and Adam Harris. A dinner followed the ceremony at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville. A Lawrence reception was given March 26 at the Watkins Community Museum of History. The bride graduated from Immaculata High School in Leavenworth. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art with a communications concentration from Saint Mary College in Leavenworth and is the communications coordinator for the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. The groom graduated from Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a broadcasting minor from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo., and a juris doctorate from Washburn University School of Law. He is an associate attorney at Sloan, Eisenbarth, Glassman, McEntire & Jarboe, LLC, Topeka. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Abicht and Schnose

Elise Schnose, Lawrence, and Travis Abicht, La Crosse, Wis., were married Sept. 17, 2010, at St. John’s Catholic Church, in Lawrence, with the Rev. John Schmeidler officiating. The bride is the daughter of Gregory and Linda Schnose, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Paul and Chris Abicht, La Crosse. Maid of honor was Christina Salazar. Best man was Peter DiPasco. Bridesmaids were Leah Collins, Katy Bougher, Georgia Owen and Annie DiPasco. Groomsmen were Bradley Abicht, Tyler Abicht, Carter Abicht and Brandon Cunningham. Flower girl was Eleanor DiPasco. A reception was given at The Alton Ballroom. The bride is a 2001 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas in 2005 and worked briefly as a business systems consultant at MAXIMUS in Washington D.C. She earned a medical degree from Kansas University Medical Center in 2010 and is completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago. The groom is a 1997 graduate of Logan High School in LaCrosse. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from KU in 2001, followed by a medical degree from KUMC in 2005. He completed a general surgery residency at KUMC in 2010, and is completing a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The couple reside in Chicago.

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Nieder and Summers

Brityn Nieder, Lawrence, and Steven Summers, Raytown, Mo., were married June 11, 2011, at The Chapel at Hermann Hill, in Hermann, Mo., with the Rev. Jonelle Loehnig officiating. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Sheri Nieder, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Darrell Summers and Lana Lombardo, both of Raytown. Maid of honor was Taeler Nieder. Best man was Ty Johnson. Bridesmaids were Ryan McElhaney, Samantha Blaine and Beth Kerfes. Groomsmen were Gerald Brown, Ryan Broome and BJ Latas. Flower girls were Emily Elizabeth, Gabriele Gutierrez and McKenzie Nieder. Ringbearer was Gavin Emilio Latas. Honorary ushers were Jerod Nieder and Cale Nieder. Ushers were Joseph Summers, Chris Blaine and Tucker Brown. Reader was Jacob Summers. A reception was given at the Pavilion at Hermann Hill. The bride is a graduate of Free State High School. She attended Kansas University and is a senior recruiter for Premier Tech, Inc. in Overland Park. The groom is a graduate of Raytown South High School. He attended Missouri Valley College and is a mortgage loan officer for Wells Fargo Bank. The couple reside in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Anniversary

Osness

Wayne and Donna Osness, Lawrence, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June on an Alaskan cruise with their children and their spouses. The couple were married Sept. 15, 1951, in Green Bay, Wis. After Wayne completed his college degrees, they lived in Madison, Wis., where Wayne taught and coached. When Donna finished her nursing degree, the couple moved to Lawrence in 1966. Wayne began his nearly 40-year career as a professor and chairman of the physical education department at Kansas University, and Donna began her nursing career at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The couple have a son, Patrick, and daughter-in-law, Barbara, Denver; four daughters, Karen Thompson, and son-in-law, Stan, Olathe; Cinda Peck and son-in-law, Rod, San Diego; Deena Osness, Lawrence, and Lynne Buckley and son-in-law Owen, Kansas City, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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Friedt and Steiner

Lexi Jo Friedt and Jared Walter Steiner, both of Dickinson, N.D., were married May 21, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dickinson, with the Rev. Keith Streifel officiating. The bride is the daughter of Florian and Jacqueline Friedt, Dickinson. The groom is the son of Keith and Francine Steiner, Lawrence, and Nadine Steiner, Bismarck, N.D. Maid of honor was Meghan Friedt. Best man was Chase Gunwall. Bridesmaids were Caitlin Friedt, Anna Friedt, Jenna Sammon, Jodie Kirschofner and Lidia Muckle. Groomsmen were Joey Gunwall, Grant Hudson, Shane Johnson, Kevin Kirchofner and John Odermann. Flower girl of honor was Cassandra Meyer. Flower girls were Nevaeh Muckle and Sadie Kuntz. Ringbearers were Nathan Friedt and Maddex Kirchofner. A reception followed at the Elks Lodge in Dickinson. The bride is a 2003 graduate of Trinity High School and a 2007 graduate of Dickinson State University. She is a kindergarten teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Dickinson. The groom is a 2001 graduate of Dickinson High School. He is a salesman for Sax Motors in Dickinson. The couple reside in Dickinson.

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Berns and Minahan

Elaine Berns, Perry, and John Minahan, Park City, Utah, were married July 31, 2011, at Johnson Mill with Mayor Dana Williams officiating. The bride is the daughter of Bruce and Pamela Berns, Perry. The groom is the son of Tom and Lucy Minahan, Park City. Maids of honor were Andrea Hershman Kendall-Taylor, Blythe Ridenour Jones and Sara Whitefield Merwin. Best men were Eric Kincaid, Nathan Endres and Peter Endres. Flower girls were Erin Brisebois, Harley Deters and Madeline Kendall-Taylor. Ushers were Bryan Berns, Chris Jones, Chris Merwin, Eric Ridenour, Heinrich Deters and Steve Crannell. A reception followed at Johnson Mill. The couple reside in Park City.

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Hatton and Sommer

Pamela Sommer and Chris Hatton, both of Boulder, Colo., were married July 2, 2011, at Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colo., with the Rev. Tom Shirk officiating. The bride is the daughter of Dr. Craig Sommer, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Gayle Sommer, Benicia, Calif. The groom is the son of Dr. Donald and Carol Hatton, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Angela Sommer. Best man was Donald Hatton Jr. Bridesmaid was Jessica Sommer. Groomsman was Todd Hatton. Flower girls were Libby Hatton, Hannah Hatton and Chloe Hatton. Ringbearer was Will Hatton. Attendants were Meredith Mihm and Amanda Setlik. Ushers were Tagg Carroll, Kenyon Charity, Jay Hanna and Andy Toebben. Musicians were Grant Gordy and Kevin Karrick. A reception followed at Donovan Pavilion. The bride was homeschooled. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and is pursuing a doctorate in piano performance at the University of Colorado. The groom is a graduate of Lawrence High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas University, is also pursuing a doctorate in piano performance at the University of Colorado, and is teaching at Colorado Christian University. The couple reside in Boulder.

Anniversary

Erickson

Emma “Jackie” and Robert “Bob” Erickson Sr., Perry, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with family at a later date. The couple were married Sept. 27, 1941, in Wyoming. Jackie attended school in Decatur, Neb., and Bob attended school in Fremont, Neb. Bob worked construction and owned Erickson Trucking and Seeding Co. until retirement. They have a daughter, Lori Kukuk, McLouth, seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and two sons, the late Robert Erickson Jr. and Ronald Erickson. The couple request no gifts. Cards can be sent to: 9840 Bridge Road, Perry, KS 66054.

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Howard

Bob and Louise Howard, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner and a trip to the Panama Canal later this month. The couple were married Oct. 6, 1961, at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence. Bob retired from FMC Corp. in Lawrence, after 35 years. Louise retired from JCPenney in Lawrence after 18 years. They have two sons, Gary and daughter-in-law, Lisa, Baldwin City, and Bruce and daughter-in-law, Debi, Eudora; and four grandchildren.

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Thomas and Shurtz

Monica Thomas, Topeka, and Tad Shurtz, Lawrence, were married May 7, 2011, in Riviera Maya, Mexico, with Roxanna Fernandez officiating. The bride is the daughter of Ernest Thomas, Kansas City, Kan., and Mary and Michael Sheetz, Topeka. The groom is the son of Mike and Kris Shurtz, Lawrence. Matron of honor was Kim Nolan. Maids of honor were Andrea Howell and Melissa Schoenborn. Best men were Jacob Albers and Kevin Williams. Bridesmaids were Lacey Blodgett, Heidi Inthavong, Anne Pleviak, Shelby Shurtz and Morgan Urinate. Groomsmen were Jason Goodvin, Marshall Sheetz and Michael Thomas. A reception was given at Thalasso Garden at the Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita in Riviera Maya. The bride is a graduate of Washburn Rural High School and Kansas University School of Nursing. She is a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The groom is a graduate of Lawrence High School and KU School of Journalism. He is employed by Warner Brothers Production in Los Angeles. The couple reside in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Hathhorn and Wendland

Lisa Hathhorn, Hiawatha, and Shelby Wendland, Lawrence, were married May 18, 2011, in a private ceremony on Shipwreck Beach, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, with the Rev. Lauren King officiating. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Marla Hathhorn, Hiawatha. The groom is the son of Steve and Terri Wendland, Lawrence. A dinner celebration was held in Kapaa, on the island of Kauai. The bride is a 2000 graduate of Hiawatha High School. She earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and art history from Kansas University and is employed by the Lawrence Post Office. The groom is a 2002 graduate of Lawrence High School. He is employed with Gene Fritzel Construction Co., Lawrence. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Evans and Reichel

Annette Evans, Tonganoxie, and Mark Reichel, New York City, were married Aug. 6, 2011, in an outdoor wedding at the home of the groom’s aunt in Sharon, Conn., with Amy Lake officiating. The bride is the daughter of Judy Evans, Tonganoxie, and the late L.C. Evans Jr. The groom is the son of Mel and Caroline Reichel, Great Neck, N.Y., and Anne Reichel, New York City. A reception followed at the home of the groom’s aunt. The bride is a 1999 graduate of Barstow School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Baker University in 2003. She is employed as a publicist in New York City. The groom is a 1996 graduate of Birch Wathen Lenox School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 2000, a Master of Business Administration degree from Baruch College in 2008, and Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2010. He is employed as a consultant/certified public accountant in New York City. The couple reside in New York City.

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Fitzgerald and Hughes

Larry and Anne Fitzgerald, Lawrence, along with Gary and Liddell Hobin, Leavenworth, announce the engagement of their children, Hallie Iona Fitzgerald and James Patrick Hughes Jr., both of Leavenworth. The future bride is a 2002 graduate of Lawrence High School and is the office manager for McNeely Steel and Supply in Leavenworth. The future groom is also the son of the late James Patrick Hughes Sr. He is a 2001 graduate of Lansing High School and is a driver for Studdard Moving and Storage in Leavenworth. The couple plan an Oct. 15, 2011, wedding at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Leavenworth.

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Bowers and Smith

Bill and Tammy Bowers, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter Melissa Bowers to Blake Smith, both of Roeland Park. The future bride is a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kansas State University in 2007 and is in her fourth year of medical school at Kansas University Medical Center. The future groom is the son of Beth Humlicek, Wichita, and Ben Smith, Topeka. He is a 2004 graduate of Maize High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from K-State in 2009 and is employed with W.L. Cassell and Associates. The couple plan an Oct. 14, 2011, wedding in Shawnee.

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