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Couples announcements September 17, 2011




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.


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.


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.


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.

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