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Couples announcements September 24, 2011




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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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