Rovenstine and Smidt
Nate and Janet Rovenstine of Lawrence and Bruce and Liz Smidt of Sioux Falls, SD are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Chelsea Rovenstine to Andrew Smidt. The future bride is a 2005 graduate of Lawrence Free State High School. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. She currently works at Scheels All Sports as a Shop Manager in Sioux Falls. The future groom is a 2002 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls. He graduated from WyoTech in Laramie, WY. He currently works for Kustom Joe’s as a fabricator and custom painter in Sioux Falls. The couple plan a September 7 wedding in Sioux Falls at The Ransom Church with a dinner and dance at Brandon Golf Course. A Lawrence reception will be held on September 28 at Lawrence Wesleyan Church.
Arnold and Griffith
Jay and Kathy Arnold of Louisburg, KS announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole to Steven Griffith, son of Dave Griffith and Cris and Murray Renick, Lawrence, KS. Nicole graduated from Kansas University in 2013 with a degree in Speech, Language and Hearing. She will begin the Masters Program at KU Med in the fall. Steven graduated from Kansas University in 2011. He is a Contract Analyst for Cerner. Steven is also working on his Masters in Business from Kansas University. The couple plan their wedding on July 20, 2013 at Queen of the Holy Rosary Wea in Bucyrus, KS.
Wilson and Johnson
Leah Wilson and Nic Johnson are happy to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Leah is the daughter of Tim and Carla Wilson of Lingle, WY; formerly of Lawrence. She is the granddaughter of Carl and Joyce Burkhead, of Dona Wilson and the late Dick Wilson, all of Lawrence. Leah graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Nic is the son of Craig and Val Johnson of Pine Bluffs, WY. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Heath Promotion. Nic is now completing his last semester of graduate school at Rocky Mountain University; he will graduate in December 2013 with his Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy. A garden wedding is planned for August 17, 2013 and will be held at the Johnson residence in Pine Bluffs, WY.
Blessing and Singh
James Blessing of De Soto and Sondra Blessing of Lawrence announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexandra Marie Blessing, to Anish Singh, both of Sunnyvale, CA. The future bride is a 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School and received a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Kansas in 2011. She currently works as an operating room nurse at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA. The future groom is the son of Surendra and Namrata Singh of Lawrence, KS. He is a 2004 graduate of Free State High School and received a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Kansas in 2008. He is completing a Master’s in Business Administration from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. The couple plans a September 28, 2013 wedding in Lawrence.
Larry and Angie Davidson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 8, 2013. After meeting in Valdosta, GA where Larry was in USAF Pilot Training and Angie was in college, they were married at First Methodist Church in Waycross, GA. Having lived in Sacramento, Orlando, and Wichita, they moved to Lawrence in 2005. Their family includes Julie, Steed, Emily, Andrew and Allison Bell of Lawrence and Andy, Nikki, Natalie, Alyssa, Caroline, Savannah and Elliana Davidson of Gig Harbor, WA. They will all celebrate together in July at Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Robbins and Gantz
Kris and Nadine Robbins of Perry, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin, to Joel Gantz, son of Neil and Nancy Gantz of Perry, Kansas. The future bride graduated from Perry- Lecompton High School in 2008 and the University of Missouri in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education and a minor in Spanish. Kristin is currently employed with the Tonganoxie School district teaching Elementary Art. The future groom graduated from Perry- Lecompton High School in 2009. Joel will complete his final football season with the Northwest Missouri Bearcats and will graduate in December with a degree in Agricultural Science. Joel and Kristin are planning their wedding for January 4, 2014 in Lawrence. The couple will reside near Perry.
LaVerne and Sharon were married July 27, 1963 at the Eudora Methodist Church in Eudora Ks. LaVerne attened Lawrence High School. He worked at the Ford and John Deere Tractor dealers then built houses with Kenneth Tuggle and retired from the City of Eudora in 1999. Sharon worked several places as well as a stay at home Mom and had day care. Sharon retired from Quaker/Heinz/ DelMonte after 27 years in 2005. They have two son Robert (Anita) and Donald all of Eudora. They have Three grandchildren, Autumn Wood ( Josh) of Oskaloosa, Ks. Dennis Musick (Jessica Wilcox) of Eudora Ks. and Tiffany Musick ( Jim Jameson) of Bastrop, Tx. They have nine great grandchildren, Aftyn, Trinity, Duncun, Rilliey, Ayden, Salim, Izaiah, Jericho, Isabella and two more due soon. They will celebrate on July 27 with a dinner for family and friends at the home of Pete and Cheryl Howell 2127 N 1200 Rd. Eudora Ks.
Riner and Canfield
Eric Riner and Kelli Canfield, both of Kansas City, Missouri were engaged on September 21, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. Eric is the son of Jeff and Ronda Riner, Lecompton, KS and Kelli is the daughter of Kathleen and Tom Buerhle, Hopkinsville, KY, and the late Guy Harper, Cape Girardeau, MO. The couple plan a September 20, 2013 wedding in Boulder, CO. A reception will be held at a later date in Kansas City.
Schuster and Lorg
Paul and Sue Schuster of Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Dyanne Schuster, to Joshua Thomas Lorg, son of John and Lori Lorg, Lenexa. The future bride is a 2006 graduate of Larned High School, Larned, KS. The future groom is a 2004 graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, KS. Emily and Joshua are University of Kansas alumni, having both obtained business degrees. Emily is the office manager for a psychology practice in Prairie Village, KS. Joshua currently travels as a Microsoft Dynamics Project Lead with Mattress Firm. The couple plan to reside in Olathe after their wedding planned for December 6, 2013 in Kansas City. Emily is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Lilly of Ottawa and of Ruby and the late Paul Schuster of Garnett.
Edwards and Brower
Together with their families, Allison Edwards and Zach Brower are delighted to announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Anne & Rich Bailey and Carl Edwards & Mark Stotler, all of Lawrence, Kansas. Allison graduated from Lawrence Free State High School in 2004. She received her BA from Drake University in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology in 2008 and her MD from the University of Kansas in May, 2013. She is currently a resident in family medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. The future groom is the son of Deb Thomas & Doug Peckumn of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Steve & Jane Brower of Irving, Texas. Zach graduated from West Des Moines Valley High School in 2004 and received his BSBA in Finance and Management in 2008 from Drake University. He is currently an underwriter for Metropolitan Life Insurance. Allison and Zach reside in Denver, Colorado and plan a September, 2014 wedding in the Kansas City area.
Gleason and Black
Ian Black and Alyssa Gleason were married on May 3rd, 2013 at Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The Minister Douglas A. Reed officiated. The Bride is the daughter of Sheryl A. Gleason, Oxford, KS. The groom is the son of Bradley and Rhonda Black, Baldwin City, KS. The couple and their children reside in Baldwin City, KS.
Savage and Lisher
Jayme Linne Lisher of Lawrence and Blake Michael Savage of Linn were married on December, 15 2012, at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. The bride is the daughter of Bob and Diana Lisher of Lawrence and currently works as a teacher at Lawrence Free State High School. The groom is the son of Mike and Deby Savage of Linn and currently works for BNSF Railway. The couple currently resides in Lawrence.
Donna and Peter Conway recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at a party held at the Adams Alumni Center, KU. They were married June 15, 1963 at the Naval Chapel, Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif. They graduated together from Sacramento State College in 1964. After a career in the U.S. Army, they settled in Leavenworth, until moving to Lawrence in 1995. They have 2 sons, Michael, and wife Dawn, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Kevin, wife Cary, Plano, Texas, along with four grandchildren, Kathryn, Christopher, Lauren and Brooke. Peter currently works at Lawrence Country Club golf course and Donna is a volunteer for Audio Reader and the Lied Center ushers.
Jim and Linda (Taul) Russell, of Baldwin City, were married August 4, 1963 at the Worden EUB church in rural Baldwin City. They were high school sweethearts, meeting at Baldwin High School. Jim graduated in 1961 and Linda in 1963. The couple have three children: Tim Russell (Tracy) and Bob Russell (Lisa) all of Baldwin City and Sarah Bates (Jared) of Hanover, Indiana. They have eight grandchildren: Emily, Trent, Mackenzie, Riley, and Lauren Russell and Isaac, Owen, and Liam Bates. Jim and Linda have spent their married life in Baldwin City and raised their family there. Jim did auto body work in area shops and maintenance work for Webco and Central Fibers, retiring in 2008. Linda has been employed by the Baldwin School District for over 30 years. She is now semi-retired and volunteers at Vintage Park Assisted Living and Baldwin Senior Wheels. They invite all family and friends to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, August 3 from 2-4 pm at the Worden United Methodist Church. They request no gifts.
John Thomas Stewart and Arletia May Torneden were married July 27, 1943 at Oskaloosa, Kansas. They have 3 children; Johnny, Lawrence, Gladys Tipton (deceased) & Bob (Nancy Beyer), Fountain Hills, AZ. Grandson, Rob (deceased), Great Grandson, Chris (deceased), Granddaughter, Amy Harting (Scott Harting), Great Grandsons, Andrew and Josh, Surprise, AZ. John retired with 37 years as an American Family Insurance Agent and Arletia retired with 27 years with Westar.
Dale and Rita Pennybaker will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on July 31st, 2013. They met at Kansas State Teachers College (KSTC), now Emporia State University. They were married in Emporia, Kansas. Dale spent his career in coaching and as an athletic director, and Rita was an elementary school teacher. The couple resided in Burlington, Kansas, Iowa City, Iowa, Fremont, Nebraska, Minot, North Dakota, and Wayne, Nebraska early in their marriage. They resided in Evergreen, Colorado for over 20 years, and then retired to Lawrence where they have resided for over 20 years. They have one son, Kent, who resides in Lawrence with his wife Janet. Grandchildren are Atherly (Attie) and Austin. They will celebrate their anniversary with an Open House on Sunday, July 28th, 2013 from 2 to 5 pm at their son Kent’s home at 1569 Alvamar Drive, Lawrence.
Carl and Doris Guggisberg celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with family. Carl Guggisberg and Doris Roberts were married June 13th, 1948, in Burns, Kansas. Carl worked in the parts department at Ford dealerships in Topeka, California and Lawrence. He retired from Laird Noller in Lawrence. Doris worked at the Topeka Air Force Depot and was a homemaker. They have two daughters, Carol Martindale and husband Steve of Lenexa, and Kimberly Rayton and husband Clarence of Lawrence. Five grandchildren, Elizabeth (Martindale) Ortin, Josiah Martindale, Janel (Martindale) Wakefield, Kayla Rayton and James Rayton. The couple has lived in Lawrence since 1960.
McIntyre and Rigg
J.R. Rigg and Julie McIntyre were married on June 14, 2013 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church followed by a reception at the Oread Hotel in Lawrence. The bride is the daughter of Bernard and Darlene Katzfey, Lawrence. She is a 3rd grade teacher at Broken Arrow Elementary in Lawrence. The groom is the son of the late, Howard and Pat Rigg. He is retired from the Union Pacific Railroad. The couple and their children reside in Lawrence.
Novelo and Haynes
Leila Novelo and Kirby Haynes celebrated their marriage on May 26 in a ceremony held on the west bank of Potter Lake on the KU campus. The bride was escorted by her mother, Cindy Novelo of Lawrence, and her father, Jaime Novelo of Caye Caulker, Belize. The bride’s attendants were Luna Novelo Ellis, Shevaun Novelo DeLucia, Chris Juarez, Tessa Dick, and Sarah Bodle. Attending the groom were Travis Hardin, Case Haynes, Cooper Haynes, and Jake Hembree. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend Jason Elmore. Flower girl was Kaydence West and Jeremiah Novelo served as ring bearer. A wedding supper and reception was held after the ceremony at Maceli’s. A feature of the reception was a “cookie bar” with many varieties of cookies all made by the groom’s mother, Ronda Peck. Invitations and table decorations were designed and made by the bride’s sister, Luna Novelo Ellis of West Valley City, Utah. The couple resides in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Gettman and Grose
Dawn Gettman and Rick Grose were married on July 3, 2013. Dr. Gettman is a staff clinical psychologist at the VA Medical Center in Topeka. Mr. Grose is a teacher at Washburn Rural High School. The couple resides in Topeka with their cats.
Mohr and Bahret
Rod and Susie Mohr, Lawrence, along with Ernie and Penny Bahret, Lecompton, announce the engagement of their children, Veronica Mohr and Blair Bahret, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2007 graduate of Free State High School. She graduated from Ottawa University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration. The future groom is a 2006 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. The couple plans an October 5th, 2013 wedding at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence.
Stamer and Smith
Melissa Stamer, of Lawrence, KS, and Josh Smith, of Iola, KS were engaged on November 26, 2012 in Monterey, California. Josh is the son of Kim and Larry Peterson of Iola, KS; Melissa is the daughter of John and Shari Stamer of Lawrence, KS. The couple plan an October 12, 2013 wedding in Lawrence, KS.
Fritz and Blackwell
Bobbi Jo Fritz and Daniel Blackwell of Lawrence announce their engagement to be married. Bobbi Jo is the daughter of Linda Fritz and the late Don Fritz of Lawrence. Bobbi Jo is a 2009 graduate of Lawrence High School. Daniel is the son of Angel and Bill Lemaster of Pensacola, FL, and John Blackwell of Bluefield, W. VA. Daniel is a graduate of Pensacola Community College and served in the United States Army. The couple plan to be wed in late October.
Clark and Frager
Hallie Lianne Clark and Charles Glenn Frager were married May 1st 2013 at Unity Church of Lawrence by Rev. Shannah McAleer. The bride is the daughter of Lori Clark, Lawrence KS and Terry Clark, Mclouth KS. The groom is the son of Gary and Susan Frager, Lawrence KS.