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Couples announcements for March 2014

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Engagement

Fish and Wittman

Gary and Melinda Fish, Lawrence, along with Ed and Kim Wittman, Lawrence, are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Carly Fish and Eric Wittman. The future bride is a 2008 graduate of Lawrence Free State High School, and a 2012 graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Atmospheric Science with a minor in mathematics. She is currently a GRA at the University of Kansas in Atmospheric Science and will earn her Masters Degree this summer. The future groom is a 2008 graduate of Lawrence High School. Eric earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 2012. He is currently working in Overland Park, Kansas at Black and Veatch as a mechanical engineer. The couple will wed on September 13, 2014 at Alvamar Country Club.

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Johnson and Colwell

Together with their families, Lesley Johnson and Ronald J. (RJ) Colwell, would like to announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ann and Steve Johnson of Lawrence, Kansas. She is a 2000 graduate of Lawrence High School and graduated from Kansas State University with a Public Relations degree in 2004. The future groom is the son of Ronald Colwell and Mary Chang. He is a 2003 graduate of Neenah High School in Neenah, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in History in 2007. After college, RJ served as an officer in the United States Army and is an Iraq war veteran. They currently reside in Lone Tree, Colorado with their dog, Magoo, where Lesley is a Special Events Coordinator with the City and RJ is currently seeking a law degree at the University of Denver. A summer wedding is planned in Keystone, Colorado for August 9, 2014.

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Miller and Neff

Brock and Angie Miller are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Breaer Angelique Miller of Eudora, Kansas to Taylor Lee Neff, son of Jeff and Nancy Neff of Andale, Kansas. Bre is a 2009 graduate of Eudora High School. She received a BS in Pharmaceutical Studies from the University of Kansas, is a third year pharmacy student at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and is working as a student intern at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Taylor is a 2009 graduate of Andale High School. He received a BA in Microbiology from the University of Kansas and is currently a second year medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. A June 14, 2014 wedding is planned at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Bender and Chaney

Kathy and Richard Chaney of Lawrence are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, J. Spence Chaney to Laura E. Bender, daughter of Jack and Shelly Bender of Eudora and Crys Galivan of Boonsboro, MD. Laura is a 2004 graduate of Free State High School and a 2012 graduate of B Street Beauty School in Lawrence. She is currently employed as a cosmetologist at Great Clips in Lawrence. Spence is a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School and a 2005 graduate of Allen County Community College. He is currently employed as a heavy equipment foreman at Conley Sitework and Utilities, Inc. in Linwood. The couple is planning an April 12, 2014 wedding at the First Christian Church in Lawrence.

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Schueler and Emerson

Stew Platz and Sindey Schueler-Platz of Lawrence, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Schueler, to Adam Emerson, son of Bob and Millie Emerson of Kechi, Kansas. The future bride and groom are 2008 graduates of Lawrence Free State High School. Samantha earned her BS in Aerospace Engineering from KU in 2012, will complete a MS in Aerospace Engineering from KU in May 2014. Adam earned his BS in Civil Engineering from K-State in 2013 and is employed by Trans System in Wichita, Kansas. A July 19, 2014 wedding is planned at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lawrence.

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Trezise and Gandy

Haley N. Trezise and Robert O. Gandy were united in marriage in a garden wedding at 6 p.m. Sept 7 at the home of Mike and Lori Hutfles in Lawrence, Kansas. Parents of the couple are Jim Trezise, Jeanne Trezise, Hutchinson, and Susan Gandy, Olathe and the late Robert Gandy. Matron of honor was Jessica Brown, Lawrence. Best man was Dan Dishman, Kansas City, MO. The couple honeymooned in Loveland, Colorado and will be residing in Iola, Kansas. The bride graduated from The University of Kansas with a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies. She is the Executive Director of the Allen County Historical Society Museum in Iola. The bridegroom attended Emporia State University. He is a painter and is studying sculptured glass blowing.

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Nease and Penny

David and Carmen Penny of Lawrence are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Michael Penny to Kathleen Nease, daughter of Gary and Kathy Nease, of Corsicana, Texas. Michael is a 2008 graduate of Veritas Christian School and a 2014 graduate of Texas A&M. He graduates with a BS and Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Michael will be taking a job with Rolls Royce in Indianapolis, Indiana in June 2014. Kathleen is a 2006 graduate of Corsicana High School and a 2010 graduate of Texas A&M. She graduated with a BS in Enviromental Geoscience with a minor in Geography. She is currently employed at TDI-Brooks International as a Quality Management Representative in College Station, TX. The couple plan a June 1st, 2014 wedding in College Station, TX and a post-wedding reception in Lawrence on June 14th, 2014.

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Slater and Thomas

Tom and Dori Slater of LaGrange, Georgia, announce the engagement of their daughter Courtney Slater to Ben Thomas, son of Neil and Kathleen Wright of Lawrence, and the late Steve Thomas, Hartford, Kansas. The future bride is a graduate of Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Theater. She is employed as an Office Manager with Regency Centers in Atlanta, Georgia. The future groom is also a graduate of Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He is employed as the Manager of Public Programs at the Atlanta History Center. An April 2014 wedding is planned in LaGrange, Georgia with a reception in July 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Volek and Castro

Gema Ruby Castro of Houston, TX and Christopher Volek of Lawrence, KS were married August 31, 2013 at the Fairmont Mayakoba in Cancun, Mexico. Aaron Webber of Lawrence was the best man. Brooke Gillis of Houston was the maid of honor. The groom walked down the aisle with his grandmother Anne Victoria Stronach and his parents Tom and Melody Volek, Lawrence. The bride was escorted by her parents Carlos and Mayra Castro of Nicaragua. The wedding took place outdoors with the Gulf of Mexico and tropical foliage as a beautiful background. Gema wore a full length strapless gown and carried a bouquet of fuchsia and white star lilies. The groom, best man and both father’s wore traditional guayabera shirts. A reception for family and friends followed the wedding. The bride and groom honeymooned in Spain before returning to Midland, TX where they reside.

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Erickson and Novosel

A May 24, 2014, wedding at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, KS, is planned by Ann Erickson and Christopher Novosel. Parents of the engaged couple are Richard and Marcy Erickson of Tonganoxie, KS, and Davor and Deb Novosel of Columbia, MO. The future bride is a first-year medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. The future groom is a graduate student in transportation engineering at the University of Kansas.

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Self and Browning

Bill and Cindy Self are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren, to Hayden Browning, son of Karin and Bart Browning of Columbus, Ohio. Lauren graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Elementary Education and now works for the Christian ministry Young Life in Richardson, Texas. Hayden graduated from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio with a degree in Christian Education and now works as a music pastor at Canyon Creek Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas. The wedding is planned for late summer in Kansas City.

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May and Bassett

Ernest May, Tonganoxie, and Cecilia Jecha May, Lawrence, are please to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca May to Brent Bassett, son of Bob and Lisa Bassett, Cypress, TX. Rebecca is a 2002 Lawrence High School graduate. She received her B.S. in Sports Medicine from John Brown University and her M.Ed. in Exercise Science from University of Kansas. She is currently employed at Seton Medical Center in Austin, TX as an Exercise Physiologist. Brent is a 2002 graduate of Cypress-Fairbanks High School, Cypress, TX. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.E. in Civil Engineering with specialization in Public Works from Texas A&M University. He is employed as Project Manager for KSA Engineers, Austin, TX. The couple plan a March 8, 2014 wedding at Heritage House in Dripping Springs, TX.

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Rutledge and Scott

Phil and Michele Rutledge of Lawrence are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Leah Marie Rutledge, to Ryan James Scott, son of Michael and Gail Scott of Topeka. The couple were engaged June 22, 2013. Leah is a 2009 graduate of Lawrence High School and a 2013 graduate of K-State. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Therapy. Leah is currently employed at Kansas Forest Service in Manhattan. Ryan is a 2011 graduate of Topeka West High School. He is currently working toward a dual degree in Physics and Secondary Education at K-State. They are planning a June wedding in Berryton, Kansas.

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Schriner and Sneegas

Dan Schriner and Sally Hare-Schriner of Lawrence are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexandra Marie Schriner to Jason Michael Sneegas, son of Randy and Ruth Anne Sneegas, grandson of Ralph and Mary Anne King and Don Sneegas, all of Lawrence. Alexandra’s grandparents, Jerry and Liz Hare are also of Lawrence. Alex is a 2008 graduate of Lawrence Free State High School and a 2012 graduate of the University of Kansas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History of Art and a minor in Business. Alex currently is Merchandizing Team Lead for Urban Outfitters in Kansas City, MO. Jason also is a 2008 graduate of Lawrence Free State High School and a 2012 graduate of the University of Kansas. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He currently works at the Kansas City, Kansas office of Professional Service Industries as a Geotechnical Engineer. Alex and Jason live in Mission, KS and are planning a November 15, 2014 wedding in Lawrence.

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Brosseit and Davidson

Gregg Davidson and Tracy Brosseit, both of Lawrence, were married Dec. 12, 2013, in St. Lucia. The groom is a native of Crete, NE, and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska. For the past six years, he has owned Mesler Roofing, Siding, and Windows in Lawrence. The bride has been enployed for the past six years by the LMH Endowment Association, where she ia a development specialist.

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Schuster and Lorg

Emily Dyanne Schuster and Joshua Thomas Lorg were united in marriage December 06, 2013 at the Hotel Phillips, Downtown Kansas City by Pastor Nathan Miller of Christ Community Church, Olathe Campus. The bride is the daughter of Paul and Sue Schuster, Lawrence. She is the granddaughter of Ruby Schuster and the late Paul Schuster, Garnett and the late Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Lilly of Ottawa. The groom is the son of John and Lori Lorg, Olathe. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Chambliss, Overland Park and Leo Lorg, of Wichita. Given in marriage by her parents, she was escorted by her father, Paul Schuster to begin the formal early evening ceremony and attended by Matron of Honor Katie Havelka of Springfield, MO, friend of the bride. Additional bridesmaids included Jamie Evans, Lenexa, KS, and Jill Miller, Olathe, KS friends of the bride. Wedding attendants to the bride included Beth Blankers, Lincoln, NE and Bethany Nesbitt, Prairie Village, also friends of the bride. Serving as Best Man was Bryan Haeusser of St. Louis, MO, friend of the groom. Groomsmen included John Ross Lorg, brother of the groom, and Jordan Hilgers, Denver, CO, friend of the groom. Madison Strawder-Coursen of Burlington, niece of the bride, lit candles in memory of grandparents. Natalie Strawder, Burlington, and Aurora Wilhelm, Edwardsville, IL, both nieces to the bride tossed rose petals from white baskets ahead of the bride. They were followed by ring bearers Luke and Zachary Nielsen, Mt. Vernon WA, nephews of the groom. Serving as ushers were Jeremy Aber, Murfreesboro, TN, brother-in-law to the bride, Jeff Givens, Colorado Springs, CO, Nick Jerkovich, Olathe, and Bill Steinke, Lake Lotawana, MO, all friends of the groom. Scripture was read by Amy Harris-Aber, sister of the bride. Miranda Wilhelm, sister of the bride, and Katie Strawder-Schuster, sister-in-law of the bride, and Michelle Nielsen, sister of the groom, Wichita, KS assisted with the children in the bridal party. The bride wore a dress fashioned by Maggie Sottero, Bronwyn consisting of a lace and tulle slim line gown with V-neckline and cap-sleeves, featuring a separate light gold slip gown of Vogue satin. The open back was finished with a row of satin covered buttons over a zipper closure. Her bridal bouquet was made from hydrangea and light pink spray rose stem with Vendela roses and Queen Anne’s lace. A pearl necklace was woven through the bouquet in remembrance of the bride’s grandmother, Mrs. Doris Lilly. She also wore her mothers‘ pearls as a bracelet. A flower barrette in her hair was fashioned by Amy Chambliss-Keith, aunt of the groom. The reception following the ceremony featured toasts to the bride and groom by their fathers as well as the Matron of Honor and Best Man. Both the reception and dance that followed were held at the Hotel Phillips. John Canterbury of Merriam, KS provided music for the evening. Photographer for the evening was Becki Graham of Photographybybecki. The bride is a graduate of Larned High School, Larned, KS and the University of Kansas, Lawrence, with a degree in Marketing and International Business. She currently works as office manager at Clinical Psychology Practice LLC in Prairie Village. The groom is a graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School of Overland Park and the University of Kansas School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Lawrence, KS. He is currently employed as the Microsoft Dynamic Project Lead of ATK, formerly Bushnell, of Overland Park. The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico and will make their home in Olathe.

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Morris and Witthaus

Betty Amyx and Ken Morris are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaitlin Elizabeth Morris, to Chris Brent Witthaus, son of Marlene and Jim Witthaus, all of Lawrence, Kansas. Kaitlin is the granddaughter of Faye and Buck Newsom, Judy Morris and the late Duane Morris. Kaitlin and Chris are both 2007 graduates of Lawrence Free State High School. Kaitlin earned her BS in Finance from the University of Kansas in 2011. She is a Merchandise Distribution Planner for Payless Shoe Source in Topeka, Kansas. Chris earned his BS in Supply Chain Management and Marketing from the University of Kansas in 2011. He is a Manager of Carrier Operations with Ryan Transportation in Lenexa, Kansas. A June 7, 2014 wedding is planned at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Denning and Johnston

Darin and Cris Denning, Lawrence, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaylee Michelle to Christopher Johnston, son of Clint and Janelle Johnston, Baldwin City. Kaylee is a 2007 Lawrence High School graduate. She will receive her B.S. degree in Business Management and Leadership from KU in May and is currently employed at Truity Credit Union. Chris is a 2008 Baldwin High School graduate. He is employed with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The couple plans a July 2014 wedding in Baldwin City.

Anniversary

Frey

Former Lawrence, KS residents, Donald S. Frey Sr. and Leah (Boone) Frey celebrated 60 years of marriage with family and friends at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield, California. They were married Feb. 10, 1954 and have lived in Fairfield since 1963. The couple’s children are Donald Frey Jr. of Fairfield; Cynthia Murphy of Mountain House, California; Donna Emery of Lawrence; and Jerry Jackson of Wisconsin. They have eight grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren. Donald retired from the United States Air Force in 1969. He then worked as a claims representative for California State Automobile Association. Leah retired from North Bay Medical Center. After retirement, she worked as an Ombudsman for the Agency on Aging. The couple met when Leah’s father was assigned to Pastor St. James AME Church in Lawrence in 1942.

Anniversary

Neuner

Come celebrate Donna and Mike Neuner’s fiftieth anniversary with an open house on Saturday, April 5, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at Union Pacific Depot (no gifts, please)... The couple was married on April 4, 1964, at the Third Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Illinois They moved to Lawrence in 1973 where Mike attended graduate school. Since graduating in 1976, he has worked as an independent IT contractor. He retired in 2001. Donna spent 30 years with the Kansas University Alumni Association working with their travel program and class reunions. She retired in 2003. Since retirement, the couple has traveled to Alaska, Hawaii and Central America.

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Fredrickson and Nagengast

Kevin and Lisa Fredrickson of Lawrence are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Amanda Fredrickson, to Will Nagengast, son of Dan Nagengast and Lynn Byczynski, also of Lawrence. The future bride and groom are 2007 graduates of Lawrence High School. She graduated from Bethel College in 2011 with a BS in Business Administration and minor in art, and is currently working as a marketing coordinator and graphic designer with Ogden Publications. He graduated from Bethel College in 2012 with a BA in History and is currently working as a sales representative for The Stone Group West. The couple will be married on May 25, 2014 at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

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Gulick and Lisher

Kirk and Ruby Gulick of Iola, KS are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Darci to Brett Lisher, son of Robert and Diana Lisher of Lawrence. Darci received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Emporia State University and a Master’s degree in Technology from Pittsburg State University. She is employed as a fourth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Iola. Brett received a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with a minor in Business from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Emporia State University. He is employed as an account manager with Cenex Harvest States in Overland Park, KS. Darci is the granddaughter of Greg & Sally Gulick and Bonnie Kent & the late George Kent. Brett is the grandson of Robert & Mary Kay Stephens and Melvin & Rebecca Lisher. A wedding is planned for July 12, 2014 in Iola.

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McGregor and Smith

Caroline Jardine McGregor and Darren William Smith, both of Washington, D.C., were married on November 10, 2013, at Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Md. The bride, originally of Russellville, Ark., is the daughter of Jane Dickie McGregor and Alexander Bradford “Sandy” McGregor of Russellville. She is the granddaughter of the late John Adams Dickie and Dorothy Merkel Dickie of Hamden, Conn., and the late George Henry McGregor and Marion Jardine McGregor of Fairfax, Va. Caroline graduated from Wellesley College in 2001 with a bachelors degree and Columbia University in 2007 with a masters degree. She currently is employed at the U.S. Department of Energy. The groom, originally of Lawrence, is the son of William Duane Smith and Darlene Bauer Smith of Boerne, Texas, and formerly of Lawrence. He is the grandson of Lena Patenaude Smith and the late Claude Harry Smith of Miltonvale, Kan., and Mabel Meyer Bauer and the late Martin Frederick Bauer of Garden City, Kan. Darren graduated from Lawrence High School in 1996, American University in Washington, D.C. in 2000 with a bachelors degree and Virginia Tech in Alexandria, Va., in 2006 with a masters degree. He is a transportation planning consultant and entrepreneur. The wedding was officiated by the Rev. Amanda Poppei, Senior Clergy Leader at the Washington Ethical Society. Attending the bride were her sister Elizabeth McGregor Jacobides and friends Laurie Freeman, Margot Pollans, and Pavani Reddy. Groomsmen were friends John Swanson and Jonathan Rogers, the groom’s brother-in-law Mike Fincke, and the bride’s brother Kevin McGregor. Readers were the bride’s aunt Janet McGregor and the groom’s sister Stephanie Fincke. Family and friends celebrated the union at a reception at Woodend Sanctuary, and at a brunch the following day at the McLean, Va., home of Charles Ing and Janet McGregor, featuring an outdoor performance by the Nashville, Tenn., band The Farewell Drifters.

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Taylor and Ortiz

Courtney Taylor and Logan Ortiz were united in marriage on June 22, 2013, at the Kansas State Gardens with Pastor Justin Jenkins officiating. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Prairie Woods Preserve in Manhattan, KS. The bride is the daughter of Dr. Mark and Cheri Taylor of Lawrence. The groom is the son of LTC Luis and Stacey Ortiz of Radford, VA. The couple will honeymoon in Europe this June and will reside in Dallas, TX. Logan currently works as an engineer for Bartlett & West and Courtney will graduate from K-State this May with a degree in Interior design.

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Jones and Volz

Joe and Nancy Jones of Lawrence, Kansas are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Jones, to Brandon Volz, son of Randy Volz and Susan Volz of Topeka, Kansas. Nicole is a 2005 graduate of Lawrence High School. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. Nicole is currently employed at Northwestern Mutual in Lawrence, Kansas. Brandon is a 2006 graduate of Hayden High School. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Brandon is currently employed at North College Café in Lawrence, Kansas. The couple is planning an October 4, 2014 wedding in Lawrence.

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Hunsinger and Simonson

George and Cheryl Hunsinger of Lawrence, Ks are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Lacey Jordan Hunsinger to Daniel Jacob Simonson son of Karen Simonson, Wakefield, Ks and Lawrence and Darlene Simonson, Clay Center, Ks. Lacey is a graduate of Lawrence High School and currently attends Johnson County Community College. Lacey works as a document management associate for PRA International. Daniel is a graduate of Wakefield High School and is an attendant of Kansas State University, studying operational management. Daniel currently works at Ryan Transportation Services as a carrier operations team lead. Both the future bride and groom also volunteer as firefighters at Eudora City Fire Department. The couple plans to wed June 28, 2014 in Lawrence, Ks.

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