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Couples announcements for December 2015



Moore and Emge

Allen and Paige Moore of Lawrence, Kansas are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Nicole Moore, to Bradley Joseph Emge, son of Terry Emge of Lebanon, Missouri and Nona Emge of Rolla, Missouri. Lindsey graduated from Free State High School in 2007, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2015. She is currently working as a Metallurgical Engineer for ArcelorMittal USA in East Chicago, Indiana. Bradley graduated from Lebanon Senior High School in 2007, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science Technology from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2015, and is currently enlisted in the Army Reserve as a Psychological Operations Team Sergeant. A September 2016 wedding is planned in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.



A 50th Anniversary celebration will be held for Tom & Linda at the Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Avenue, on Sunday, December 13th from 1:00-4:00 pm. The vow renewal will take place at 2:00 pm. Friends & Family are welcome to attend this special day, hosted by their children & daugter in-law;Terri Lee McBride & John & Leanne Lee. The couple request no gifts.


Laskowski and Cate

Christine Diane Laskowski and Alexander Hess Cate were married on June 21, 2015, at the Victorian Veranda Country Inn in Lawrence, KS with the Rev. Stewart Smith officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mike and Carol Laskowski, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Skip and Laura Cate, Fort Smith, AR. Maid of Honor was Kaitlin Cummings. Best Man was Johnny Brooks. Bridesmaids were Sarah Cate, sister of the groom, Kelly Morgan, Sydnei Tolefree, and Amanda Nagengast. Groomsmen were Mark Laskowski, brother of the bride, Blake Garrison, Travis Reimer, and Matt Koehnman. Ushers were Matt Gelvin, cousin of the bride, and Andrew Dominick, future brother-in-law of the couple. The Reception Attendants were Audrey Seybert, Becca Dirks, and Joanna Robinson (honorary). Reception Emcees were Susan Hanzlik and Bill Blair, cousins of the bride. Guestbook Attendants were Jessica Bloom and Courtney Johnson. The bride's grandmother, Pat Blair, did the flowers. The couple celebrated with a reception following the wedding ceremony at the Inn and again on October 25, 2015 in Fort Smith, AR. The bride is a 2007 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages emphasis, from the University of Kansas. She is employed in the Lawrence School District as an elementary ESL teacher. The groom graduated from Union Christian Academy in Fort Smith, AR in 2008. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from John Brown University. He is employed with Honeywell in Olathe. Christine is the granddaughter of Ken & Pat Blair of Lawrence, KS and the late Charles & Anna Laskowski. Alex is the grandson of Stan & Martha Cate of Fort Smith, AR and the late Bill & Evelyn Hess. The couple reside in Lawrence.


Spurgeon and Bliven

Brenna Spurgeon and Patrick Bliven were married August 21, 2015 at the Urban Event in Kansas City, Missouri by Reverend Susan Hoskins-Roggenkamp. A reception followed with dinner by Waldo Pizza, and dancing. Coordination and flowers were provided by Hitched Planning and Floral. A honeymoon to New Zealand is planned for 2016. The bride is the daughter of John and Karla Spurgeon, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Peggy and Jerry Walker, Prairie Village and Jack and Marsha Bliven, Homosassa, Florida. The maid of honor was Marika Taylor, sister of the bride. Best man was Brent Bliven, brother of the groom. Bridal attendants were Patrick Spurgeon, brother of the bride and Hadley Galbraith, Anna Hoard, and Stephanie Meehan, friends of the bride. Groomsmen were David Clark, Ian Cummings, Sean Ryan, and Chris Wade, friends of the groom. Reader was Lindsey Walker, friend of the bride. Flower girl was Ainsley Taylor, niece of the bride. The bride is a 2004 graduate of Free State High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Studies from the University of Kansas in 2008 and a Masters of Arts degree in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration from the University of Denver in 2013. She is a global benefits associate consultant for Lockton companies in Kansas City, Missouri. The groom is a 1999 graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 2007. He earned his Professional Engineering License in 2012. He is an electrical engineer at Burns and McDonnell in Kansas City, Missouri, The couple resides in Kansas City, Missouri.


Ricks and Wofford

R. Wayne and Doris I. Ricks, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Cherrale Diovonni Ricks to Daniel Preston Wofford, son of Preston and Lisa Wofford, Signal Mountain, TN. The future bride is a 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School, graduated from Park University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and an Associates of Applied Science from Anthem College in Surgical Technology. The future groom is a 2006 graduate of Red Bank Regional High School, attended Chattanooga State Community College, and practices Confectionary Artistry and Operable Materials Fabrication. The couple plan a April 2016 wedding.


Finney and Weishaar

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Weishaar, Topeka (formerly of Lawrence), along with Mrs. Christy Finney, Andale, and the late Benjamin J Finney announce the engagement of their children Amanda Weishaar and Benjamin J Isaac (BJ) Finney. Amanda graduated from Kansas State with a BS in Public Relations in 2012 and a Masters in Business Administration in 2014. BJ graduated from Kansas State in 2014 with a BS in History and is currently employed by the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Football organization. The couple resides in Pittsburgh, PA. A 2016 winter wedding is being planned.



Keith and Peggy Rasmussen are celebrating 60 years of marriage. They were married December 17, 1955, at the United Methodist Church in Lincoln, Kansas. The couple has four children: Greg (Nancy) Rasmussen, Andover, KS; John (Kim) Rasmussen, Topeka, KS; Ann (Chris) Lounsbury, Lawrence, KS; and Jill (Aaron) Chard, Fredonia, KS. They have seven grand-children: Erin (Michael) Rohr, Boston, MA; Neal (Sydney) Rasmussen, Minneapolis, MN; Carly Rasmussen, Manhattan, KS; Kathryn Rasmussen, Topeka; and Aidan, Claire, and Grace Chard, all of Fredonia. Keith and Peggy celebrated with a family dinner held in Topeka, on December 12. The couple resides in Lawrence.


Marroulis and Darwin

Lorraine Marie Darwin and Steven Christopher Marroulis were married at the beautiful historic Women’s City Club in Little Rock, AR, on September 5, 2015, with friend Jesse Griffin officiating. Lorraine’s long time friends, Shannon Harvey, Kim Dillon, and Elizabeth Peters were bridesmaids. Wil Kline and Jason Latino, Steve’s brothers-in-law, and Dan Moffett, Steve’s cousin, were groomsmen. Lorraine is the daughter of David and Diane Darwin, Lawrence. Steve is the son of Ted and Carolyn Marroulis, Salem, OH. The bride is a 1990 graduate of Lawrence High School. She received both her B.S.Ed. and M.S.Ed. from the University of Kansas. After having taught math at Lawrence High School for four years, she relocated to Little Rock, AR in 1999 where she continued her career as a high school math teacher at Cabot High School. The groom graduated from Salem High School, Salem, OH in 1989 and received bachelor’s degrees in Biology from The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH and in Computer Science from the University of MD University College. Steve is a Project Manager for an Information Technology company outside of Baltimore, Maryland, where the couple now resides.



Tom and Alberta Pyle will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with an open house in the Holy Family Catholic Church (Eudora) Parish Hall on Saturday, January 22, 2016 from 2:30-4:30pm. The reception will be followed by the parish Mass in the new church at 5:00pm. Tom and Alberta were married in the original Holy Family Catholic Church on December 30, 1950. They are the only surviving couple in the parish married in the original church. They owned and operated Pyle Meat Company in Eudora for over 50 years. They were active in the community and the church throughout their married life. They are the parents of 7 children: Joe (Andrea) Pyle, Rose (Dave) House, Bernadette (Roger) Fulks, Ed (Mary) Pyle, Pat (Sandy) Pyle, Tom Pyle and Roberta (Dirk) Lehmann. They also have 34 Grandchildren and 22 Great-Grandchildren.

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