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Couples announcements for July 2017




Drs Steven and Mary Beth Leininger celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary hosting out of state family members by renewing their wedding vows on Saturday July 8 at St John the Evangelist Church in Lawrence, Fr. Jeff Ernst officiating. They were married July 8, 1967 at St Bartholomew Catholic Church in Middleburg Heights (Cleveland), OH. After more than 30 years at their companion animal veterinary practice in Plymouth Michigan, the Doctors Leininger (both graduates of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University), moved to Lawrence in 2000 when Dr Steve retired and Dr Mary Beth joined Hill’s Pet Nutrition in Topeka as Director of Professional Affairs. This position followed her term in 1996/97 as the first woman to be elected president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. They share their Lawrence home with Jenny, a six year old miniature poodle.


Forsythe and Kyriakos

Michael and Sara Kyriakos of Lawrence Kansas, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Paula M. Kyriakos to Noland Forsythe. Paula is a 2008 graduate of Lawrence High School, 2012 graduate of Kansas State University and 2014 graduate from Fort Hays State University. Noland is the son of Lori Forsythe and the late Russell Forsythe of Grand Island, Nebraska. Noland is a 2008 graduate of Grand Island High School and 2014 graduate of Fort Hays State University. Paula is a Speech Language Pathologist at the Shandy Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Noland is an Integrated Systems Technician for G.E. Johnson Construction Company in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They are planning a March wedding in Lawrence.



The family of Ralph and Margaret Kendrick of Lawrence is requesting a card shower in honor the couple's 60th wedding anniversary of Thursday, July 27, 2017. They were married in 1957 in Mountain View, Arkansas. Upon moving to Lawrence, Ralph was a firefighter for the city of Lawrence for 25 years. The couple has two children, Becky (Bryan) Spence of Lawrence and David (Lynnie) Kendrick of Tonganoxie. They also have four grandchildren Brianna Spence, Gavin Spence, Tyler Kendrick and Sam Kendrick. Cards of congratulations may be sent to 508 River Bend Court, Lawrence, KS 66044


Bove and Murphy

Susan L. Bove and Carl D. Murphy, both of Lawrence, were married on July 23, 1977, at the home of the groom's parents in Lawrence, KS. The Reverend Robert Freitag officiated the service. The couple were joined on this day with family and friends by their sides. Dale is semiretired as owner of Murphy Insurance Agency. Susan retired from the University of Kansas and Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. The couple continues to reside in Lawrence.


Kahler and Stuart

Denise (Stephens) Kahler of Lawrence, KS is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter Regan M. Kahler to Taylor R. Stuart, son of Dr. Michael and Lisa Stuart also of Lawrence. Regan is a 2012 graduate of Lawrence Free State High School, attended the University of Kansas and will earn a bachelor's of science degree in nursing from Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences in April 2018. Taylor is a 2009 graduate of Lawrence Free State High School and a 2015 graduate of Baker University where he earned a bachelor's degree in education. Taylor is employed as a physical education teacher and assistant football coach with the Lawrence Unified School District. The couple is planning a December 29, 2017 wedding in Lawrence.


Chan and deVries

Shawna Chan and Niko deVries are happy to announce their marriage on June 3, 2017 in San Francisco. They were married in a private ceremony on Billy Goat Hill overlooking the city skyline. Noah Wilkinson officiated. Attendants were Poky Wu and Andrew Diec. Shawna’s parents are Andrew and Nancy Chan of Singapore. Niko’s parents are Phyllis Farrar (Gary Webber) of Lawrence and the late Gunter deVries.



Barbara Knisely Gaeddert and William Kenneth Gaeddert were married July 22, 1967 in Moline, Illinois. They lived in Natcitoches, Louisiana and Iowa City, Iowa before moving to Lawrence in 1974. Barb worked in public, corporate, and university libraries before joining the Catalog Department at KU, retiring in 1999. Bill taught in colleges and universities before joining the music faculty at Baker University, retiring in 2001. The couple has enjoyed traveling, KU basketball, and various service projects since retirement, and the William Gaeddert Voice Studio as been a professional pursuit for Bill.


Falkenstien and Boltizar

Kate Falkenstien and Rich Boltizar are pleased to announce their engagement. The couple met through college debate and currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kate is a graduate of Free State High School, Yale University, and Stanford Law School. She is an associate at the law firm McKool Smith. Kate is the daughter of Paula Martin and Kurt Falkenstien of Lawrence. Rich is a graduate of Capital High School in Boise, Idaho, and Stanford University. He is employed as the Director of Debate at Stanford. Rich is the son of Karalee Wurster of Boise, Idaho and Richard Boltizar of Boise, Idaho. The couple is planning a September wedding in Truckee, California



John and Janet Adams, Lawrence, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 4. The couple married in Green River, Wyoming and later graduated from the University ofWyoming. The couple has lived in Wyoming, California, Idaho, and Kansas. John retired from Black & Veatch, and Janet retired from USD497. Their family includes Ryan, Jill, Harper, Everett, and Emmy Adams of Lakewood, Colorado and Jennifer, James, Koen, and Hudsen Myers of Lawrence. John enjoys spending time with family, riding his bike, and watching University of Kansas basketball games. Janet enjoys being with her grandkids, reading, and swimming. The couple will celebrate their 50th in August on a family trip to Wyoming.


Cottrell and Morrow

Amber Cottrell, daughter of Larry & Toni Cottrell, Hutchinson, KS and Clayton Morrow, son of Matt & Kelly Morrow, McPherson, KS and Darcie & Scott Campbell, Wichita, KS are pleased to announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is a 2008 graduate of Nickerson High School in Nickerson, KS. She graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. She is currently employed as a Licensed Producer for Chris J. Munk Agency, State Farm Insurance in Lawrence, KS. The groom-to-be is a 2008 graduate of McPherson High School in McPherson, KS. He graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Business IT. He is currently employed as a Catastrophe Claims Adjuster for Nationwide Insurance. The couple is planning an October 6th, 2017 wedding in Puerto Morelos, Mexico



Kenneth & Patty O’Connor, rural Lecompton, will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on August 6 at the Stull UM Church, Faith & Friendship Center from 2 to 4 pm. They were married in Pittsburg, Ks at the College Heights United Methodist Church on August 6, 1967. Both are retired from KDOT. Their son, Michael, and his wife Tara, two granddaughters, Cassody & Logan will host the reception.


Trybom and Bartz

Jim Trybom and Janet Bartz were married Aug. 5, 1967 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Lawrence. They both grew up in Lawrence and now live in Illinois. Please send cards to: McKinley Court c/o Jim and Janet Trybom 500WMcKinley Ave Decatur, Illinois 62526



Jerry and Terry Tuckwin celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on July 15, 2017. The couple was married at the Catholic Chapel at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka on July 1, 1967. Jerry and Terry enjoyed a Mass and luncheon with family and friends. The couple met at Wichita State University, married and went to the Air Force. While stationed in Tucson, Jerry and Terry both completed Masters degrees at the University of Arizona. They returned to Lawrence in 1970. Jerry's career was at Haskell Indian Nations University as coach, athletic directors and administrator for 32 years. Terry taught in the public schools for 30 years. The couple has two children John and Shannon (deceased). The luncheon was hosted by John, his wife Cheryl and their children Ava and Jackson and also by Shannon's children, Alex, Anna and Sam. A family trip to Colorado will continue the celebration.



Eldon and Charlene Statler celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 24, 2017. They were married in Bentonville, Arkansas on July 24, 1952. Eldon and Charlene have two daughters, Carolyn Durrant (Rick) and Nancy Walker. They are also the proud grandparents of four granddaughters and two great grandsons.

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