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Couples

Engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements

Anniversary

Antle

Carl "Bud" and Frances Antle, Lawrence, plan to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family in July. They celebrated earlier with friends in Texas, where they spend the winter.

They were married June 25, 1955, in Weston, Mo. Bud retired from Kansas Key Press. He also worked at Allen Press and Meseraull Printing. Frances retired from the Heinz Pet Food plant.

The couple's children are Carol Antle, Roeland Park, and Carl and Amy Antle, Newton. They have one grandson.

Engagement

Armbrust

Stephanie Hughes and Todd Armbrust

Robert and Delores Hughes, Lawrence, and Kay Armbrust, Arkansas City, and the late Ronald Armbrust, announce the engagement of their children, Stephanie L. Hughes, Lawrence, and Todd A. Armbrust, Arkansas City.

The future bride is a graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School, Barton County Community College, and Emporia State University. She is a real estate agent for Realty Executives of Topeka and activities director at Prairie Commons Apartments in Lawrence.

The future groom is a graduate of Arkansas City High School, Cowley County Community College, and Southwestern College. He is a certified purchasing manager with Ferguson Enterprises in Winfield.

The couple plan a Sept. 10 outdoor wedding below the pond at the Hughes family home in Lawrence.

Engagement

Marden

Matthew Marden and Petra Prastkova

Petra Prastkova, Prague, Czech Republic, and Matthew Marden, Washington, D.C., announce their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jan Prastka and Ludmila Prastkova, Milevsko, Czech Republic. She graduated from South Bohemia University, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. She is a translator for a law firm in Prague. In September, she will work for law firm Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.

The future groom is the son of David and Barbara Marden, Lawrence. He is a 1996 graduate of Lawrence High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000 from Georgetown University and a juris doctorate in 2005 from Vanderbilt University.

The couple plan an Aug. 12 wedding in Prague, Czech Republic.

Engagement

Burton

Ryan Burton and Katherine Pretz

George and Marjorie Pretz, Osawatomie, announce the engagement of their daughter Katherine Elizabeth Pretz, Lawrence, to Ryan Daniel Burton, Lawrence, son of Robert Burton, Wichita, and the late Kathleen Burton.

The bride-to-be is a 2000 graduate of Osawatomie High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 2004 at Kansas University.

The future groom is a 1999 graduate of Kapaun Mount Carmel High School in Wichita. He received a bachelor's degree in architecture from KU in 2005.

The couple plan a July 30 wedding at St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center in Lawrence.

Engagement

Ohmart

Todd Ohmart and Natalie Kreiling

Harold and Carol Ohmart, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their son, Todd Ohmart, Blue Springs, Mo., to Natalie Kreiling, Blue Springs, Mo., daughter of Sharon and Wayne Kreiling, Bates City, Mo.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Baker University. She is a senior accounting clerk for Commerce Bank in Kansas City, Mo. She has a daughter Mi'Kayla Carpenter.

The future groom is a 1991 graduate of Lawrence High School. He is a senior claims adjuster for Allstate Insurance Co. in Overland Park.

Engagement

Garcia Garcia

Luis Garcia Garcia and Jodie Krafft

Jodie Ann Krafft and Luis Gerardo Garcia Garcia, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Denton and Sharon Krafft, Phillipsburg. She is a 2001 graduate of Phillipsburg High School and a 2005 graduate of Kansas University. She is a reporter at the Ottawa Herald.

The future groom is the son of the late Maria Guadalupe Garcia Rocha and Saturnino Garcia Garcia. He graduated from El Instituto Salesiano in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in 1995. He is employed by Diamond Everly Roofing in Lawrence.

The couple plan a July 16 wedding at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Stuttgart.

Engagement

Dreher

Matthew Dreher and Sara Harper

Jim and Liz Harper, Perry, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Joleen Harper, Hays, to Matthew Lee Dreher, Hays, son of Tim and Charlene Dreher, Wakeeney.

The future bride is the granddaughter of Wayne and Martha Harper, Perry; Joe Scraper, Baldwin; and Amelia Scraper, Topeka.

Sara is a graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. She received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Fort Hays State University, where she is employed.

The future groom is the grandson of Roger and Barbara Linville, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Matthew graduated from Trego Community High School and Fort Hays State University with a bachelor's degree in technology studies. He is employed as a draftsman at A-1 Plank and Scaffold in Hays.

The couple plan an August wedding in Hays.

Anniversary

Thomas

Barbara and Arthur Thomas

Arthur and Barbara Thomas, Lawrence, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner May 28 at Pachamama's Restaurant in Lawrence. Hosts of the dinner were their children. They also took a trip June 11-18 to the Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Arthur Thomas and Barbara Butters were married June 15, 1955, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Arthur received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., in 1951. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a master's degree in counseling from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1954. He received a doctorate in counseling from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., in 1967. He was a high school counselor in Detroit Lakes, Minn., from 1954 to 1956, and a high school counselor at Alexander Ramsey High School in Roseville, Minn., from 1956 to 1964. He was associate professor of counseling and psychological services at Kansas University from 1968 to 1994, when he retired.

Barbara received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn., in 1955. She was an English teacher in Detroit Lakes, Minn., from 1955 to 1956. She taught seventh grade core curriculum in the Moundsview School District, Roseville, Minn., from 1956 to 1958. She taught homebound students for the Lawrence school district from 1968 to 1970. She taught seventh grade common learnings, then seventh grade English at West Junior High School in Lawrence from 1970 to 1994, when she retired.

Their children are Scott and Chriss Walther-Thomas, Williamsburg, Va., and Lawrence; Kirk and Diane Thomas, St. Louis; and Ross and Heather Thomas, Lawrence. They also have six grandchildren.

Anniversary

Durham

Ann and Gene Durham

Gene and Ann Durham, Lawrence, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Italy last fall. They also will celebrate with their family later this summer in Colorado.

They were married June 12, 1955, in Oakley. Gene retired in 2001 after several years with the Kansas Turnpike Authority and 25 years previously as the owner of The Campus Hideaway Restaurant, Lawrence. Ann taught high school art for 34 years, 25 of those at Tonganoxie before retiring in 1999.

Their children are Kinon Durham, Morrison, Colo., and Craig Durham, Boise, Idaho. They also have two grandchildren.

Wedding

Thompson

Jessica and Christopher Thompson

Jessica Wachter and Christopher Thompson, both of Lawrence, were married April 16, 2005, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.

The bride is the daughter of John and Susan Wachter, Lawrence. The groom is the son of David and Sharon Thompson, Independence.

Maid of honor was Courtney Spencer Rhudy. Best man was Jason Thompson. Bridesmaids were Arrie Boden, Kelley Bramlage, Ashley Kingsley, Melissa Richesson, Tisha Sheets and Kara Thompson. Groomsmen were Chad Buckridge, Casey Harbour, Marcus Heckman, Chad Iske, Jake Istnick and Jason Seeman.

Jill Simpson was personal attendant. Readers were Brooke Kopp and Megan Batrez. Candle lighters were Haley Murdock and Stacy Laird. Ushers were Kevin Kopp, Mike Simonett, Andy Stewart, Andy Wachter and Brian Wachter.

Ring bearers were Mac Thompson, Dominick Batrez, Angelo Batrez and Ian O'Rouke. Flower girls were Alex Wachter, Annie Kopp, Devon Wachter and Maddy O'Rouke.

A reception was given at Abe and Jake's Landing in Lawrence.

The bride is a 1993 Lawrence High School graduate. She received a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Kansas University in 1999. She is a customer solutions consultant at Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

The groom is a 1994 graduate of Independence High School. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from KU in 1999. He is a professional golfer on the Grey Goose/Gateway Tour in Phoenix.

Wedding

Clark

Tiffany and David Clark

Tiffany Marie Favre and David Hurshal Clark were married July 11, 2004, at the Danforth Chapel in Lawrence.

The bride is the daughter of Toni Saucier, Lawrence, and the late Robert Lamar Favre. Her grandmother is Jacqueline Sickles, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Martha and Hurshal Clark, Derby.

The bride was escorted by her brother Brandon Saucier. Bridesmaids were Donna Leonard, Nancy Lee, Alison Thompson and Alicia Tittle. Groomsmen were Michael Clark, Kevin Clark, Aaron Long and Dan Carroll.

After a honeymoon trip to South Haven, Mich., the couple reside in Lawrence.

Wedding

Dougherty

Kevin and Beth Dougherty

Beth Lovitch and Kevin Dougherty were married May 22, 2005, at Cliveden in Philadelphia.

The bride is the daughter of Fred and Dinah Lovitch, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Pat Lazar, Southport, Conn.

Maid of honor was Jennifer Lickson. Best man was Michael Young.

A reception followed the ceremony at the Cliveden.

The bride is a 1984 graduate of Lawrence High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 from New York University and a juris doctorate in 1995 from Temple Law School. She is a legal compliance specialist with the Department of Development and Alumni Affairs at Temple University.

The groom received a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a project manager for First Data Corp. in Wilmington, Del.

The couple reside in Philadelphia.

Wedding

Claussen

Angie and Chris Claussen

Angie Johnson and Chris Claussen were married May 6, 2005, at the Rockbrook United Methodist Church in Omaha, Neb., with the Rev. Janice Japp officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Mike and Ranell Johnson, Auburn, Neb. The groom is the son of Cathy Claussen, Oberlin, and the late Chuck Claussen.

Maid of honor was Michelle Johnson. Best man was Cale Claussen.

Bridesmaids were Kelli Hawkins, Chandra Claassen, Kerry Hatzenbuehler, Shannon Stych and Sarah Barta. Groomsmen were Nate Beissenherz, Michael Compton, Ben Hass, Jared Ediger and Tim Kalkman.

Ushers were Matt Ostmeyer, Dave Johnson, Trey Cavanah and Sean Frazier.

Personal attendants were Daena Reigenborn and Becci Blaesing. Candle lighters were Kristen Harth and Megan Skalberg. Reader was David Skidmore.

Guest book attendants were Pat and Dan Skalberg. Program attendants were Kortney Stapp and Kaitlyn Stapp. Gift attendants were Adam Skalberg and Sam Stapp. Soloist was Tim Marsden. Pianists were Kori Skidmore and Tim Marsden. Host couples were Jim and Bonnie Bamsey and Dave and Patty Stapp.

A reception was given at the Georgetowne Club in Omaha, Neb.

The bride is a graduate of Norfolk Senior High School, Norfolk, Neb. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at the University of Nebraska and a master's degree in counseling psychology at Kansas University, where she works.

The groom is a graduate of Decatur Community High School, Oberlin. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics at Baker University and a master's degree in education at KU. He is the regional director of enrollment services at Westminster College.

The couple reside in Olathe.