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Couples

Engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements

Wedding

Hird

Susana Hemingway-Hird and Randy Hird

Susana Hemingway and Randy Hird were married July 1, 2006, at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis with the Rev. Pat Vollertson officiating.

The groom is the son of Louann Burke, Wichita, and the late Dr. Wayne Hird.

Maid of honor was Katrina Darnell. Best man was Michael Brenton. Ushers were Joshua Salih and Zachary Salih, sons of the bride. Soloist was Juliet Salih, daughter of the bride.

A reception was given at Grace United Church of Christ in St. Louis.

The bride is a graduate of Cleveland High School in St. Louis. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biological chemistry and communication science from Fontbonne University, St. Louis. She is a personal trainer for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis.

The groom is a Lawrence High School graduate. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in management of human resources from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe. He is a safety engineer for U.S. Steel Granite City Works.

The couple reside in St. Louis.

Wedding

Hardesty

Lora and Scott Hardesty

Lora Whitney Wedd and Scott Hardesty were married Dec. 30, 2005, at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence with the Rev. Marcus McFaul officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Dirk and Gwen Wedd, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Bud and Susan Hardesty, Goddard.

Maids of honor were Amanda Grant and Jamie Morningstar. Best man was Bryan Hardesty. Bridesmaids were Erin Anderson, Amanda Leland, Molly LaMere, Michele Huerter, Erica Jones and Katie Kelly. Groomsmen were Brooks Welner, Jason Henry, Shane Wedd, Dan Darrah, Bernie Pedersoli, Joe Thornburg and Greg Totzke.

Junior bridesmaids were Holly Hummel and Abi Hummel. Flower girl was Emma Kate Stillman. Ring bearers were Brandon Hardesty and Trent Hardesty. Candle lighters were Lizzy Harwood and Kristen Reynolds. Readers were Lizzy Harwood and Barb Wells. Guest book attendant was Lynsey Wedd. Ushers were Eric Thompson, JD Wells, AR Wells, Darrin Wegner and Manny Carmona. Vocalist was Sarah Buxton. Kristie Bowen was wedding coordinator.

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

The bride is a 1998 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 2003 from Kansas University. She is employed with Olathe public schools. She teaches fifth grade at Arbor Creek Elementary School.

The groom is a 1992 graduate of Goddard High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 1998 from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He is employed with Water One of Johnson County.

The couple reside in Lawrence.

Wedding

Stultz

Chelsey and Kevin Stultz

Chelsey Mathes and Kevin Stultz were married June 10, 2006, at Jones' Family Chapel in Lawrence with Roger Warren officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Cary and Kathy Mathes, Topeka, and Teresa Jedinak and Will Guild, Austin, Texas. The groom is the son of Howard and Regina Stultz, Baldwin.

Maid of honor was Apryl Mathes. Best man was Brian Stultz. Bridesmaids were Michele Burgess, Melissa Long and Audra Steen. Groomsmen were Heath Burgess, John Gallagher, Sam Warren and Andrew Wedemeyer.

Ushers were Ryan Lemker, Brett Lemker, Nick Guild and Josh Guild. Personal attendants were Courtney Ruder and Melissa Stultz. Reader was Scott Ruder. Guest book attendants were Carrie Petruncola and Alex Petruncola.

A reception was given at Alvamar Country Club.

The bride is a 1994 graduate of Washburn Rural High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Emporia State University in 1998 and a master's degree in counseling psychology in 2004 from Kansas University. She is a guidance counselor at Oak Hill Elementary School in Overland Park.

The groom is a 1995 graduate of Baldwin High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1999 from Emporia State University. He works for Howard Stultz Construction in Lawrence.

The couple reside in Lawrence.

Wedding

Reznicek

Lindsey and Sam Reznicek

Lindsey Hoch and Sam Reznicek were married April 21, 2006, at Saint Cecilia Catholic Church in Hastings, Neb., with the Rev. Larry Gyhra officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Martin and Judy Hoch, Hastings, Neb. The groom is the son of Tom and Janet Reznicek, Lawrence.

Maid of honor was Michaela Mickey. Best man was Levi Reznicek. Bridesmaids were Jenna Heilman, Laura Propp and Kate Riddle. Groomsmen were Jeff Hoch, Eric Waters and Matt Noonan. Flower girl was Willa Knight. Ring bearer was Miles Knight.

A reception was given at Lochland Country Club in Hastings, Neb.

The bride is a graduate of St. Cecilia High School in Hastings. She is a 2005 graduate of Kansas State University. She is employed at ERA Landmark Real Estate in Big Sky, Mont.

The groom is a graduate of Baldwin High School. He is a 2005 graduate of K-State. He is assistant golf course superintendent at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Mont.

The couple reside in Big Sky, Mont.

Wedding

Ratliff

Ali and Bill Ratliff

Allisande Miller and William Ratliff were married June 22, 2006, in the Terrazza Garden at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with the Rev. Brian Ross officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Gary and Penny Milller, Las Vegas. The groom is the son of Thomas and Linda Ratliff, Lawrence. He is the grandson of Atha Jones, Lawrence.

Matron of honor was Tracy Jackson. Honorary best man was Jim Ratliff. Best man was Nick Miller.
A wedding dinner was given at Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant.

The bride earned a degree in psychology from Kansas University. She is pursuing a career as a physician's assistant.

The groom graduated from Johnson County Community College with an associate's degree in the Emergency Medical Services program. He is a paramedic at Bonner Springs and teaches in the EMS program at JCCC.

The couple reside in Spring Hill.

Engagement

Flory and Bowlin

Justine Bowlin and Jason Flory

Yvette and Gary Prager, Lawrence, and Tim Bowlin, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Justine Bowlin, Lawrence, to Jason Flory, Lawrence, son of the late John Flory and Sheila Knaub Flory.

The future bride is a 2001 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Washburn University in 2006. She is a pediatric and neonatal intensive care nurse at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka.

The future groom is a 2001 graduate of LHS. He is studying business and accounting at Washburn University. He is employed with Central National Bank in Lawrence.

The couple plan a Sept. 16, 2006, wedding at the rural Lawrence home of the bride's grandparents.

Engagement

Allen and Bell

Wade Allen and Katie Bell

Bill and Diane Bell, Lawrence, and Virgil and Ellen Allen, Baldwin, announce the engagement of their children, Katie Bell, Lawrence, and Wade Allen, Baldwin.

The bride-to-be is a 2001 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in human biology in 2006 from Kansas University. She is completing an internship for hospital administration at Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital in Gardner.

Katie is the granddaughter of Myron and Mary Feuerborn, Linwood, and Dorothy Bell, Lawrence.

The future groom is a 1997 graduate of Baldwin High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in education in 2002 from Emporia State University. He is employed by Kirk Welding Supply.

The couple plan a fall wedding at Mildale Farm in Edgerton.

Anniversary

Reetz

Alvin and Wilma Reetz

Alvin and Wilma Reetz, Lawrence, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday.

They were married Aug. 18, 1946, at the Methodist church in Leavenworth. They have spent their married life in the Lawrence area. Alvin retired from Farmland Industries of Kansas City in 1987. Wilma has worked at various businesses as a secretary and receptionist.

Their children are Cheryl Klug, Charla Tunget, Debby Wedel and Bill Reetz, all of the Lawrence area. They have nine grandsons and five great-grandchildren.

The children request a card shower to help their parents celebrate. Cards may be sent to 23969 Golden Road, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Anniversary

Nordlund

Dave and Dottie Nordlund

Dave and Dottie Nordlund, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at First Baptist Church in Lawrence.

They were married Aug. 18, 1956, in Elmhurst, Ill. They moved to Lawrence in 1970 when Dave accepted a job at the Computer Center at Kansas University. He retired from the center in July 1998. Dottie retired from the Kansas Union catering department in August 1999.

Hosts of the reception will be their children, Don and Suzie Nordlund, Debbie and Bill Detter, and Dava and Travis Cooper.

Dave and Dottie have three children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.