Engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements


Runyan and Nelson

Paula Nelson and Steve Runyan

Timothy and Pamela Nelson, Lawrence, and Fred and Maribeth Runyan, Prescott, Mich., announce the engagement of their children, Paula Nelson and Steve Runyan.

The bride-to-be was a 1993 home-school graduate in Lawrence. She worked in food service with Lawrence schools and Stepping Stones Inc. before moving to Alaska. She is employed at North Star Bible Camp as food director in Willow, Alaska.

The future groom is a 1991 graduate of Wasilla High School in Wasilla, Alaska. He graduated from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. He is employed in retail sales. He also is a registered fishing guide and hand crafter of custom fishing equipment.

The couple plan a Nov. 18, 2006, wedding at the Lawrence Bible Chapel.



Kari and Bryan Lash

Kari Myers and Bryan Lash were married July 1, 2006, at First Baptist Church of McLouth with the Rev. Scott Berry officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Harold and Sue Myers, Baldwin. The groom is the son of Curtis Lash Jr., McLouth, and Darlene Taylor, Baldwin.

Matron of honor was Laura Bogart. Best man was Luke Taylor. Ushers were Benton Taylor, Daniel Taylor and Cody Lash. Guest book attendants were Jeni Lash and Jaclyn Lash. Candle lighter was Dylan Lash. Flower girls were Rebecca Lash and Jahna Walburn.

A reception was given at the McLouth Threshing Bee grounds.

The bride and groom are Baldwin High School graduates. Kari is employed by McFarlane Aviation Inc. Bryan works for DB Excavating.

The couple reside in McLouth.


Naff and Hanna

Stefanie and William Naff

Stefanie Hanna, Eudora, and William Naff, Leavenworth, were married July 16, 2005, at Danforth Chapel with Rick Clock officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Kathy Hanna, Eudora, and Steve Hanna, Platte City, Mo. The groom is the son of Cynthia and William Naff, Lawrence.

Maid of honor was Nikki Abel. Best man was Adrian Garcia. Bridesmaids were Marci Durkin, Naomi Clock and Cindy Matthias. Groomsmen were Jason Hinkle, Neil Vogel and Roger Hundley. Flower girls were Brooke Abel, Raegan Abel, Makenna Glover and Addisan Naff. Ring bearer was Kyle Abel. Ushers were John Abel and Matthew Graciale. Cake cutters were Linda Graciale and Gloria Riely.

A reception was given at Steve's Place.

The bride attended Lawrence High School and is a homemaker. The groom attended LHS and is a Leavenworth police officer.

The couple reside in Leavenworth.



Leighton and Morgan LaPierre

Morgan Pool and Leighton LaPierre were married June 3, 2006, at First Covenant Church in Salina with the Rev. Troy Bowers and Doug McHenry officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Mark and Mona Pool, Salina. The groom is the son Lewis and Luci LaPierre, Salina.
Maid of honor was Sarah Wiles. Best man was Jason Coe. Bridesmaids were Allison Smith and Michelle LaPierre.
Honorary bridesmaid was Carma Bretz, grandmother. Groomsmen were PJ Cummings, Nick Pool and Jeff Short.
Ushers were Darren Conrad, Josh Stewart and Jason Blubaugh. Wendi Pool and Lacey Pool were candle lighters.

A reception was given at the Salina Country Club.

The bride is a 2001 graduate of Salina Central High School and a 2004 graduate of Johnson County Community College. She works as a registered dental hygienist in Lawrence.

The groom is a 2002 graduate of Salina Central High School and a 2006 graduate of Kansas University.
Leighton is a graduate student at KU, where he is working on a master's degree in biomechanics.

The couple reside in Lawrence.


Lanius and Paulsen

James and Valerie Lanius

Valerie Diane Paulsen and James Howard Lanius were married July 1, 2006, in the South Park Gazebo in Lawrence.

The bride is the daughter of Ellen Paulsen, Lawrence, and the late Ray Paulsen. The groom is the son of the late Charles and Florence Lanius.

Matron of honor was Amy Dreps. Best man was Mick Anderson. Ring bearer was David Lowry. Levi Paulsen was usher.

A reception was given at Maceli's.

The bride graduated from high school in Glasco. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and master's degree from Kansas University. She is a speech language pathologist for the Topeka School District.

The groom is a graduate of Roosevelt High School in St. Louis. He graduated from the Graphic Arts Institute of St. Louis, St. Louis Community College and the University of Missouri at St. Louis. He is a prepress technician at Allen Press.

The couple reside in Lawrence.



Karen Anderson and John Troutman

Karen J. Anderson and John R. Troutman were married June 23, 2006, at the Golden Lemon in Dieppe Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies, with Judge Claudette Jenkins officiating.

Maid of honor was Joy Bradish. Best man was Arthur Leaman.

A wedding dinner was held after the ceremony in the garden restaurant of the hotel.

The couple's friend, Kelly Calvert, Lawrence, surprised the couple by arranging to have a wedding cake, strawberries and champagne in their suite on the evening of the wedding.

The bride is employed as business coordinator with Independence Inc. in Lawrence. The groom is a licensed social worker with Swope Behavioral Health in Kansas City.

The couple reside in Lawrence.



Marie and Ed Meyen

Ed and Marie Meyen, rural Douglas County, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception. Hosts were their children.

They will join their children and their families for a reunion at Table Rock Lake in Missouri.

They were married July 22, 1956, and have resided in rural Douglas County since 1973, when Ed became chairman and professor of special education in the School of Education at Kansas University.

Their children are Brad and Kathleen Meyen, Eagle River, Alaska; Brett and Gina Meyen, Lexington, Ga., Joy and Jerry Smith, Sugarland, Texas; Blake and Robin Meyen, Wichita; and Janelle and Tim Bowler, Morristown, N.J. They have 11 grandchildren.



Elinor and James Erhart

James and Elinor Erhart, Lawrence, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception at their home.

They were married July 20, 1956.

Elinor Erhart owned and operated EM Janitorial Service for more than 25 years, serving businesses in the Topeka and Lawrence areas. James retired from Southwestern Bell in 1990 with 38 years of service.

The reception was given by their daughters Cynthia Erhart, Little Rock, Ark., and Sandra Schone, Topeka.
They also have two grandchildren.


Woods and Dilts

Jennifer Dilts and Severeno Woods were married July 14, 2006, in Lawrence's South Park with Judge Jack Murphy officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Becky Dilts, Lawrence, and Rodney Dilts, Westriver, Md. The groom is the son of Severeno Woods, Phoenix, and Cynthia Woods, Lawrence.

Maid of honor was Lisa Brunton. Best man was Chris Medlen.

A reception was given in South Park.

The bride is a graduate of Kansas University. She is employed at La Petite Academy.

The groom is a KU graduate and employed at Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center.

The couple reside in Lawrence.


Hemenway and Brune

Meghan Brune and Zach Hemenway

Robert and Leah Hemenway, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their son, Zach Hemenway, Lawrence, to Meghan Brune, Omaha, Neb., daughter of Daniel and Nancy Brune, Omaha, Neb.

The bride-to-be is a 2000 graduate of Westside High School, Omaha, Neb. She earned degrees in journalism and Italian from Kansas University in 2004. She is events coordinator for the Lincoln Action Program in Lincoln, Neb.

The future groom is a 2001 graduate of Lawrence High School. He graduated with honors from Kansas University in 2004 with a degree in journalism. He plans to earn a juris doctorate in 2007 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The couple plan an Aug. 11, 2006, wedding at Mary Our Queen Church in Omaha, Neb.


Trent and Combest

Caitlin Combest and Andrew Trent

Michael and Hannes Combest, Lawrence, and Danny and Dawn Trent, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their children, Caitlin Combest and Andrew Trent, both of Lawrence.

The bride-to-be is a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School. She plans to graduate in May 2007 with a degree in elementary education from Ottawa University.

The future groom is a 2002 Free State High School graduate. He received an associate's degree from Hesston College in 2004. He plans to graduate in 2009 with a degree in secondary education from Kansas State University.

The couple plan a Dec. 16, 2006, wedding at First Baptist Church in Lawrence.


Norman and Anderson

Katie Anderson and Wesley Norman

Raymond and Sheri Anderson Jr., Basehor, announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Marie Anderson, to Wesley Charles Norman III, son of Wes and Janice Norman, Pratt.

The future bride received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and human development from Kansas University. She received a master's degree in early childhood special education and autism and Asperger syndrome from KU. She is employed as an autism specialist in the Olathe School District.

The future groom received an associate's degree from Pratt Community College. He attended Tulsa Welding School and received a master welder certification. He is a pipe welder in the Kansas City area.

The couple plan an Oct. 28, 2006, wedding at Countryside Christian Church in Shawnee.


Hashman and Ross

Hannah Ross and William Hashman

Matt and Maureen Ross, Linwood, announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Colleen Ross, to William Robert Hashman, son of William Hashman, Bonner Springs, and Cristie Hashman, Shawnee.

The bride-to-be graduated from Basehor-Linwood High School in 2006. She plans to attend nursing school.

The future groom, a 2004 graduate of Basehor-Linwood High School, is stationed in Biloxi, Miss., serving in the U.S. Air Force studying meteorology.
The couple plan an Aug. 18, 2006, wedding at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawnee. A reception will follow at the Isadore Hoehn Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7397 in Lenexa.