Couples

Engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements

Wedding

Griffiths

Debra Bledsoe and William Griffiths were married July 23, 2006, at Colmery O'Neill Chapel in Topeka with Nancy Parrish officiating.

The bride is the daughter of David and Judith Bledsoe, Kansas City, Kan. The groom is the son of William and Celeste Griffiths, Wichita.

Matron of honor was Lora Cohn. Best man was John Griffiths.

The couple reside in Topeka.

Anniversary

Day

Frank and Edna Day

Frank and Edna Day, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday.

Frank S. Day, Covington, Ga., and Edna M. Lorentzen, Carthage, Mo., were married Aug. 4, 1956, in Napa, Calif.

They have two daughters, Diana Meyers, Lawrence, and Amanda Krauss, Lansing, and four granddaughters.

Engagement

Stevens and Pennel

Aime Pennel and Nicholas Stevens

Aime Pennel, Lawrence, and Nicholas Stevens, McLouth, announce their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jim and Cindy Pennel, Oskaloosa. She is a graduate of McLouth High School and MidAmerica Nazarene University. She is employed by Pine Family Farms.

The future groom is the son of Ed and Betty Stevens, McLouth. He is a graduate of Jefferson County North High School and Kansas University. He is employed by the KU Center for Research.

The couple plan an Oct. 6, 2006, wedding at the Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth.

Engagement

White and Windheuser

Kyle White and Lydia Windheuser

Dr. Michael and Heather Windheuser, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lydia Joy Windheuser, Lawrence, to Kyle Alan White, Lenexa, son of Susan Taylor, Lenexa, and James White, Oakland, Mich.

The bride-to-be is a 2001 graduate of Lawrence High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Kansas University in 2005. She is a project coordinator for Service Management Group in Kansas City.

The future groom is a 2000 graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering in 2004 from KU. He recently accepted a position with A.G. Edwards as a financial planner in Troy, Mich.

The couple plan an Aug. 26, 2006, wedding at Lawrence Free Methodist Church.

Anniversary

Dalrymple

Ramon and Ruby Dalrymple, Eudora, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a reception at 3 p.m. today at Lawrence First Church of the Nazarene, 1470 N. 1000 Road. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Ramon Dalrymple and Ruby Phillips were married Aug. 4, 1966, in Bethany, Okla.

Hosts of the reception are their children: Curtis Dalrymple, Arkansas, Rene Mull, Overland Park, Lisa Born, Rantoul, and April Dalrymple, Eudora. They have seven grandchildren.

The couple request no gifts.

Engagement

Bergman and Tacha

Sarah Tacha and Joel Bergman

John and Deanell Tacha, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Tacha, Portland, Ore., to Joel Bergman, Portland, son of David and Billie Jane Bergman, Portland.

The bride-to-be graduated from Free State High School in 1998. She then moved to Tacoma, Wash., where she earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Puget Sound. She will be teaching fourth grade in Vancouver, Wash., this fall.

The future groom graduated from LaSalle High School in Portland, Ore. He earned a degree in anthropology from the University of Portland. He works in sales for a pressure washing company in Portland.

The couple plan an Aug. 12, 2006, wedding at the home of the bride's parents in rural Lawrence.

Wedding

Holliday

Christopher and Alicia Holliday

Alicia Meyer and Christopher Holliday were married June 10, 2006, at Hawthorn Bed & Breakfast in Independence, Mo., with the Rev. Irl A. Gladfelter officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Michael Meyer, Sicklerville, N.J., and Joanne Stewart, Oxnard, Calif. The groom is the son of Jayne Holliday, Excelsior Springs, Mo., and the late Stanley Holliday.

Matron of honor was Kathleen Bryson. Best man was Ryan Brown. Bridesmaid was Alana Brown. Groomsman was Christopher Bundridge. Ushers were Douglas Hott and Joel Romt. Sandra Holliday was guest book attendant.
A reception was given at the bed and breakfast.

The bride graduated from Santa Clara High School in Oxnard, Calif. She earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a master's degree in public administration from Kansas University. She is a management analyst with the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical Department.

The groom is a graduate of American High School in Ansbach, Germany. He received a bachelor's degree in history from William Jewell College. He is a lead technician for the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City.

The couple reside in Lawrence.

Engagement

Rasmussen and Augustine

Shannon Augustine and John Rasmussen

Shannon Augustine and John Rasmussen, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Melvin and Gini Augustine, Ellis. She graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison. She is a special education teacher in the Baldwin School District.
The future groom is the son of Arthur and June Rasmussen, Colorado Springs, Colo. He graduated from Kansas University. He is a CAD designer in the drafting department at Amarr Garage Doors in Lawrence.
The couple plan a Nov. 18, 2006, wedding at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Wedding

Wood

Lauren and Ryan Wood

Lauren Williams and Ryan Wood were married May 27, 2006, at Laguna Beach, Calif.

The bride is the daughter of Barrie and Pam Williams, Laguna Niguel, Calif. The groom is the son of Rob and Anne Wood, Lee's Summit, Mo.

Matron of honor was Erin Lipeles. Best man was Jeremy Wood.

A reception was given in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

The bride is a 2001 graduate of Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, Calif. She is a nursing school student at Kansas University.

The groom is a 1999 graduate of Lee's Summit North High School in Missouri. He is a 2003 graduate of KU. He is a sports writer at the Lawrence Journal-World.

The couple reside in Lawrence.

Wedding

Kemper

Abby Dotson and Chad Kemper

Abby Louise Dotson and Chad Alin Kemper were married May 28, 2006, at Potter Lake on Kansas University's campus with Stacy Daugherty officiating.

The bride is the daughter of John and Shirley Dotson, Topeka. The groom is the son of Bradley and Pamela Kemper, Tecumseh.

A reception was given at Maceli's in Lawrence. The couple took a honeymoon trip to the Shangri La Caribe resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The bride is a 1999 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School, Tecumseh. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology in 2003. She is pursuing a doctorate in molecular bioscience at KU.

The groom is a 1989 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School. He is an owner in his family business, California Automotive, in Topeka.

The couple reside in Lawrence.

Wedding

Anderson and Wells

Laura and Aaron Anderson

Laura Wells and Aaron Anderson were married May 6, 2006, at the Elmdale United Methodist Church in Elmdale with John Hastings and Ira DeSpain officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Sherry and Kip Wells, Elmdale. Grandparents are Barbara and Kip Wells and Verda and Virgil Gibson, all of Elmdale.

The groom is the son of Anita and Richard Anderson, Baldwin. Grandparents are Fae Anderson, Baldwin, and J. Linn Holtwick, Wellsville.

Jessica Linsea was maid of honor. Eric Moore was best man. Bridesmaids were Beth McMahan, Sumre Lake, Melissa Cline and Leah Cummings. Groomsmen were Ben McMahan, Zach Good, Wes Hatcher and Jerrod Steffens. Attendants were Amanda Anderson, Megan Fitzgerald, Katie Walker and Jen Uden. Ushers were Macey Wells, Brad Wells, Brandon Crichton and Randall Moore. Alicia Brown was flower girl. Brock Hazelton was ring bearer. Scott Hazelton was reader. Music was provided by the Starr Family String Quartet.

A dinner and dance were given at the Prairie Coffee Co. in Cottonwood Falls.

The bride graduated from Chase County High School in 2001 and Baker University in 2005 with a degree in history. She is employed at Highlands Ranch Learning Center, Denver, and is enrolled in graduate school at Denver University.

The groom graduated from Baldwin High School in 1999 and Baker University in 2003 with a degree in physics. He graduated from Kansas University in 2005 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He is employed at Lockheed Martin in Denver.

They reside in Denver.

Wedding

Emerson

Aaron and Hillary Emerson

Hillary Dawn Neeland and Aaron Daniel Emerson were married June 23, 2006, at Liberty Hall in Lawrence with Judge Robert Fairchild officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Rosalind Neeland, Great Bend. She is the granddaughter of Marge Harrington, Great Bend, and John and Emma Neeland, Colorado Springs.

The groom is the son of Misty Emerson, Lawrence, and Danny Emerson, Chanute. He is the grandson of Gene and Clarice Reinhardt and Dan and Ann Emerson, all of Chanute.

Maid of honor was Sarah Hill. Flower girls were Kelsey Neeland and Sarah Smith.

Best man was Waylon Banks. Ushers were Graham Neeland and Chris Swanson. Readers were Mike Neeland and Kenneth Reinhardt.

The bride graduated from Great Bend High School in 1998 and Kansas University in 2002. She is employed by Lawrence Family Vision Clinic as a certified para-optemetric.

The groom graduated from Lawrence High School in 2000. He is employed by Nebraska Furniture Mart, serves in the U.S. Army Reserve and is pursuing a degree in emergency medical science.

The couple reside in Lawrence.

Anniversary

Webb

Donna and Fred Webb

Fred L. and Donna Gene Webb, Baldwin, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 12 in Harter Union at Baker University in Baldwin. Friends are welcome to join the celebration.

They were married Aug. 17, 1946, at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin.

Fred retired in 1986 from Baker University, where he served as dean of students. Donna retired in 1986 from Baldwin Elementary School, where she taught first grade.

Their children are Rick and Joyce Webb, Olathe, and Marcia and Roger O'Neil, Wellsville. They have four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Anniversary

Climer

Louise and Ed Climer

Ed and Louise Climer, McLouth, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering.

Hosts of the event will be the families of their sons David Climer, Spring Hill, Tenn., and Glenn Climer, McLouth; and Louise's sister and her husband, Mary Ruth and Kenny Kirkland, Caulfield, Mo. They also have two grandchildren.

Ed Climer and Louise Taylor were high school sweethearts and were married Aug. 5, 1956, at the Baptist Hill Church near Bakersfield, Mo.

Ed is a retired home builder and carpenter. He raises cattle. Louise retired after 20 years as a paraprofessional with the Northeast Kansas Education Service Center at the McLouth School District.

Ed and Louise are members of the McLouth Baptist Church where Louise has been involved in the music department and the church pianist for 40 years.

Their children request a card shower. Cards may be sent to 17675 46th St., McLouth 66054.

Anniversary

Santa Cruz

John and Leslie Santa Cruz, Lawrence, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows today at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Their children will be hosts for a reception following the ceremony at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

They were married July 31, 1976, in Kansas City, Kan.

Leslie graduated from Baker University with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1998 and works at Pearson Government Solutions. John retired from General Motors in 1992 after 32 years of service. He works at Lawrence Bus Co.

Their children are Geri and Trent Teager, Spring Hill; Stephanie and Josh Haught, Tulsa, Okla., and Jonathan Santa Cruz, Lawrence. They also have two grandchildren.

Wedding

Hammerschmidt

Katie and Dain Hammerschmidt

Katie Ballard and Dain Hammerschmidt were married May 13, 2006, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence with the Rev. Michael Mulvany officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Larry and Barbara Ballard, Hutchinson. The groom is the son of Lloyd and Cheryl Hammerschmidt, Lawrence.

Maid of honor was Layne Schnider. Best man was Shane Hammerschmidt. Bridesmaids were Dawn Hill, Laura Thiessen, Sarah Hemmerling and Kelly Ballard. Groomsmen were Nathan Waltz, Jay Amyx, Pete Hornung and Brett Ballard.

Flower girls were Emily Hill and Haley Skelton. Ring bearer was Kale Hammerschmidt.
A reception was given at Maceli's.

The bride is a graduate of Hutchinson High School and Kansas University. She is continuing her education at Ottawa University in Kansas City.

The groom is a graduate of Lawrence High School and KU. He is employed at Bird Engineering in Shawnee.
The couple reside in Lawrence.

Engagement

Schwartz and Black

Jeff Schwartz and Jamie Black

Kevin and Angie Black, Baldwin, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Lynn Black, Lawrence, to Jeff Bowie Schwartz, Lawrence, son of Harry Schwartz, Sheridan, Wyo., and Barry and Adele Hougland, Hillsboro.
The future bride attended Baldwin High School and Johnson County Community College. She is a Kansas University student and is employed by Larsen and Associates in Lawrence.
The future groom attended Baldwin High School. He is employed by Final Touch Painting in Baldwin.
The couple plan a June 2007 wedding in Baldwin.

Engagement

Poindexter and Riley

Chad Poindexter and Megan Riley

Bill and Erma Riley, Manhattan; Dee and Joy Poindexter, Baldwin; and Pam and Roger Page, Baldwin, announce the engagement of their children, Megan Riley, Lawrence, and Chad Poindexter, Lawrence.

The bride-to-be attended Manhattan High School and graduated from Kansas State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in family studies and community service. She is pursuing a master's degree in public administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is an adoption coordinator at American Adoptions in Overland Park.

The future groom attended Baldwin High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Emporia State University. He is employed at O'Malley Beverage in Lawrence as an Anheuser-Busch retail account manager.

The couple plan an Aug. 26, 2006, wedding at Clarice L. Osborne Chapel in Baldwin and a reception at Liberty Hall in Lawrence.