Engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements


Ybarra and Harper

Nathaniel Philip Harper and Rachel Marie Ybarra

Francisco and Jennifer Ybarra announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Marie Ybarra, to Nathaniel Philip Harper, all of Lawrence. The groom is the son of Guy Harper, St. Paul, Minn., and Gigi Woodard, Lawrence.
The future bride graduated from Lawrence High School in 2003 and attends Kansas University. She is employed at The Toy Store in downtown Lawrence.
The future groom graduated from Free State High School in 2002 and attends Johnson County Community College.
The couple plan an Aug. 8, 2008, wedding at Liberty Hall in Lawrence.



Norma and Lorenz Ochs

Lorenz and Norma Ochs, Lawrence, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner Nov. 23 at SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Lawrence.
Lorenz Ochs and Norma Ackerman were married Dec. 7, 1947, in Eureka.
Lorenz worked for Centel Electric in Great Bend for 35 years.
Norma was a registered nurse at the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Wichita. They are retired.
Their children are Mitchell Ochs, Great Bend; Stephan Ochs, McLean, Va.; and Jeanette Ochs, Lawrence. They have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Ecklund and Hammer

Rachel and Drew Ecklund

Rachel Hammer and Drew Ecklund were married June 16, 2007, at Mountain Life Church in McCall, Idaho. The officiant was the groom's father, the Rev. Jeff Ecklund, of Oldtown, Idaho.
The bride is the daughter of Gary and Julie Hammer, Lawrence. The groom is also the son of Robie Ecklund, Oldtown.
Matron of honor was Heather Zitterkopf. Best man was Steven Frazier. Bridesmaids were Lauren Mayhew, Jacque Meyer, Sarah Meyer, Lindsey Queen and Larissa Meyer. Groomsmen were Joel Ecklund, Shaun Thomas, Davin Zitterkopf, Eric Dyrud and Nathan Hammer.
Candlelighter was Amanda Mayhew. Flower girl was Katelyn Hammer. The Rev. Rob Meyer led the couple in communion, and the Rev. Larry Terherst led the prayer for the couple. Guest book attendant was Amber Good. Gift table attendant was Robyn Tompson. Vocalists were Amanda, Lauren, Melissa and Caroline Mayhew.
A reception was given at Northfork Lodge in McCall.
Rachel was a home-school graduate in 2003. She attended a Discipleship Training School at Youth With a Mission in Kona, Hawaii, in 2004. She is employed as a preschool teacher at Mountain Life Church Preschool in McCall, and is self-employed as a piano teacher.
Drew graduated from Okanogan High School in Okanogan, Wash., in 2001 and attended Portland Bible College. He is employed as a carpenter with Rocky Mountain CTR in McCall.
The couple reside in McCall.


Lown and Scheffler

Michelle and Billy Lown

Michelle Ann Scheffler and Billy Leroy Lown were married June 30, 2007, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Newton.
The bride is the daughter of Mark and Janet Scheffler, Newton. The groom is the son of Bill and Michelle Lown, Lawrence.
Maid of honor was Lourdes Snapp. Best man was David Arndt. Bridesmaids were Tiffany Jackson and Hayley Dutton. Groomsmen were John Maynard and Cody Lown.
A reception was given at the American Legion in Newton.
Michelle graduated from Newton High School and Kansas University. She is a physical education teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park.
Billy graduated from Free State High School and is attending Johnson County Community College. He is employed by Nills Brothers Sporting Goods in Overland Park.
The couple reside in Overland Park.


Helgesen and Kraemer

Jeremy and Kristin Kraemer

Kristin Marie Helgesen and Jeremy Jacob Kraemer were married Nov. 10, 2007, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Louis, with Pastor James Schack officiating.
The bride is the daughter of John and Charleen Helgesen, Battle Lake, Minn. The groom is the son of Dennis and Judy Kraemer, Harrisonville, Mo.
Matron of honor was Karla Dalton. Best man was Todd Nicholson. Bridesmaids were Jennifer Stone, Gretchen Tutt and Melissa Hallenbeck. Groomsmen were Kevin Stone, Jeff Hanton and Kevin Stone Jr.
Ring bearer was John Dalton. Flower girls were Jessica Stone and Elizabeth Dalton. Program attendants were Brittany Stone and Jacob Stone. Guest book attendant was Alienor Izargugaza. Reader was Megan Koenen. Soloist was Martha Haug.
A reception was given at the St. Louis Marriott West Hotel.
Kristin graduated from Lawrence High School and Kansas University. She is employed by Countrywide Tax Services Corp.
Jeremy graduated from Raymore-Peculiar High School and Central Missouri State University. He is employed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.
The couple reside in Lancaster, Calif.


Lister and Burns

Stacy and Ryan Lister

Stacy Lynn Burns and Ryan Keith Lister were married Sept. 15, 2007, at the VFW Park in Tonganoxie.
The bride is the daughter of Larry and DJ Burns, Tonganoxie. The groom is the son of Vern and Carma Lister, Eudora.
Maid of honor was Amanda Rupp. Best man was Casey Williams. Bridesmaids were Carrie Lister, Meghan Powell, Jessica Karten and Kelly Lorenzo. Groomsmen were Brad Gilges, Dean Heise, Jay Powell and Randy Whitesell.
Miniature bride was Samantha Karten. Miniature groom was Travis Neis. Flower girl was Kathryn Rupp. Ring bearer was Chris Rupp. Ushers were Jason Johnson, David Rupp, Jason Lister and Mark Lister.
A reception was given at the VFW building in Tonganoxie.
The bride is a 2000 graduate of Tonganoxie High School. She attended Johnson County Community College and is employed as an office manager at Eudora Animal Hospital.
The groom is a 1998 graduate of Eudora High School. He is a carpenter at Kansas University.
The couple reside in Baldwin City.


Virtue and Veit

Jessica and Christopher Veit

Jessica Virtue and Christopher Veit were married Oct. 20, 2007, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence, with the Rev. Gary Teske officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Rick Virtue and Linda Gilstrap, both of Lawrence. The groom is the son of Albert Veit, St. Thomas, Mo., and Pamela Veit, Merriam.
Maid of honor was Rebecca Wright. Best man was Jerry Pauly. Bridesmaids were Kate Eichten, Eva Chevreux and Aly Brinkema. Groomsmen were Michael Graber, Austin Wagner and Bryon Virtue.
Flower girl was Justyna Harris. Ring bearer was Ashton Harris. Candlelighters were Bryanna Gilstrap and Claire Schanzmeyer. Ushers were James Dawkins, Dan Brown, Jimmy Niekamp and Kevin Burg. Readers were Cathy Davis and Meleah Hobert.
A reception was given at Abe & Jake's Landing.
Jessica graduated from Free State High School in 2001. She received a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Kansas University in 2006. She is employed in the Operations Excellence Department at Applebee's International in Overland Park.
Christopher graduated from Shawnee Mission South High School in 2000. He received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from KU in 2005. He is employed as an engineer at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants in Mission.
The couple reside in Lawrence.


Berends and Thomas

Jennifer and Ryan Thomas

Jennifer Berends and Ryan Thomas were married May 26, 2007, at Lake Charles in Dodge City, with Barney Korbelik officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Brad and Susan Hull, and Steven and Loretta Fyler, all of Scott City. The groom is the son of Richard and Velda Thomas, Dodge City.
Matron of honor was Angie Radke. Best man was Tate Moore. Bridesmaids were Brittany Fyler and Jennifer Dixon. Groomsmen were Zach Head and Sebastian Thomas. Junior groomsman was Matthew Whaley. Junior bridesmaid was Sierra Rose. Ring bearers were Blair Whaley and Zander Thomas. Ushers were Travis Hull and Stevie Fyler.
A reception was given at the Silver Spur Convention Center in Dodge City.
Jennifer graduated from Scott Community High School in 1997. She received an Associate of Applied Science from Garden City Community College. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in social welfare at Kansas University and plans to attend law school.
Ryan graduated from Dodge City Senior High School in 1989 and attended The Art Institute of Dallas. He is employed at KU.
The couple reside in Lawrence.