Couples

Engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements

Wedding

Harris and Haeffner

Kelli and Zach Haeffner


Kelli Harris, Lawrence, and Zach Haeffner, Baldwin City, were married May 9, 2009, at Worden United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dale Lewis officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Rob and Marleen Harris, Lawrence.
The groom is the son of Randy and Diane Haeffner, Baldwin City.
Maids of honor were Courtney and Kalie Harris. Best man was Josh Haeffner. Bridesmaids were Lesley Haeffner, Dawn Ellis and Jessica King. Groomsmen were Colin Barker, Chris Haeffner and Grant Rust. Candlelighters were Leah Pauli and Molly Loveless. Ringbearer was Caden Wintermantel. Flower girl was Riley Coates. Wedding coordinator was Annette Wren.
A reception followed at Worden United Methodist Church.
The bride, a 2005 graduate of Baldwin High School, is a secondary education major at MidAmerica Nazarene University and is student teaching this fall.
The groom is a 2000 graduate of Baldwin High and is employed by Harris Heating and Cooling.
The couple reside in Baldwin City.

Wedding

Ranney

Melissa Stevens and Justin Ranney

Melissa Stevens and Justin Ranney, both of Lawrence, were married June 6, 2009, at the Prairie Peddler Garden, near Odebolt, Iowa.
The bride is the daughter of Maynard and Marilyn Stevens, Lawrence.
The groom is the son of the late Thomas Ranney.
Ushers were Jason and Justin Stevens. Flower girls were Reagan and Hannah Harris. Ringbearer was Ross Roling. Guestbook attendants were Rhonda and Emma Roling. Gift attendants were Syndey and Brylee Shearer. Harp music was provided by Jean Kahler. Hostesses were Susan Lawrenson and Cathy Shanahan.
The couple reside in Lawrence.

Anniversary

Wiscombe

Jim and Bonnie Wiscombe

Jim and Bonnie Wiscombe, Overbrook, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family dinner on Aug. 2. A vacation to England took place in June.
James J. Wiscombe and Bonnie K. English were married Aug. 2, 1959, at Centropolis Christian Church.
The couple graduated from Appanoose High School in 1959 and have farmed in southern Douglas and northern Franklin counties since then. Jim also worked at Farmland for 36 years.
They have two sons, Kelly, and Kirk and wife Diane, both of Overbrook; a daughter, Karla, Baldwin City; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The couple requests no gifts.

Anniversary

Cleaver

Ervel F. and Grace R. Cleaver

Ervel F. and Grace R. Cleaver announce their 69th wedding anniversary on Aug. 31, 2009. No celebration is planned.
The couple were married Aug. 31, 1940, in Kansas City, Ks.
Ervel primarily worked for Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. Grace was primarily a homemaker, but had also worked for an insurance company in Kansas City, Mo. Both were very active in various Masonic organizations.
They have two sons, Bill, Mannford, Okla., and Fred, Lawrence; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The couple requests no gifts.

Anniversary

Whitaker

Don and Jean Whitaker

Don and Jean Whitaker will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with a card shower. Cards may be sent to the couple at 1501 Inverness Drive, Apt. 22, Lawrence, KS 66047.
Don Whitaker and Jean Allen were married Aug. 27, 1939, at Jean’s mother’s home, outside of Ottawa.
Both Don and Jean graduated from Ottawa University in 1939. After the wedding they moved to western Kansas, where Don taught school and coached at Selden and Plains high schools. During World War II, Don was in civil service working for the U.S. Army in radio schools in Belleville, Ill. and Sioux Falls, S.D. Following the war, Don taught and coached at Tonganoxie High School until he went to work for a farming implement firm in Ottawa. In 1955, the family moved to Lawrence, where Don bought partial ownership in an International Harvester dealership. Later he worked for John Haddock Ford (now Laird Noller Ford) until his retirement. Both Don and Jean belonged to First United Methodist Church and University Club. Don was also a member of the Kiwanis Club.
They have two daughters, Nancy Fabrizio and husband Frank, Denver, and June Cummings and husband Steve, Lawrence; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Engagement

Tisdale and Knight

Jill Tisdale and Nate Knight

Cliff and Cathy Tisdale, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill Tisdale, to Nate Knight, both of Yosemite, Calif.
The future bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Kansas University. She has been a high school art teacher in Tampico, Mexico, and Oakhurst, Calif. She will complete a master’s degree at Fresno State University in December.
The future groom is the son of Jerry and Janae Knight, Long Beach, Calif. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Northwestern University and is a National Parks ranger in Yosemite National Park.
The couple plan an Aug. 29, 2009, wedding in Yosemite National Park.

Wedding

Rombough

Amanda and Adam Rombough

Amanda Mae Miller, Edgerton, and Adam Joshua Rombough, Lawrence, were married June 13, 2009, at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City, with the Rev. Ira DeSpain officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Robert and Beth Miller, Edgerton.
The groom is the son of Lance and Julia Rombough, Lawrence.
Matron of honor was Jennifer Pugsley. Maid of honor was Heather Huninghake. Best man was Jacob Hamilton. Bridesmaids were Paula Flood, LaTasha James and Kimberley Lloyd. Groomsmen were Ian Rombough, Drew Salsbury, Brandon Elliot and Robin Burnham. Flower girl was Avery Wende. Ringbearer was Blake Wende. Ushers were Todd Wende, Kevin Winn and Carlo Washington. Candlelighters were Lisa Elson and Jody Elson. Guestbook attendant was Anita Elson. Gift table attendant was Ramona Miller.
A reception was given at Stony Point Hall in Baldwin City.
The bride is a graduate of Gardner-Edgerton High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Baker University and a master’s degree in journalism from Kansas University. She is an accountant manager with Think-Services in Lawrence.
The groom is a graduate of Free State High School, attended Baker University, and is currently a student at Johnson County Community College. He is employed by The World Company.
The couple reside in Lawrence.

Wedding

Vannicola

Katy and Daniel Vannicola

Katherine “Katy” Martin, Meriden, and Daniel Vannicola, Lecompton, were married May 30, 2009, at Stull United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Andrew Mitchell officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Bobby and Karen Martin, Meriden.
The groom is the son of Phillip and Gayle Vannicola, Lecompton.
Maid of honor was Laura Pennel. Best man was Bret Vannicola. Bridesmaids were Jessica Pearson and Tana Pearson. Groomsmen were Jason Vannicola and Ryan Edmonds. Flower girl was Baylee Wulfkuhle. Ringbearer was Dylan Tucker. Candlelighter was Shaylene Rees. Ushers were Joseph Vannicola, Cole Pearson and Miles Pearson.
A reception was given at the Faith & Friendship Center at Stull UMC.
The bride is a 2007 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School and a 2008 graduate of Kaw Area Technical School. She is attending Allen County Community College and is a human resource clerk for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Topeka.
The groom is a 2003 graduate of both Perry-Lecompton High School and Kaw Area Technical School, and a 2004 graduate of Universal Technical Institute in Houston. He is the shop foreman at Heritage Tractor in Topeka.
The couple reside in Topeka.