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Engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements

Anniversary

Flanders

Kenneth and Goldie Flanders


Kenneth and Goldie Flanders, Lawrence, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner on Dec. 11 at the Savoy Grill in Kansas City, Mo.
Kenneth Flanders and Goldie Marsh were married on Dec. 11, 1949, in Fanning.
Kenneth retired after 50 years as a pharmacist. He graduated from the School of Pharmacy at Kansas University. Goldie has been a homemaker.
They have a daughter, Kathy Bachman and husband Jeff, Portland, Ore.; two sons, Jerry and wife Joanna, and Brent and wife Lisa, all of Lawrence; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The couple requests no gifts.

Anniversary

O’Connor

Glen and Betty O’Connor


Glen and Betty O’Connor, rural Berryton, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 3 at the Stull United Methodist Church in the Faith and Friendship Center. Hosts of the reception will be their children, grandchildren, great-granddaughter and Betty’s sister, Ruth Ice.
Glen O’Connor and Betty Wulfkuhle graduated from Lawrence High School in 1942 and were married on Jan. 1, 1945.
They have a son, Kenneth and wife Patty, Lecompton; a daughter, Brenda Sexton and husband Mitch, Berryton; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.
The couple requests no gifts.

Wedding

Kilmer

Madeline Fister and Olson Kilmer


Madeline Fister and Olson Kilmer, both of Lawrence, were married Aug. 1, 2009, at Lawrence Free Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bill Bump officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Garry and Jennifer Fister, Lawrence.
The groom is the son of Wilson and Gwen Kilmer, Lawrence.
Maid of honor was Ella Altenbernd. Best man was Tanner Kilmer. Bridesmaids were Molly and Martha Fister. Groomsmen were Taylor Bussinger and Travis Evans. Ushers were Billy Hargesheimer, Kirk Taylor and Dustin Jacobsen.
A reception was given at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott.
The bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School and is majoring in elementary education at Emporia State University.
The groom is also a graduate of Lawrence High and is majoring in business administration at Emporia State.

Wedding

Koelling

Austin and Elissa Koelling


Elissa Lemesany, Lawrence, and Austin Koelling, Tecumseh, were married Sept. 26, 2009, at Danforth Chapel at Kansas University, with Rod Barnes officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Bill Lemesany and Mary Lemesany, both of Lawrence.
The groom is the son of Curtis and Debra Koelling, Olathe.
Maid of honor was Catrina Lemesany. Best man was Tim Liesmann. Bridesmaids were Lori Lemesany, Rachael Sudlow, Shannon Meyer and Sally Rork. Groomsmen were Ed Mohan, Aaron Rosenow, Christian Stewart and Chad Seel. Guestbook attendant was Lindsey Koelling. Ushers were Jon Douglas and Matt Wilson.
A reception was given at The Eldridge Hotel.
The bride is a 2001 graduate of Lawrence High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from KU, and is employed by Parkway Properties in Lawrence.
The groom is a 1999 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from KU. He is employed by Union Pacific Railroad.
The couple reside in Lawrence.

Anniversary

Daniels

Warren and Leota Daniels


Warren and Leota Daniels, rural McLouth, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 26 at First Baptist Church of McLouth.
Roscoe Warren Daniels and Leota Mae Winfrey were married on Dec. 26, 1949, at Stanwood Church, in rural McLouth.
Warren retired as a heavy equipment operator in 1990. He belonged to Local 101 Operating Engineers for 40 years and was also active in his cattle business. Leota is a homemaker and was a bus driver for McLouth School District for many years. She has also been active in church work over the years.
They have two sons, Jim Daniels, Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., and John and wife Charlotte, McLouth; two daughters, Delpha Forshee and husband Ron, McLouth, and Delia Heston and husband John, Oskaloosa; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A daughter, Donna Haling, died in 2000.
The couple requests no gifts.

Anniversary

Cottrell

Don and Nova Cottrell


Don and Nova Cottrell, Perry, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an informal open house reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Charles Curtis House Museum, 1101 Topeka Blvd., Topeka. Hosts will be their children and their families.
The couple were married on Dec. 24, 1949, in Topeka.
Don is retired from Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 441 in Wichita. Nova is retired from Jostens Printing and Publishing in Topeka. After retirement, they took on the project of saving the historical Charles Curtis house. The house, now known as The Charles Curtis House Museum, is one of the historical attractions of Topeka.
They have a daughter, Patty Dannenberg and husband Rob; and two sons, Gene and wife Kim, and James Cottrell, all of Perry.
The couple requests no gifts.

Engagement

Tyler and Simonson

Matthew Duane Simonson and Jennifer Kristine Tyler


Norman and Karen Tyler announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Kristine Tyler, all of Eudora, to Matthew Duane Simonson, Lawrence.
The future bride is a 1999 graduate of Eudora High School. She earned dual bachelor’s degrees in organismal biology and health communication from Kansas University in 2004, and is a 2009 graduate of Washburn University School of Nursing. She is a registered nurse in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and is a senior pharmaceutical research associate at PRA International in Lenexa.
The future groom is the son of Jim and Patricia Simonson, Topeka. He is a 1998 graduate of Topeka High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in film from KU in 2003. He is employed by the City of Ottawa as a multimedia specialist.
The couple plan a May 8, 2010, wedding at Stony Point Hall in Baldwin City.

Engagement

Bowlin and Osborn

Andrew James Osborn and Sara Kathleen Bowlin


Ron and Paula Bowlin, Baldwin City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Kathleen Bowlin, Garnett, to Andrew James Osborn, Baldwin City.
The future bride is a 2003 graduate of Baldwin High School and a 2008 graduate of Emporia State University. She is a fifth-grade teacher in the Anderson County School District.
The future groom is the son of Allen and Karla Osborn, Baldwin City. He is a 2005 graduate of Baldwin High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering this fall from Kansas State University.
The couple plan a June 26, 2010, wedding at St. John’s United Church of Christ in rural Baldwin City.

Engagement

Hall and Corey

Cara Hall and Michael Corey


Cara Hall and Michael Corey, both of Des Moines, Iowa, announce their engagement.
The future bride is the daughter of Ron and Bonnie Hall, and Kathy Mason, all of Lawrence. She is a 1999 graduate of Lawrence High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Drake University in 2003. She is a freelance writer.
The future groom is the son of Jack and Linda Corey, Eau Claire, Wis. He is a 1998 graduate of Regis High School in Eau Claire, and earned a bachelor’s degree in news/Internet journalism from Drake in 2002. He is the digital projects editor for the Des Moines Register.
The couple plan a Sept. 18, 2010, wedding at Lutsen Resort in Lutsen, Minn.

Engagement

Cluff and Erschen

Livia Cluff and Jake Erschen

Norm and Connie Cluff, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Livia Cluff, to Jake Erschen, both of St. Louis.
The future bride is a 1995 graduate of Lawrence High School and is also a graduate of Kansas University and the University of Missouri-St.Louis. She is a nurse at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
The future groom is the son of Rick and Sue Erschen, St. Louis. He is a 1999 graduate of Bishop Dubourg High School, and is also a graduate of UMSL and St. Louis County Fire Academy. He is a fireman/paramedic in the city of Brentwood, Mo.
The couple plan an April 30, 2010, wedding in St. Louis.

Anniversary

Poindexter

Joy and Dee Poindexter, Baldwin City, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Dec. 13 with a family brunch in their home, hosted by their children.
The couple were married on Dec. 13, 1984, in Lawrence.
Joy graduated from Wakeeney High School in 1968. She is the human resource director at The Sweet Life. Dee graduated from Baldwin High School in 1958. He is the assistant to the subregional vice president of parts for Carquest Auto Parts. He previously owned Poindexter Tire in Ottawa, and Quality Oil in Lawrence.
They have two daughters, Rhonda Ball, Cheney, and Cheryl Beach, Baldwin City; four sons, Chad Poindexter, Lawrence, Andy Wedermyer, Mike Poindexter and Nate Wedermyer, all of Baldwin City; and three grandchildren.

Engagement

Bidwell and Wille

Suzanne Bidwell and Matthew Wille

Peter and Carol Bidwell, Tucson, Ariz., along with Dave and Barb Wille, Lamberton, Minn., announce the engagement of their children, Suzanne Bidwell and Matthew Wille, both of Savage, Minn.
The future bride graduated from South Lakes High School in Reston, Va. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1999 and a master’s degree in social work in 2003, both from Kansas University. She worked at KVC Behavioral Health Care from 2004-2007 and was a bartender at the Cadillac Ranch from 1999-2007, both in Lawrence. She is a children’s mental health social worker for Dakota County in Apple Valley, Minn.
The future groom graduated from Red Rock Central High School in Lamberton. He earned a culinary arts degree from South Central Technical College in Mankato, Minn., and is a chef at Nordstrom’s Cafe in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.
The couple plan a June 19, 2010, wedding in Excelsior, Minn.