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Couples

Engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements

Wedding

Schmidt and Jones

Marilyn and Bret Jones

Marilyn L. Schmidt and Bret A. Jones, both of Lawrence, were married Nov. 5, 2011, at Lawrence Free Methodist Church, with Larry Baldridge officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mildred Strahm, Sabetha, and the late Walter Strahm.
The groom is the son of Donald and Marilyn Jones, Omaha, Neb.
Attendants were the couple’s children, Nicole Berry, Natalie Schmidt-Konkel, Nate Schmidt and Katie Jones. Honorary attendant was Brian Jones, who was unable to attend due to a military commitment.
A reception was given at Alvamar Country Club.
The bride is employed with U.S. Bank in Lawrence.
The groom is employed with the Lawrence School District.
The couple reside in Lawrence.

Wedding

Maygers and Thames

Holly and Matthew Thames

Holly Maygers and Matthew Blake Thames, both of Lawrence, were married Sept. 4, 2011, at Victorian Veranda Country Inn in Lawrence, with the Rev. Seth Davidson officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Melinda Maygers, Lawrence.
The groom is the son of Tom and Lisa Stofac, Lawrence.
Maid of honor was Molly Fyler. Best man was Spencer Lott. Bridesmaids were Carolyn Yang, Maria Zielinski, Lauren Thames and Kellie Stofac. Groomsmen were Brian Hatesohl, Peter Broeder, Blaine Juhl and Bryan Maygers. Ushers were Alex Warren, Tyler Warren and Eric Warren. Honored attendant was Jessie Wilson. Reader was Spencer Wilson. Gift attendants were Alia Zilliox and Brittany Zilliox. Program attendants were Abbey Berland and Madeline Chestnut.
A reception followed at the Inn.
The bride is a 2007 graduate of Free State High School. She earned a nursing degree from Washburn University in 2011 and is employed at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas.
The groom is a 2006 graduate of Free State. He earned a master’s degree in architecture from Kansas University in 2011 and is employed at GFF Architects in Dallas.
The couple reside in Dallas.

Wedding

Schwering and Rastok

Ryan and Jennifer Rastok

Jennifer Schwering and Ryan Rastok, both of Lawrence, were married June 11, 2011, at Lakeview Clubhouse in Lawrence with the Rev. Annola Charity officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Randolph and Barbara Schwering, Lawrence.
The groom is the son of Tom Rastok, Tonganoxie, and Patricia Writt, Lawrence.
Maid of honor was Gina Lorenz. Best man was Levi Weaverling. Bridesmaids were Sarah Ballard-Hanson, Abby Botts, Eunice Dokko, Rhiana Huff, Hazel Morley and Emily Sack. Groomsmen were Adam Berg, Michael Hrenchir, Jon Matthews, Kevin Patch, Garrett Rastok and Dylan Writt.
A reception was given at Liberty Hall.
The bride is a 2004 graduate of Free State High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art history with a minor in leadership studies in 2008 and a master’s degree in early childhood special education in 2010, both from Kansas University. She is an early childhood special education and gear up teacher in the Gardner-Edgerton School District.
The groom is a 2005 graduate of Free State. He earned a bachelor’s degree with dual majors in environmental policy and geographical information sciences from KU in 2010 and is employed with Wright Tree Services.
The couple reside in Lawrence.

Engagement

Kellison and Blackwell

Nathan Jon Blackwell and Kara Rebecca Kellison

Brian and Cheryl Kellison, Lawrence, along with Tony and Carla Blackwell, Fredonia, announce the engagement of their children, Kara Rebecca Kellison, Lawrence, and Nathan Jon Blackwell, Fredonia.
The future bride is a 2007 graduate of Lawrence High School. She is studying exercise physiology at Washburn University.
The future groom is a 2002 graduate of Fredonia High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resources management from Haskell Indian Nations University in 2010.
The couple plan a May 26, 2012, wedding in Lawrence.

Engagement

Messer and Brent

Kristin Messer and Charles Brent

Daryl and Kim Messer, Baldwin City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin Messer, to Charles Brent, both of Lawrence.
The future bride is a 2000 graduate of Baldwin High School. She earned an education degree from Pittsburg State University in 2007 and is employed at Vangent Inc.
The future groom is the son of the late Galen and Cheryl Brent. He is a 2001 graduate of Ellinwood High School, earned an information technology systems degree from Ottawa University in 2007, and is employed at Quintiles in Overland Park.
The couple plan a June 2, 2012, wedding at the home of the bride’s parents.

Engagement

Killough and Pepe

Betsy Killough and Nick Pepe

Scott and Susan Killough, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Betsy Killough, to Nick Pepe, both of New York City.
The future bride is a graduate of Free State High School and Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is the director of sales for clothing designer Lela Rose in Manhattan, N.Y.
The future groom is the son of Len and Margy Pepe, Milton, Mass. He is a graduate of Boston College High School and Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He is a vice president of sales and trading for Citigroup in Manhattan. N.Y.
The couple plan a June 2012 wedding in Kansas.

Engagement

Mrkonic and Buckley

Weston Patrick Buckley and Megan Craig Mrkonic

Susan and Matthew Mrkonic, Overland Park, announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Craig Mrkonic, to Weston Patrick Buckley, both of Lawrence.
The future bride is a graduate of Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Mo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in French cultural studies from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., and a master’s degree in business administration from Consortium University (CIMBA) in Asolo, Italy. She is a marketing manager at Payless ShoeSource in Topeka.
The future groom is the son of Lynne and Owen Buckley, Kansas City, Mo. He is also a graduate of Pembroke Hill. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Kansas University and a juris doctorate from DePaul University in Chicago. He is an attorney with The Katz Law Firm in Overland Park.
The couple plan an Oct. 5, 2012, wedding at The Williams House in Lawrence.