The UNESCO site can be hard to get to since it is located over three hours north of Hanoi, and the only way to get there is over some rough, narrow roads. You go through not only rural Vietnam, but also the country’s coal-producing province.
However, the seven-hour round trip is worth it. Halong Bay covers 580 miles of some of the strangest landscapes you will ever see.
Marcy Amundson of Clermont and Darren Kraus of Elgin were united in marriage on Saturday, July 6, at East Clermont Lutheran Church, rural Clermont. The Rev. Bob Oelson of Omaha, Neb., officiated at the 4 p.m. ceremony.
Marcy is the daughter of John and Heidi Amundson of Clermont. Darren is the son of Curtis and Diane Kraus of Postville.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore an ivory A-line gown of metallic taffeta. The bodice, which featured a sweetheart neckline, was asymmetrically ruched and accented with a handmade ivory floral sash embellished with crystals, which were also scattered throughout the pickup skirt. The gown was finished with a corset closure in the back. Marcy carried a clutch bouquet of light and dark coral roses.
Gayle Bishop and Jacob Baker of Towanda, Ill., exchanged wedding vows in a 4 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, July 6. The Rev. Lee Boleyn officiated at the wedding, which was held at the Ramada Hotel in Galena, Ill.
Parents of the couple are Gary and Sandy Bishop of West Union and Ed and Marie Baker of Kirkwood, Ill.
Given in marriage by her father, Gayle wore a vintage-inspired ivory sleeveless, A-line gown with a netting overlay adorned with Venice lace appliqués. The gown featured wide Venetian lace straps leading into a V-neckline, sparkling beaded embroidery detail at the empire waist, and a keyhole back. Her bouquet, trimmed with gray ribbon, was comprised of yellow daisies and lilies with assorted pink and orange flowers.
Violet O. Thompson, 85, formerly of West Union, died Friday, July 12, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Saint Andrew Christian Church in Olathe, Kan.
A private interment will follow at a later date in Springfield, Mo.
Violet Ornellia “Vi” (Landsgaard) Thompson was born July 30, 1927, in Lansing to Norwegian immigrants Vebjorn and Olga Landsgaard.
She graduated from West Union High School and obtained her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa University in Fayette. Before she was married, Vi taught in a two-room schoolhouse in Frog Hollow, between West Union and Fayette.
On June 2, 1947, she was united in marriage with Glen Thompson in Gunder. They were married for 56 years.
Throughout their lives, Vi and Glen lived in several cities, including Clarinda, Ia.; Saint Joseph, Mo.; Manhattan, Kan.; and Oklahoma City, Okla.
Orlin Knickerbocker of Arlington will celebrate his 90th birthday on Friday, Aug. 9, with a family dinner.
His family includes children Sandy (Jay) Thede of Mason City, Terry (Mary) of Strawberry Point, Randy (Joyce) and Tom (Kelli), both of Arlington; five grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Friends, neighbors and relatives are also invited to join in a card shower being held in Orlin’s honor (no gifts, please).
Birthday wishes can be sent to Orlin at 547 James St., Arlington, IA 50606.