Roger and Janice (Bemis) Pleggenkuhle of rural Sumner will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Friday, June 21, at the Fredericksburg Community Center in Fredericksburg.
All are invited to attend, but no gifts, please.
Hosting the event will be the Pleggenkuhles’ three children and their families. Anniversary wishes will reach the couple at 3320 280th St., Sumner, IA 50674.
Jerry and Donna Blue of West Union observed their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15.
The couple will celebrate with their family at a later date.
Jerry Blue and Donna Frey were married June 15, 1963. Their family includes four children, GeriLynn Blue of West Union, Shelly (Keith) Curry of Eldridge, Jeff Blue and Chris (Bridget) Blue, both of West Union, and eight grandchildren.
The Blues are the co-owners and managers of Best Rest Inn and Suites in West Union. In addition, Jerry is the former editor/publisher of The Union, where he continues to work in the capacity of corporate vice president.
Best wishes can be sent to Jerry and Donna at 119½ S. Vine St., West Union, IA 52175.
By Pastor Rip Baillargeon W.U. First Baptist Church
I am now getting to the point where I may be getting old. At least that is what some people would think, as my driver’s license says I am now past 72 years old. Yes, there are many who are older than that, but I feel that I have enough years under my belt to at least start to have a relatively fair idea of what this life is about. Not that I am in any way an expert in such matters, but at least I should have earned the right to express my beliefs.
So, what have I learned? Well, probably the most important thing I have learned is that some things change after a period of time – at least some people’s attitudes about them. Yes, it seems that even things that we thought were cast in stone can be changed.
Kaitlin Rear and Tim Zern of Cedar Falls were united in marriage on Saturday, May 18. The Rev. Jerry Kopacek officiated at the 2 p.m. ceremony, which took place at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Waterloo.
Parents of the couple are Bob and Kathy Rear of West Union, Scott Zern of Conrad and the late Lynn Zern.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a strapless gown of ivory lace and tulle featuring a scalloped neckline and a floral sash made by her mother. She carried a bouquet of ivory hydrangeas and blush roses.
Kaitlin chose her friend Ranae Molkenthin as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Jaymi Kragel, friend of the bride; Amy Tate, sister of the groom; Lindsey Kelly, Bailey Griffin, and Allison Neumann, friends of the bride.
They wore floor-length, blush-pink chiffon gowns of varying styles.
Brianna Rear, niece of the bride, was the flower girl.
Vacation Bible School, sponsored jointly by Bethel Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Zion Lutheran churches in West Union, will be held Sunday, July 28, through Thursday, Aug. 1, at Zion Lutheran Church. Sessions will run from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.
Children age 4 through eighth grade are invited to attend.
This year’s theme is “Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together.”
After a high-energy opening at Friendship Central, the children will make their way to the Bible Bazaar. Interactive Bible lessons reveal five Friendship Phrases for living as Jesus teaches. In addition, children will discover Scripture Souvenir memory verses that will boost their faith long after VBS.