Category Archives: Engagements

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Wittenberg, Bledsoe to wed

Kathy and Craig Wittenberg of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Lora Ellen, to James Carl Bledsoe, son of Hilary and Bill Bledsoe of Hugo, Colo.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of St. Charles North High School and a 2014 graduate of Colorado State Veterinary College. She is employed as a veterinarian at Eastern Veterinary Clinic in Limon, Colo.

The future groom graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in agri-business, and is a prominent cattle rancher in Hugo.

The wedding will be October 2014.

Hodge, Hanson to wed

Jerry and Lisa Hodge of Elburn are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsey, to Isaac Hanson, son of Barry and Cindy Hanson of Hastings, Minn.

The bride-to-be is a 2008 Kaneland High School graduate and a 2012 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology. She is currently working on her doctorate in microbiology at the University of Georgia.

The future groom is a 2008 graduate of Hastings High School in Hastings, and a 2012 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. He is currently a medical student at Campbell University in North Carolina.

Kelly and Isaac met in Biology class and sang in the UW Masters singers choir together. The two Badger fans will marry on July 12, 2014, at the Olbrich Gardens in Madison.

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Romano, Robinson to wed

Joe and Karen Romano of Lisle, Ill., are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina, to Doug Robinson, son of Doug and Maureen Robinson of Sugar Grove.

The bride-to-be is a 2001 graduate of Naperville North High School and a 2005 graduate of North Central College. She is a patient account liaison in Physician Billing at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and also acts in plays and musicals around the city.

The future groom is a 2001 graduate of Kaneland High School. He is a team lead and trade support specialist in futures and options trading with JPMorgan Chase.

Christina and Doug will marry at the DoubleTree Suites in October of 2014. The two currently reside in Chicago with their pug, Kingsley.

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Smith, Crynes to wed

Dave and Barb Smith of Elburn recently announced the engagement of their daughter, Jackie, to Christien Crynes, son of Lawrence and Baya Crynes of Tulsa, Okla.

The bride-to-be is a 2008 Kaneland High School graduate, and graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and minor in design studies. She is currently employed by Strategic Planner at Sitewire.

The future groom is a 2008 graduate of Jenks High School in Jenks, Okla., and graduated from ASU in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and a certificate in international business. He is currently employed as a recruitment and retention specialist at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU.

The couple will wed on July 5, 2014, in Elburn. Jackie and Christien currently reside in Phoenix.

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Stewart, Kozak to wed

Sandy and John Kozak of Elburn announce the engagement of their son, Sean, to Jenna Stewart of Monroe, Wis.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 high school graduate of Monroe High School. She graduated from Western Illinois University in 2009 and from Rush University in 2011. She is currently employed at Advocate Eureka Hospital as a medical laboratory scientist.

The future groom is a 2005 graduate of Kaneland High School. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 2009 and is currently employed by the city of Washington, Ill.

The couple will wed in September 2013 in West Chicago, Ill.

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Taylor, Wilson to wed

Tom and Pam Taylor of Sycamore, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney, to Cody Wilson, son of Doug and Debbie Wilson of DeKalb.

The bride-to-be is a 2008 Sycamore High School graduate, and received her Cosmetologist Certificate from Mario Tricoci in Rockford, Ill. in 2011. She is currently employed as a cosmetologist at Hair Directors in Elburn.

The future groom is a 2005 DeKalb High School graduate, and is currently employed as a residential driver for Waste Management in DeKalb.

The wedding is scheduled to take place Aug. 10, 2013, at Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore.

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Kovalick, Bell to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kovalick of Sugar Grove announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaitlyn Ali, to Jason Robert Bell, son of Mrs. JoAnn Bell-Schoemann and Mr. Matt Schoemann of Sugar Grove, and Mr. Richard Bell of West Palm Beach, Fla.

The bride-to-be is a 2007 Kaneland High School graduate, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Illinois Institute of Art in 2010. She is currently employed as the manager of the Sherwin Williams store in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

The future groom is a 2006 Kaneland High School graduate, attended Waubonsee Community College, and is currently employed as the assistant manager at Discount Tire in Naperville, Ill.

The wedding will take place in August 2013. The couple plans to reside in Sugar Grove.

Hansen, Herwaldt to wed

William and Georgia Hansen of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay, to Mitchell Herwaldt, son of Rick and Toni Herwaldt of Wheaton, Ill.

The bride-to-be graduated from Kaneland High School in 2008, and later Aurora Univer- sity. She is currently employed as an English teacher at West Aurora High School.

The future groom is a graduate from St. Francis High School in 2005, and later Northern Illinois University. He is currently employed as an appraiser for Vehicle Valuation Services.

The couple will wed on Oct. 5, 2013, in Lily Lake.

Strong, Jahns to wed

Monty and Chris Jahns of Sugar Grove announce the engagement of their son, Matthew, to Emily Strong, daughter of Terry and Laura Strong of Elburn.

The bride is a 2004 Kaneland graduate, and is currently employed as the owner of Emily Kay Salon.

The groom is a 2003 Kaneland graduate, and is currently employed as a contractor at Heartland LLC, in Aurora.

The wedding ceremony will take place Jan. 4, 2014, at Royal Fox Country Club in St. Charles.

Hansen, Herwaldt to wed

William and Georgia Hansen of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay, to Mitchell Herwaldt, son of Rick and Toni Herwaldt of Wheaton, Ill.

The bride-to-be graduated from Kaneland High School in 2008, and later Aurora University. She is currently employed as an English teacher at West Aurora High School.

The future groom is a graduate from St. Francis High School in 2005, and later Northern Illinois University. He is currently employed as an appraiser for Vehicle Valuation Services.

The couple will wed on Oct. 5, 2013, in Lily Lake.

Lee, Barshinger wed Feb. 15, 2013

Douglas and Constance Lee of Milton, Wis., formerly of Elburn, are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter, Shelley Lynne, to Andrew Davey Barshinger, son of Joe and Phyllis Barshinger of Shabbona, Ill. The couple wed on Feb. 15, 2013, on the beach at Now Sapphire Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

The bride is a 1992 St. Charles High School graduate, and a stay-at-home mom.

The groom is a 1994 graduate of Indian Creek High School, and a 1996 graduate of John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill. He is self-employed at Barshinger Farms.

The couple resides in Lee. A celebration of their marriage will take place on the Barshinger family farm at a later date.

Firchau, Ream to wed

Bruce and Mary Sue Firchau of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren, to Adam Ream, son of Steve and Anita Ream of Hampshire, Ill.

The bride-to-be graduated from Kaneland High School in 2005, and later Monmouth College. She is employed at DeKalb High School.

The future groom graduate from Hampshire High School in 2001, and later Judson College. He is employed at Tom’s Farm Market and Greenhouse in Huntley, Ill.

The wedding will take place on Oct. 11, 2013, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Hampshire.

VanDusen, Strom to wed

Warren and Patricia Strom of Maple Park announce the engagement of their son, Lucas, to Melissa VanDusen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert VanDusen of St. Charles.

Melissa is a 2001 graduate of St. Charles East High School, and 2005 graduate of the University of Missouri. She received her juris doctorate from Northern Illinois College of Law and became a member of the Illinois State Bar in 2008. Melissa is currently employed in Chicago.

Lucas is a 1995 graduate of Burlington Central High School, and a 2000 graduate of Northern Illinois University. He received his master’s degree in information systems in 2001, and is employed as vice president of Net.Orange, based in Dallas, Texas.

The couple will continue to reside in Maple Park following their June 1 wedding in DeKalb.

Hill, Mathews to wed

Bob and Sue Mathews of Sugar Grove are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin, to Stephan Hill of Springfield, Ill.

Erin is a Kaneland graduate, and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2009. She is currently a membership processor at Health Care Services Corp.

Steve is the son of Kathy Hill of Pawnee, Ill., and Kevin and Betty Hill of Springfield. He is a graduate of Chatham High School, and graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology. He is employed by GRI Engineering as a program manager.

The couple are planning a Sept. 28, 2013, wedding.

Mruz, Huml to wed

Linda and Dan Mruz of Gurnee, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Lynn, to Matthew Ryan Huml, son of Dan and Kathy Huml of Elburn. They will be married in the spring of 2013.

The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Warren Township High School and a 2012 graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science. She is currently employed by Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

The future groom is a 2004 graduate of Kaneland High School and a 2009 graduate of Grand Valley State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and a minor in business. In 2011, he earned a Master’s Degree in education and college student affairs leadership. He is currently employed at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.
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Diehl, Mancilla to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Diehl of Maple Park announce the engagement of their daughter, Jaclyn, to Joshua Mancilla, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Mancilla of Aurora.

The bride-to-be is a 2010 Kaneland High School graduate and is currently enrolled in a therapeutic massage program at Waubonsee Community College.

The future groom is a 2009 Aurora Christian High School graduate and a 2012 WCC graduate with a degree in criminal justice.

The wedding will take place Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Chapel in the Pines in Sycamore, Ill.

Staker, Montalto to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Montalto of Sugar Grove announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina Elise, to Brandon Michael Staker, son of Cindy and Bryce Staker of Elburn.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Augustana College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is employed as an English teacher at Kaneland High School.

The future groom received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Millikin University, and is employed at Kaneland High School.

A June 2013 wedding is planned, and the couple will live in Sugar Grove.

Carson, Peterson to wed

Sarah Carson of Maple Park and Pete Peterson of Shabbona, Ill., are engaged to be married on July 7, 2012, at St. Mary of the Assumption in Maple Park.

Sarah is the daughter of Dan and Anne Carson of Maple Park and is a 2008 Kaneland High School graduate and 2012 University of Illinois graduate. She is employed as a high school agriculture teacher.

Pete is the son of Dave and Sue Peterson of Shabbona and is a 2008 Indian Creek High School graduate and 2010 Black Hawk College graduate. He farms and raises cattle in Shabbona.

Olsen, Mast to wed

William and Carol Olsen of Sugar Grove are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney, to Jeremy Mast, son of Rev. Michael and Debra Mast of Sugar Grove.

The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Kaneland High School and a graduate of North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

The future groom is a 2008 graduate of Lutheran North High School in Houston and a 2012 graduate of Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.

The couple plans to wed in Farmington, Mo., in May 2013.

Koehling, Anderson to wed

Jeff and Linda Koehling of Sugar Grove announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah A. Koehling, to Jacob J. Anderson, son of John and Karen Anderson of Glen Ellyn, Ill.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 Hinckley-Big Rock High School graduate, and attended Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill. She is currently employed at Saint Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill., as a registered nurse

The future groom is a 2003 graduate of Saint Michael’s High School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and also attended Trinity Christian College. He is currently employed as a senior systems analyst and applications consultant at Medstrat in Downers Grove, Ill.

The wedding will take place June 30, 2012, at The Abbey in Lake Geneva, Wis.

The couple will reside in Chicago following their honeymoon.

Anderson, Blackhall to wed

Arthur and Donna Anderson of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Sadie Anderson, to Jonathan Blackhall, the son of Liz Schwenke of New Lenox, Ill., and Jack Blackhall of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The bride to be is a 2003 graduate of Kaneland High School, 2007 graduate of the University of Illinois, and a 2010 graduate of Midwestern University.

She is currently employed as a Physician Assistant.

The future groom is a 2002 graduate of Lincoln-Way Community High School, 2006 graduate of the University of Illinois, and a 2011 graduate of Rush Medical College.

He is currently employed as a Resident Physician at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals.

The wedding ceremony is on June 23, 2012, in Elburn.

Martin, Johnson to wed

Paul and Bambi Johnson of Maple Park announce the engagement of their son, Parker, to Brittany Martin, daughter of George and Brenda Martin of Tinley Park, Ill.

The bride-to-be is a 2004 graduate of Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Ill., and 2009 graduate of Northern Illinois University with a degree in elementary education. She is currently teaching sixth grade at Hadley Jr. High School in Tinley Park.

The future groom is a 2004 Kaneland High School graduate, and 2008 graduate of NIU with a degree in physical education/kinesiology. He is currently employed by Motion Fitness in Rolling Meadows, Ill., as a project manager.

The wedding will take place June 23, 2012, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Palos Heights, Ill. The couple plans on traveling to Mexico for their honeymoon.

Borg, Smith to wed

Michael Smith and Brenda Hemken of Sugar Grove announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Smith, to Nic Borg, son of Terry and Betty Borg of Maple Park.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 Kaneland High School graduate, and is currently enrolled at Oregon State University.

The future groom is a 2004 Kaneland High School graduate and earned a B.S. in computer science from Northern Illinois University in 2008. He is the co-founder and CEO of Edmodo.

The wedding ceremony will be held May 26, 2013, at Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, Ill.

Thorgesen, Brais to wed

Joe and LeAne Thorgesen of Elburn announce the engagment of their son, Michael Thorgesen, to Lindsay Brais, daughter of Scott and Erin Brais.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 Lincoln Way Central graduate and a 2009 Illinois State University graduate. She is currently employed as a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit of Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, Ill.

The future groom is a 2005 Kaneland High School graduate and a 2009 Illinois State University graduate. He is currently employed as a teacher in the Kaneland School District.

The wedding will take place July 20, 2012, at St. Jude Church in New Lenox, Ill.

Souders, Anderson to wed

Roger and Blanca Souders of Kaneville announce the engagement of their son, Chad, to Haleigh Anderson, daughter of Danny and Martha Anderson of Rock Falls, Ill.

The groom is a 1999 graduate of Aurora Christian High School and a 2006 graduate of Hamlin University School of Law. He is currently employed as an associate attorney at Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Rock Falls High School and Sauk Valley Community College. She is currently employed as a dental assistant at Naperville Dental Group.

The wedding ceremony will be held June 2, 2012, at First Church of the Nazarene in Sterling, Ill.

The couple will honeymoon in Hawaii.

Terry, Capes to wed

Don and Mary Capes of Englewood, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura, to Marlon Terry, son of Jack Terry of Roby, Texas, and Sharon Hale of Wichita Falls, Texas.

The bride-to-be is a 1985 Kaneland High School graduate, and has an M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University. She is currently a marketing director at Push Pedal Pull.

The future groom is a 1986 Roby High School graduate, and attended West Texas State University. He is currently a quality manager at Dresser-Wayne.

The wedding ceremony will be held on Nov. 11, 2011, at River Place Country Club in Austin, Texas.

Long/Foster Engagement

Don and Kathy Andree of Elburn announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Karris Long, to Timothy Foster Jr., the son of Melvina James and Timothy Foster of Aurora. Karris is employed at Verizon Wireless as a customer service representative, and Timothy is a guard for Andy Frain Security. The wedding is planned for Friday, Oct. 14, at the Chapel in the Pines in Sycamore, Ill.

Williams, Koehling to wed

Jeff and Linda Koehling of Sugar Grove announce the engagement of their son, Matthew Koehling, to Abigail Williams, the daughter of Jack and Carol Williams of Greenwood, Ind.

The bride is a graduate of Center Grove High School and Judson University. She is employed as a teacher at Greenwood Christian Academy.

The groom is a graduate of Hinckley-Big Rock High School and Judson University. He is employed by First Centennial Mortgage as a Loan Originator.

The wedding ceremony will be Nov. 5, 2011, in Greenwood, Ind. The couple plans to honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Balluff, Crosby to wed

William and Cathy Balluff of Sugar Grove announce the engagement of their daughter, Haley, to Casey Crosby, the son of Denise Crosby of Elburn and William Crosby of Yorkville.

The bride-to-be is a 2008 Kaneland High School graduate, and received her certification in massage therapy from Waubonsee Community College in 2011. She is currently continuing her education and working.

The future groom is a 2007 Kaneland High School graduate who currently pitches for the Detroit Tigers’ Double A SeaWolves in Erie, Penn.

The wedding will be held Oct. 1, 2011, at Holy Angels Church in Aurora.

Slemp, Grzywa to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Donna Slemp of Maple Park announce the engagement of their daughter, Devyn Slemp, to Ryan Grzywa, the son of Edward and Janet Grzywa of Maple Park. The bride is a 2006 graduate of Sycamore High School, and the groom is a 2004 graduate of Kaneland High School. The wedding is planned for Saturday, Sept. 10, in Sycamore.