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Elizabeth Pearson and Salvatore Galati, both of Chicago, are engaged to be married on April 13, 2013, at St. John Brebeuf Catholic Parish in Niles, Ill.

The daughter of James and Sandra Pearson of Genoa, the bride-to-be attended North Central College and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. She is employed at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago.

The son of Leonardo and Katarina Galati of Niles, the groom-to-be attended the University of Illinois. He is employed in the insurance industry in Chicago.


Alexandra Wig and Alex Bitzenhofer, both of Chicago, are engaged to be married at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sycamore.

The daughter of Elizabeth Wig of Rockford and Daniel Wig of Albuquerque, N.M., the bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Guilford High School, Rockford, and a 2012 graduate of Northern Illinois University. She is employed in Patient Education at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

The son of Tamara and Ralph Bitzenhofer of Lake in The Hills, the groom-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Huntley High School in Huntley and a 2011 graduate of NIU. He is employed as a P.E. teacher at Ambrose Plamondon Elementary School, Chicago.

A wedding reception will be held at St. Mary's Memorial Hall, Sycamore, and a honeymoon in Oahu, Hawaii, is planned. The couple currently resides in Chicago.

100th birthday

Willard Dobbeck of DeKalb, formerly of Genoa, will celebrate his 100th birthday on Nov. 17, 2012.

In honor of this momentous occasion, friends and family are invited to celebrate with him from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 24 at an open house in the Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center Vista Room.

The open house will be hosted by his daughter, Carol (Richard) Beilke; granddaughters, Kathy (Prakash) Thatte and Kris (Ross) Oakland; and great-grandchildren, Dr. Todd Oakland (Dr. Marissa Cardwell) and Sara (Brian) Oakland Bates.

As your presence is his present, no gifts please. Birthday wishes are welcome and can be sent to 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive, DeKalb, IL 60115.

Birthday Open House

Lodus Walters will celebrate her upcoming birthday with an open house at 11 a.m. Nov. 18 at Malta Congregational Church, West Sprague Street, Malta.

No gifts please.



Jordan Pennington and Serenity Stensrud of DeKalb announce the birth of a daughter, Isabella Jezelle Pennington, born Aug. 16, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. She weighed 4 pounds, 5 ounces.

Grandparents are Stacy Stensrud of Cortland, Teagen Stensrud of DeKalb, Melanie Pennington of DeKalb and Fernando Ortiz of DeKalb.

Great-grandparents are Karen Pennington of Sycamore, Walter Pennington of Sycamore and Janet Bororski of Sycamore.


Kevin Spartz of Sycamore and Teri (Gensler) Spartz of Rochelle announce the birth of a daughter, Sadie Margaret Spartz, born Aug. 15, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. She weighed 8 pounds, 1.5 ounces.

The proud maternal grandparents are Dick and Mary Gensler of Rochelle. Sadie is their ninth grandchild. Paternal grandparents are George and Joann (deceased) Spartz of Sycamore. This is the third grandchild for the Spartz family.

The Spartz family currently resides in Sycamore.


Ryan and Andrea Fleming of LeRoy, Ill., announce the birth of a son, William Ryan (Will), on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Provena Covenant Hospital, Urbana. He weighed 4 pounds, 14 ounces and was welcomed by Andrew, 5, and Morgan, 4.

Grandparents are Dennis and Marlene Fleming of Lee, Gail Braundmeier of Highland, and Art Braundmeier Jr. of Boulder, Colo. Great-grandmother is Lonita Braundmeier of Highland.


Mark and Rachael Engel of Genoa announce the birth of a son, Nathan Douglas Engel, born Oct. 22, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces.

Grandparents are Doug and Karen Stuehler of Hampshire, and Charles and Susan Engel of Burlington. Great-grandparents are Robert and Jeanette Shatters of Davis Junction, Robert and Frances Stuehler of Hampshire, Art and Lorraine Fields of Waterman and Velda Engel of Hampshire.

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