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Published: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

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Lisa and Anthony Jensen of Sycamore announce the engagement of her daughter Emily Elizabeth Draper to Brian Kurt Yoakam.

Emily is the daughter of Lisa (Anthony) Jensen of Sycamore and the late Kenneth Draper of Hopkins, Minn. She is the granddaughter of Beverly and Paul Skelly, the late James Bangs, Willard and Jonell Draper of Sycamore and Roberta Jensen of Oregon, Ill. Emily graduated from Sycamore High School in 2007 and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Colorado in June 2011. She resides in Santa Maria, Calif., and is employed at Cambria Winery in Santa Maria.

Brian is the son of Paul and Laura Yoakam of Chesapeake, Va. He is the grandson of Janice Mounie of Virginia Beach, Va., and Ted and Dolores Yoakam of Arma, Kansas. Brian graduated from Hickory High School in 2003 and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia in 2007. He is a United States Air Force Captain stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Brian proposed to Emily at the Pismo Beach, Calif., July 4 fireworks celebration with a hot air balloon ride scheduled the next morning.

A 2013 wedding is planned.

50th anniversary

Bob and Garnet Jordal of DeKalb will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 2.

The couple are lifelong farmers of DeKalb. They have two children, Nicole (Dave) Bachert and Stacey Enslen, both of DeKalb. They also have three grandchildren, Mitch, 23, and Taylor, 19, Enslen and Lucas Bachert, 2.

They will celebrate this milestone with a family dinner and a trip to Florida.

Cards would be appreciated. Send them to Mr. and Mrs Robert Jordal, 14244 E. Gurler Road, DeKalb IL 60115.

50th anniversary

John and Linda Hopwood of Lee will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 26.  

They both grew up in the Shabbona-Lee area and were high school sweethearts. They were married Jan. 26, 1963, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee. 

They have four children, Suzanne (Brian) Walter of Lima, Ohio; Beth (John) Talkington of Fox River Grove; Chris (Liz) Hopwood of Peachtree City, Ga.; and Heidi (Jeremy) Bergman of Sycamore.  

They also have nine grandchildren, Justin, Rachel and Ben Walter; Drew, Ellie and Will Talkington; Hailey Hopwood and Jenna and Brody Bergman. 

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