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90th birthday

Phyllis M. Breese of DeKalb will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. July 21 at the Southmoor Estates Clubhouse, 1032 S. Seventh St. in DeKalb.

Breese was born July 18, 1923. She was married to the late Russel “Breezy” Breese. She has four children, the late Ron Breese Sr., Sue (Bob Myers) Breese of DeKalb, Chuck Breese of DeKalb and Marie (Mike) Huey of Cape Coral, Fla.

Cards are appreciated; the family asks that guests omit gifts. 


Michael and Sally Smoltich of DeKalb announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Smoltich, to Garin Harcar of Grand Ridge.

Garin is the son of the late Tony Harcar and Lynn Tidaback of Grand Ridge.

Laura is a 2009 graduate of Eastern Illinois University. She works as an art director for Martinez Creative Group in St. Charles.

Garin is a 2010 graduate of Illinois State University. He works as a territory manager for US Foods in Sycamore.

The couple is planning a June 28, 2014, wedding at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb.


Vince and Jerilyn Faivre of DeKalb announce the engagement of their daughter, Anne Faivre, to Benjamin Busser, son of Karen Busser and the late Paul Busser Jr. of Byron.

Anne is a 2005 graduate of DeKalb High School and received both a Bachelor of Art and a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Northern Illinois University.

Benjamin is a 2005 graduate of Byron High School and works at the Nuclear Power Plant in the Mechanical Maintenance Department.

Ben and Anne met at NIU in the fall of 2005. Anne was an NIU cheerleader and Ben was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Ben proposed to Anne while on a walk around the NIU lagoon in June 2012. They have decided to dedicate their wedding colors to where they met by using red, black and white.

The couple is planning a Sept. 7, 2013, wedding at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb. The reception will be held at St. Mary's Memorial Hall in Sycamore.


Mr. and Mrs. Dave Lamphere of DeKalb and Mr. and Mrs. Terry Frazer of Caledonia announce the engagement of Nicole Lamphere and Zachary Frazer.  

The bride-to-be graduated from DeKalb High School and Northern Illinois University. Her fiance graduated from Belvidere High School, Cornell University and received his teaching certificate from Northern Illinois University.

Nicole is employed as a teacher at Jefferson High School in Rockford and Zachary is employed as a teacher at Auburn High School in Rockford.

The couple is planning a July 19, 2013, wedding in Aurora.

50th anniversary

Roger and Irene Klein will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from noon to 3 p.m. July 14 at Pioneer Park on Route 30 in Hinckley.

The couple requests no gifts.

50th anniversary

Edward and Barbara Watne of Hinckley will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house hosted by their family from 4 to 8 p.m. July 13 at the Hinckley Community Building.

Edward (Toby) and Barbara Watne were married July 20, 1963, at Bethesda Covenant Church in Rockford. They have lived their entire married lives in Hinckley.

Before retiring, Toby was a carpenter and Barb was the speech-language pathologist for the Hinckley-Big Rock School District. They love traveling in their motorhome throughtout the United States and have visited all 50 states in their travels.
The couple has three children and eight grandchildren: Jennifer (and the late Karl) Klambauer and children Alexandra, Melissa and Andrew; Stephanie (Watne) Shrader and children Brandon, Jacob, Monica and Josie; and Steve and daughter Brittany.

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