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50th anniversary

Jerry and Annette (Schram) Johns of Sycamore celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 7 at the beautiful, historic Ellwood-Nehring house in DeKalb.

More than 120 family members and friends joined the festive event held exactly 50 years from the day they were married at the lakefront home of Annette’s parents in Pontiac, Mich.

The celebration was planned by their daughter, Beth Johns of Seattle, Wash., and featured a slide show of their lives together. Catered by the Hillside with floral arrangements by Glidden’s, guests also enjoyed a five-tier wedding cake that was replicated by Fran Clucas from old photographs and topped with the original bride and groom figurines.

Because many of the couple’s relatives were able to attend, the occasion also served as a great family reunion.


Edward and Mary Larson of Shabbona announce the engagement of their daughter, Ann, to Justin Horack, son of Kevin and Deborah Horack of Watertown, Wis.

The bride-to-be is a 2012 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in agriculture business and works as a business development coordinator at Charleston | Orwig, an agricultural reputation management and integrated marketing firm.

The groom-to-be is a 2011 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in civil engineering and works for the engineering firm, CGC Inc.

Larson is the granddaughter of Mary and the late Paul Nolan and Robert and Janet Larson, all of Shabbona.

The wedding will be held at St. Bernard's Parish in Watertown, Wis. The ceremony is planned for April 2014.

80th birthday

Ken M. Brown of DeKalb will celebrate his 80th birthday with an open house, hosted by his daughter, Connie C. Brown, on Sept. 29. The open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church's Fellowship Hall, 1145 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore.

Ken was born on Sept. 27, 1933, in Greeneville, Tenn. He is the widower of Cordia V. Brown. Ken worked for Nehring Electrical Works for 20 years and retired from DeKalb High School after 31 years of service.

In retirement, Ken enjoys watching the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs baseball games.

Family, friends and co-workers are invited to help Ken celebrate. Please omit gifts, but cards are welcome.

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