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Published: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

100th birthday

Madaline Johnson of Rockford will celebrate her 100th birthday on Nov. 19 at a family gathering.

She has three children, Joyce Crawford of Rockford, Shirley (Larry) Powell of Sycamore, and Dale (Linda) Johnson of Seattle; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Cards are welcome. Send them to Alpine Fireside Health Center, 3650 N. Alpine Road, Rockford, IL 61114.

70th anniversary

Ralph and Gertrude Wallis Sr. of Sycamore will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Nov. 10.

Ralph Wallis and Gertrude Shuck were married Nov. 10, 1943, in a rural farmhouse south of Somonauk and lived most of their married life in Sandwich.

The couple has two sons, Ralph (Peg) Wallis Jr. of Sycamore and Richard (Carolyn) Wallis of The Villages in Florida. Ralph and Gert also have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Dave and Patti Pearson of DeKalb announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah, to Nick Zangler, both of Chicago.

Sarah is a 2005 graduate of DeKalb High School and graduated from Northern Illinois University with a master's degree in communication. She is a UX researcher for

Nick is a 2005 graduate of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville. He earned his Bachelor of Art degree in finance at Northern Illinois University. He is employed as a financial analyst at Walgreen Co. He is the son of Todd Zangler of Naperville and Susan Zangler of South Carolina.

Sarah is the granddaughter of Richard and Marilyn Johannesen of DeKalb, the late Richard and Doris Marshall of Waterman and the late Robert Pearson of Sycamore.

The couple is planning a destination wedding in June 2014.

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