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Jessica L. Novak and Michael L. Madsen were married in a double-ring ceremony Oct. 19, 2013, at Fox River Lutheran Church in Sheridan.

The daughter of John and Sunny Stufflebeam of Serena, the bride is a 1997 graduate of Serena High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work in 2002 and her master’s degree in social work in 2004, both from Aurora University. She is a licensed clinical therapist and certified alcohol and drug counselor (LCSW, CADC) employed at Centennial Counseling Center.

The son of Lee and Blanche Madsen of Hinckley, the groom is a 1996 graduate of Hinckley-Big Rock High School. He is a truck driver, employed at J.B. Hunt Transport.

Matron of honor was Karen Trofimchuk of Monee, a friend of the bride.

Beth Aussem of Ottawa, Jaime Biagioni of Sheridan, Amy Figenbaum of Wedron and Angie Nimke of Ottawa were bridesmaids. Hannah Benson of Earlville was a junior bridesmaid.

Best man was Joel Badal of Hinckley, a friend of the groom.

Jacob Benson of Earlville, Ron Benson of Earlville, Mike Jendrzejczyk of Yorkville and Tyler Madsen of Yorkville were groomsmen.

Flower girl was Hannah Benson of Earlville.

The reception was held at the Knights of Columbus hall in Ottawa, and the newlyweds spent their honeymoon in Galena.

50th anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. David Russell of Englewood, Fla., and Lake Mills, Wis., formerly of Genoa, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a surprise party held Dec. 22 at Kishwaukee Country Club in DeKalb. The event was hosted by their children and included the renewal of their wedding vows ministered by Pastor James Freund of CrossWind Community Church in Genoa.

David H. Russell and Conna D. Brauer were married Dec. 21, 1963, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford.

Conna is retired from the Genoa-Kingston School District where she worked as secretary. David also retired from the Genoa-Kingston School District where he was a teacher, varsity football coach and boys varsity track coach.

The couple has four children, Chad (April) Russell of Byron, Shane (Julie) Russell of Germantown Hills, Stacy Glendenning of Sussex, Wis., and the late Jay Russell. They also have seven grandchildren, Collin and Abigail Russell; Sean, Alyssa and Ryan Russell and Jacob and Samantha Glendenning.

50th anniversary

The Rev. and Mrs. Terrence O'Brien of DeKalb celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 25, 2014.

Terry and Medeline were married at the East Whittier United Methodist Church in Whittier, Calif., by the Rev. Owen Geer.

They have two children, Cleary Elizabeth O'Brien of Sydney, Australia, and Van (Jennice) O'Brien of DeKalb.

They also have six grandchildren, Suzanne, Christian, Ethan and Emily Kirkendall of Sydney, Australia, and Avery and Julia O'Brien of DeKalb.

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