Hibbitts and Parone
Elizabeth Amber Hibbitts, the daughter of Bobby and Roxanne Hibbitts, and Tyler Christian Parone, the son of Joe and Joanna Parone, were married Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at the Oxbow Inn and Saloon, Payson. A reception at the Oxbow followed the ceremony. Parone attended Rutgers University. The couple will make their home in Payson.
Riepel and Warden
Christina Riepel, daughter of Brent and Gaylene Riepel of Snowflake, was married to Michael Warden on Aug. 24, 2013, at All Seasons Lodge in Overgaard, Ariz. Christina was attended by her matron of honor, Rosemary Cox-Galhotra; both are 2002 graduates of Payson High School. The couple currently resides in Chicago, Ill., where Christina practices law and Michael is set to begin a position with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Kelley and Olson
Kevin and Kim Kelley would like to announce the wedding of their son, Brandan James Kelley, to Brittany Leigh Olson on Sept. 28, 2013 in Peoria, Ariz. The couple will reside in Payson.
Hall and Dunn
Amanda Hall, the daughter of Jeff and Cathy Hall and the granddaughter of Kenneth Hall of Payson, was married to Joseph Dunn Aug. 24, 2013 at The Ponds of Bolton Valley in Vermont and was attended by family and friends. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia. They currently reside in Park City, Utah. The couple visited Kenneth Hall in Payson November 2012, enjoying a ride or two in Kenneth’s Model A and sightseeing at Woods Canyon Lake and Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.
Carpenter and Simon
Katie Carpenter, daughter of Ross and Shari Carpenter of Payson, recently married Noah Simon of Houston, Texas. The wedding ceremony took place in Scottsdale June 22, 2013. The couple now resides in Minneapolis, Minn.
Conrad and Beverly Okerwall will celebrate 60 years of marriage Thursday, Sept. 26. The couple met on a blind date in Evanston, Ill. After many years in the advertising/art business in Chicago, they retired to Payson in 1988. They have served on the boards of the Zane Grey Cabin and Museum, Payson Helping Payson, Library Friends, Payson Art League, Rim Country Literacy and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Vestry. They love Payson’s small-town atmosphere, weather and their many good friends. Conrad now shows his western paintings at Down the Street Art Gallery as well as Granny’s Attic. They will celebrate with their daughter, Sue Ann, from San Antonio, Texas, later in October.
Tom and Marilyn (Cusic) Huffman of Payson will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 13 with family and friends. They were married in Topeka, Kan. in Marilyn’s home church on Sept. 13, 1953. They lived in Denver, Colo. while Tom attended the University of Denver. He graduated in 1957 with a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering. Marilyn was employed as a secretary at the university. After two years in New Jersey, where Tom was employed by RCA, they moved to Phoenix in 1959. Tom was employed by Motorola, Inc. for 30 years. Upon retiring, they moved to Payson in 1993. They were blessed with four children: Michael (deceased); Linda Huffman, Mountain Home, Idaho; Douglas Huffman (Kelly), Placerville, Calif.; and Carol (Steve) Johnson, Chandler, Ariz. They have been blessed with four grandchildren: Sarah Snyder and James (Lexie) Snyder of Tacoma, Wash.; and Matthew and Jenna Johnson of Chandler, Ariz. They enjoyed camping, hiking and fishing in Arizona and sightseeing in many states as well as trips to England, Europe and Israel. Both of them have been active in their church in Bible teaching and women’s ministries. God has richly blessed them with loving family and many friends.
Nolan and Curtis
Don and Juline Curtis announce the marriage of their daughter Katelyn to Ethan Nolan. Katelyn is a 2012 graduate of Payson High School. She will graduate in December 2013 with her associate’s degree from Eastern Arizona College. Ethan is a graduate from Wilcox High School in 2010. He is currently attending EAC. A reception will be held at the LDS Church, 913 S. Ponderosa St., Payson, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20.
Bob and June Rusch were married on Sept. 11, 1948 in Milwaukee, Wis. They met in September 1946, when Bob returned home from World War II Navy duty aboard the destroyer DD884. They have four children, three grandchildren, and five great-grand children. Traveling the U.S.A became a vacation adventure, visiting all 48 states, Hawaii and Alaska. Bob retired, after working 40 years with Wisconsin Electric Power Co. where he was the Electrical Construction Foreman for the corporate building in downtown Milwaukee. The Ruschs moved to Phoenix in 1987 and to Payson in 1991. They became active in the community. Bob helped build the first Habitat for Humanity home in Payson. June played flute with the Rim Civic Orchestra. They created the Senior Center “Old-Time Music Makers” and were charter members of the Payson Classic Car Club. They enjoyed rock club and the garden club. June taught a Mid-Eastern Dance Exercise Class at the Senior Circle. Bob has been a Mason for 60 years and was recently honored by the Payson Harrison Masonic Lodge #70 for his service of 15 years as Tyler. They are looking forward to a future with family and friends.
Koeneman and Schwager
Gene and Alice (Schwager) Koeneman celebrated their 70th anniversary May 29, 2013 with a small gathering of family and friends at the Frontier House where Alice is a resident. Cake and ice cream were served. The couple was married May 29, 1943 in Oak Park, Ill. They have a son, Gene (Sherry), who lives in Phoenix, and a daughter, Marion (Mike) Cobo, who lives in Payson, and one granddaughter, Kayle Cobo.
Gary and Chiryl Cole celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend (July 20). They were married July 20, 1963 in Phoenix. The Coles have two children, a few grandchildren and a ton of adopted children and family members. The Coles have lived in Arizona almost their entire lives and have resided in Payson for many years as the owners of Back-To-Basics. They now live in Globe where they are retired and enjoy their days camping and spending time with their family and friends. With strong hearts and deep love, they look forward to another 50 years with each other and the loved ones who helped make their lives worth living.
Rohner and Flake
Reghan Flake and Austin Rohner will be married on Saturday, June 22 in the Snowflake Temple. A reception will be held that evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa St., Payson. Friends and acquaintances of the families are invited to attend the celebration. Reghan is the daughter of Scott and Tedi Flake and a 2010 graduate of Payson High School. She is attending Mesa Community College. Austin is the son of Loren and Rachelle Rohner and a 2005 graduate of Gilbert High School. He will be furthering his education at Arizona State University in the fall.
Longtime Strawberry residents Walt and Willene Smith celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day, Feb.14, 2013 with friends and family at their home in Strawberry.
Marcek and Crabtree
Louis and Karen Crabtree of Payson are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter Alison to Geoff Marcek. The two were married Feb. 23, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Parents of the groom are Diana and Glenn Woodward and Dan Marcek and Judy Quigley, all of Brookline, N.H. The newlyweds have recently relocated to Austin, Texas.