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Seth Evans and Abbie Comer will be joined together in marriage at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at Kingsley United Methodist Church in Van Wert.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Pat Comer of Grover Hill and Bernadette Bennett of Paulding. Abbie is a graduate of Wayne Trace High School and received her bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from the University of Saint Francis. She is employed as an RN at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Heart Institute, in Fort Wayne.

The prospective groom is the son of David and Beth Evans of Van Wert. He is a graduate of Lincolnview High School and is employed at P&L Fertilizer in Middle Point.


Paul and Shirley Bidlack were married on Oct. 2, 1943. Their parents were Ray and Edna Bidlack and Dennis and Viola Thrasher all of Grover Hill.

Their marriage resulted in six children: Connie (Tom) Baldwin of New Haven, Dennis (Cheryl) Bidlack of Grover Hill, Paulette (Richard) Stemen of Payne, Patricia Bidlack of Grover Hill, Rudy (Ellen) Bidlack of Scott, and Jeff (Jeni) Bidlack of Grover Hill.

At the present time, they have 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

They have spent all of their married life in the Grover Hill area. Paul supported his family by farming and working at B.F. Goodrich of Woodburn. He taught a Sunday school class almost his entire adult life. He raised his family in the church and was a great example to his children of a Christian man. Several times he donated a pig to be raffled off at Grover Hill’s summer celebration. Shirley was a homemaker and enjoyed lots of needlework and sewing for her family. She has made several quilts for loved ones and her afghans are being enjoyed by many in the community. She also has donated many of her needlework projects to help raise money for the church or for the community. She worked at the Overall Factory in Van Wert and the Dairy Whip in Grover Hill.

They are enjoying their retirement and love having family and friends come to visit. They love to play Euchre with friends and family when they can.

They give thanks to God for his leading them in their marriage and give him thanks for their health, family and friends.


PAYNE – Aimee E. Heck and Kent T. Hockenberry have announced their engagement and approaching marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Daniel and Debra Heck of Payne. She is a 2010 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with an associate of science degree with a major in general studies and a 2011 graduate of Rudae’s School of Beauty Culture. She is employed at Fantastic Sam’s in Fort Wayne and Red Angel Pizza in Paulding.

Her fiancé is the son of Jack and Marjorie Hockenberry of Shelby Township, Mich. He is a 2012 graduate of Macomb Community College with an associate of applied science degree in physical therapist assistant. He is employed at Personalized Physical Therapy in Sterling Heights, Mich.

Plans are being made for a Nov. 24, 2012 ceremony at the Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert.


Dr. Brittany Nicole Rhonehouse and Spencer Anthony Riley will be joined together in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. in their current resident city of Chicago.

Parents of the bride are Jeff and Cheryl Rhonehouse of Antwerp; parents of the groom are Michael and Kristen Riley of Mansfield.

The ceremony is set to be held at Loyola University’s Piper Hall, and the reception will be held at the Embassy Suites - Chicago.

The elated couple has been together for over four years, and met while both attended The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Brittany recently received her doctorate in chiropractic medicine from National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, and is the head practitioner of the acupuncture and rehab departments of Total Balance Chiropractic in Chicago’s Lakeview area.

Spencer is finishing his MBA with a concentration in human resources, and is a business development manager at Swoon Technology Resources, a technology consulting and recruiting firm in Chicago.


PAULDING — Sherri Walker and William Hounshell of Mark Center have announced their engagement and approaching marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Chris and Barb Walker and Steve and Liz Pessefall of Paulding. She is a graduate of Paulding High School and the Medical Career Center in Virginia Beach, Va. She is employed at Bryan Hospital as a unit secretary in the emergency room.

Her fiancé is the son of Norvil and Christine Hounshell of Cecil. He is a graduate of Antwerp High School and an OEF veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is employed at New Millennium in Butler, Ind.

The couple will exchange wedding vows ay 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 2012 at the First Christian Church.