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Milestones

  • Anniversary

    Mike and Connie Rickman of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last Friday.

    A celebration in their honor will be held on Saturday, July 6, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, starting at 5 p.m.
    The Rickmans were married on June 21, 1969, at Second Baptist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Leroy Smith officiating.
    They have two sons: Chuck and his wife Julie, and Chad and his wife Ellena.
    They have five grandchildren: Lauren, Chloe, Sean, Lindsey and Dylan.
    No gifts, please.

  • Birth

    Charles Allen Dale Wollin
    Zachariah and Heather Wollin of St. Peter are the parents of a son, born at 9:28 a.m. on Friday, June 14, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    Charles Allen Dale Wollin weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.
    Maternal grandparents are Wade and Loretta Meseke of Shobonier, and Alice Meseke of Shobonier is a maternal great-grandmother.
    Paternal grandparents are Ron and Sally Wollin of Farina.
     

  • Birthday

    Dwight Wright
    Dwight Wright will celebrate his 90th birthday on July 7 and from 1-5 p.m. that day, his family will hold an open house from 1-5 p.m. at the St. Elmo Park Centennial Building.

    Cake and punch will be served, and family members and friends are invited. The family requests no gifts.
    Those who are unable to attend and wish to send him a card, his address is: 2119 E. 2000 Ave., St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.

  • Birth

    Cooper Lee Meseke
    Tyler and Ashley Meseke of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 2:20 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Arnold – 45 years

    David and Marie Arnold of Brownstown will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 18.

  • Hall – 50 years

    Mr. and Mrs. Gail Hall will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, in the fellowship hall at Bethel Baptist Church on Ill. Route 185, northwest of Vandalia.

  • Harrison – 50 years

    Mr. and Mrs. Dale Harrison of Fillmore celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 29.

  • Birth

    Aiden Lynn Graumenz
    Dustin and Rachel Graumenz of Glen Carbon are the parents of a boy born at 12:35 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

    Aiden Lynn weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.
    He has a brother, Declan, age 2.
    Maternal grandparents are Steve and Ann Ozella of Petersburg, and paternal grandparents are David and Amy Graumenz of Vandalia.
    Great-grandparents are Bobbie Payne, and Marjorie and Louie Warner.

  • Birth

    Ariabella Rey Greenwood

    Jeffrey Allen and Jo Lynne Greewood of Flora are the parents of a girl born at 3:39 a.m. on May 13, 2018, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    Ariabella Rey weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
    She has a brother, Quenton Alexander, age 9, and a sister, Jaqueline Paige, age 4.
    Maternal grandparents are Mary and Tony Schwarm of Sullivan, Mo., formerly of Vandalia; and paternal grandparents are Larry and Sharon Greenwood of Flora.
     

  • Birth

    Ava Lenore Garner
    Brianne and Jason Garner of Rome, N.Y., are the parents of a girl born at 11:23 a.m. on June 8, 2017, at Rome Memorial Hospital.

    Ava Lenore weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 21 inches long. She has a sister, Natalie, age 2.
    Maternal grandparents are Krystal and Greg Hohlt, and Ed and Kim Taylor, both of Vandalia. Paternal grandparents are Alan and Janet Garner of Lone Tree, Colo.
    Great-grandparents are Tom Brown, Ed and Donna Taylor, and Jeanne Hohlt.