Iva "GiGi" Behrens of Great Bend will celebrate her 90th birthday with a reception from 2-5 p.m. on Jan. 15, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Avenue. Hosts for the event will be her children, Cheryl Naugle and Jyl Nokes and her granddaughter-in-law Kathy Nokes.
Matilda Penka will celebrate her 95th birthday on Dec. 11, with a card shower. She will celebrate with cake and ice cream at her home with her family members Janiece and Myran of Wilson, Marvin and Katrina of Hoisington, Alvin and Joe, both of Claflin, JoAnn and Bryce of Denver, Colo., Marty and Bill and Dee Caraway, all of Amarillo, Texas, Kathy and David of Belpre, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Alvin Heine of Chase will celebrate his 90th birthday with an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 27, at St. John's Lutheran Youth Center, 6th and Wilhelm in Ellinwood. Host for the event will be his family. No gifts are requested.
Elsena Bender will celebrate her 90th birthday on Nov. 25, with a family dinner hosted by her nine children. Elsena grew up in a rural home south of Russell and has been a Great Bend resident since 1951. Elsena still enjoys many hobbies such as gardening, card playing,
Mrs. Loene Karst will celebrate her 80th birthday on Nov. 9, with a card shower. A family luncheon will be held in her honor on Nov. 13. Hosts will be her children Curtis Karst of Great Bend, Colleen Karst and husband Joseph Hines of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Craig Karst and wife Amy of Hoisington; and grandchildren, Amber and Austin Young of Great Bend and Ally Karst of Hoisington.
Luelma Hejny of Ellinwood will celebrate her 100th birthday with an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 19, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Avenue in Great Bend. Friends and family are invited to attend. No gifts are requested.