Clara Bahr will celebrate her 100th birthday on Oct. 4 with a family picnic hosted by her children and families. She was born Oct. 4, 1911 in Barton County. She married Leonard Bahr. He died April 12, 1993. A resident of rural Olmitz, she is a homemaker. Her children are Patricia and Ervin McConnell of Hoisington, Luella and Tom Call of Rolla, Mo., Jenelda and Leo Moore of Valdez Ala., Rita Bahr of Jones, Okla., Frances Dietz of Russell, and the late Donald Bahr.
Opal A. (Butler) Weaver will celebrate her 98th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 17 with an open house. Friends and family are invited to share in the celebration at the Cedar Park Place gathering room. Opal, formerly of Holyrood, moved to Cedar Park Place in Great Bend in January of 2000. Hosts for the event will be her children, Max and JaNelda Manor of Wamego, Gene and Karen Weaver of Wichita, Donna Campbell of Larned, Keith and Oleta Beckwith of Great Bend, Terry and Carolyn Holland of Baton Rouge, La., and Gary and Vicki
Lydia Blehm will celebrate her 90th on Aug. 29 with a family gathering and meal. Celebrating with her will be her children and grandchildren, Harold and Delores Schneidewind, Craig and Linda Schneidewind; and grandchildren Steven Schneidewind, and Alva, Kim, Tristan, Morgan, Shana and Weston McHenry.
Donna Bryant will celebrate her 80th birthday with a surprise party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 27 at UCC Church, 701 N. Fritz Ave. in Ellinwood. Hosts for the event will be Michele Bryant and Lynnae Partridge. Friends and family are invited.
Juanita (Paden) Alpers will celebrate her 80th birthday on July 28 with a card shower. Juanita married Marion Alpers on Feb. 10, 1952. They live in Hudson where she served as a school secretary and still is a homemaker and farmer's wife. She has two children, Kevin Alpers and wife Barbara, and Janell Foote and husband Reuel, all of Hudson; five grandchildren, Josh Foote (Angie), Tyler Alpers (Leah), Tabra Ward (Shawn), Derek Foote (Emilee), and Taci Alpers; and six great-grandchildren, Elijah and Kaden Foote, Braxton and Easton Alpers,
Helen Zorn will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 31 with an open house at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Claflin. Family and friends are invited to attend. The celebration is being hosted by her family Tom and Alice Zorn of Herndon, Va., Michael and Mary Zorn of Round Rock, Texas, Harold and Diana Schremmer of Houston, Texas, Steven and Susan Cates of Emporia; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Eugene Grizzell of Macksville, will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 24 at the VIP Senior Citizens Center, 302 N. Main Street in Macksville. No gifts are requested.
Lavina Hanks Hurst and Joe Hanks will celebrate their 80th birthdays with an open house, hosted by their children, from 2 to 7 p.m. on July 23 at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Refreshments will be provided.
Janis Friedeman will celebrate her 80th birthday from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 10 at the Foundry Methodist Church, 5401 Broadway Ave., with an open house reception. Friends and family are invited. No gifts are requested.
Vernon Dirks will celebrate his 90th birthday on May 9, with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Albert City Building, across the street east from the Farmers Bank in Albert. Hosts for the event will be his daughters, Carolyn Humburg and husband Tom, of Great Bend, and Charlene Miller of Monument, Colo. and his son Gerald Dirks of Albert.