Lois Kaufman will celebrate her 85th birthday with a social from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 24, at the Galva Christian Church, 400 Northview Road, in Galva. Hosts for the event will be her daughters, Nathalea Stephenson and Karleen Williams.
Lowell Sohm will celebrate his 85th birthday on Jan. 18, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Hall in Otis. Hosts for the event will be his children, Ronda and David Ranker of Hays, Steve and Evelyn Sohm of Otis, Susan and Ron Mohr of Wilmington, N.C., Diane Rexwinkle of Great Bend, and Mike Sohm of Otis.
Loray Wilhelm will celebrate his 90th birthday with a casual, come and go Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 17, at the Buhler Sunshine Meadows in Buhler. Hosts for the event will be his family. Your presence is his gift.
John "Pat" Keeley will celebrate his 90th birthday with a party from 3 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 22, at the Country Kitchen Restaurant at Best Western Hotel, 915 E. 53rd St., in Wichita. Hosts for the event will be Edward and Laurel Keeley.
Catherine (Esfeld) Birzer will celebrate her 90th birthday on Nov. 23, with a card shower. Catherine is the daughter of the late Fred and Francis Esfeld. On April 27, 1948, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Birzer. He is deceased. Catherine has four children, Melvin (Twila) Birzer, and Connie (Keith) Miller, both of Great Bend, Steve (Brenda) Birzer, of Ellinwood, and Jane (Bob) Carr, of Edmond, Okla.; 27 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
Elma Laughlin Lepej will celebrate her 99th birthday on June 30, with a card shower. Elma and her twin brother, Elmer Laughlin, were born on June 30, 1916, on a farm near Alexander. They attended school in LaCrosse. On April 17, 1943, she married Joe Lepej. Elma has been a resident of Great Bend since 1965. She has two daughters, Patti Smith and husband George of Great Bend and Jo Kay Lepej of Topeka;