Olga Welch will celebrate her 100th birthday with a reception and buffet dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Cedar Park Place Community Center. Hosts for the event will be her children, Jim Welch and David Welch, both of Great Bend, Paul Welch of Pueblo West, Colo. and Kathy Welch Porter of Topeka. Friends are invited to attend.
Velma McMillin will celebrate her 90th birthday with a Card Shower and a Come and Go Reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Cherry Village Nursing Home. Hosts for the event will be her family. Velma was born on Jan. 20, 1924.
Allen Lee Ukens of Pawnee Rock will celebrate his 80th birthday with a reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th Street in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be his children, Dan Ukens and wife Colette of Ellinwood, and Cathie McManaman and husband Barry of Great Bend. He has five grandchildren, Stacie Resner (Matt Resner), Lexie Ukens, Dena Hiss (Matt Hiss), Brett McManaman and Kelli McManaman; and four great-grandchildren. Friends and family are invited to attend. No gifts are requested.
Betty Adee celebrated her 90th birthday on Nov. 19 with her husband Richard Adee and her three daughters, Sharon Adee, Julia Jilek and Lynne Weiser. Betty and Richard had their first date together 70 years ago on her birthday. Friends and family helped celebrate her birthday with cards, letters and phone calls.
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;