Hilda Chakir will celebrate her 97th birthday on April 8, with family and friends. A lifetime resident of Barton County, she has three children, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
Katherine George of Larned will celebrate her 80th birthday on April 7 with a card shower. Her children are Alan George of Boulder, Colo., and the late Debbie George.
Celestine W. Jacobs will celebrate his 90th birthday on March 29th with a card shower. Born in 1923 in Hoisington, he is the son of Casper and Mary (Schmidt) Jacobs. On May 20, 1947, he married Thelma Herrman. They were married 60 years when Mrs. Jacobs died in 2007. He worked for the Rush County Highway Department for 39 years until his retirement. His children are Raymond Jacobs and wife Marsha, Paula Kuhn and husband Jed and Duane Jacobs, all of Great Bend, and Kenneth Jacobs and wife Connie of Catawissa, Mo. He has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Christine (Werth) Suchy will celebrate her 93rd birthday on March 18 with a card shower.
William F. Maneth will celebrate his 80th birthday on March 13 with his family, wife Kay, daughter Jennifer Maneth and sons John and David Maneth, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pat Carlson (Patricia Arlone Krinhop) will celebrate her 80th birthday on March 17 with a dinner in Abilene with family and close friends. Pat was born on March 17, 1933. She had been married to her husband Duane for 52 years. The couple has two sons, Mark and wife Laurie and Mike and wife Susan; and four granddaughters, Shanna, Alexandra, Nicole and Jordan.
Wilma Fraser of Larned will celebrate her 100th birthday with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on March 9 at Glory Be, 7th and Broadway, in Larned. Hosts for the event will be her daughters, Janet Spomer and Judy Flamer. Friends, relatives, former students and community members are invited to attend.
Connie Peacock will celebrate her 90th birthday with a party for friends and relatives from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 17 at River Bend Assisted Living Facility, 3820 Broadway, Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be her children, Claudia of Carmel Valley, Calif., Robert of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sheldon of Great Bend.
Harold Schenk of Great Bend will celebrate his 95th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the Senior enter, 2005 Kansas Ave. in Great Bend. Hosts for the even will be his wife, Jean Schenk and daughters Rhonda Schenk Pitts of Stockton and Roxanne Schenk Rich of Great Bend. No gifts are requested.
Wilbur Bell will celebrate his 90th birthday on Feb. 15 with his daughters, Connie Kerns and husband Kenneth L., of Great Bend and Jana Lilly and husband Henry of Wichita, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Doris Kisner will celebrate her 95th birthday on Jan. 30 with a card shower.
Les Stewart will celebrate his 80th birthday on Jan. 31 with his family, wife Mary Lou; daughters, Lisa Richardson, Mona Schaffer, Julie Lipari and Cindy Damm and their families, seven granddaughters and one grandson.
Frances Urban will celebrate her 90th birthday on Jan. 30 with family.
Tina Weber will celebrate her 80th birthday on Feb. 2 with a card shower.
Lucinda "Cindy" Rugan celebrated her 70th birthday on Jan. 19 with a card shower.
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.
Arnold Ochs of Otis will celebrate his 85th birthday on April 19, with a card shower.
Eileen Ehler will celebrate her 95th birthday on April 16, with a card shower.
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