Edwin and Geraldine Piland of Great Bend will celebrate their 80th birthdays with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 6 at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Hosts for the event will be their children, Neil and Becky Piland, and Tom and Maria Piland, all of Topeka, and Cindy and Mike Stevenson, of Fort Collins Colo.
Richard Bollig of Great Bend celebrated is 94th birthday on June 20. In 1949, he married Edith Herrman. He has two children, Sylvia Billinger and husband Pete of Great Bend and Dale Bollig and wife Connie of Moore, Okla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
June E. Buczinski Billinger of Great Bend will celebrate her 88th birthday with a reception at 7 p.m. on June 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation, 1650 K-96. Hosts for the event will be her children, Larry Buczinski and wife Marilyn, of Great Bend, Christina Gonzalez and husband Sam of Houston, Texas, Dan Buczinski and wife Diana, of Goddard, and Diana Rightmire and husband Warren of Kansas City, Mo.
Pauline Schartz (Strobel) will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house and card party from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 29 at the Elk's Lodge (south door), 1120 Kansas in Great bend. Friends and family are invited to attend.
Betty Schneider will celebrate her 90th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 23 at the Masonic Lodge, 351 W. 2nd in Hoisington. Hosts for the event will be her children, Wally and LeAnn Nuss and Pat and Jim Aylward.
Genola McCarter will celebrate her 90th birthday with an Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 30 at Sterling House, 1206 Patton Road in Great Bend. Friends and family are encouraged to attend or send cards.
Juanita Mawhirter will celebrate her 90th birthday on June 15 with a card shower. She was born on June 15, 1923, on a rural Hudson farmstead. Her children are Sandy Watson, Marsha Mawhirter, Jayne Boles and Dan Mawhirter.
Georgia Bauer of Pawnee Rock will celebrate her 80th birthday on June 11 with a card shower. Georgia Folkerts Bauer was born on June 11, 1933, on the family farm north of Larned. She has five children: Terry Bauer, Mike Bauer and wife Susan, and Bret Bauer and wife Terri, all of Pawnee Rock; Mary and husband Kevin Holle of Herndon; and Laurie and husband Richard Josefiak of Rozel; and 15 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren with another expected in July.
Jean Wagner will celebrate her 85th birthday on June 8 with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be her children, Randy and Patti Wagner, Jacquie Flatley, Anita Levy, and Kristi and Charlie Jurgensmeier.
Ruth (Shook Pound) Hoard will celebrate her 85th birthday with a surprise birthday party from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 26 at the First Presbyterian Church at 24th and Washington in Great Bend. No gifts are requested.
Earl Burroughs of Aurora, Colo. will celebrate his 80th birthday with a surprise Open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 25 at the Front Door in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be his daughter, Anita Burroughs, granddaughter, Erica St. James and grandson Andrew St. James, all of Aurora, Colo. Friends and relatives are invited to attend.
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;
Dale Burroughs of Ellinwood will celebrate his 80th birthday with an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 27, at the upstairs room of The Lone Wolf Restaurant, 108 East 1st Street, in Ellinwood. The event will be hosted by his children and their spouses David and Pam Burroughs of Wichita and Dana and Jerry Pfanenstiel of Scott City. He has five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.