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Double ring ceremony unites Schmitt, Litke

Sheila Schmitt of Hillsboro and Glenn Litke of Marion were united in marriage July 19, 2008, in a double-ring ceremony at First Evangelical Free Church, Wichita, with Pastor Mike Andrus presiding.

Parents of the bride are Dean and Laureen Schmitt of Hudson, Iowa.

Parents of the groom are Virgil and Phyllis Litke of Marion.

The bride was escorted by her father. She wore a mock two-piece satin gown from Ginza designs. Her bodice featured a design of embroidery, beads, and Swarovski crystals in a regal crested design. The skirt also was embellished with the same pattern along the bottom hemline and on the back of the cathedral-length train. The A-line silhouette skirt featured an inverted side pleat to enhance the fullness of the skirt.

The bride added thick tank-style sleeves to her bodice which also were embellished with beadwork and embroidery.

The maid of honor was Shirley Shaw, sister of the bride, of Tulsa, Okla. Bridesmaids were Sharee Schmitt of Olathe, and Sheryl Vallois of Paris, France, both sisters of the bride. Flower girls were Hannah Shaw, niece of the bride, Tulsa, Okla., Alice Jordan, niece of the groom, Hillsboro, and Dora Ebenhack, niece of the groom, Haiti.

Sid Litke of Port Washington, Wisc., served his brother as best man. Groomsmen were Jonathan Jordan of Newton and Jeremy Jordan of Hillsboro, both nephews of the groom.

Ushers were Tim Shaw of Tulsa, Okla., and Bertrand Vallois of Paris, France, both brothers-in-law of the bride; Brent Giese, friend of the bride, Olathe; and Mark Tollefson and Mike Wise, friends of the groom and both of Wichita.

Pianists were Brenda Jordan, sister of the groom, Marion, and the bride.

Vocalists were the groom and Holly Swartzendruber, a friend of the couple, Hillsboro.

Numerous family and friends provided a musical ensemble.

Guest book attendants were Priscilla Litke, sister-in-law of the groom of Port Washington, Wis., and Laura Mallicoat, cousin of the bride, Solon, Iowa.

Jen Olson, cousin of the bride, of Des Moines, Iowa, was in charge of the gifts.

A reception at the church followed the ceremony. Dave and Cindy Franson of Wichita were hosts.

Reception attendants were Marcia Janssen and Lea Olson, aunts of the bride, both of Hudson, Iowa, Caryl Wiebe and Carol Dirks, friends of the bride, both of Hillsboro, and Charlotte Litke, Sarah Litke, Johanna Litke, and Grace Litke, nieces of the groom, all of Port Washington, Wis.

Kitchen helpers were Geneva Just, Kaylene Unruh, Sheri Marsh, and Donna Hanneman, friends of the couple.

The bride received a bachelor of music degree from Houghton College, a master’s degree in music from the University of Colorado, and a doctor of musical arts from the University of Kansas. She is an associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy at Tabor College.

The groom received a bachelor of arts degree from Tabor College and a master’s in music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a farmer.

The couple honeymooned in the southwest Colorado mountains.

The couple resides in Hillsboro.

Last modified Nov. 19, 2008

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