Category: Anniversaries

McFarland – 50

Please help shower Dennis and Marie McFarland with cards in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Cards can be sent to 3072 Butler Ave., Brandon, IA 52210.
Dennis and Marie were married April 29, 1967 at Sacred Heart Church in La Porte City. They have four children: William (Tami) McFarland and Jeffrey (Chris) McFarland, both of La Porte City, Denise (Edward) Biretz of Fairbank, and Debra (Joel) Swanson of Maquoketa and eight grandchildren.
A family trip is planned for later this summer.

Burkgren – 60

Robert and Clarice Burkgren will observe their 60th wedding anniversary this week.
The couple was married at Zion Lutheran Church at Gowrie, lA on March 9, 1957.
Clarice graduated from Iowa State College in 1957 with a degree in Home Economics Education. Teaching experience included one year (1958) in La Porte City.
Robert graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in 1959 with his chosen profession in teaching Industrial Arts. In 1959 both found employment at Sentral of Fenton, IA in their respective fields. Clarice taught two years there while Robert taught for six years. After the family
moved back to La Porte City in 1965, Clarice also taught halftime in the junior high for a total of four years, while Robert completed an additional 30 years. He also taught driver’s education for many years before retiring in La Porte City. Clarice served as the American Lutheran Church secretary from 1987-2006.
Their family includes Barb who lives in Hendersonville, TN, along with her son Rob, his wife and three children. Brenda and her husband Wayne Kirk and their children, Michael and Madelyn live in Bowling Green, KY. Their youngest daughter, Beth, has lived in a Comp System group home in Cedar Falls since 1992. They enjoy six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Brad’s wife still lives in Groton, NY; their three daughters live in Virginia, Idaho, and North Carolina. Son Brad, passed away in 2009 and one great grandson, Logan Wiebbecke died in 2016. Logan would have celebrated his 1st birthday on March 16, this year.

 Oberhauser – 60

Bernard and Mary Lou Erb Oberhauser celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at their son’s home.
The couple was married November 10, 1956 at Most Holy Name Church in Pittsburgh, PA. They were dairy farmers near La Porte City for many years and also worked part-time at DTS. Bernard retired from Sam’s Club in 2010 after 15 years of service.
Their children include Linda and Dennis Weidemann, Steve Oberhauser and Ted and Robyn Oberhauser and grandchildren Illian and Arden Oberhauser.

Burmeister – 40

Gary and Dana Burmeister of Mt. Auburn will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on October 30th. The former Dana Aschenbrenner and Gary Burmeister were married October 30, 1976 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton.
Gary and Dana farm north of Vinton. Dana is also employed at Benton County Transportation.
They are the parents of Pete and Erin Burmeister of Rowley, Luke and Amy Grantz of Goose Lake and Joe and Alisha Burmeister of Mt. Auburn. Their grandchildren are Makenna, Reagan and Ellie Burmeister, all of Rowley and a soon-to-arrive grandson.

Neil – 25

  Shane and Carrie Neil of La Porte City are observing their 25th wedding anniversary.
Shane Neil and Carrie Schmitz were married October 19, 1991, at the La Porte City Golf Club.
Shane Neil is a Community Service Technician for Black Hills Energy in Newton. Carrie is an Accounts Receivable Assistant at Martin Brothers in Cedar Falls. They also own Flying Eye Psychol Circus in La Porte City.
Their family includes one daughter, Paige and Tucker Johnson of Omaha, NE and one son, Vincent of La Porte City, as well as one grandson Karsen Neil also of La Porte City.

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