Cassandra Jensen and Kasey Rogers of Fairbury would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Kodi RayAnn Rogers, born March 6, 2012 at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury, weighing 7 pounds and 3 ounces. She was welcomed home by a sister, Katelynn Rogers. Grandparents are JaNea Rogers, Leon and Melody Jensen, all of Fairbury and Jack Rogers of Hebron. Great-grandparents are Ivan and Vicky McPherson of Fairbury.
Damien and Tiffany Dymek of Camp Pendelton, Calif. are parents of a baby girl, Kaitlynn Jessica Dymek, born Feb. 2, 2012 at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in Beatrice, weighing 7 pounds and 12 ounces. Grandparents are Lori Dymek, Larry Knippelmeyer, both of Crete, Lori Knippelmeyer of Grand Island and DeWayne and Rhonda Dymek of Alda. Great-grandparents are Wilma Knippelmeyer of Fairbury, DeLores Valasek of St. Paul, Mike Valasek Sr. of Wolbach and Harold and Norma Roelfs of Diller.
Al and Sharlyn Kroeker of Fairbury would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Leyla Justine Kroeker, born March 5, 2012 at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in Beatrice, weighing 10 pounds and 2 ounces. She was welcomed home by sisters, Sierra, 16, Keanna, 14, Shavara, 12, Adriana, 10, Ericka, 8, Eliza, 6 and brothers, Drew, 4 and Thaddeus, 2. Grandparents are Alvin and Marilyn Kroeker of Fairbury and John and Donna Kriete of Hooper.
The family of Marvel Meints would like to honor her with an open house for her 80th birthday, which is Saturday, March 24.
Family and friends are invited to attend the open house on Sunday, March 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Plymouth Community Center in Plymouth.
Her children are Ken Meints of Plymouth, Jim Meints and wife, Dodi of Chadron, Dan Meints and special friend, LaNette, Susie Jurgens and husband, Ron, all of Beatrice, Lori Topp and husband, George of Tecumseh, Todd Meints and wife, Val of Sturgis, S.D. and the late Joel Meints. She also has 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Cards may be sent to PO Box 14, Beatrice, NE 68310.
June Weichel and Cassie Bienhoff attended the funeral of June's uncle, Bill Bitting on Feb. 18 in Beatrice.
John Gandara and Angie Zulauf attended the funeral of John's uncle, Frank "Pete" Villanueva in Lincoln on Feb. 15.
Brandi Shepler of St. Joseph, Mo., was the guest of honor at a baby shower on Feb. 26, at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Plymouth. Hostesses were Cindy Reins, Cathi Niemeier, Pam Fralin, Lauri Tanner, Kylee Wilkie and Katie Shelper. After games were played a lunch was served. Special guests were grandmothers, Susie Grummert and Sue Shepler. Travis and Brandi are expecting their first child in April.
Lori Fein and Mary Blohm of Saginaw, Mich., spent a long weekend as house guests of their daughter, and granddaughter, Sarah Bortulin, her husband, Pastor John Bortulin and daughters, Feb. 23-27.