Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2005

Garrison, Nussbaum announce engagement

Jennifer Darr Garrison of Nikiski and David James Nussbaum of Sterling plan to be married Saturday, July 15, 2006, in the Kenai-Soldotna area.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Susan Stockdale and Greg Garrison, both of Nikiski. She is a 2005 graduate of Nikiski High School and plans to continue her education in Reno, Nev.

The future groom is the son of Linda and John Nussbaum of Sterling. He is a 2003 graduate of Skyview High School. He graduated from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp Aug. 29, 2003 and is corporal with Combat Engineer Charlie Company, second platoon. He is stationed in Al Asad, Iraq, for his third tour of duty.

The couple became engaged Nov. 20, 2004 and plan to marry upon Nussbaum's return to the states in 2006.

Pizzuto, Playle marry in Nikiski

Samantha Pizzuto and Thomas Playle of Nikiski were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, July 2, 2005, at the Unocal picnic grounds in Nikiski. The bride's Uncle Morgan Breard of Louisiana officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Todd and Dina Pizzuto of Nikiski. She wore a strapless embroidered silk gown and carried a bouquet of three dozen pink and white roses.

The groom is the son of Jesse and Bonnie Playle of Soldotna. He wore a classic black suit with a tie.

The maid of honor was the bride's twin sister, Crystal Pizzuto. Darla Baier of Houston and Kayle Meyer of Gunnison, Colo., were the bridesmaids. The attendants all wore pink, halter, tea-length dresses. Brooke Breard of Louisiana was the flower girl.

The best man was Bill Van Vleet. Lonnie Playle and Justin Lee were the groomsmen. Bryan Breard of Louisiana was the ring bearer.

Honored guests were the bride's grandmother, Linda Whitlock of Louisiana; the bride's aunt and uncle, Morgan and Denise Breard of Louisiana; the bride's great-grandmother, Colleen Jorgensen of Nikiski; and Mike and Annette Davis of Palmer.

The couple lives in Nikiski in their own home.

Smith, Chavez marry in Hawaii

Laurie Smith and Gabriel Chavez, both of Corona, Calif., were married Wednesday, June 15, 2005, at the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Resort in Waikiki, Hawaii. Father Ron Lagasse officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Elyse and Timothy Smith of Soldotna. She graduated from Soldotna High School in 1995 and from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a bachelor's degree in education in 1999. In 2001 she complete a master's degree in education at the University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif. She teaches fourth grade in Pomona, Calif.

The bride wore a Maggie Sotterro white gown with beads and crystals and carried a bouquet of green cymbidium orchids.

The groom is the son of Raymundo Chavez and Maria Dolores Zendejas of Chino Hills, Calif. He graduated from Don Lugo High School in 1995 and from UNLV with a bachelor's degree in English in 1999. In 2002 he finished a master's degree in education at the University of La Verne. He is a high school English teacher in Chino Hills and is a second-year law school student.

The maid of honor was Verica Dalkovski. Ashley Smith and Belinda Chavez were the bridesmaids. Attendants all wore kiwi green, strapless satin gowns with white accents and carried bouquets of white orchids.

Tiffany Smith was the flower girl.

Raymundo Chavez Jr., Timothy Smith Jr. and Jose Martinez were the groomsmen.

Special music for the ceremony was a duet with a Hawaiian-style guitar and a ukelele.

The wedding cake was a three-tier strawberry, coconut and chocolate cake with green orchids.

The couple honeymooned in Australia and lives in Corona.

Hermansens celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Cohoe residents Dorothy and Herman Hermansen celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends Sept. 17, 2005, at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The family hosted the special occasion and included a photographic display of the couple's life together. Live music and dancing were part of the evening's entertainment.

The Hermansens were married Sept. 16, 1945, in Kenai and moved to Anchorage for two years. They returned to Kenai in 1947 and started commercial gillnet salmon fishing on Humpy Point Beach near the Kasilof River.

The couple is among the original Kenai Peninsula homesteaders settling in Cohoe in 1957.

The couple still activity commercial fishes each season. They have expanded their operation to include an Icicle Seafoods salmon delivery and an icing station.

The Hermansens have six daughters, Linda, Karen, Dorothy, Susan, Terry and Randy; three sons-in-law, Ed, Walt and John; and three grandchildren, Ragan, Miranda and Kurt.

The couple wrote that they enjoy traveling, summer gatherings at their beach cabin and visiting their many friends and family.

Forms for engagements and weddings are available at the Clarion's Kenai office. Color or black and white pictures also may be submitted. Photos with an address written on the back will be returned.

Weddings must be submitted within six months to be printed. For more information, call 283-7551.

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