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Weddings, engagements and anniversaries

Posted January 31, 2009
Engagement: Hughes and Karl

Mr. and Mrs. David Hughes of Rotterdam announce the engagement of their daughter, Shannon Elizabeth Hughes, to Mark Frederick Karl, son of Randy Karl of Rotterdam and Karen Akers of Kankakee, IL.
The future bride is a graduate of Mohonasen High School and received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Siena College. She is a professional relations representative at MVP Health Care.
Her fiance is a graduate of Schalmont High School and received an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Schenectady County Community College. He is a firefighter/paramedic for the City of Schenectady.
A September 2009 wedding is planned.

Engagement: Thompson and Affinito

James R. Thompson and Connie Schuyler of Schenectady announce the engagement of their daughter, Ahna D. Thompson, to Marc A. Affinito, son of Tony and Silvia Affinito of Colonie.
Ahna is the granddaughter of Susan DeAngelo and the late Fred DeAngelo, M.D., and the late Avery and Margaret Thompson. Marc is the grandson of Josephine and Mario Mascitelli and the late Augusto Sciocchetti and the late Anthony and Olympia Affinito.
An October 2009 wedding is being planned.

Engagement: O’Byrne and Ausfeld

Jim and Bonnie Ausfeld proudly announce the engagement of their son, Jeffrey Ausfeld of Glenville, NY to Dr. Lucy O’Byrne of New Jersey. Jeffrey is the brother of Erin Ausfeld.
Jeffrey is a Sr. mechanical design engineer for a firm in New Jersey. He attended BH-BL High School, received his BS in mechanical engineering from Union College and his MSME from Columbia University in New York.
Dr. Lucy O’Byrne is the daughter of Brian and Elizabeth O’Byrne of Millford, NJ. Lucy is the sister of Ken O’Byrne. She is a doctor of veterinary medicine for a hospital in New York City. Dr. Lucy received her BS in biochemistry from Tuft’s University in Massachusetts and her doctorate from Tuft’s University School of Veterinary Medicine.
A 2009 fall wedding is planned.

Engagement: Ghita and MacDonald

Gary Leonard MacDonald and Ioana Ghita are pleased to announce their engagement.
Gary, the son of Leonard and Annette MacDonald of Rotterdam, is a graduate of Schalmont High School class of 2000 and the University of Albany class of 2005, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He is currently working for Polymicro Technologies in Phoenix, Arizona as a technical sales consultant.
Ioana is the daughter of Vasile and Elena Ghita of Ploiesti, Romania. She is a graduate of the University of General Medicine Carol Davila in Bucharest, Romania and is currently seeking to join a medical residency program in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
A June 2010 wedding will be held in Schenectady. The couple reside in Mesa, Arizona.

Engagement: Beherns-Lupe and Poirier

Art and Brenda Lupe and Albert and Joanne Poirier are happy to announce the engagement of their children, Darlene Beherns-Lupe to Andrew Poirier.
The future bride is a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a health science minor and a master’s degree in educational administration/student affairs. She is employed at SUNY Albany as programming residence director.
The future groom is a graduate of Averill Park High School. He received an associate’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and mass communications. He is employed by FOX 23 News as a producer.
An October 2009 wedding is being planned.

Engagement: Eggleston and Smith

Debra Eggleston and William Eggleston III of Glenville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Catlin, to Richard Smith of Schenectady. Richard is the son of Tina Brassard and Richard Smith, both of Schenectady.
The future bride is a graduate of Schenectady High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY at Oneonta. She is a teacher’s assistant at Little Ones Nursery and Daycare.
Her fiance is a graduate of Schenectady High School. He is a lab technician at Adirondack Bottling Company.
A September 2009 wedding is planned.

Engagement: Powers and Rivera

James E. Powers and Kathleen S. Rivera announce their engagement. Jim, formerly of Schenectady, graduated from Notre Dame/Bishop Gibbons, and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Arizona. He is owner of Powers Property Service.
Katie, a native of Tucson, attended University High School, received a bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from The University of Arizona and works in the ICU at Tucson Heart Hospital.
Jim is the father of Britnee Marie Powers and Katie is the mother of Thomas James (TJ) Rivera.
An early spring 2009 wedding is planned in Tucson, AZ.

Chad Westbrook Meghan Casey
Wedding: Westbrook

Meghan Doyle Casey and Chad Thomas Westbrook were married July 19, 2008 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Schenectady. Fr. Mathias Doyle, OFM; uncle of the bride officiated. A reception followed at The Edison Club, Rexford.
The bride is the daughter of George and Leslie Casey of Niskayuna. The groom is the son of James and Liana Westbrook of Deposit, NY.
Maid of honor was Caitlyn Casey. Bridesmaids were Erica Matura, Brianne Denofio and Kerry Gilchrist.
Best man was James Westbrook. Ushers were Jared Westbrook and Bill Marshall.
Meghan is a graduate of Niskayuna High School and Utica College of Syracuse University. She is a senior auditor at State Insurance Fund, Albany.
Chad is a graduate of Deposit High School and Broome Community College, Binghamton. He is employed by Cornerstone Construction, Albany.
The couple took a wedding trip to Maui, Hawaii. They reside in Niskayuna.

Frederick and Jean Anderson Jr. 50th Anniversary
Anniversary: Anderson

Frederick and Jean Anderson Jr. of Rotterdam, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The couple were married January 4, 1959 at Eastern Parkway Methodist Church. The former Jean Reynolds graduated from Scotia High School. She retired from Weller, Marcil & Greco Insurance. She enjoys reading, puzzles, family and friends.
Her husband is a graduate of Scotia High School and served in the U.S. Army. He is a retired truck driver for St. Johnsbury Trucking. He enjoys automotives, history-especially WW II history and weapons.
Their children are Tod (Gayle) of Edgewater, FL., Frederick H. III (Terri) of Schenectady and Scott (Patricia) of Scotia.
Their grandchildren are Matthew (Lindsey) and David, all of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Sara of Schenectady, Derrick of Scotia and David of Schenectady.

Donald and Grace Ross 50th Anniversary
Anniversary: Ross

Donald and Grace (Johnson) Ross of Schenectady, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They took a week long trip to Madrid, Spain, where Don studied early in their marriage.
The couple were married January 31, 1959, at The Salvation Army in Brooklyn, NY.
Grace graduated from Queens College, Columbia University School of Nursing and Yale Divinity School. She was a public health nurse for the City of Schenectady, school nurse for Albany City Schools., assigned to Girls Academy, Holy Names, and Christian Brothers Academy. She was also a Methodist minister and led three churches, including Center Glenville United Methodist Church. She was involved with several Swedish cultural organizations, teaches Art to her grandchildren, who are home schooled, enjoys time in New York City with her sisters and brothers, and is famous for showing up at the Salvation Army Music School bearing cupcakes.
Donald is a graduate of New York University, Columbia University, and Albany Law School. He was an attorney for General Electric Company. He is a Salvation Army bandsman, teachers music to children at the Salvation Army and elsewhere, he has done pro bono legal work for the Albany Bar Association, and is a private pilot who has flown cross-country twice.
They greatly improved eight homes over the course of their marriage, including a Victorian house on Glenwood Boulevard in Schenectady, which they bought as a rooming house in the late 1960s, and transformed into a beautiful family home. It is still a single family house today. Their children are Catherine Wajda (Phillip) of Schenectady, Elizabeth Ross of San Francisco, CA, and Margaret Anne Ross Newville (Joshua) of Brooklyn, NY.
Their grandchildren are Mary Grace, Daniel, Helen, Caroline, and Peter Wajda, all of Schenectady.


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