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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Ruskamp, at the site of the former Maryhill Church
Chris Ruskamp of Sergeant Bluff and Rachel Corzilius, formerly of rural Cherokee, were united in marriage on Aug. 5, 2006 at Immaculate Conception Church in Cherokee, with Father Gene Sitzmann officiating.

The Ceremony was to be held at Maryhill Visitation Church, rural Cherokee until the Church was destroyed by destructive winds on Aug. 1, 2006. Parents of the couple are Ray and Robin Corzilius of rural Cherokee and Dave and Reldine Ruskamp of Sergeant Bluff.

The Bride wore a white satin, strapless gown with triangle insets along the waist in the front and back with beaded edges and are filled with abstract embroidery and beading.

The triangle insets meet in the back to form a black and white semi-cathedral train with decorated buttons that fall down the center. The train is outlined with more embroidery and beading. She carried a long stem bouquet of blue and green gerbera daisies.

Matron of Honor was Heidi Erpelding-Welch, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were, Sara Salton, friend of the bride, and Ronda Carver and Rose Corzilius, sisters of the bride. Junior bridesmaid was Jadyn Ruskamp, niece of the groom. The attendants wore black and white strapless floor length dress. Flower girl, Madison Weiland, cousin of the bride, wore a floor length dress matching the bride's. Personal attendants were Kristen Weiland, Linda Mummert and Lori Evans all cousins of the bride.

Best man was Mike Thompson, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Kory Petzenhauser, friend of the groom, Shawn Packard, friend of the groom, and Ryan Rohwer, friend of the bride. Junior groomsman was Keyton Ruskamp nephew of the groom. Ring bearer was Simon Munnert, Cousin of the bride. The men wore black tuxes with black ties and vest. Ushers were John Rupp, cousin of the bride, Joel Carver, brother in law of the bride, Jaki Ruskamp, sister of the groom and Amber Thorson, friend of the bride.

Organist was Emily Lundt, cousin of the bride, and vocalist was Mary Beth Piggott, friend of the bride. Brad Buckman, cousin of the bride was lector and Eucharistic Minister was Les Pederson. Guest book attendants were Lisa Buckman, cousin of the bride, and Lynnea Ruskamp, sister of the groom. Joyce Rupp was flower attendant and did the decorations for the church and reception.

Reception and dance were held at the VFW Club in Cherokee. Serving as host and hostesses were Louis and Margaret Corzilius, uncle and aunt of the bride, and Rich and Rhonda Wegner, uncle and aunt of the groom.

The couple honeymooned at Rivera Maya in Mexico. Rachel is a substitute teacher. Chris is employed at Gateway computers. The couple is living in Sergeant Bluff.