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House - Loas

Heather Leigh House and Stephen Michael Loas were married on Saturday, July 25, 2009, at four o’clock in the afternoon at South Park United Methodist Church in Dayton. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Dr. Brooks W. Heck of Dayton. Special music was provided by organist Dr. Sharon Vander Gheynst. Following the ceremony, the bride’s family hosted a gala reception at the Dayton Country Club.

The bride is the daughter of Col. Jonathan W. House (USAF Ret.) of Houston, Texas and Susan D. House of Oakwood. The groom is the son of Rebecca Loas and John and Jan Loas of Parma, Ohio.

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, Heather wore a couture ivory gown of duchess satin by Kenneth Pool, which was accented with antique crystal beading. The gown’s dramatic cathedral length train was beautifully complimented by her silk-edged, two-tier cathedral length veil.

Serving as Maid of Honor was Miss Stephanie Conway of Dayton. Bridesmaids included Miss Grace Jackson of Formby, England; Miss Emily Cherney of Broadview Heights, Ohio; and Miss Nicole Kinzeler of Columbus, Ohio. Junior Bridesmaid was Miss Elizabeth Redden of Oakwood. The Flower Girl was Miss Anna Porter of Oakwood.

Serving as Best Man was the groom’s brother, Joseph Loas of Chicago. Groomsmen included Alan Musko of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; Scott Phillips of Grandview, Ohio; Bryan Brzozowski of Hilliard, Ohio; and the bride’s brother, Eric House of Columbus, Ohio.

The bride is a graduate of Oakwood High School in Oakwood and Wittenberg University in Springfield, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She also received a Masters Degree in Education and an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Dayton. Heather is serving as a School Psychologist for the South-Western School District in Columbus.

The groom is a graduate of Normandy High School in Parma, Ohio, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in World Economics and Business from the Ohio State University and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Franklin University.

After a honeymoon in wine country at the Finger Lakes in New York, the couple will make their home in Worthington, Ohio.

Weyher - Gorrell

Former Oakwood resident, John Kirkpatrick Gorrell, and Ingrid Ruth Weyher were married on June 26, 2009. The Ceremony took place in Berlin, Germany.

John is the son of Lisa Raser of Oakwood and David Gorrell of Kettering. He is a 1987 graduate of Oakwood High School and received his BA in French and Anthropology from the University of Dayton. He earned his MBA from the TiaNimbas Business School in Utrecht, The Netherlands and is pursuing his Doctorate at Grenoble Ecole de Management in Grenoble, France. John is currently employed as senior Strategic Planning Manager for Motorola Corporation in Berlin.

Ingrid is the daughter of Thea Weyher and the late Lothar Weyher of Lakewood, Colorado. She graduated from Green Mountain High School in Lakewood and received her BA in Art History from Colorado State University. She earned her MA in Art History from Freie Universitaet Berlin. Ingrid is currently employed in the Economic Sector of the Canadian Embassy and also works as a freelance translator.

After a honeymoon in Paris, the couple returned to their home in Berlin.

Echizen - Furuzawa

Akiyo and Suzuo Furuzawa of Nagoya, Japan, formerly of Kettering, proudly announce the marriage of their son, Yoshiaki Furuzawa, to Satomi Echizen on January 31, 2009.

Yoshiaki is a 2000 graduate of Kettering Fairmont High School, and was a former member of the wind ensemble, marching band, Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, 2000 OMEA All State Orchestra, and national honor society. He graduated from the University of Tsukuba in Japan with BA in International Relations and the University of Bradford in UK with MA in Conflict Resolution. After working with The Carter Center and a NGO in Japan, he is currently working as a research fellow for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, while pursuing PhD in International Relations at Hiroshima University.

Satomi, daughter of Siro and Setsuko Echizen, graduated from Yamagata Prefectural University of Health Sciences in Yamagata, Japan, with BSC in Nursing Studies. She is currently a public health nurse at the Hiroshima Higashi Ward Office.

The couple resides in Hiroshima City, Japan. Yoshiaki can be reached at

Congressman meets with Oakwood Liberty Group

Congressman Jim Jordan met with Oakwood Liberty Group Monday, Aug. 24 at the Dayton Country Club to discuss the Cap and Trade Bill, Health Care Reform Bill, and how to best contact your representative. About 50 were in attendance to hear and ask questions from the Urbana native. Congressman Jordan has represented Ohio’s 4th district since 2007. This was the Oakwood Liberty Group’s first meeting.

The purpose of Oakwood Liberty Group is to provide a positive and focused forum for discussion of current political issues. They are deeply concerned about the direction of our nation, and are equally frustrated with many of our politicians, from all political parties. They are a local non-partisan group, which is passionate about respecting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Their ultimate goal is to educate themselves and others about current issues, to find respectful ways to have their individual and collective voices heard by their elected representatives, and to ultimately effect positive change.They believe in shrinking the size of government and lessening its influence in their daily lives. They also believe in encouraging fiscal responsibility.

They are actively looking for new members. If you would like to join, or be invited to their next meeting, please contact them at

Homestead gets new sign

The Oakwood Historical Society recently debuted a new sign at their headquarters, the Long-Romspert Homestead at 1947 Far Hills Ave. The Homestead has recently undergone a three-year restoration. The house, outbuildings and grounds now represent a time period from 1860s farm life to a 1920s suburb. Unique to the Homestead are four separate kitchens depicting the evolution of the American kitchen from primitive hearth (summer kitchen) to early 20th century modern appliances.

The new sign was made possible by a donation from the City of Oakwood. It was designed by Scott Smith, production and installation is by Dan Cummins with stonework by Chris Van Dam.

The Long-Romspert Homestead is open to the public from April through October on the first and third Sundays of the month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and other times by appointment. Admission is free. The society also sponsors programs, events and activities at which time the Homestead is open. To learn more about the Oakwood Historical Society visit their website at

Varsity & alumni duffers at DCC

The 2009 Oakwood varsity golf team and members of the 2006 Division II State Runner-Up team had their first annual Alumni Match at Dayton Country Club last Thursday, Aug. 13.

Pictured from left to right, Peter Martin, Adam Bogdan, Ben Boyer, Ronnie Stump, Ben Miller, Patrick Meeks, Ty Kern, Jacob Silverstein, Michael Galaska and Corey Weckerling.


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September 1, 2009
Volume 18, No. 35

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