WEDDINGS: Funk, Stoltzfus wed in candlelight service

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Maralyn K. Funk of Lehigh and Craig Allan Stoltzfus of Hoonah, Alaska, were married at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Trinity Mennonite Church.


Pastors Gaylord Goertzen, friend of the bride, and Tim Kliewer officiated the double-ring candlelight ceremony.


Parents of the couple are Marlin and Sharolyn Funk of Lehigh and Amos and Maxine Stoltzfus of Sweet Home, Ore.


Matron of honor was Vessa Cartmill of Baton Rouge, La., friend of the bride. Best man was Clarence Stoltzfus of Goshen, Ind., uncle of the groom.


Bridesmaids were April Neufeld of Inman and Shannon Unruh of Olathe. Flower girl was Sara Harms, cousin of the bride.


Groomsmen were Tim Bardell of Albany, Ore., and Donnie Gerig of Lebanon, Ore., friends of the groom.


Candlelighters were Connie Stoltzfus, sister of the groom, and Galin Funk, brother of the bride. Program attendant was Suzanne Siemans. Gift carriers were Devin Funk and Brett Harms.


Ushers were Galin Funk, Tim Bardell and Donnie Gerig. Musicians were Christopher Dick and Christine Crouse-Dick.


The bride wore a gown of matt satin with a sweetheart neckline and short satin sleeves. The empire bodice was accented with silk embroidery and seed pearls. The a-line satin skirt flowed into a chapel-length train, also accented with silk embroidery and seed pears.


The veil, made by the bride’s mother, was shimmering tulle edged in white satin ribbon and topped with a band of white freesia, light blue delphinium, misty blue statice and pink wax flowers.


She carried a garden bouquet of peach and white roses, light-blue delphinium, white sweet peas, white gerbra daisies, larkspur and freesia, and pink way flowers and misty blue statice.


Two candelabras holding pillar candles were surrounded with bouquets of spring flowers arranged in antique blue jars and crocks. The altar railing was lined with pillar candles entwined with ivy garlands and candles on holders with ivy lit the center aisle. Windows were decorated alternately with candles and flower arrangements. Candelabras and aisle candleholders were made by the bride’s father. Flowers were arranged by Tim and Alissa Unruh.


A reception was held immediately following the ceremony, hosted by Gaylan Neal. Reception assistants were Carrie Nickel, Lara Stempel and Amy Eitzen. Kitchen helpers were Vi Klassen, Connie Galle, Kala Nickel, Carla Hein, Arlene Hett and Lynette Penner.


For their honeymoon, the couple rented a cabin in the Tennessee Smokey Mountain area.


The bride is a homemaker and the groom is a construction worker for Whitestone Logging in Hoonah, where the couple resides.


Galin Funk, brother of the bride, hosted the rehearsal dinner Feb. 23 at Trinity Mennonite Church. The meal was catered by Tim Unruh and Galin Funk.


A reception in honor of Craig and Maralyn Stoltzfus was held March 10 at Sweet Home Mennonite Church in Sweet Home, Ore.


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