Prieb, Backis exchange vows

Carolyn Prieb and Robert Backis were married Aug. 23 in Chicago with pastor John Horan of Chicago officiating the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Lucille Prieb of Hillsboro and the late Wesley J. Prieb. The groom is the son of Antoinette Backis of Waukegan, Ill., and the late Joseph Backis.

Attendants were Marge Argyelan and Marty Butzen of Chicago, both friends of the bride and groom.

Guests were welcomed by Judy Harder of Hillsboro, sister of the bride, who introduced family members.

Daughters of friends of the couple processed with instruments as the congregation sang an opening hymn. Laura Buttitta of Chicago carried a candle in memory of the fathers of the couple.

Reading scripture and offering prayers were Tom Backis of Waukegan, brother of the groom; Gordon Prieb of Edwardsburg, Mich., brother of the bride; and Ruth Groff of Chicago, friend of the couple.

Leading the congregation in a peace meditation was Mary Metzler Prieb of Edwardsburg.

Musicians, who were friends of the couple, formed a music ensemble.

The ceremony concluded with a congregational prayer and blessing of the couple by pastor Keith Harder of Hillsboro.

A dessert reception and fellowship followed the ceremony at St. Gertrude’s Social Hall in Chicago.

The reception was hosted by Bridget Lowry, Ruth Groff, Lisa Groff, Laurie Hasbrook, Nancy and Peter Buttitta, Katey Feit, Jenny Klauke Koll, Laurie and Ed Jacob, and Julie and Dave Schieb Feeley, all of Chicago and friends of the couple.

Guests signed a guest book designed by Ann O’Connor of Chicago, friend of the couple.

A hymn was sung by the bride’s extended family prior to the cake cutting.

Wedding-cake assistants were Robert and Rhonda Prieb of Hesston, brother and sister-in-law of the bride.

The bride is a third-grade teacher at Northside Catholic Academy in Chicago. The groom is a hearing officer in the Circuit Court of Cook County, also in Chicago.

Following a honeymoon in Door County, Wis., the couple resides in Chicago.

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