Long and Jilka wed July 25 in Hill City

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Jilka.LongWed.jpg Traci Michelle Long and Kyle Ross Jilka were married July 25 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Hill City by Father Galen Long and pastor Karen Ratzlaff.

Parents of the couple are Gary and Carolyn Long of Hill City and Mike and Karen Jilka of Hillsboro.

Grandparents of the couple are Lorraine Long of Hays, Beth Jilka of Hill City, and Ermal and LoVaune Rasmusson of Salina.

The matron of honor was Kendra Robinson, friend of the bride.

Bridesmaids were Regan Schupmann, Rachel Dolechek, Erin Bixenman and Jamie Schmitz.

Best men were Ryan Jilka and Adam Jilka, brothers of the groom.

Groomsmen were Ryan Small, Nicholas Peters and Adam Long.

Flower girls were Maggie Baalmann and Julianna Baalmann, cousins of the bride.

Ring bearer was Collin Hershberger, cousin of the groom. Ushers were Zach Long, Caleb Marsh, Daniel Deckert and Erik Base.

A reception, dinner and dance was held at the Cowboy Junction following the ceremony.

Special music was provided by Megan Brumbaugh, Chris Gansel, and Todd and Mary Ellen Toman.

The bride is a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a bachelor?s degree in speech-language pathology. She will complete her master?s degree in May 2010.

The bridegroom is also a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a bachelor?s degree in physical education and is employed as a physical education teacher and coach in Hill City.

Following a honeymoon to St. Lucia, an island nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea, the couple is at home in Hill City.

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