BELLEVILLE — Lindsay Klingeman, of Tilden, and Ryne Juenger, of Marissa, all along had hoped to have their wedding Friday at the St. Clair County Courthouse.
But their baby boy could not wait and was born Wednesday afternoon, almost spoiling the couple's wedding plans. Almost spoiling them, that is, until the couple was able to get married in a different venue Friday afternoon -- the chapel at Memorial Hospital.
Gage James Stone Juenger was born at 2:05 p.m. on Wednesday, at 19 1/2 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces.
The couple wanted their wedding on Friday because that's the day -- 33 years ago -- that both sets of their parents were married.
Klingeman's parents, Laura and Stephen Klingeman, of Tilden, were married in Tilden, and still live there. Juenger's parents, Judy and Devin Juenger, of Marissa, were married in Marissa and continue to reside there. Both weddings were held on June 28, 1980.
And both of them held their wedding receptions in Sparta. The Juengers were at the VFW Hall while the Klingemans were "down the street" at the American Legion Hall.
Who knew that 33 years later, their children would marry each other? And on the same date?
Memorial Hospital nurses Teresa Van Hoose and Sandy Dudly assisted in the delivery of Gage on Wednesday, and they helped set up the wedding in the hospital's chapel two days later.
Juenger is a construction worker, and Klingeman is a cashier. They live in Marissa, and have a 4-year-old daughter, Skylar Juenger; she served as flower girl for the hospital wedding.