Tiffin St. Mary's Catholic Church provided the setting for the Saturday, January 27, 2007 wedding uniting Becky Sue Lang and Stephen John Hartzell in marriage. Father David Ross was the celebrant for the double ring wedding mass.
Music for the wedding mass included the couple's special song, "Isn't It Amazing" by Mark Farner as a prelude, the "Prayer of St. Francis" and a special vocal solo of "Ave Maria" by Father David Ross. Accompaniment on pipe organ was provided by Tom Fretz of Tiffin. George Graham Jr. of Toledo did the Old Testament reading, and Joseph Hartzell of Tiffin did the New Testament reading and petitions. Floral arrangements for the occasion were prepared by the couple's next door neighbor, Mrs. Laura Schultz.
A reception followed at the Moose Family Center in Tiffin, attended by approximately 400 guests. The head table was 5 tables long to include the couple's 7 children, their spouses, boyfriends and grandchildren, 17 people in all. DJ Robin Potts and the Mongrels band, all close friends of the couple, provided outstanding entertainment. Members of the Tiffin based Mongrels band include Tim Vassale, Randy Feasel, Gary Burns and Marty Maksemetz, all of Tiffin, and Mark Lambert of Bettsville, with Randy Musser of Tiffin providing the sound system and stage lighting. The wedding party was introduced at the reception by Mrs. Potts with "The Joy of Life" by Kenny G as background music. A delicious meal was prepared by Bob Stein of Tiffin, and the bride prepared her own wedding cake. Bartending was provided by Dave Falter of Tiffin and several of the Moose staff. Photography was done by Larry Rees of Findlay, friend of the couple. A large turnout of the local racing community was evident including drivers, race team members, fans, track officials and Fremont Speedway promoters Jim & Joanne Ford. Toasts to the couple were given by best man Chad Hartzell and maid of honor Jamie Lang. Special dances of the happy couple included "Isn't It Amazing" and Aerosmith's "Dream On". The bride danced with each of the couple's male children and the groom danced with each of the couple's female children to the tune of the Beatle's "In My Life".
The bride is the daughter of Shirley Graham of Tiffin and the late George Graham. She is the mother of Brian Young of Tiffin, Jamie Lang of Oakland, California, Alison Lang and Travis Lang of Bettsville. The groom is the son of Robert J. Hartzell of Tiffin and the late Marie Hartzell. He is the father of Chad (Angela) Hartzell of Republic, Jeremy (Shannon) Hartzell of Tiffin and Sarah Hartzell of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Becky wore a primrose floor-length gown. She carried a hand-tied bouquet consisting of seven white roses, one for each of the couple's grown children, with fragrant baby's breath and leather-leaf ferns. She also carried a hand-customized white handkerchief that the groom's mother received from her mother and carried in her wedding in 1948.
Jamie Lang was her mother's maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Alison Lang, Sarah Hartzell and granddaughter Alexis Hartzell of Republic.
Each attendant wore a navy or cranberry gown and carried a single red rose with baby's breath and leather-leaf tied with a silver ribbon.
Grandchildren Andrew Hartzell of Tiffin and Cassie Hartzell of Republic served as ring bearer and flower girl, respectively.
Serving as his father's best man was Chad Hartzell of Republic. Groomsmen were Travis Lang, Jeremy Hartzell and Brian Young.
A 1978 graduate of Calvert High School, the bride received her associate's degree in nursing from Owens College in 1991. She is employed as a registered nurse at Community Hospice Care of Tiffin.
The groom is a 1977 graduate of Calvert High School. He is employed at E-Systems Design and Automation of Tiffin. He is the owner/historian of historynotebook.com, a 3rd degree member of the Tiffin Knights of Columbus, a member of the Tiffin Moose lodge, a past president of the Seneca County Genealogical Society, promoter of the Northern Ohio Sprint Car Show and a local dirt-track racing enthusiast.
The staff of Community Hospice Care honored the bride with a shower on January 25, 2007.
A rehearsal dinner was held at the home of Jeremy & Shannon Hartzell in Tiffin.