The wedding of Diane Rose Deitel and Michael A. Thomas brought their families and friends together to celebrate. The guests were the special people who had helped the bride and groom each through difficult times and everyone could feel the joy at Terwilliger Lodge in Montgomery on Aug. 18.
Rabbi Eric Slaton of Beth Israel Synagogue in Hamilton, Ohio, a longtime friend of Michael’s, and Rabbi Gaylia Rooks from Diane’s temple, The Temple, Congregation Adath Israel Brith Sholom, in Louisville, Kentucky, performed the ceremony.
Award-winning Jewish singer and songwriter Neshama Carlebach sang at the wedding. Michael had asked Neshama to be his witness on the Ketubah. Neshama wanted to add a little extra to the wedding and worked with both Michael and Diane on some music selections. Carlebach sang “Only Love” during Diane’s processional and a couple of songs during the ceremony. The Ketubah was a special one-of-a-kind design created with Julie Pentelnik, and signed and witnessed by Neshama Carlebach and Sheila Tasman.
The children of Diane and Michael, Josh and Allie Deitel and Justin and Aaron Binik-Thomas, each said a bracha under the chuppah as did both Rabbis and Neshama Carlebach. Michael’s granddaughters Ziva and Zoe Binik-Thomas and grandsons Isaiah and Joshua Binik-Thomas were flower girls and ring bearers.
Michael lives next door to Diane’s sister and brother-in-law Amy and Alan Immerman. Diane had lost both parents Norma and Elliott, and her husband, Robert, in 2017. Michael’s wife, Phyllis Binik-Thomas, passed in July 2017. Diane and Michael met when Michael came next door to make a shiva call.
Planning for the wedding started with the idea of a small intimate house wedding, but the couple wanted to include the lovely people who had supported them during these difficult times. Instead of gifts, the couple suggested donations to Rockwern Academy, where many of the Thomas family had studied and where Michael’s grandchildren still attend, or to Kentucky Organ Donor Association because Diane’s husband had a double lung transplant.
Pam and Sonny Saeks proudly announce the engagement of their son, Kevin Jacob Saeks, to Sarah Lynne Kuhn, daughter of Marie and Jeff Kuhn of Cincinnati, Ohio. Kevin is the grandson of Sandy and Ron Richards, and Beverly Saeks and the late Keith Saeks. Sarah is the granddaughter of Rita, and the late, James Williams, and Gloria and Bill Carpenter and the late Alfred Kuhn.
Kevin works for Hills Properties as a business manager at The Landings at Beckett Ridge in West Chester, Ohio. Sarah is a speech-language pathologist at Struble Elementary School in Cincinnati. The couple met while attending the University of Cincinnati. A May 2020 wedding is planned.
Dr. Natalie Skurow is proud to announce that her granddaughter, Commander Robin Marling, has been commissioned by the United States Navy to be the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Rushmore (LSD47), a ship serving in the United States Pacific Fleet.
“In the words of Joseph Conrad, she is the one who alone is ultimately responsible for the safe navigation, engineering, performance, and morale of her ship,” quoted Dr. Natalie Skurow. “It is a duty which richly deserves the highest time-honored title of the seafaring world-commanding officer.”
Commander Marling with her husband Lt. Commander Aaron Handman and their sons, 3-year-old Theodore and 6-year-old Samuel, reside in San Diego, California.
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