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Kaitlyn Keich and Frederick Herling are wed in Tamaqua

Kaitlyn Elizabeth Keich, of Hometown, and Frederick “Fritz” Matthew Herling, of Weatherly, were united in marriage on May 26, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tamaqua. The Rev. Phyllis Wolford officiated the double ring ceremony. The organist was Judy Filanowski. Kelly Surotchak and Andrew Surotchak, cousins of the bride, were the vocalists. Judy Filanowski and Andrew Surotchak also performed on the guitar.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride is the daughter of John and Jeanine Keich of Hometown. She chose Kayla Stanek of White Bear as her maid of honor, and Alexis Wilner of Tamaqua as her matron of honor.

Bridesmaids included Rachel Keich, Hometown, sister of the bride; Alyssa Keich, Tamaqua, cousin of the bride; Ashley Herling, Annville, sister-in-law of the bridegroom; Janan Shafer, Barnesville; Sharon Moll, Lake Hauto; Ashlee Wood, White Haven; and Riley Wehr, Summit Hill, cousin of the bride.

The flower girl was Anna Grace Herling, Annville, niece of the bridegroom.

The bridegroom is the son of Georgeann Herling of Weatherly and Leslie Herling Jr. of Lehighton. He selected Chad Maleski of Weatherly and Sean Pierce of Reading to share the duties of best man.

Groomsmen included Staff Sgt. Jeffery Herling, Fort Drum, New York, brother of the bridegroom; Charles Herling, Annville, brother of the bridegroom; Michael Schwartz, Hackettstown, New Jersey; Conrad Pfeiffer, Durham, North Carolina; Christopher Condrick, Mountaintop; Ian Platt, Newton, New Jersey; and Micah Navitsky, Tamaqua.

The ring bearer was Archer Herling, Fort Drum, New York, nephew of the bridegroom.

The couple welcomed family and friends to a reception at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe following the ceremony. They honeymooned in Hawaii on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai.

A bridal shower was held at DiMaggio’s LaDolce Casa in Tamaqua. A bachelorette party was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The rehearsal dinner took place at DiMaggio’s.

The new Mrs. Herling is a 2010 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, and a 2012 graduate of Walt Disney Intern College Program, earning her ears as a character performer.

She graduated in 2014 from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education. In 2018, she earned a master’s degree in secondary education in science, technology, math and engineering, and a master’s certificate in research statistical methods and data analysis from Slippery Rock University.

She is employed by Hazleton Area School District, teaching seventh- and eighth-grade science and English at the McAdoo-Kalayres Campus. She also works at Walmart in Hometown as a pharmacy assistant and at Dance Explosion in Nesquehoning as a teacher.

Mr. Herling is a 2001 graduate of Weatherly Area High School and a 2009 graduate of East Stroudsburg University where he earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in health education and physical education.

He is employed by the Panther Valley School District as a physical education teacher in the Panther Valley Elementary School and as a high school basketball coach in the Weatherly Area School District.

The newlyweds, who were married on the 28th anniversary of her parents, currently live in Tamaqua.

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Herling