The wedding of Leah Wienbar and Evan Olson of Madison, was held June 5 at the West Bethany Church on the Ingalls Homestead near De Smet. Leah is a science teacher at Sanborn Central High School, and Evan is an application developer at First Bank & Trust in Madison. Parents of the couple are Brad and Mary Wienbar of Iroquois and Paul and Nancy Olson of Brookings. Grandparents are Donna Wade of Iroquois, Lester Wienbar of Redfield, Mary Ann Peterson and Shirley Olson both of Brookings.
Leah is the great-great-great granddaughter of Peder and Sarah Gilbertson, whose sod home was the location on which the West Bethany Church was organized in 1881. Services were held in homes and schools until the church building was erected in 1905 on land donated by Peder and Sarah Gilbertson. The church closed in 1969 and was moved to its present location in 2009.
The church has held many of the family’s special events. Leah’s grandparents, Roy and Donna Wade, were married there 69 years ago. Leah’s mother and also three of her nieces and nephews have also been baptized at the church.