Sunday, January 30, 2005

Paula Phillips and Jim Backfisch of Blodgett, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Whittnie Danielle Backfisch, to Jared Joseph Essner. He is the son of Steve and Donna Essner of Scott City.

Backfisch is a graduate of Kelly High School at Benton, Mo., and attended Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo. She is employed at Care A Lot Learning Center in Kelso, Mo.

Essner is a graduate of Scott City High School, and attended Southeast Missouri State University. He is employed at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Cape Girardeau.

An April 16 wedding is planned at St. Denis Catholic Church in Benton.