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Gentz And Barkau Marry

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Kayla Barkau and Eric Gentz II were united in marriage April 23, 2016 at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Okawville.

Kayla is the daughter of Bruce and Kathy Barkau of Okawville and Eric is the son of Eric and the late Tammy Gentz of New Baden. Pastor Jeff Schwab married the couple.

The wedding party included: Christine Barkau- Matron of Honor. Bridesmaids Tiffany Heck, Erin Pettus, Lindsey Schubert, Courtney Sprehe, Michelle Love, Paige Hill, Taylor Gorton and Jayne Pietrangelo. Cameron Pettus- Best Man. Groomsmen Beau Barkau, Jess Boeschen, Collin Detmer, Jace Benhoff, Calvin O'rear, Brad Dunnigan, Tyler Kehrer and Josh Rathmann (stationed in Alaska). Tyson Moore, Matt Davis, Lexey Deterding and Torey Deterding were attendants. Cambell Pettus and Kaelyn Gebke were flower girls.

The couple traveled to Antigua for their honeymoon in July. Currently, they live in New Baden. Kayla is a manager of Talent Development at FleishmanHillard, downtown St. Louis and Eric is a teacher for District 201 Belleville East/West High School. He also coaches Football and Baseball at Belleville West.