Bethany Rose Straitiff and John Joseph Gillespie Jr., together with their families, are announcing their engagement and upcoming wedding.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Rosemary Lockett of Youngstown and Clifford Straitiff of Warren. Parents of the groom-elect are John and Gayle Gillespie of Youngstown.

Miss Straitiff is a graduate from Warren G. Harding High School and Youngstown State University, where she received a bachelor of social work degree and recently completed her post-graduate studies, receiving a master of social work degree.

She is a social worker and employed in Warren at Coleman Behavioral Health.

Mr. Gillespie is a graduate of Ursuline High School and YSU, where he received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Mr. Gillespie is employed with Mahoning County.

Wedding plans are being formulated for an early October wedding to take place at The Lake Club in Poland.