BioM: Wears, Sheila A. (1945)

Contact: Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Wears, Volkman, Leggio, Dix, Oats, Tinkham, Shoman, Cundy, Williamson, Macieuski, Matzke, Schaller, Ott, Greech

----Source: Mille Lee’s personal Scrapbook (Nov. 1945 -- hand written on article)

Blue-eyed and brown-haired Miss Sheila A. Wears was gowned in richly lustrous ivory slipper satin as she exchanged wedding vows with E. Russell Volkman, pharmacist’s mate, first class, U.S.N.R., in the First Presbyterian Church at 4 o’clock this afternoon. Her gown, elegant in its simplicity, was designed with a high sweetheart neckline and long leg-o-mutton sleeves tapered and pointed over the backs of the hands.

Triple rows of shirring extended from the neckline to the wasp waist of the molded bodice and the graceful full skirt swept into a peacock train. Over the train fell her long tulle veil, finished with hand-cut, scallops and held to her curls by a wreath of pearl orange blossoms. She wore a choker of seed pears, a gift of the groom.

The bride, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Wears, 138 S. Central Avenue, carrying a cascade of gardenias and American Beauty roses, was presented in marriage by her father.

Attendants at the Wedding

Moss rose satin was the choice of the matron of honor, Mrs. Anthony Leggio of Milwaukee. The dropped-shoulder neckline was finished with a ruffle of net which matched the full double net over-skirt. The bodice was a snug fitting Basque of brocaded satin. White roses swirled in pink tulle composed her arm bouquet.

The bridesmaids -- Mrs. F. Robert Volkman, Appleton, a sister-in-law of the groom, and Mrs. John A. Dix and Miss Marie Wears, sisters of the bride -- wore identically styled frocks in jewel-tone colors. Their décolleté dresses were fashioned with hip-length Basque bodies of taffeta covered with double layers of misty sheer net and ballerina skirts of double net over full taffeta skirts. Crisp net fluting also formed over-the shoulder and hipline ruffles. Mrs. Volkman wore line net over fuchsia-colored taffeta and net; Mrs. Dix chose petal pink over mist blue; and Miss Wears, aquamarine over blush pink.

All wore matching net finger mitts edged with narrow ruching at the hands and above the elbows.

The bridesmaids carried nosegay bouquets of Queen Mary and Talisman roses, tried with tulle matching their costumes, the pink tint of the flowers blending with the rich tones of the frocks. Their headdresses of roses, too, were alike.

Rev. Oates Presides

As a simple note of floral décor, two baskets of fall blossoms were accented against the palm and fern-banked altar. In the candlelit chancel the Rev. Arthur R. Oats, pastor, read the double-ring rite. Mrs. Dix, with her sister’, Miss Wears , playing the violin obbligato, and Mrs. Glenn D. Tinkham as organist, sang "Because."

F. Robert Volkman was his brother’s best man and John Dix, Marshfield, and Leslie Shoman, Neenah, ushered.

At the wedding and the reception and dinner later in the church parlors, the bride’s mother was gowned in soft brown crepe designed on tailored lines with a graceful side drape, long sleeves and high round neckline. The pink roses in her shoulder corsage blended subtly with her shell pink feathered calot.

Mrs. Volkman, mother of the bridegroom, wore a gown of luggage brown and dark brown veiled toque trim mined with curled ostrich tips. Pink roses composed her shoulder corsage.

Bowls of white chrysanthemums their blossoms enhanced by candlelight from white tapers in heirloom candelabra, the possession of Mrs. J. H. Cundy, a friend of the bride’s mother, with adorn the reception table. In sharp contrasts, sprays of leafy green fern will form a trailing centerpiece down the full length of the table covered with heavy white lace and linen cloths. Silver-colored nut cups and place cards will add a formal touch, while a large four-tier wedding cake iced in two shades of rose will center the table.

Groom in Service

Mrs. Volkman was graduated from the Marshfield High School with the class of 1941 and attended Lawrence College at Appleton for two years. She was been employed at Mi-Lady Beauty Shop at Wisconsin Rapids and, like her two sisters, is widely known throughout the State for her musical ability. Her husband, a graduate of Appleton High School, attended Ripon College, where he was affiliated with Omega Sigma Chi Fraternity before he entered Navy service. He has been on active duty for 3 ½ years, 22 months of which time he spent in the Pacific Theater of Operations. After his discharge from service he plans to return to college. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Volkman of Appleton.

Miss Wears, a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colo., and John Dix, who attends the Lincoln Chiropractic College at Indianapolis, Ind., came especially for the wedding.

Others from away were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Williamson and family and Mr. and Mrs. Tony Macieuski, Wisconsin Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Matzke, Two Rivers; Mr. and Mrs. John Schaller, Unity; Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Volkman, Appleton; Les Shoman, Neenah; Mr. and Mrs. F. Robert Volkman, Appleton; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ott and family, Granton; Mrs. Eva Wears, Hudson; and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Greech and daughter, Betty, Owen.



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