BioM: Van Auken, Ona Mae (1947)
Contact: Stan
Email: stan@wiclarkcountyhistory.org

Surnames: Van Auken, Conrad, Garrett, Seeder, Jaffke, Tasso, Kinney, Rieder

----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 12/04/1947

Van Auken, Ona Mae (25 OCT 1947)

At a candlelight service at five o’clock in the afternoon on Oct. 25, 1947, Ona Mae Van Auken became the bride of fred A. Conrad, Jr., at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Walter R. Wietzke officiating. The bride, a former resident of Withee (Clark Co., Wis.), is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray D. Kinney, 6042 South Hermitage Ave., Chicago. Mr. Conrad’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Conrad, Sr., 8040 South Manistee Ave., Chicago.

For the service the bride wore a gown of white slipper satin which was appliquéd on lace at the neckline and had a long train. Her fingertip illusion veil, which was edged in lace, fell from a headpiece of plastic orange blossoms. She carried an arm bouquet of white stephanotis and gladiolas centered with an orchid.

Betty Garrett, the maid of honor, was attired in a gown of gold faille, and she carried an arm bouquet of bronze chrysanthemums tied with pale yellow ribbon. The bridesmaids were Delores Conrad, sister of the groom, and Jane Rieder of Milwaukee, Wis., who has been a friend of the bride since their college days. Barbara Conrad, also a sister of the groom, served as junior bridesmaid. The gowns and flowers of the bridesmaids were identical to that of the maid of honor; however, their flowers were tied with bronze colored ribbon. The headpieces of the attendants were braided tiaras of satin ribbon to match the ribbon on their flowers.

Edward Seeder served as Mr. Conrad’s best man, and the ushers were Robert Jaffke, who is a cousin of the groom, and Peter Tasso.

During the ceremony, Mr. William Donaldson, accompanied on the organ by Mrs. Charles Wittstock, sang "Because", "The Lord’s Prayer", and "At Dawning."

The bride’s mother wore a dress of teal blue crepe with black accessories, while the dress of the groom’s mother was brown crepe with brown accessories. Each wore a corsage of yellow tea roses and gladiolas.

At seven o’clock a smorgasbord dinner was served to 225 guests in the American Legion Hall at 7905 South Burnham Ave.

After a week’s honeymoon the young couple are at home at the Hermitage address.

 

 


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