BioM: Sytsma, Lew Ellyn Marie (1962)

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Surnames: Sytsma, Gray, Frank, Raarup, Peace, Moe, Ludwig, Knabe, Kalmon

----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark Co., Wis.) 11/01/1962

Sytsma, Lew Ellyn Marie (Marriage - 6 Oct. 1962)

The Warren Methodist Church in Washburn was the scene of a candlelight wedding on Saturday, Oct. 6, when Miss Lew Ellyn Marie Sytsma, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luke Sytsma, became the bride of James J. Gray, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Justin Gray of Colby, Wis.

The Rev. Donald Frank performed the double-ring ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Baskets of white chrysanthemums graced the chancel and white and bronze chrysanthemums were arranged at the entrance to the chancel.

Mrs. Paul Raarup, the organist, presented a program of traditional nuptial music and accompanied the soloist as she sang "The Wedding Prayer" and "Entreat Me Not To Leave Thee."

The bride, who was escorted down the aisle by her father, wore a gown of peau de soie. The simple princess line gown was designed with a crescent neckline enriched with a passementerie and crystal beading. Self cording defined the the empire bodice and the bell skirt, sweeping back to a cathedral train, was highlighted at the back waistline with an obi bow.

Her shoulder-length veil of silk illusion was draped to a crown of seed pearls and her cascade bouquet was of white chrysanthemums with streamers.

Miss Phyllis Peace was maid of honor and Miss Judith Moe was the bridesmaid. Their identical dresses of moss green satin featured scoop necklines. Their matching pillbox head adornments held short veils and they carried baskets of autumn flowers and fruit.

The bride’s twin sisters, Wanda and Wendy Sytsma, the junior bridesmaids, wore dresses of gold satin fashioned with scoop necklines and full skirts with wide sashes which formed soft folds at the back. Short veils were draped from their pillbox caps and they carried wicker baskets of autumn flowers and fruit.

The best man was Donald Ludwig and James Knabe was the groomsman.

Ushering duties were performed by Peter Sytsma and Dennis Kalmon.

Following the ceremony a reception was held in the church parlors with the members of the Woman’s Society in charge of arrangements.

The bride is a graduate of Washburn High School and the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing at Madison. She was honored at several pre-bridal showers, one given by classmates and friends and the other by a neighborhood group.

The bridegroom is a graduate of Colby High School and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is employed as a mechanical engineer for the Marathon Corporation at Green Bay.

For their wedding trip, the young couple are taking a circle tour through Canada. Mr. and Mrs. James Gray will make their home in Green Bay.

Out-of-town guests at the wedding were from Colby, Abbotsford, Owen, Curtiss, Medford, Marshfield, Frederic, Shell Lake, Cameron, Stoughton, Port Wing, Herbster, Oregon, Milwaukee, Janesville, Ashland, La Crosse, Madison, Bayfield, and from Rockford, Ill., and Silver Bay and Minneapolis, Minn.



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