BioM: Bender, Virginia Belle (1951)

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Surnames: Bender, Koehn, Sprengler, Juneau, Denzine, Goodrich, Hamann, Empey, Abbegion, Ingvelson 

----Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) 01/03/1952 

Bender, Virginia Belle (Marriage - 29 Dec. 1951) 

Miss Virginia Belle Bender, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Bender, of Abbotsford, and Orville A. Koehn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Koehn, Medford, exchanged marriage vows in a double ring ceremony at Christ Lutheran church, Saturday afternoon, Dec. 29, at 2:00 o’clock. The Rev. F. H. Sprengler read the service and Herbert Juneau, organist and soloist, sang "Because," and "The Lord’s Prayer." 

The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a ballerina length gown, styled with a fitted, strapless bodice with a lace jacket with long, buttoned sleeves ending in points over the wrist. The lace motif was repeated in an apron effect over a net and satin skirt. Wide lace edged the finger tip veil which was held by a pearl and rhinestone headdress. She wore a rhinestone necklace and earrings, gift of the groom, and carried a white Bible to which was fastened a blue orchid surrounded by white roses and satin ribbon streamers with white roses attached.  

Attending the bride as maid of honor was her niece, Miss Darlene Denzine, of Goodrich, and Miss Henrietta Hamann, of Athens, life long friend of the bride, was bridesmaid. They wore identical gowns of rhinestone net over satin in pink and aqua, respectively, and rhinestone necklaces, gifts of the bride. Of ballerina length, the gowns were designed with strapless bodices. Matching stoles and mitts, matching wrist corsages of carnations and mums, and pearlized head dresses completed their ensembles. 

Miss Lynn Marie Bender, three-year-old niece of the bride, wore a frock like the bride, a floral head dress of roses and carried a basket of white and gold baby mums. She wore a gold cross and chain, a gift of the bride. 

The rings were carried on a pillow by Roger Empey, four year old nephew of the bride. 

Attending the groom were Donald Abbegion, Stetsonville, cousin of the groom, as best man, and Richard Ingvelson, Bruce, a friend, as groomsman. The acting ushers were Eldred Empey, brother-in-law of the bride, and Henry Bender, a brother. 

Mrs. Bender attended her daughter’s wedding in a rust suit with black accessories. Mrs. Koehn chose a gray dress. Both wore corsages alike, of pink and red carnations with matching ribbons. 

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eldred Empey, brother-in-law and sister of the bride, and a 5:00 o’clock dinner, for 85 guests was served. In the evening, a wedding dance was held at Memorial hall, Dorchester, Wis. 

Guests from Janesville, Evansville, Wausau, Goodrich, Dorchester, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Oshkosh, Colby, Medford, Stetsonville, Bruce, and Abbotsford attended the reception. 

The bride is a graduate of the Abbotsford high school, class of 1949, and was recently employed by Herbert Greenblatt, at Wausau. The groom is a graduate of the Medford high school, class of 1949, and the Minneapolis School of Telegraphy and Radio Technology, and is now employed by the Soo Line as relief operator.  

Mr. and Mrs. Koehn left on a short wedding trip to the southern part of the state and returned here. On Jan. 1, they left for Antioch, Ill., where he will be stationed for a month.  



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