BioM: Mills, Arlene M. #2 (1953)


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Surnames: Mills, Gierl, Eddy, Plummer, Thorson, Kumbier, Laube, Kessler, Gabriel, Lehnen, Shaw, Laube


----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 09/17/1953


Mills, Arlene M. #2 (10 SEP 1953)


A beautiful wedding ceremony was solemnized before an altar decorated with baskets of mums and asters when Miss Arlene Mae Mills, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Mills, Owen, exchanged marriage vows with Robert L. Gierl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Gierl, Colby.  The double ring nuptial ceremony was read at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Colby, with the Rev. Frank Bricke officiating.


As the bride approached the altar on the arm of her father she wore an entrained gown of nylon tulle and Chantilly lace.  Her skirt consisted of a pleated nylon tulle panel which was scalloped and edged in tiny seed pearls.  The veil of imported illusion net was gathered to a tiara of seed pearls and rhinestones.  She carried a bouquet consisting of a lavender orchid surrounded by stephanotis.


Miss Joanne Gierl, sister of the groom, served as maid of honor.  She wore a strapless net and taffeta ankle length gown of medium blue.  The Alencon lace jacket worn with the gown was detailed with a tiny collar and buttoned to the waist.  The yellow, gold and bronze pompons that she carried were arranged in a basket made of net in shades from yellow to deep gold.


Similar ensembles, only in teal blue, were worn by the bridesmaids, Mrs. Kenneth Eddy, Neillsville, cousin of the bride; Harriet Plummer, Stanley; and Loretta Thorson, Owen.  Their bouquets were identical to the maid of honor’s.


Attending the groom as best man was his brother, Wilbur Gierl, Westboro.  Performing the role as groomsmen were Donald Mills, brother of the bride, Howard Kumbier, Colby, and Richard Laube, Owen.  Guests were seated by Glen Mills, Marshfield, uncle of the bride, and Oliver Kessler, Greenwood, uncle of the groom.


Attired in a baby blue sash and trimmed with forget-me-nots, little Lee Ann Shaw, Neillsville, cousin of the bride, served as flower girl.  Net ruffles edged the yoke as well as the skirt.  She carried a basket of flowers similar to those of the other aides.


Mrs. A. Gabriel, Colby, presided at the organ while Mrs. Herbert Lehnen of Owen sang "Ave Maria" and "Mother At Your Feet I’m Kneeling."


Mrs. Mills viewed her daughter’s wedding attired in a navy blue dress with matching accessories.  Mrs. Gierl wore a mauve frock with black accessories.  Their corsages were of yellow roses.


The new Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gierl greeted 300 guests at the bride’s home in Owen and then departed on a honeymoon to Niagara Falls.  Previous to her marriage Mrs. Gierl was employed at Western Condensing Co., Owen.  Her husband has just been released from the U.S. Army and after Oct. 1 will be employed at the Colby Creamery, Colby.  The newlyweds will make their home in Owen.


Guests present came from Neillsville, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Wausau, Marshfield, Stratford, Menomonie, Marathon, Colby, Owen, Hammond, La Crosse, Campbellsport, Loyal, Greenwood, Withee, and Stanley.



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