BioM: Janda, Martha (1955)


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Surnames: Janda, Steffes, Schulz, Weyer, Franck, Gabriel, Silver, Bittner 

----Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) 01/13/1955  

Janda, Martha (Marriage - 8 Jan. 1955) 

Miss Martha Janda and Paul Steffes exchanged marriage vows Saturday morning, Jan. 8, at St. Bernard’s Catholic church. The double ring ceremony was read at 9:30 by the Rev. Raymond Schulz before the nuptial high mass. During the offertory of the mass, Dr. C. N. Weyer, of Mankato, Minn., uncle of the bride, sang "Ave Maria," by Silver, and at the communion, "Panis Angelious," by Cesar Franck. 

Parents of the bridal couple are Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Janda, Abbotsford; and Mr. and Mrs. John Steffes, St. Cloud, Wisconsin. 

The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a floor length gown of white velvet, designed with a fitted bodice, with self buttons closing the bodice and sleeves. Her hoop skirt had a peplum of silk Chantilly lace from her mother’s wedding dress. The bride, who made her wedding gown, also used the lace in the collar and the pointed lower sleeves. Her finger tip veil was held by a tiara of rhinestones, fashioned in a flower and leaf pattern. On her mother’s wedding prayer book, which she carried, was a spray of Amazon lilies, white roses and stephanotis, showered with satin ribbons and roses. 

Miss Ann Janda was her sister’s maid of honor and Miss Dorlene Steffes, sister of the groom, of Milwaukee, was bridesmaid. 

The attendants wore waltz length gowns of cranberry antique taffeta, styled with fitted bodices, portrait necklines, cap sleeves and full skirts. Coral velvet outlines the necklines and extended into panels of velvet to the hem of the skirt in the back tied at the waist with a bow of the velvet. Tiaras of the crystal bugle beads and lace in the same shade were worn on their hair. 

The maid of honor carried a bouquet of white pompons and gladioli interspersed with pastel yellow maline while the bridesmaid carried a similar bouquet arranged with white maline, pale yellow gladioli and white pompons. 

The groom was attended by his brother, Cletus Steffes, of St. Cloud, as best man, and Louis Janda, brother of the bride, as usher. Ralph and David Steffes, also brothers of the groom, of St. Cloud, seated the guests while Mrs. Alois Gabriel, of Colby, played organ selections. Mrs. Gabriel also accompanied the soloist and St. Bernard’s choir during the mass. 

The mother of the bride wore winter white and brown accessories with her silver blue dress. On her brown clutch purse she had a corsage of white pompons and yellow gladioli. The mother of the groom wore a navy blue dress, with white accessories. She wore a shoulder corsage of white pompons and yellow gladioli. 

Miss Coletta Janda, Stillwater, Minn., godmother of the bride, and Mrs. Carl Bittner, Plymouth, godmother of the groom, had corsages made alike of feathered white and red carnations. 

After the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served for the bridal party at the home of the bride’s parents. A 12:30 o’clock dinner for 60 guests was served at the high school gymnasium. Guests came from St. Cloud, Plymouth, Campbellsport, Mt. Calvary, Hancock, Milwaukee, Racine, Abbotsford, St. Paul, Mankato, and Winona, Minn. 

The groom, a graduate of Marquette University, Milwaukee, will report at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, where he will attend eight weeks of medical branch training in the army. The bride, a registerd x-ray technician, is employed at St. Anthony’s hospital, at Milwaukee. 



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