BioM: Gauerke, Joyce (1957)

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Surnames: Gauerke, Pokrant, Voight, Nowak, Grothkob, Hall, Clarkson, Griswold, Arndt, Jensen, Kallstrom, Ruesch, Hanson  

----Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) 07/04/1957 

Gauerke, Joyce (Marriage - 29 June 1957) 

Marriage vows between Miss Joyce Gauerke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Pokrant, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gust Pokrant, of Rockford, Ill., were exchanged Saturday evening at the First Baptist church at Medford. 

In a candle light ceremony, he bride was given in marriage by her father. The Rev. Russell Voight read the service at 8:00 o’clock. 

During the ceremony, Mrs. Kenneth Nowak sang "Because," "The Lord’s Prayer," and "Thou Art My Own." Two duets, "I Love You Truly," and "Saviour Like a Shepherd Lead Us," were sung by Carl Grothkob and Gerald Arndt. Mrs. Eldon Hall was accompanist. 

The bride wore a floor length gown of Chantilly type lace over satin. The fitted bodice had a Sabrina neckline with iridescent sequins. The front of the skirt had a lace panel extending to the back in alternate layers of ruffled tulle and lace. Her French, imported silk illusion veil cascaded to her finger tips from a crown trimmed with seed pearls and iridescent sequins. She carried a bouquet of red roses from which hung streamers of small, white carnations. 

Two friends from Medford, Miss Janet Clarkson, as maid of honor, and Miss Mary Griswold, as bridesmaid, served as her attendants. Miss Donna Kallstrom, niece of the groom, was also bridesmaid. 

They were attired in floor length gowns of nylon lace and net over taffeta, designed with strapless bodice and lace jacket. Their lace skirts were detailed with rows of ruffles. They wore horse hair braid tiaras and carried bouquets of white and matching carnations. Blue was chosen for the maid of honor and pink and Nile green for the bridesmaids. 

Miss Carol Jensen, Gilbert, Iowa, cousin of the bride, was dressed in yellow for her place as flower girl. 

Attending the groom were two brothers, Sidney Pokrant, as best man, and Martin Pokrant, both of Rockford, and Eugene Gauerke, of Chicago, brother of the bride. 

Steve Ruesch, of Medford, was ring bearer and Carl Hanson, Chicago, and Gary Ruesch, of Wausau, seated the guests. 

The bride’s mother chose a dress of pink nylon lace over taffeta and white accessories. White carnations and red roses were combined in her corsage. 

Mrs. Pokrandt wore a similar corsage with her blue nylon lace dress. Her accessories were also white. 

Following the ceremony, the new Mr. and Mrs. Pokrant greeted about 225 relatives and friends at a reception at the Abbotsford school gymnasium. 

After a wedding trip in northern Wisconsin, they will make their home in Rockford, where the groom is a building contractor. The bride, who taught school the past year, will continue teaching this coming fall at Rockford. 

Guests at the wedding were from Rockford, Belvidere, Chicago, Ill.; Gilbert, Ia.; Dodge Center, Minn.; Beloit, Glidden, Antigo, Pittsville, Wittenberg, Gleason, Goodrich, Athens, Appleton, Green Bay, Marshfield, Dorchester, Medford, Wausau, Loyal, Unity, and Abbotsford. 




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