BioM: Gronek, Helen (1956)
Surnames: Gronek, Polok, Grajek, Sromek, Slowiak, Pawlak, Milstrok, Biernot, Kaminski
----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 10/11/1956
Gronek, Helen (1 SEP 1956)
Helen Gronek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Gronek of Curtiss (Clark Co.), Wis., and Anthony Polok, son of Mrs. Angeline Polok of Lublin, Wis., were united in marriage at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church here on Saturday, Sept. 1st, 1956, at 10 o’clock in the morning by Father Constance Chilicki. The church altars were beautifully decorated with flowers and palms.
The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, carried a bouquet of white gladiolas and pompons to the Blessed Virgin’s altar. Al Ciolkosz was the organist and beautiful hymns were sung. For her wedding the bride chose a sequin Sabrina neckline dress made of imported Chantilly lace with skirt made of ruffles in nylon tulle with scalloped Chantilly lace tunic over ruffles. Her two yard train was made of ruffled nylon tulle. Her veil was of French illusion scalloped Chantilly lace edging and her crown headpiece was made of sequins and pearls, matching the dress. She carried a cascade bouquet of lilies and sweet peas with small streamers and white satin ribbon and a white pearl rosary, a gift of the groom. Her only jewelry was pearl earrings as something borrowed from her sister Rosalie.
The maid of honor was sophie Gronek, sister of the bride, attired in an all white strapless dress with ruffles of nylon tulle, alternating with ruffles of Chantilly lace with a tulle jacket lace collar and cap sleeves.
The bridesmaids wore dresses similar to the maid of honor. They all wore picture hats. Their cascade bouquets were of pink roses and white pompons with white satin ribbon. They wore pearl chokers and earrings, gifts of the bride. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Rosalie Grajek, Chicago, sister of the bride, Mrs. Rose Sromek, Gilman and Mrs. Mary Slowiak, Chicago, sister of the groom, and Evelyn Pawlak, Oak Lawn, Ill., cousin of the bride.
Flower girl was Linda Diana Grajek of Chicago, niece of the bride. She wore an all white floor length dress similar to the bridesmaids and carried a basket of pink roses and white pompons with white satin ribbon. Her necklace was a baby pearl choker, gift of the bride. Ring bearer was Michael Milstrok, Thorp, nephew of the groom. He wore attire identical to the groomsmen and carnation boutonniere and carried the rings on a white satin pillow. His gift from the groom was a wrist watch.
The groom wore midnight blue trousers and a white dinner jacket with a white satin lapel and wore a white carnation boutonniere. His gift from the bride was a birth stone tie pin and cufflinks set.
Best men were Chester Polok, Minneapolis, brother of the groom, Edward Gronek, Lyons, Ill., Frank Gronek, Chicago, brother of the bride, and Raymond Biernot of Minneapolis, groom’s nephew. They all wore midnight blue trousers and white dinner jackets with a pink satin lapel and wore white carnation boutonnieres. Their gift from the groom was a tie pin and cuff links set.
The bride’s and groom’s mothers wore nylon light blue lace dresses over light blue satin taffeta and a corsage of Vanda orchids and small white flowers. The godmothers, Martha Pawlak and Betty Kaminski, wore corsages.
A reception dinner and supper were served at P.N.A. Hall at Thorp to 300 guests. The orchestra was furnished by Mike Kryzanski.
The happy couple spent their honeymoon in Canada, northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. They will make their home in Chicago.
The bride is a graduate of Oak Vale Public School and 2 years at Withee High School. The bridegroom is a graduate of Roosevelt Public School and Thorp High School and served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force, Walker A.F.B., Roswell, N.M.
Guests attending the wedding from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gronek and daughters Barbara Jean, Frannie and Dolly, Mr. and Mrs. Clemence Grajek and daughter Linda Diana, Eddie Gronek, Sophie Gronek, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Patch, Eddie Filipek, Mrs. Mary Adamczyk, Stanley, Joseph and Lottie Olsofka, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Polok and family, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Slowiak, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chapp, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Depa, John Depa, Joseph Stokosa, Andrew Burzynski, Lenard Poesda, David Slovensky, John Slowiak, Miss Vickie Slowiak, Miss Celia Burzynski and fiancé, Mr. and Mrs. John Wiater and son, Jackie, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Felicke, Frank Jaeger, all of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Mike Pawlak and family of Oak Lawn, Ill.; Mr. John Paczkowski of Detroit; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Alger and family, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lach and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Smuda and family, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Biernot and son Raymond, Mr. chester Polok, all of Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Fzalkiwicz, Mrs. Sophie Witek and daughter, Rosie, of Conrad, Wis.
Others also attended from Curtiss, Colby, Owen, Withee, Neillsville, Boyd, Cadott, Thorp, Gilman, Lublin, Chippewa Falls and Stanley.
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