BioM: Panek, LaVerne K. (1960)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon



Surnames: Panek, Forrester, Rogalinski, Disher, Rogers, Washetas, Stetenfeldt, Pawlak, Koscielski, Panic, Polnaszke, Maniake, McLaughlin, Skowronski, Sondergaard, Florid, Bocek, Boyle, Suddie


----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) May 26, 1960


Panek, LaVerne K. (Marriage - 14 May 1960)


Miss LaVerne L. Panek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Estelle Panek of Thorp, was given in marriage by her father May 14 to Chet G. Forrester, son of Mrs. Marie Rogalinski, in a double ring ceremony, at St. Hedwig’s Roman Catholic Church, east of Thorp. The Rev. F. S. Disher officiated.


The bride wore a gown of silk organza with appliquéd flowers, the chapel train formed a bustle, the gown had short sleeves and the lace bodice was trimmed with pearls and sequins. She had a full finger tip veil.  Her bouquet was of white orchids and white stephanotis.


The maid of honor was the groom’s sister, Patricia Rogers.  Bridesmaids were her sisters, the Misses Diane and JoAnne Panek.  Bestman was William Washetas of Round Lake, Ill., the groom’s brother-in-law.  The other attendants were: Ernest Stetenfeldt and Thomas Rogalinski, both of Cicero, Ill.  The flower girl was Debbie Panek, the bride’s youngest sister.


A reception was held at St. Hedwig’s Hall, with about 450 guests.  The hall was decorated in lilac and white streamers.


The couple is on a two-week honeymoon to Lake Lawn Lodge in Delavan, after which they will make their home in Cicero, Ill.  The groom is traffic manager for a company in Melrose Park, Ill.


The bridal cake was a four-tier square one, decorated in lilac and white frosting. From the top, where stood images of the bride and groom, down to the bottom, where stood an image of the flower girl, were images of each of the bridal party, each standing on its own tier and dressed in exact replicas of the dresses and suits worn by the bridal party.


Relatives of the bride attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Pawlak and family, Miss Harriet Koscielski, Frank Panic, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Polnaszke and Barbara, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Maniake and family, Marilyn McLaughlin, Roger Polnaszke, Mrs. Ann Skowronski, and Mr. and Mrs. Al Sondergaard.


The groom’s relatives were: Mr. and Mrs. William Washetas and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Stetenfeldt, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Florid, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Bocek, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Boyle, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Suddie, Mr. and Mrs. William Boyle, and Mr. and Mrs. Edson Boyle.


The groom’s grandmother danced for the first time since World War I.  She danced with the groom, an honor which he shall never forget.



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