BioM: Vanderhoof, Lorena Florence (1947)

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Surnames: Vanderhoof, Gehrke, Neumann, Fenner, Mueller, Smith, Heide, Tews, Knoll, Mellenthin, Smogeleski, Weins, Lee

----Source: Spencer Record, Spencer, Wis.) 06/19/1947

Vanderhoof, Lorena Florence (1947)


In a setting of bleeding hearts, bridal wreath, apple blossoms, lily of the valley, and other mixed flowers, Miss Lorena Florence Vanderhoof, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Munson Vanderhoof, Spencer, became the bride of Russell Allen Gehrke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lenard Gehrke, Loyal. The Rev. G. Neumann performed the ceremony at 3:30 p. m. Saturday, June 7, at Salem Lutheran Church at Veefkind.

During the ceremony, Gladys Fenner say “O Promise Me” and “Because”. She was accompanied by Mrs. John Mueller.

The bride wore a white gown fashioned with a sweetheart neckline and a long bodice. The skirt was full and ended in a train. The finger tip veil was held by a high crown. Her bouquet was made up of pink roses with white streamers, and for jewelry she wore a strand of pearls.

Miss LaVonne Smith, Eau Claire, a friend of the bride, was maid of honor. She wore a white gown, and had a wrist corsage of pink and white carnations.

Other attendants were Darlene Heide, Two Rivers, a cousin of the groom, who wore a white dotted swiss gown, and Anola Tews, Spencer, friend of the bride, also wearing a white formal.

Orin Gehrke, Loyal, brother of the groom, was best man. Albert Vanderhoof, Spencer, brother of the bride, and Norman Vanderhoof, Ogema, cousin of the bride were also attendants. Ushers were Munson Vanderhoof Jr., brother of the bride, and La Vern Knoll, cousin of the groom.

A dinner was held at the church parlor and approximately 100 guests attended. The parlor was decorated with blue, white and pink streamers.

A reception was held at the Lenard Gehrke home and the dance at the Spencer Municipal Hall.

The bride graduated from Loyal High School in 1945 and attended Eau Claire Teachers College for one year. The groom graduated from Spencer High School in 1943, and was in the Marine Corps in World War II, and served in the Pacific Theatre.

The bride and groom will be on a wedding trip for a week in the southern part of the state, after which they will be home to their friends after June [unreadable]; at the residence of the groom’s parents at Loyal.

Out of Town guests included Mr. and Mrs. Harold Vanderhoof and family of Ogema, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mellenthin and Wilbur of Unity, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gehrke Sr. and daughter, Hattie, and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Vanderhoof of Marshfield, Mr. and Mrs. Rob Gehrke and family of Auburndale, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gehrke Jr. and family of Wausau, Mr. and Mrs. William Knoll and children of Wausau, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Gehrke and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Smogelseski and son, of Reed, Mrs. Laura Heide and daughter, Darlene, Two Rivers, Mrs. Conrad Weins of Manitowoc, Mr. and Mrs. Rollie Lee and daughter, Sharon, of Sheboygan, and Mr. and Mrs. John Gehrke and Elmer Gehrke of Fort Atkinson.

The Record joins their many local friends in extending congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy wedded life.



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