BioM: Hanson, Elaine J. (1964)
Surnames: Ruprich, Hanson, Starzinski, Molle, Frank, Miller, Klabunde, Rankel, Buetsch
----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 24 Sep 1964
Hanson, Elaine J. (19 SEP 1964)
Miss Elaine J. Hanson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hanson of Unity, and Robert A. Ruprich, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Ruprich of Dorchester, exchanged marriage promises Saturday afternoon, Sept. 19, 1964, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Dorchester. Arnold Ruprich, father of the groom, performed the double ring ceremony at 1:30 o'clock.
The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, was attired in a floor length gown of peau de soie which she made herself. Seed pearls and embroidered roses enhanced the fitted bodice which was designed with an oval neckline and long sleeves. The bell shaped skirt with pleats at the waist was also detailed with embroidered roses and seed pearls. A matching train of peau de soie extended at the back with a large bow at the waist. A petal headpiece with pearls was worn with a fingertip veil of nylon illusion. She carried a bouquet with a large white orchid, yellow carnations and stephanotis with ivy and ribbon streamers.
As her maid of honor, she chose her friend and roommate, Miss Janet Starzinski of Wausau. Miss Judy Molle of Owen, another friend, and Miss Karen Ruprich of Oshkosh, the groom's cousin, were the bridesmaids.
They were dressed alike in floor length gowns of jade green fashioned with fitted bodices, oval necklines and elbow length sleeves. The sheath skirts had Watteau panels in the back accented at the waist with bow trim. Their headpieces were made with clusters of matching petals with pouf veils. They carried baskets of bronze and white pompons with wheat, cattails and croton leaves.
The groom was attended by three friends: Pat Wilson of Black River Falls, as best man, Tom Frank of Eau Claire and Don Miller of Weyauwega, as groomsmen. Alvin Ruprich of Wausau, uncle of the groom, and Bernard Klabunde of Dorchester, brother-in-law of the bride, were ushers.
Corsages of red roses and white pompons were presented to the mothers of the bridal couple and one of pink and white carnations was given to Mrs. Pauline Rankel of Colby, grandmother of the bride.
After the ceremony a reception, 4:30 o'clock dinner and dancing in the evening took place in the village hall at Abbotsford.
Mr. and Mrs. Gus Buetsch of Medford, close friends of the family, were also honored at the reception, as they were observing their 58th wedding anniversary. They were presented with a boutonniere and corsage of mixed pompons.
More than 400 guests were in attendance at the wedding day festivities. They came from Chicago, Oshkosh, Ashland, Phillips, Ladysmith, Cornell, Wausau, Schofield, Auburndale, West Bend, Viroqua, Medford, Dorchester, Unity, Colby, Abbotsford and vicinity.
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