BioM: Gajda, Carole (1964)

Contact: Linda O’Donnell

Surnames: Gajda, Shimel, Klienschmidt, Bacza, Sweda, Welgos, Gill

----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., Wis.) 10 SEP 1964

Gajda, Carole (1 AUG 1964)

Holy Assumption Orthodox Church in Lublin was the scene for the Saturday, August 1st wedding of Miss Carole Gajda and Richard James Shimel. Rev. Glocar performed the 10:30 a.m. ceremony.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gajda, Lublin, and Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Shimel, Merrill.

The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, chose a floor length gown of gleaming stapeau. A bateau neckline and elbow length sleeves accented the fitted bodice embellished with pearl touched Alençon lace appliques. The bell skirt softly draped at the side, and featured two small bows with lace frosted streamers at the back and a removable chapel train. Pearl-tipped organza roses held her bouffant veil of illusion and she carried a cascade bouquet of white Fugi chrysanthemums.

Matron of honor was Mrs. Charlotte Shimel, sister-in-law of the groom. Bridesmaids were Miss Sandra Gill, friend, Miss Joann Gajda, cousin of the bride, and Miss Linda Gajda, sister of the bride. They wore floor length dresses of shantastek in beauty rouge. Scoop necklines and elbow length sleeves accented the fitted bodice styled with a wrap back and two small bows. The skirt was styled with unpressed pleats. They wore a daisy cluster over veil for the headpiece and carried a semi-cascade of white Marguerette daisies.

Cindy Klienschmidt, niece of the groom, was flower girl and David Bacza, cousin of the bride, was ring bearer.

Bill Shimel was his brother’s best man. Ushers were Bill Sweda, friend, Larry Gajda, brother of the bride, and Dan Welgos, friend.

A dinner for 75 guests was held in the church basement and a reception at 5:30 for 450 guests was at St. Hedwig’s Hall in Thorp, where a dance followed with music by Jerry’s Jolly Jesters.

The bride, a 1960 graduate of Thorp High School and 1963 graduate of Taylor Co. Teacher’s College, is an elementary school teacher at Bruce School. The groom graduated from Merrill High School in 1956 and River Falls in 1960, and is a secondary school teacher in the Flambeau School District.

After a wedding trip to Winnipeg, Canada, the new couple will make their home at 309-1/2 River Ave. E., Ladysmith.



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