BioM: Busse, Shirley Ann (1965)

 Contact: Dinah Reinke


Surnames: Busse, Zahrt, Kleinschmidt, Thorpe

------ Source: Tribune-Phonograph (Abbotsford and Colby, Clark Co., Wis.) 07/08/1965

------ Busse, Shirley Ann (26 JUN 1965)

The wedding of Miss Shirley Ann Busse and George W. Zahrt of rural Ringle took place at St. Peter’s Lutheran church, Dorchester, at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 26, with a brother of the bride, Rev. Arlan Busse of Freedom Pa., and the Rev. F. H. Sprengler, pastor officiating.

Mr. and Mrs. John Busse of Abbotsford, route 1 are the parents of the bride, and Mr. Zahrt’s parents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Herman Zahrt.

The exquisite wedding gown was of pure silk organza over white faille taffeta with a train.  The molded bodice was fashioned with a modified scoop neckline.  The long organza sleeves tapered to points over the wrists, where they were secured with white covered buttons.  Across the front midriff was delicate Alencon floral lace appliqué with white seed embroidery.

The skirt was of organza, with a controlled front with fullness in the back created by small unpressed pleats starting from the side waistlines.  Down the skirt front were two large sprays and two appliqués of Alencon lace.  The skirt back was also sprinkled with appliques into the train, which was full sweep in chapel length.  A flat bow trimmed the back waist.  The bridal veil of illusion in bouffant was secured to a pearl band crown.  It had small loops and peaks outlined with larger entwined pearl loops.  Each loop and peak was tipped with crystals.

The bride’s pendant bouquet showed a cascade of pink sweetheart roses, white feathered carnations and lily of the valley.  A string of pearls, a gift from the groom, completed her ensemble.

The bride’s attendants wore heart beat blue floor length dresses fashioned of combination white Rachel lace and peau de soie.  They were styled with A-line skirts, bodices of white lace over blue with scoop necklines and elbow length sleeves.  Shirts were topped with pleated bands at the waists, ending in a large bow and streamers at the back.  Matching forward hats with double pouf veils were worn, and they carried crescent shape cascade bouquets of blue carnations and white pompons and lemon leaves.

Miss Joan Kleinschmidt of Wausau, a friend of the couple was the maid of honor.  Bridesmaids were Carol Jean Busse, Abbotsford, a cousin of the bride, and Lou Ann Zahrt, Ringle, daughter of the groom.

Myron Zahrt, Ringle, a brother of the groom, was best man, and the groomsmen were Glenn Thorpe of Minneapolis, nephew of the groom, and Eugene Busse, Hinsdale, Ill., brother of the bride.  Ushers were John L. Busse, Marshfield, brother of the bride, and Merlin Zahrt of Wausau, cousin of the groom.

“O Perfect Love” and “The Lord’s Prayer” were sung by Miss Diane Schultz of Curtiss during the ceremony, and the congregation sang “Now Thank We All Our God”.

A dinner was served in the church parlors to about 200 guests, and a reception was held from 6 p.m. to 12 at Jerkwater hall, rural Dorchester.

The church was decorated with large white bows marking the pews, and the altar had bouquets of white and pink pompons and snapdragons, and baskets of pink and white peonies.

After the wedding trip to the eastern states and Canada, the couple will make their home at rural Ringle, where the groom is a farmer in the town of Easton.  The bride was employed at Marathon Electric Manufacturing Co. at Wausau.

Guests attending came from Oregon, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, Kenosha, Madison, Bonduel, Shawano, Wausau, Merrill, Ringle, Aniwa, Marshfield, Stratford, Colby, Dorchester, Abbotsford and Spencer.




© Every submission is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.


Show your appreciation of this freely provided information by not copying it to any other site without our permission.


Become a Clark County History Buff


Report Broken Links

A site created and maintained by the Clark County History Buffs
and supported by your generous donations.


Webmasters: Leon Konieczny, Tanya Paschke,

Janet & Stan Schwarze, James W. Sternitzky,

Crystal Wendt & Al Wessel