BioM: Szczech, Marlene Marie (1971)
Surnames: Szczech, Vircks, Puerner, Strzok, Kryck, Staszuk, Badzinski
----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 14 Oct 1971
Szczech, Marlene Marie (18 SEP 1971)
St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church, Thorp, was the setting Saturday, September 18, 1971 when Miss Marlene Marie Szczech and Gerald William Vircks repeated their nuptial vows. The 2:00 ceremony united in marriage the daughter of Mrs. Apolonia Szczech and the late Walter Szczech, Greenwood (Clark Co., Wis.), and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Vircks, Medford. The Reverend John Puerner performed the double ring ceremony.
Escorted to the altar by her brother, Jerome, the bride chose an imported organza gown. The empire bodice was accented with a high mandarin collar trimmed with tiny Venice lace daisies. Full sleeves were trimmed with flowers of shiffle embroidery and finished with a flare ruffle cuff. The diradl skirt and full chapel length train were scattered with shiffle embroidery flowers. A shoulder length veil was attached to her Juliet headpiece. The bride carried a traditional bouquet of white roses, carnations, and lavender mums.
Miss Jane Vircks, Milwaukee, sister of the groom, was chosen by the bride as her maid of honor. Bridesmaid was Stephanie Strzok, Menomonie, cousin of the bride. The attendants were adorned in lavender empire Sato Peau gowns. Purple Venice lace formed the bolero vest and cuffed long sleeves. The attendants carried colonial bouquets of white, lavender and purple carnations with purple streamers.
Attending the groom as best man was Warren Vircks, Cudahy, brother of the groom. Groomsman was Dan Szczech, Greenwood, brother of the bride. The groom and his attendants chose black Edwardian tuxedoes with flared slacks. Ushers were Richard Vircks, Medford, Tom Kryck, Minneapolis, and John Staszuk, Eau Claire..
As the bride walked down the aisle Miss Tina Badzinski, organist, played “Lara’s Theme” from the movie Dr. Zhivago. Miss Virginia Badzinski and Miss Denise Badzinski sang various selections, including “On This Day Oh Beautiful Mother,” as the bride place a bouquet of carnations at the altar of the Blessed Virgin.
Following the ceremony a reception dinner and cane were held at the American Legion Hall, Thorp.
After a week’s honeymoon, the couple will make their home at 3200 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee.
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