BioA: Will, Mr./Mrs. Neland (Silver – 1972)


Surnames: Will, Strieter, Schaefer, Schultz, Witte, Zassenhaus, Uerling

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 07 Sep 1972

Will, Mr./Mrs. Neland (Silver – 2 Sep 1972)

Mr. and Mrs. Neland Will were given a surprise Silver Wedding Anniversary celebration at the Spencer Municipal Hall Saturday, September 2, 1972.

The highlight of the event was a mock wedding, which consisted of the bride, played by Sonja Strieter, wearing the original wedding gown of Mrs. Will, with a veil attached to a hat rim sprayed silver and a crown of flowers made of colored egg cartons.

The bride’s bouquet was a large head of cabbage infested with a large rubber beetle and worm. She wore a pink garter decorated with an orange poppy.

The groom was played by Mrs. Norma Schaefer, who wore a browns suit and red and white gingham shirt. His boutonniere consisted of a large pickle with vines and a pink dahlia.

Maid of honor was played by Ronald Schultz. Her attire was an aqua metallic dress with diamond buttons. Her wrist corsage was a white rose with an octopus on it. Her headpiece was of pink veiling.

The best man, Shirley Witte, wore a brown suit, white shirt, brown corduroy hat with a spider dangling from it. His boutonniere was three red beets combined with bridal wreath entwined through part of an egg carton.

Bridesmaid was Pauline Zassenhaus, who wore a deep rose dress of tiered lace with matching headpiece. Her wrist corsage was a pink dahlia with bridal wreath. Her groomsman was played by June Uerling, who wore a kaki army uniform and cap and large army boots. His boutonniere was three carrots with the greens entwined through part of an egg carton.

Another bridesmaid was Cindy Strieter, who wore a pale blue low cut dress. Her wrist corsage was a deep dark red dahlia with ivy vines. Her groomsman was Rose Johnson, who wore a dark suit, white shirt and a hat trimmed with silver pine cones and green and white ribbons. His boutonniere was three onions and pea vines entwined through egg cartons.

The mother-in-law as played by Lona Strieter, who wore a calico gown and gray wig. She carried a pistol and pushed a baby carriage, in which Carla Will was riding as the baby. She wore a huge bonnet and had a quart bottle with a milk inflator for a nipple.

Officiating servant was Erma Schultz, who was dressed in a blue robe, dark pants and white turtle neck shirt. She carried a 1906 Clark County Atlas, in which the mock ceremony was written.

The bride was given a heart shaped pillow upon which was place a miniature bride and groom, silver bells, a little white bible, a green vine with blue flowers and a large diamond ring for the bride. The groom’s ring was two large red and white dice.

After Will took the garter from the mock bride and threw it into the crowd, he received a large gold chain with a chief bartender bottle opener on it.

A large crowd of friends, neighbors and relatives helped the Wills celebrate. Lunch and refreshments were served to all who attended.



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