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Days Gone By: Rita and Keith Bennett 1963

After the marriage came the baby carriage when Bennett babies Bob, Katie and Christy started arriving. The children are hosting a 50th wedding celebration for their folks on June 21 at the Ridgetop. Submitted photo.1 / 2
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In a series of long-ago June brides, another couple -- Rita Hauth and Keith Bennett, exchanged their vows on June 15, 1963, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church.

The River Falls Journal write-up at the time included:

"In a double ring ceremony at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, Miss Rita Hauth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hauth of River Falls, became the bride of Keith Bennett, son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Bennett of River Falls, on June 15, at 10:30 a.m., before an altar decorated with white gladiolus and blue painted daisies.

Rev. Joseph Higgins officiated, the organist was Mrs. Everett Dodge and the soloist was Mr. Alvin Pechacek.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a full-length gown of white silk organza trimmed with white Chantilly lace. The fitted bodice was designed with a scalloped neckline trimmed with pearls and sequins and long lace sleeves. Her fingertip veil fell from a crown of pearls and crystals. She carried a bouquet of deep pink carnations and white rosebuds. Her only jewelry was a pair of pearl earrings, a gift of the groom.

Chosen as maid of honor was the groom's sister, Joanne Tyznik. Sandra Hauth was bridesmaid. They wore identical full-length dresses of light blue taffeta and matching veils, white gloves and shoes. They also wore a single strand of pearls and earrings, gifts of the bride. Bouquets were deep pink carnations.

Brother-in-law Henry Tyznik was best man. Groomsman was Kenneth Hauth. The groom and his attendants were attired in white jackets, black trousers, and black bowties. They wore deep pink boutonnieres. Ushers were David Denzer and Norman Dusek Jr.

The bride's mother chose a pale gold dress with white accessories. The groom's mother chose a blue dress with bone accessories. Both wore corsages of white carnations. The grandmother of the bride wore a navy blue dress and the grandmother of the groom wore a blue print dress.

After the ceremony a dinner was held at the Hotel Walvern for the wedding party and immediate families and Father Higgins.

A reception was held at St. Bridget's Parish Center from 2-5 p.m. A beautiful four-tiered wedding cake was decorated in blue with blue and white cut flowers. Mrs. Lucille Wendlick and Mrs. Marie Dusek cut and served the wedding cake.

Miss Carol Wussler poured punch. Gifts were opened by Mrs. Kathy Bennett, Mrs. Bonnie Bennett, and Miss Rita Ray. Mrs. Mary Miner had charge of the guest book. Mrs. Grace Swenson poured coffee.

A wedding dance was held in the evening at the American Legion Hall with music furnished by the Cardells from Ellsworth.

Following a trip to northern Wisconsin, the couple is now at home in rural River Falls."