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Days Gone By: Janovec 50th

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JUNE 1963

Note to Readers: Long ago wedding announcements printed in newspapers included every small detail of the couple and the ceremony. Paul and Mary Janovec are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year and the following is how their announcement appeared, along with a photo congratulating them seen elsewhere in this week's River Falls Journal.

Mary Ann Johnson was one of many June brides in 1963. On June 1 she became the bride of Paul Allen Janovec in a double ring ceremony at St. Bridget's Catholic Church. They exchanged their vows before an altar decorated with white gladioli and pink carnations, with Rev. Richard Burzynski officiating.

Mrs. Everett Dodge was the organist and John Knodle, friend of the bride, was the soloist.

The bride was given in marriage by her father and wore a floor-length gown of nylon organdy over taffeta. The bodice was fitted and fashioned with a cut-out neckline and tapered full-length sleeves.

The dress was trimmed with nylon lace and seed pearls tapering down the full length of the train. The bride wore a chapel veil falling from a crown of pearls and carried a cascade of dark pink roses. The only jewelry worn was a pair of cultured pearl earrings, a gift of the groom.

Mrs. James Janovec of St. Paul, sister-in-law of the groom, was matron of honor. The bridesmaids were Miss Mary Fox of Beldenville, Mrs. Ronald Johnson of Ellsworth. They all wore identical street length dresses of blue taffeta with embroidered trim, and wore matching blue veils with a crown of white pearls. Each girl carried a cascade bouquet of dark and light pink carnations and wore pearl earrings and white gloves, gifts of the bride.

James Janovec of St. Paul, brother of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Eldon Herum of River Falls and Keith Johnson of Beldenville. Ushers were Darwin Bredahl and Ronald Johnson.

The mother of the bride wore a powder blue sheath dress of arnel and nylon with white accessories. The groom's mother wore a two-piece beige taffeta dress with matching accessories. Both mothers wore corsages of red roses.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wallrich of St. Paul were the host and hostess at the reception held at the Stardust Room in Prescott. The bride's tables were decorated with a center bouquet of pink and white carnations and bachelor buttons.

Miss Carolyn Schumaker and Mrs. Jerome Brickner served the three tier wedding cake. Marilyn Martin served punch. Mrs. Earl Martin poured coffee. The gifts were opened by Miss Mavis Swanson and Miss Shirley Thorner.

The bride is a graduate of Ellsworth High School and is employed as secretary to the program director at radio station KDWB. The groom is a graduate of River Falls High School and is employed at Minnesota Mining.

Following a wedding trip to Canada, they were now residing in River Falls.