Miss Joanne Mersberger Is Bride Of George Hesslink
Green and white were predominant in the wedding Saturday of Miss Joanne
Mersberger and George Kuemmet Hesslink. Not until the bride, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Roman John Mersberger, 1511 Indiana Ave., walked down the aisle of
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with her father, who presented her in
marriage, did she know that a solemn nuptial Mass was to be offered. It had
been arranged as a surprise to her by the Rev. James J. Shlikas, celebrant.
Other officers of the Mass that followed the 11 o'clock marriage service were
the Rev. Robert Skeris, deacon; the Rev. Alphonse Rumbac, subdeacon, and
Peter Skeris, master of ceremonies. Two cousins of the bride, James and John
Meyer, served as thurifer and acolyte, respectively. Another in the
last-listed role was Paul Jagelowicz.
The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Hildegarde K. Hesslink of Skokie, Ill.
"Mass in Honor of the Blessed Sacrement" was sung by the choir with Mrs.
Agnes Zupancich at the organ. The soloist, Mrs. George Aldakauskas Jr., the
bride's aunt, sang "Ave Maria" John Jordan, and "Panis Angelicus" with the
choir joining her. The group also did "On This Day, O Beautiful Mother,"
when the bride placed a bouquet at the Blessed Virgin Altar.
White gladioli and stock were combined with green carnations in the four
altar bouquets that had white satin ribbon bows. Family pews were marked
with bows also.
A gown of silk organza with scalloped Sabrina neckline, adorned with
iridescent sequins and seed pearls, was the bride's attire. Princess lines
of the gown were outlined with wide bands of rosepoint lace, also used for
the three-quarter length sleeves. The back detail was a controlled bustle
above a wide sweeping chapel train. The queen's double crown of Alencon
lace, emblazoned with seed pearls and sequins, was attached to a bouffant
silk illusion veil. Ivy streamers were intermingled with white roses and
stephanotis in the cascade-style bouquet that had showers of white satin
ribbons with stephanotis.
Seven attendants appeared in the procession. They were identically gowned in
jade green silk organza over taffeta. The styling included scoop necklines,
elbow-length sleeves and full shirred skirts as well as a satin cummerbund on
each with a satin rose at the back of the waistline. Matching satin
headpieces with veils complemented the dresses. Cascade-crescent bouquets of
whole and feathered white carnations and filiciflora ferns had mint green
ribbon and tulle trim.
Maid of honor was Miss Mary Alyce Heller, Warrenville, Ill., roommate of the
bride at Alverno College, Milwaukee, and three of her classmates were
bridesmaids, Miss Grace Abraham, Elgin, Ill.; Miss Barbara Klevickis,
Janesville, and Miss Mary Schlitz, Burlington, with a sister of the bride,
Miss Mary Beth Mersberger, were in the roles. Junior bridesmaids were
Josephine Kuemmet, the bridegroom's cousin, and Patricia Simenz, similarly
related to the bride. They carried small versions of the bouquets described.
Norman A. Hesslink Jr., Des Plaines, Ill., brother of the bridegroom, was the
best man. Groomsmen included Nils Slepekis, the bridegroom's cousin, and two
fellow students at Northwestern University, Lee Huebner and Virgil Bruner,
Chicago. The trio doubled as ushers.
Bridal party and relatives of the couple were entertained at a wedding
dinner, served at 1 o'clock at Johnny's Restaurant, where, between 3 and 7
o'clock, a reception for approximately 500 guests from 21 places was held,
followed by a buffet supper.
Mr. Hesslink is taking his bride to Florida for three weeks and after July
17, they will be residing in Hyde Park, Chicago area. The former Miss
Mersberger was graduated from Central High School in 1959 and attended
Alverno College for two years. This month Mr. Hesslink received his B.A.
Degree in sociology from Northwestern University and previously, a diploma
from Central High School, class of 1958. He will continue his education at
the University of Chicago in fall with research assistantship with National
Opinion Research Center.
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