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This marriage was contributed by: Jerry Head

Sheboygan Press - Thursday - July 1, 1954 - p. 14
{With photo of bride}

Henry A. Hillemann Claims Bride In Iowa Ceremony

Four attendants preceded Miss Donna Louise Whiting down the aisle of Central Park Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids, Ia., on Sunday afternoon, when she and Henry A. Hillemann of Sheboygan repeated nuptial promises.

Cedar Rapids is the home city of the bride, whose parents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Whiting and whose father escorted her and gave her in marriage. Another person seated in a front pew was the bridegroom's mother, Mrs. Adela Hillemann, 723 Highland Tr.

As background for the double-ring ceremony, the greenery of huckleberry and lemon leaves gave contrast to the white flowers. Candelabras formed a pointed arch. In this setting the Rev. Reuben Tjaden read the 2:30 o'clock services.

Imported French Chantilly lace over bridal satin were used to design the waltz-length bridal gown that had a sleeveless bodice covered with a brief lace jacket with front button closing. Long sleeves tapered to points over the wrists. The bouffant skirt had a deeply scalloped hemline. A fingertip veil was attached to a half caplet of tulle sprinkled with pearls. The white prayerbook carried by the bride had an orchid surrounded by lilies-of-the-valley on it.

Bridal attendants came from three states to take part in the service and festivities, the maid of honor, Miss Betty Ann Denniston, from Los Angeles, Calif., and the bridesmaid duo, Mrs. Robert E. Whiting, Racine, and Mrs. James S. Whiting, Elyria, Ohio, sisters-in-law.

Identical attire was worn by them and they appeared in embroidered white organza, waltz-length dresses over orchid-colored taffeta slips with big sashes in matching shade. Their mitts were white. Sequin-sprinkled, petal-shaped bandeaux of orchid-colored net completed their garb. Carnations in white and lavender fashioned their colonial bouquets.

Embroidered organdy in pale yellow with a full skirt and yellow sash were worn by the flower girl, ..., the bridegroom's niece from Sheboygan, who carried a miniature colonial bouquet similar to those of the others in the wedding party. Another in the procession was ..., Racine, the bride's nephew, who carried the rings on a satin pillow.

Two brothers-in-law of the bridegroom, Clemens Sonntag, Brillion, and Atty. Nathan S. Heffernan, Sheboygan, were best man and groomsman, respectively, and another in the latter role was Robert E. Whiting, Racine. Ushers, James S. Whiting, Elyria, Ohio, and Theodore R. Whiting, completed the wedding party. The latter three are the bride's brothers.

Harold Reeves, soloist, had three numbers, `I Love You Truly', 'I Love Thee' and `The Lord's Prayer.' The organist, Mrs. Leo Geesamen, was the accompanist.

Wedding guests, 100 in number, were entertained at a reception held in the church parlors.

A week is being spent at one of northern Wisconsin's many lakes and after July 5, Mr. Hillemann and his bride will be living at 319 W. Doty in Madison, where he is attending the University of Wisconsin Law School. The bride, a graduate of Iowa State Teachers College, did graduate study at U.W., and has been a teacher in West Bend.

Persons present for the wedding in addition to those previously listed, were Mrs. Nathan S. Heffernan, Mrs. Walter Baumgartner, Sheboygan; Mrs. Clemens Sonntag, Brillion; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Daly, Miss Maxine Aerts, West Bend; Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Kingsbury, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Duffy, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Pearson, Des Moines, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Willis Whiting, Central City, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Staicup, Iowa City, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Samuelson, Ames, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Ross Abernathy, Mrs. Kathryn Hanson, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Roster, Vinton, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Porter, Cedar Falls, Ia., and Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Howe, Elberon, Ia.

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