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Joseph Lonergan to Vera Bentley

At 9 o'clock yesterday morning (July 17, 1944) at St. Patricks Catholic church, Miss Vera Bentley became the bride of Joseph Lonergan in a wedding service read by Rev.T.L. Walsh.

The bride wore a navy and white ensemble and white accessories and carried a crystal rosary. Her corsage was of white gladioli. Mrs.John Phalen served as matron of honor wearing a navy frock, white accessories and she had a pink rose corsage. Harold Fisher of Dixon served the bridegroom as best man.

Preceding the ceremony Miss Anne Carroll sang Shuberts Ave Maria accompanied by Mrs. Willard Jones.

A wedding breakfast for the bridal party was served at the Nachusa House after the nuptial service and was followed by a reception at the brides home.

Guests from out of town included Mr. and Mrs. Lester Knuth of Sterling, brother and sister in law of the bride, Mr. and Mrs.Wilbur Speaker and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Connell Nichols and Mr. and Mrs. Benson all of Sterling: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stephenitsh, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Farley and daughter and Patrick Farley of Amboy: Dixon guests were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Ringler, Mrs. Lester Smith and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Carroll and family, Mrs. Joe Sharkey and daughter and Miss. Anne Phalen.

The bride is employed at the Green River Ordnance plant as a group leader and Mr. Lonergan is a watchmaker located with Campbell's drug store.

Following a short honeymoon the couple will be at home here.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 18 July 1944

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