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Wedding Wedding, Jane
Wedding, February 20, 1949

From A Brief History of the Stivers

Jane and I were married in St. Luke's on February 20, 1949. Jane's parents, her sister Grace, and brother Paul attended. My parents and sister Marion were here. The church was filled. Every possible seat taken. The reception followed in the parish hall. We had a huge cake, decorated with all different kinds of interesting trinkets. By the time we were ready to cut the cake and really look at it, many people had taken the trinkets as a remembrance of the wedding.

From Youngstown Vindicator, March 4, 1949, p. 28:
"Rev. Stiver and Bride on Gulf Coast Honeymoon,"

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was lovely in an ivory satin gown, simply styled, and a lace-appliqued fingertip illusion veil arranged with a coronet of lilies of the valley. Her bouquet was of white orchids and lilies of the valley. Her attendants, Mrs Barron Schlenk, her sister, and Mrs. Edward Struble, this city, sister of the bridegroom, were in pastel blue taffeta, and had bouquets and coiffure corsages of pink tulips.

Jessiford Van Kuren was best man, Lloyd Dietz was groomsman, and J.B. Trask and Ernest Heiby were ushers.

Before the wedding, the women of the church had a big wedding shower for Jane. She was not familiar with every one's name, especially when the German names (spelled as we are familiar with them) were all pronounced as if French. She had quite a time with names. We have many fond memories about the wedding.

John Mark was born the following year. I would rock him on the front porch and sing hymns to him. One day when Jane was in the kitchen and John was in the back bed room, someone crawled in through the bedroom window and took Jane's purse. We cringe every time we think of her possibly walking into the room when this happened.

John was baptized here. So this church holds many memories.

John as baby
John, 1950.
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