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Miss Patricia Welch and Sergeant William M. Lonnecker Plight Troth

   At a beautiful ceremony last night, Saturday, Dec. 15, Miss Patricia Welch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Almer Welch of this city, became the bride of Sgt. William Michael Lonnecker, son of Mr. and Mrs. w. M. Lonnecker of Lawrence and Independence, Kan. The wedding was solemnized at 8 o'clock at the First Methodist church with Dr. Dana Dawson officiating. Garlands of southern smilax and tall white standards filled with huckleberry formed the background for the. white cathedral tapers In floor candelabra and the graceful arrangements of white gladioli and pom pom : chrysanthemums. While the ushers, Pvt. John M. Welch, Bill Ent and. Shelley Finegan, Jr., were seating the guests, Mrs. Harold Booth at the organ played "To A Wild Rose", "Ave Maria" and accompanied Mr. Booth Who sang "Because" and I Love Thee." To the strains of Mendelssohn's wedding march, the bride entered the arm of her father and was gowned in heavy white slipper satin fashioned with tight fitted bodice with full skirt ending in a long circular train, sweetheart neckline and tight sleeves ending In a calla points over the hands. The full length veil of illusion fell from a coronet of seed pearls and the bride's only ornament was a double strand of pearls, the gift

of the bridegroom. Her bouquet was of bouvardia and white orchids with satin shower ribbons.
   Sergeant Lonnecker was accompanied to the altar by his best man. L. D. Crane.
   The matron of honor. Mrs. A. V Harpending of Little Rock, Ark., and bridesmaids, Miss Rose Audrey Randall, Randall, Miss Katherine Turner and Miss Margaret O'Brien were gowned Identically Identically and wore teal blue velvet made with sweetheart necklines, three quarter length sleeves and full skirts which fell in tiers. They each wore a single strand of pearls. Mrs. Harpending carried talisman roses and the maids' bouquets were of yellow roses. They all wore headbands complimenting their bouquets with matching full blown roses on the side of the head.
  The bride Is descended maternally from the late Mr. and Mrs. William Travis Mosley of Little Rock, Ark., and paternally from Mrs. C. C. Welch of Denison, Texas, and the late Mr. Welch. She attended Sullins college a Virginia and Centenary college and is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
   The bridegroom's maternal grandparents grandparents are Mrs. W. C. Haines of Lawrence and the late Mr. Haines and his paternal Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Crane of Bartlett.

[The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana) Sun, Dec 16, 1945 Page 38]

Death certificate for William M. Lonnecker who died of asphyxia after choking on meat in a Dallas, TX restaurant.

William enlisted in the Army on 27 April 1943.

Pfc Lonnecker was transferred from Hq 2nd Airborne Division to Company D, 508th PIR on 13 October 1945.

Sgt Lonnecker re-enlisted on 10 November 1945 and was discharged on 25 April 1949.

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