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,
of the bridegroom. Her bouquet was of
bouvardia and white orchids with satin shower
Sergeant Lonnecker was accompanied to the altar by his best man. L.
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
(Shreveport, Louisiana) · Sun, Dec 16, 1945 · Page
certificate for William M. Lonnecker who died of
asphyxia after choking on meat in a Dallas, TX
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.