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Dixon Evening Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois)

June 12, 1945



Marriage vows were exchanged in a nuptial mass Saturday morning in St. Flannen’s Catholi church, Harmon, by Miss Mary Eileen Long, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Long of Harmon, and John W. Burke, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Burke of Tampico. The birde’s cousin, Rev. James J. Leahy of Notre Dame, Ind., clebrated the mass at 8 o’clock.


Attending the birde was her sister, Miss Helen Long, cadet nurse at St. Joseph’s hospital, Elgin, as maid of honor, and Miss Ruth Downey of Dixon, bridesmaid. Peter Burke of Tampico was best man for his brother and Cpl. Edward Long, the birde’s brother, was his attendant. Richard Long of Harmon, another brother of the bride, and Henry Kobberman of Rock Falls, were ushers.


Baskets of beautiful peonies and ferns and palms were the church decorations. Mrs. Edward McCormick of Harmon preseided at the organ to play the nuptial music. Miss Theresa Miller of Harmon sang an “Ave Marie” and Mrs. Gertrude McInerney of Harmon sang “O Lord I am Not Worthy” at communion. The altar boys were Mickey McCormick and Roy Considine.


The bride’s gown was of white velva ray styled with a long train. . Herfingertip veil fell from an orange blossom crown and she carried white roses with a center of orchids. Mr. Long gave his daughter’s hand in marriage.


Blue net was fashioned into a gown of floor length for themaid of honor with which she wore a bandeau of net and flowers. Miss Downey was attired in pink net with a matching headdress. Their flowers were colonial bouquets.



A wedding breakfast was served to 25 guests at the Coffee Hose in Dixon. Later in the day the newlyweds departed on a honeymoon trip. After their return they will reside on a farm three miles east of Tampico.


Mrs. Burke is a graduate of Community high school of Sterling, and the Northern Illinois State Teachers’ college in DeKalb. For several years she has been a teacher in the rual schools of Lee and Whitesde counties.


The out of town wedding guests included: Mr. and Mrs. William Leahy, La Porte, Ind.; Mrs. Mary Leahy and Miss Anna Ward, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. William Burke and Mrs. Sterling Burke and son Ted, and daughter Helen, Tampico; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. McCarthy, Rock Falls; Mrs. Margaret Burke and Mrs. William Hedrick, Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. James McGlaughlin, Maytown, and Mrs. Whalen, Sheffield.


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