submitted by Melva Taylor
The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois
August 11, 1952 - Monday, pg 7 col. 6
DONNA JUNE FRITSCH & LAWRENCE E. CALSYN
Miss Donna June Fritsch Married Saturday Night To Lawrence E. Calsyn
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Fritsch, Tampico, was the scene of the lovely wedding of their daughter, Donna June, to Lawrence E. Calsyn, Tampcio, Saturday at 7 p.m. The Rev. Joe Walker of the Tampico Methodist church read the double ring ceremony in the presence of the immediate families.
The altar was arranged before the large window in the living room of the Fritsch home. Potted palms banked with tiered candelabra and gladioli formed the setting.
Mrs. Donavan Deets, friend of the bride, sang "Through the Years" and "I Love You Truly" before the ceremony. The traditional wedding march was played from a recording as the bridal party approached the altar.
The bride chose Miss Caroline Beachler, a close friend, for her attendant. The best man was Frank Calsyn, a brother of the groom.
Wear White Suit
The attractive bride chose a white Palm Beach suit as her wedding attire. With it she wore a large white picture hat trimmed with rhinestones and filmy veiling. Her shoes and gloves were also white. Rhinestone earrings and necklace were gifts of the bridegroom. She carried a lace handkerchief belonging to her mother. A shower arrangement of red roses and white carnations carried by the bride was tied with satin ribbon and had a center corsage of red roses.
The gown of the bride's attendant was styled of dusty rose shantung. She wore white accessories and carried a colonial bouquet of white flowers tied with dusty rose ribbon. She wore rhinestone earrings, gift of the bride.
For her daughter's wedding, Mrs. Fritsch chose a dress of brown and white print with brown and white accessories. She wore a corsage of yellow roses. The bridegroom's mother wore navy blue with white accessories and a red rose corsage.
Reception In Legion Hall
The wedding reception for 125 guests was held in the Legion hall in Tampico immediately following the ceremony with Mrs. Virgil Peterson and Mrs. Gerald Hargrave assisting. Beverly Denison, friend of the bride, was in charge of the registration of the guests in the bride's book. A white linen tablecloth covered the refreshment table. It was centered with a three tiered wedding cake which had fresh flowers around its base and was baked and decorated by Mrs. Donovan Deets. White wedding bells hanging above the table and crystal candelabra with lighted tapers on either side of the cake, completed the decorations. After the initial cutting by the bridal pair, the cake was cut and served by Mrs. Lester Hollis, aunt of the bride.
Bouquets of roses and white asters and tapers were the centerpieces of the guest tables. Mrs. Lawrence Deets, Rock Falls, cousin of the bride, presided at the punch bowl, and Misses Audrey Egert and Mary Anne Nuelle, Tampico, classmates of the bride, served.
Misses Barbara Cordes, Anna Mae Driessens and Betty Koehler were in charge of the many gifts.
Those assisting in the dining room were presented with corsages and the waitresses with rose and white aprons from the bride.
Leave For El Paso
The couple left immediately for El Paso, Tex., where they will make their home. When they left the bride was wearing a chartreuse and gold print dress topped by a white organdy duster. Her accessories were of white and she wore the corsage from her bridal bouquet.
The new Mrs. Calsyn was graduated from the Tampico high school with the class of 1952 and was employed by the Tampico Hardware and Implement company as bookkeeper. Mr. Calsyn graduated from the Tampico high school in 1948 and is now serving with the U.S. army and stationed at Ft. Bliss, Tex.