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Bensley, Sgt. Donald R. & Irene Frances Paulsen (Marr. 1944)


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 10/28/2011 at 11:24:11

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
Tuesday, September 19, 1944

Bride Is Former Western Union College Student

Baskets of pale pink, yellow and white gladiolas and asters with palms graced the altar at Wesley Methodist church in Sioux City for the wedding at 8 o’clock Thursday evening, September 14, of Miss Irene Frances Paulsen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Paulsen of Hinton, and Staff Sergeant Donald R. Bensley, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Bensley of Sioux City. Miss Margaret Anne Brown was maid of honor and Lieut. Paul F. Paulsen was best man. The bridesmaids were Lois Bensley and Norma Jean Bryant. The ushers were Jos. Hagenbart and Leon Danderand. The double ring ceremony was performed by Rev. Arthur Dyson at a candlelight service. Janet Bensley, sister of the groom, and Janet Eberly, niece of the bride, dressed in pink and blue, were candle bearers. Betty Jane Eberly, dressed in white net over pink, was flower girl, and James Bensely, cousin of the groom, was ringbearer, wearing a miniature uniform. Miss Mildred Fish, during the service, sang “Because” and “The Lord’s Prayer,” accompanied by Miss Alta Haugen, organist.

The bride wore a brocaded white taffeta dress with sweetheart neckline, leg o’ mutton sleeves and fingertip length veil and carried a bouquet of white roses tied with blue ribbon. The maid of honor wore a dress of ice pink taffeta with matching accessories and the bridesmaids wore yellow taffeta with pink net. The mother of the bride wore a soldier blue dress with navy accessories and the groom’s mother wore a black dress with gold accessories.

A reception was held in the church parlors with about 150 guests in attendance and refreshments were served.

The bride and groom left on a wedding trip to Spirit Lake. The bride’s going away gown was a lavender wool suit with black accessories. The bride is a graduate of Lawton high school and attended Teacher’s College at Wayne, Neb., and Western Union college in LeMars and is engaged in the profession of teaching.

The groom is a graduate of East high school in Sioux City. He recently returned from Italy and has been in service overseas for the past twenty-eight months.


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