Wedding season


Lima nurse, Marine Corps veteran wed in 1946

By Dawn Kessinger - For The Lima News



Irene Westerbeck and Forest Nuesmeyer were married Sept. 14, 1946, part of the post-war boom of marriages. The couple took part in the tradition of the groom toting his bride in a wheelbarrow through a busy part of town as part of the celebration.

Irene Westerbeck and Forest Nuesmeyer were married Sept. 14, 1946, part of the post-war boom of marriages. The couple took part in the tradition of the groom toting his bride in a wheelbarrow through a busy part of town as part of the celebration.


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Irene Westerbeck and Forest Nuesmeyer pose for photos.

Irene Westerbeck and Forest Nuesmeyer pose for photos.


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Irene Westerbeck poses for a photo with the ladies who helped with meals after the wedding. First, a luncheon was held at the home of the bride’s mother in New Bremen, and 300 guests were invited to a reception in the evening held there also.


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The mothers, Mahala Nuesmeyer and Rebecca Westerbeck, wore black with corsages of red roses and carnations.


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The newlyweds pose with members of their family and the bridal party.


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The youngest member of the bridal party was ringbearer Dickie Egbert, nephew of the groom.


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The bride wore a ruby and sapphire necklace which had been worn by the bridgroom’s grandmother on her wedding day.


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Westerbeck poses with her attendants. From left, her niece Janet Westerbeck in yellow was flower girl, bridesmaid Ruth Hazleton wore pink, and another niece Evelyn Westerbeck in aqua was maid of honor.


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Westerbeck poses with ladies in pretty aprons. Their exact role in the celebration is unknown, but perhaps they helped serve.


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An unnamed family member poses for a humorous photo during the wedding celebrations.


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This feature is a cooperative effort between the newspaper and the Allen County Museum and Historical Society.

LIMA — Irene Westerbeck, having resided at 746 W. Market St. in Lima, graduated from New Bremen High School in 1936 and the Lima Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1940. When she became a bride in 1946, Westerbeck was 28 and worked as a registered nurse in Dr. H.C. Weisenbarger’s office.

Forest Nuesmeyer, the 24-year-old groom, had served three years with the Marine Corps in the South Pacific, and at the time of the wedding, Nuesmeyer worked at Fisher’s Livestock yards in Wapakoneta.

At 1:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 1946, at St. Peter Evangelical and Reformed church in New Bremen, the Rev. T.G. Patsdorf read the double ring ceremony — meaning the bride and groom both exchanged rings. During World War II, the practice of double-ring ceremonies became more popular; military men fighting overseas wore wedding bands as a reminder of their wives waiting for them to return home. In earlier U.S. traditions, only the bride received a ring.

The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Arnold Westerbeck, and she wore a gown of white net and taffeta. The dress was designed with a sweetheart neckline, long sleeves and a full skirt that ended in a train.

Irene Westerbeck carried a white Bible topped with white roses and wore a ruby and sapphire necklace which previously had been worn by Nuesmeyer’s grandmother on her wedding day.

After the ceremony, the bride’s mother, Rebecca Westerbeck, served a dinner for 50 guests at her home in New Bremen. Later that evening, 300 guests attended a reception, which also took place at the Westerbeck home.

The couple was married for 55 years and had four children: three sons, Steve (Tammy), of Wapakoneta; Bill (Anna Kay), and Tom Nuesmeyer, of St. Marys; and a daughter, Betty (Dr. George) Bergman, of Minster.

Irene Westerbeck and Forest Nuesmeyer were married Sept. 14, 1946, part of the post-war boom of marriages. The couple took part in the tradition of the groom toting his bride in a wheelbarrow through a busy part of town as part of the celebration.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/04/web1_wheelbarrow-1.jpgIrene Westerbeck and Forest Nuesmeyer were married Sept. 14, 1946, part of the post-war boom of marriages. The couple took part in the tradition of the groom toting his bride in a wheelbarrow through a busy part of town as part of the celebration. Courtesy Allen County Historical Society
Irene Westerbeck and Forest Nuesmeyer pose for photos.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/04/web1_Westerbeck16-1.jpgIrene Westerbeck and Forest Nuesmeyer pose for photos. Courtesy Allen County Historical Society
Irene Westerbeck poses for a photo with the ladies who helped with meals after the wedding. First, a luncheon was held at the home of the bride’s mother in New Bremen, and 300 guests were invited to a reception in the evening held there also.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/04/web1_westerbeck9-1.jpgIrene Westerbeck poses for a photo with the ladies who helped with meals after the wedding. First, a luncheon was held at the home of the bride’s mother in New Bremen, and 300 guests were invited to a reception in the evening held there also. Courtesy Allen County Historical Society
The mothers, Mahala Nuesmeyer and Rebecca Westerbeck, wore black with corsages of red roses and carnations.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/04/web1_Westerbeck12-1.jpgThe mothers, Mahala Nuesmeyer and Rebecca Westerbeck, wore black with corsages of red roses and carnations. Courtesy Allen County Historical Society
The newlyweds pose with members of their family and the bridal party.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/04/web1_Westerbeck1-1.jpgThe newlyweds pose with members of their family and the bridal party. Courtesy Allen County Historical Society
The youngest member of the bridal party was ringbearer Dickie Egbert, nephew of the groom.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/04/web1_Westerbeck2-1.jpgThe youngest member of the bridal party was ringbearer Dickie Egbert, nephew of the groom. Courtesy Allen County Historical Society
The bride wore a ruby and sapphire necklace which had been worn by the bridgroom’s grandmother on her wedding day.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/04/web1_Westerbeck3-1.jpgThe bride wore a ruby and sapphire necklace which had been worn by the bridgroom’s grandmother on her wedding day. Courtesy Allen County Historical Society
Westerbeck poses with her attendants. From left, her niece Janet Westerbeck in yellow was flower girl, bridesmaid Ruth Hazleton wore pink, and another niece Evelyn Westerbeck in aqua was maid of honor.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/04/web1_Westerbeck15-1.jpgWesterbeck poses with her attendants. From left, her niece Janet Westerbeck in yellow was flower girl, bridesmaid Ruth Hazleton wore pink, and another niece Evelyn Westerbeck in aqua was maid of honor. Courtesy Allen County Historical Society
Westerbeck poses with ladies in pretty aprons. Their exact role in the celebration is unknown, but perhaps they helped serve.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/04/web1_Westerbeck10-1.jpgWesterbeck poses with ladies in pretty aprons. Their exact role in the celebration is unknown, but perhaps they helped serve. Courtesy Allen County Historical Society
An unnamed family member poses for a humorous photo during the wedding celebrations.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/04/web1_bottle-1.jpgAn unnamed family member poses for a humorous photo during the wedding celebrations. Courtesy Allen County Historical Society
Lima nurse, Marine Corps veteran wed in 1946

By Dawn Kessinger

For The Lima News

SOURCE

This feature is a cooperative effort between the newspaper and the Allen County Museum and Historical Society.

Reach Dawn Kessinger at info@limanews.com.

Reach Dawn Kessinger at info@limanews.com.

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