By Amy Jantzen
One special dress has brought 150 years of happiness to one family. A wedding dress bought in Des Moines in 1953, for $150 has seen it's share of use. The first blushing bride to wear the dress was Charolette Vanicek Murphy on June 19, 1954. Her sister, Dorothy Vanicek McLean was next in line to wear the dress on Dec. 23, 1955 and the last of the sisters was Ramona Vanicek Snow on July 26, 1959. Over the years and brides the dress did see some alterations, but not many and is still in wonderful shape. Dorothy who lives in Dubuque now has the dress packed away, but proudly displayed the gown at her 50th wedding celebration in 2005. Two of Dorothy's daughters also wore the gown on their big day. Susan Neufeld was married on Dec. 31, 1983 and Laura Hull on Oct. 6, 1990. Let's hope the dress brings them as many years of happiness that it has their mother and aunts.
Pictured (l to r) Laura Hull, Susan McLean-Neufeld, Ramona Snow, Dorothy McLean, Charlotte Murphy and Dorothy Vanicek around a manikin wearing the wedding dress at Dorothy’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration.
All three Vanicek sisters reached their 50th wedding anninversary as of 2009. One might ask if this dress is lucky or did the sister's just pick good spouses?
Not many mothers get to see all of her children reach their 50th wedding anniversary. Dorothy Vanicek is one such lady. Upon asking her how she felt about this she said, "I am proud to live through it and see all three daughters reach this milestone in their lives."