Mary Menke and Louis Vavrina

Tuesday morning January 18, 1938, at 9 o'clock, Miss Mary Menke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Menke, became the bride of Louis Vavrina, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Vavrina of Lincoln, at a simple but impressive ceremony performed by Very Rev. E. Boll at St. Stephen's Catholic Church.

Following the marriage ceremony, Father Boll sang a Nuptial High Mass, assisted by the choir with John Menke Jr., brother of the bride, and Harold Spitz serving as altar boys. At the offertory, Misses Ann Catherine and Joanna Menke, sisters of the bride, sang Roswig's "Ave Maria." Rev. Dennis Barry of Ashland was present in the sanctuary during the services.

Mrs. Vavrina chose her eldest sister, Miss Arliene Menke, as her bridesmaid. She was attired in a beige alpaca crepe dress, peplum style, trimmed in dark brown embroidery. At the throat of her dress, she wore American Beauty roses. Her hat, which had a nose veil, her shoes, and other accessories were the same soft shade of brown as the embroidery on her dress.

The bride was lovely in an imported novelty crepe back satin dress in the new shade of tomato red, made on the pencil silhouette lines with short puffed sleeves shirred at the shoulders. Her hat was a brown straw pill box, worn with a shoulder length veil. Her shoes and accessories were also in a matching shade of brown. To complete the costume, she wore a beautiful corsage of Sunburst and Talisman roses, held in place on the bodice by a leaf-shaped rhinestone pin.

Bernard Menke, a cousin of the bride, acted as Mr. Vavrina's best man. Miss Alice Ziska, organist of St. Stephen's Church, played the wedding march.

Following the wedding, a three-course breakfast was served at the home of Mrs. Vavrina's parents to the members of the immediate families, Rev. E. Boll and Rev. Dennis Barry.

The breakfast was prepared by Mrs. Henry Menke and Mrs. Clarence Myers, aunts of the bride, and served by four of her sisters, Misses Alma, Geraldine, Ann Catherine, and Joanna.

The color scheme of peach and brown was carried out in the decorations. The centerpiece on the table was a beautifully decorated three-tiered wedding cake, a gift of the groom's brother, Jimmy Vavrina, of Crete.

Mrs. Vavrina is a graduate of Exeter High School and she attended the Lincoln School of Commerce. For the past year and a half she has been with the National Re-employment Service at Hastings and Holdrege.

Mr. Vavrina attended Crete High School and for the past year has been on a farm near Ashland where the young couple will be at home to friends after February 20.

Nebraska Signal
 Geneva, Nebraska
Thursday, January 27, 1938


Louis Vavrina

Louis Vavrina, 86, Lincoln, died Monday, December 6, 1999. Louis was born in Cicero, Illinois, on October 27, 1913, to Josef and Maggie (Bucl) Vavrina. He is a retired carpenter, farmer, sweet corn proprietor, south of Lincoln, and member of the Carpenters Union Local 444.

Survivors: son, daughter-in-law, Merwyn and Beth, Lincoln; daughters, sons-in-law, Janie and Don Jelinek, Falls Church, Virginia, Mary Ann and Roger Hirsch, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Jeanette Vavrina and H. Thomas Milos, Fairfax, Virginia, Teresa Lou and James G. Sasse, Lincoln, Dianna Lynn and Glenn DeMarr, Springfield, Virginia, Catherine and Andy Smith, Fredericksburg, Virginia, Linda S. and Randy Kroft, Loveland, Colorado, Kim and Douglas Alvine, Omaha, Nebraska; 29 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

Louis was proceeded in death by wife, Mary Kathleen (Menke) Vavrina.

Services: 11 a.m., Friday, St. Peter's Catholic Church, 4500 Duxhall Drive, Lincoln Memorial Park. Pallbearers: Don Jelnik, Roger Hirsch, Tom Milos, Jim Sasse, Glenn DeMarr Andy Smith, Danny Vavrina, Randy Kroft, Doug Alvine and Ralph Green. Honorary pallbearer: Merwyn Vavrina.

Visitation: Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., with family 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., vigil 6:30 p.m., Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 South 14th Street. Memorial in care of family to A Children's Fund or Parkinson's Disease.

Lincoln Journal Star
 Lincoln, Nebraska
 Wednesday, December 8, 1999


John and Elizabeth Nevin Menke

(Standing - Back Row - Left to Right)
Alma (Menke) Devaney, Ann Catherine (Menke) Mooberry, Geraldine (Menke) Tieso,
 Arliene (Menke) Ragan, Mary (Menke) Vavrina and Joanna (Menke) Schuller


(Sitting - Front Row - Left to Right)
Elizabeth (Menke) Hansen, John Menke, Elizabeth "Lillie" (Nevin) Menke and
John "Johnny" Menke, Jr.