Delores Goltermann’s Wedding Gown

Delores-Wedding-Gown-WebAncestor #13:

My aunt Dolores Goltermann Patton (1928-2006), is really my 1st cousin, 1x removed, but since she was 32 years my senior, I called her “aunt.” Her Parents are my Aunt Jeannette and Uncle Elmer Goltermann (they truly are my aunt and uncle), who you will be meeting in my next post; Dolores was their only child.

I have found memories of my aunt Dolores, but the most vivid is rather unusual. As a young child, around the age of seven, I was sitting in her lap and she was gently running her fingers through my long, blond hair. My family had recently moved back to Chicago, from Florida, so my hair was still very sun bleached. As she gently stroked her fingers through my hair, she simply said, “You have the most beautiful blond hair…”

I believe this was the first time I met my aunt, and her gentleness and kindness stuck with me – it was like she was the first person I knew who so positively, and sincerely, commented on one of my features. It took me pleasantly by surprise.

It is now my pleasure to share with you a picture of my Aunt Dolores in her wedding gown – looking absolutely beautiful! The year is 1949, and she is 21 years old, soon to marry Don Patton. The thing that strikes me most about my Aunt Dolores’ gown, is not just the shimmer of the white satin, but the wedding dress’ train that seems to go on forever! I’ve never attended a wedding where the bride’s train was this long – just gorgeous!!!


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2 Responses to “Delores Goltermann’s Wedding Gown”
  1. chmjr2 says:

    What a great photograph.

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