Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sentimental Sunday: Mr. & Mrs. Donat J. Desrosiers

Published in the Lowell Sun, Friday, May 23, 1947, pg. 8.
LOWELL--On April 5 at 2 o'clock at the Immaculate Conception church, with Rev. Francis D. Flanagan, OMI, officiating, Donat J. Desrosiers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Desrosiers of 173 High street, took as his bride, Miss Rita B. Robillard, daughter of Mrs. Lillian Robillard of 50 High street.

Mrs. Claire Bealieu was matron of honor for her new sister-in-law, and bridesmaids were Miss Lorraine Fournier, cousin of the bride and Miss Lorraine Desrosiers, another sister of the bridegroom. Roland J. Robillard, the brides brother, was the bestman, while the usher corps included Francis Fournier, her brother, and Edward Desrosiers, brother of the bridegroom.

The bride was lovely in a white brocaded satin gown with sweetheart neckline and bustle back, and her fingertip veil was caught with side clusters of vines of pearls. She carried white roses with streamers. Her matron of honor wore blue, and the bridesmaids were in pink. All bridal attendants carried red roses with fushia ribbons.

At the reception the bride's mother received guests in a pink frock with blue accents, and the bridegroom's mother were powder blue with navy blue touches. They had corsages of spring flowers to highlight their ensembles.

Leaving for a trip to New York, the bride wore a navy suit with pink accessories and a fushia coat. The couple will live at 111 High street. Both are graduates of Lowell schools.

Rita, as far as I know, was also the daughter of Antonio Robillard. Why Antonio is not mentioned as being her father in this article, I do not know. When I first discovered the marriage of Rita's mother, Lillian Fortin, and my great uncle Antonio in 1926, I thought perhaps Lillian died young, because Antonio remarries around 1940. But Lillian Robillard nee Fortin  did not pass away until 1976, so I can only surmise that they must have divorced. Also another peculiar item in this article is the mention that Francis Fournier is Rita's brother.This is obviously  an error as Francois Fournier, was Rita's cousin, son of Francois and Fabiola Robillard, as is Lorraine. Fab and Rita's father, Antonio, were siblings.

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