On Saturday, July 17th, a couple who had gone to school on Beaver
Island together but then drifted apart met again here to marry!
Chucky Dudley, the son of Vicky Connaghan and Elmer Dudley, and
Barbara, the daughter of Lovisa (O'Donnell) and Elston Pischner,
had married other folks and had lost touch years before. But upon
becoming a widow, Barbara decided she'd like to find old friends.
Searching the net, she discovered Chucky's phone number and called
him, which started a chain of events that led to a wedding on
the sandy shore of the Jewell Gillespie Playground.
Clifford Napont, Jerry LaFreniere, and Chucky's son were the
best men. Lila Lee Maxwell and Rosalee Harrison attended the bride.
Reverend Howard Davis of the Beaver Island Christian Church was
in charge of the ceremony, which had to be halted when Chucky
asked Barbara to join him by removing her shoes, and then led
her, somewhat against her better judgement, out into the lake.
After they turned, they kissed, and then waded out, refreshed
and ready to begin a new life with the mistakes of their pasts
The bride wore her mother's Rosary around her wrist. They will
make their home in Peculiar, Missouri. Everyone offered their
congratulations, wishing them many wonderful years together.
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