18 April 2017

Coughlin - Senecal - Wedding Announcement

Today my parents would have been married 51 years. They married on a Monday and until their deaths "Monday, Monday" by the Mamas and Papas was one of their favorite songs. Always think of them when I hear it!!

Here's the wedding announcement in the Adirondack Record-Elizabethtown Post from April 28, 1966:

Adirondack Record-Elizabethtown Post
April 28, 1966


Thomas R. Coughlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Coughlin of Jay and Sharyn A. Senecal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Senecal of Au Sable Forks, were united in marriage at a nuptial mass on Monday, April 19 at 11 A.M. in Holy Name Church. Rev. John Downs officiated at the ceremony. The attendants were Allen Strong and Jessie Hoey.

The bride wore a white suit with rose accessories and the maid of honor wore a pale blue suit with beige accessories. Both Mr. Coughlin and Mr. Strong, members of the U.S. Navy, were their uniforms.

A reception was held immediately after the ceremony at the Rendezvous Diner, where a delicious dinner was enjoyed by all present.

Out of town guests included Mr. and Mrs. Donald Carte of Keeseville, Mrs. R. Plumadore of Saranac; Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Nugent of Jay; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gilbo and Mrs. Grace Denton of Port Henry.

After their honeymoon, the couple left for Charleston, South Carolina, where Mr. Coughlin, a member of the U.S. Navy, is presently stationed. They will make their home at the Isle of Palms, near Charleston.

First, the wedding was actually on April 18th not the 19th. My father was not the greatest when it came to dates. He had a watch with dates and names in it. It was always fun to watch him try to remember a date and he realized he had a different watch on!! When Dad was retiring from the Navy and filling out forms, he called me and asked if Mom was home. I said no. He said "great. What's our wedding anniversary?" I said "what no watch?". I can't give the answer he gave me but suffice it to say he did get his answer. And of course like many times before and after this he said, "and don't tell Mom"!!!

I recognize most of the names except for Grace Denton. Not sure of any connection. I know Henry and Mildred Gilbo were also from Port Henry. Mildred was my father's aunt through his mother, Constance Hall Coughlin, who died when he was 2 years old.

In my recent move, I found the scrapbook Mom kept from their honeymoon. I need to photograph it soon.

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad! We love and miss you both!! 💒

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