Dress of the Week: Susanne Niersbach Tossing

Aug 21, 2023 | Articles & Exhibits

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Each week during the Here Comes the Bride exhibit, the history of one of the dresses will be featured on the website and social media. Visit these dresses and more in person from June 2 through August 12 extended through September 9, 2023, at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center. Exhibit hours will be listed below the article.

This dress was worn by Susanne A. Niersbach (1912-1994) for her wedding to Edward M. Tossing (1907-1970), which took place at St. Nicholas Church on Saturday, May 30, 1936, at 9:00 a.m.

A Beacon-News article at the time reported that the bride “wore a satin gown of pale blush pink fashioned with a long train.  The neckline was caught with pearl beads, likewise, the sunburst design on the fitted waist, and the nunlike sleeves added to the charming effect.  Her long tulle veil, which matched in color, was coronet style with pearl beads.  She carried a shower bouquet of Bride’s roses and lilies of the valley and a pearl rosary.”

The bridal party and immediate family lunched at the Silver Tea Pot restaurant at 13 S. Root St., while an evening reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents, 730 Benton St.  Susanne was a 1929 graduate of Madonna High School and was working as a time-keeper at the Chicago-Aurora Tailoring Company on River Street.  Edward was managing the family grocery store at New York & Loucks.  The couple went on to raise three children.

Their eldest child, daughter Rosanne K. Tossing, donated her mother’s wedding dress to the Aurora Historical Society in 1995.

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