New York Times

Son of the Late Colonel John Jacob Astor Weds Alumna of Finch at Her Home
The marriage of Miss Gertrude Gretsch, daughter of Mrs. Walter Gretsch of 3 East Seventy-seventh Street and the late Mr. Gretsch, to John Jacob Astor of 998 Fifth Avenue and Newport, R. I., took place here yesterday afternoon at the home of the bride's mother. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. R. Paul Freed of the Brick Presbyterian Church in the presence of members of the immediate families.

Given in marriage by her uncle, Frederick Gretsch, the bride wore a gown of shell pink satin made with a long close-fitting bodice finished with a heart-shaped neckline, long sleeves and a full skirt that terminated in a train. Her veil of Brussels applique lace was fastened to a ruffled coronet of the same lace embellished with clusters of orange blossoms. The bride carried a bouquet of white orchids.

Her only attendant was Miss Margaret Gordon of Greens Farms, Conn., who wore a gown of ice blue faille, a matching calot with a short veil, and carried a bouquet of fuchsia orchids. Lieut. John Henry Dick of the Army Air Forces was best man for his half-brother.

A reception was given in the Georgian Suite at 1A East Seventy-seventh Street.

The bride attended the Woodward School, Smith College, and was graduated from Finch Junior College in this city. She has been active in the work of the Navy League and in enterprises in behalf of blind children.

Mr. Astor is the son of the late Col. John Jacob Astor, who lost his life in the Titanic disaster, and of the late Mrs. Enzo Fiermonte. He is a grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Astor, the latter known in her day as the leader of New York society, and of the late Mr. and Mrs. William H. Force of New York. Capt. Vincent Astor, USNR, and Lieut. William F. Dick of the Army are also his half-brothers. His marriage to the former Miss Ellen Tuck French was terminated by divorce in Reno in May, 1943.

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