Hobart parade backdrop for marriage proposal
By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent July 5, 2014 12:27AM
Updated: July 5, 2014 6:12PM
HOBART — After Aleah Turner’s now-fiance, David Wortsman, proposed to her during Hobart’s July Fourth parade, one of her first questions was, “Is that why you guys put out our stuff two days ago?”
Attendees of the parade seemingly forever, the Turner, Walter and Albano families usually stay behind the sidewalk at 3rd and Wisconsin streets to watch the parade.
With Wortsman’s proposal looming, however, friend of the couple Jessica Walter scoped out and claimed their spot at the side of 3rd Street two days ago.
That, Walter said, is one of the beautiful things about the Hobart parade: People honor the “dibs” system.
“We put our stuff out there, and we knew it would be there untouched,” Walter said before her friend proposed to his love of eight years. “We all grew up here, and most of us still live here, so we all just went to sit in our spot.”
Wortsman, who got off work at 5 a.m. from the Dyer Police Department, had told Turner’s father and brother a week ago of his intent to ask Turner at the parade for her hand in marriage.
His plan, put in motion a month ago, involved Ginter Realty and their float in the parade: A rider in the first golf carts got out at the corner with a sign asking Aleah Turner to marry him.
After she read the sign, the breathless Turner smiled a mile wide before turning to the right to see Wortsman on bended knee.
“Well, it seemed like a good way to surprise her, plus it’s a good day to celebrate all around,” the surprisingly calm Wortsman said.
Turner’s mom, Jacki Turner, and sister, Emily Albano, both of Valparaiso, were left out of the proposal-planning process. Albano was glad for it.
“I would’ve been looking (for the Ginter float) too much and would’ve given it away,” Albano said. “So unfortunately, yes, it’s good that I didn’t know.”