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Packer Fans Marry in Parking Lot

September 9, 2002

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ The wedding wasn’t exactly traditional. There were a few cheese-headed guests, an Elvis impersonator and the legendary Packalope _ half-deer, half-Packers fan.

But Sunday’s nuptials for Rita Diebert and Richard Mossing were certainly memorable.

The two tied the knot in the parking lot of Lambeau Field, just a few minutes before the Green Bay Packers took to the field in their season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

Mossing, a die-hard Packers fan from Toledo, Ohio, drove Diebert the 400 miles to Green Bay after the couple first met and she asked him what a Packers fan was. Mossing has driven his forest green van emblazoned with ``Go Packers″ on the side to nearly every home game in the last five years.

``Rich has made a Packers fan out of me. I just love them. And I can’t say enough kind words for the fans. We had to get married here,″ said Diebert.

Surrounded by a sea of green and gold, Brown County Circuit Court Judge Mark Warpinski performed the 10-minute ceremony, and cheers erupted.

Mossing, who wore Packers-themed attire, said he couldn’t think of anything more exciting.

``It is much more than I imagined,″ he said before heading in to watch the Packers win the game. ``This has been so perfect ... Look, I’m still crying.″

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