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Joe Verreau (#48134890)
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I grew up in Dearborn, Michigan; still living in Michigan (Durand, the railroad capitol of Shiawassee county). I was born with an insatiable curiosity about my family history which was completely unslaked until one very lucky day a genealogist from the Quebec branch, or perhaps I should say Quebec root, of the family forwarded a history of our family all the way from Bartholemei the blacksmith and his new bride Marthe Quitel, one of Les Filles du Roi, in the 17th century.

Since joining FAG I've gained an interest in my local cemetery, Lovejoy, and its historical context in Shiawassee county. I believe our cemeteries are a remarkable community asset to be preserved and shared.

I have been drawn to findagrave because I value the contribution that I feel we are making to the individuals and their families in our communities. I appreciate the work of the contributors who have come before me and hope that I am similarly making a return contribution. What I post, pictures and information, is intended for the shared, personal use of contributors and guests of findagrave, ie not financial gain.
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Dana
RE: Natural separation 2
I was talking about when they enter a convent and give up their "normal life" as most orders did it back then.
Added by Dana on Jul 21, 2016 8:10 AM
Dana
Natural seperatation
Joe,
Most religious sisters leave their families behind until the autumn of life. I did see this first hand in my grandmother's aunt Sister Mary Leocadia,first saw her after I jumped off the old ledge at Immaculate Conception Church in Sept.1955.We were at a family wedding for my mother's cousin. I was just shy of 3 years.My dad was real good at pictures. She had been doing blood transfusions.
Added by Dana on Jul 20, 2016 6:28 PM
Dana
Natural seperatation
Added by Dana on Jul 20, 2016 6:17 PM
Dana
RE:King James J. Strang
There are a couple similarities in their families.
King James Strang,I heard his details in 1990 when visiting Beaver Is. I thought then there might be a relative connection at first,but later changed my mind afterwards.
Charles Strang's birth date is real close to this "Montie" Strang's. Helen Cerkowski had a illegetimint son prior to her marriage to John W. Strang in 1899 by this name.He was living in Lansing,MI when Helen died in 1943. It is a long shot, but was not as close to his brothers and sisters.
Added by Dana on Jul 12, 2016 1:04 AM
Dana
Charles Strang
Joe,
Do you know anything about Charles Strang,buried i Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing,MI.His age corresponds somewhat with "Montie" Strang orginally from Cedar that lived in Lansing when his mother Helen Strang passed away. Montie was a nickname,also may had lived with grandparents Adam and Maryanne Cerkowski. His dad may not have been John W. Strang.
Charles lived about 1897 to 1988,if he is a cousin,he may have been shunned by his brothers and sisters. Will attempt to send address of page to you.
Added by Dana on Jul 11, 2016 10:29 AM
Dana
Strang relation 3
There are at least two John Strangs and two Bernard Strangs. Bernard Strang,an child of John W. and Helen (Cerkowski) Strang died young under two. Helen was my great grandfather's cousin.Helen's children were my start when connecting to the Strangs. Little did I know that Mary( Winowiecki) Kneblewski was Uncle Charlie Winowiecki's sister.
Added by Dana on Jul 05, 2016 4:24 PM
Dana
Strang relation 3
Added by Dana on Jul 05, 2016 4:12 PM
Dana
RE: Strang relations 2
I have since removed the Sr.; as I said it was how I kept people straight before I got birth years and such.
Added by Dana on Jul 05, 2016 11:44 AM
Dana
RE: Strang relations 2
Added by Dana on Jul 05, 2016 11:40 AM
Dana
RE: Strang relations
Joe,
I'm not quite that old.
My grandparents celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in the stone house. Still have some of pictures from it around here. My mother first drove a car in the yard there.She hit something stone whether it was the house or the stone wall lining the driveway, I don't know.- The stories you hear as a child,surprise they leave an impression in that brain. My grandmother was so afraid for me living in that area, because of the valley east of the house filled with snow one winter and was not plowed for six weeks. It has drifted maybe two feet, now with the golf course and houses setting back north of the farm on the north side of Secor Rd ,it still picks up wind there but not like did sixty years ago.Now could not tell who has either property, but think the north farm is either Jeff or a sibling as mom Mary is deceased. Barn is gone,but somebody still farms there.
The south (stone house) has been for sale at least three different times. Somebody there had a VW bus
charturse green in color.The farm has been divided.And think there is barns back behind the house,have never walked back there,not mine, but have seen vehicles coming and going from the entrance in the valley.
Added by Dana on Jul 05, 2016 9:10 AM
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