Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day 2015

Thinking about the veterans I know and I wanted to share this post again.  
Too all Veterans...Thank You for your Service. 

These documents are my Mom, Annette's Separation Qualification Record.  She was in the Army Nurse Corps towards the end of and after the end of WWII.  She was stationed at the 248th General Hospital at Manila Luzon Philippine Islands.  She entered the service on 29 Mar 1945 and was relieved of active duty on 15 Aug 1947.  Her rank was 1st Lieutenant. 

She earned two medals

Asiatic Pacific Service Medal
WWII Victory Medal Front

WWII Victory Medal Reverse Side
We don't have her medals or any pictures she took while in the service.  She never told me about her experiences.  When I first asked she felt I was too young to know, when I was older she was too sick with Cancer to be asked. Pictures of the medals are from various web sites.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I Helped

I haven't been doing much with my Genealogy lately too busy with kids and life.
I did take some time to index a batch for this event. 
It was a passenger list with 80+ names on it.  I thought it was never going to end but it did and hard handwriting, that did get a little easier once I got accustomed to the writing.  

Here is a screen shot of the second page.  

Click here to see all that was accomplished.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Last of the February Birthdays

The last two are Uncles. 
Uncle Richie is my Dad's brother and I am sad to say the last time I saw him was when I was eleven before I moved to Florida. He was a lot taller than my Dad and seventeen years younger.  He was a police man for the NYC police department.  
Born Feb 20, 1929 in College Point, Queens, New York died in 2009 in Hollywood, Broward, Florida.
When he retired he did move to Florida but I don't think my Dad ever saw him once he moved to Florida.  I remember my Dad was upset with him because he had divorced his first wife Eleanor Vent. Sadly I never reconnected with him once I was an adult.  I have no real reason, I just didn't.  I am truly sorry I didn't make the effort. 
I do have a picture of Uncle Richie some place but I am not going down that rabbit hole to look for it right now.  

Uncle Bill with my Grandmother Minnie Elizabeth Chaplin 

Now Uncle Bill I knew him better and was in contact with him by letters until he died.  We didn't have a close relationship but we were in contact and he was supportive of me. 
Born William Charles Chaplin on Feb 22, 1911, Brooklyn, King, New York and died March 21, 1992 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 
When I graduated from Community College with my ASN and passed my State Board as an RN, he sent me a medical caduceus under a nursing cap.  I still wear it on a chain around my neck. 
He sent me a beautiful portrait of my mother on her wedding day when I purchased my first home.  Uncle Bill was my mother's brother.  When I saw this picture of my mother I realized just how much I looked like her.  I have the same shape eyes.  
I have a few good memories of this good man.  
I wish I had know him better. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

More Belated February Birthdays

The next Birthday on the 11th belongs to my Son-in-Law Will.  He is a quiet, pleasant young man who makes my daughter Kierra very happy.  He severed our country in the Arizona National Guard. 

Will when he was in the Army.  Thank You for your service. 

The next Birthday on the 12th was mine.  A long time ago in a different state this baby girl was born and she has been busy and active since.  
My Baby Picture

Friday, March 6, 2015

February In Memory Of

Though I enjoy celebrating my birthday and make the best of it.  There are two dates in February I really don't like. 

The day my mother died and the day my mom who raised me died.

Here is a post I wrote about Fearless  Women Who Died Too Young. 

This following post is about my mother who gave me life and died too young on Feb 5th, 1949 a week before my first birthday.  

This last post is about Annette the mom who raised me until she died too young on Feb 4th, 1965 a week before my 17th birthday. 

For some reason this year I felt their lost a little more acutely than usual.  And as hard as those losses are they made me the women I am today so I am grateful for the experiences.  I also know that in many ways it is better than what my adopted daughters are going through.  As they repeatedly see the poor choice a mother makes and watch her slowly self destruct.  Maybe this contributed to my not wanting to write in February.

Belated February Birthdays

Yup I did it again, I am late for a very important date!
Well actually for a few dates!
First my Great Uncle Owen Glynn Chaplin.  I didn't know him personally, I didn't know any of my great aunts or uncles.  My Aunt Bea who was a niece told me the following about Owen, who was known as Glynn.

Glynn is standing in the back row, second from the right.

He was the 10th child of my maternal great grandparents born on February 10th 1906.  He did not know my grandfather William,  his own brother, as Owen was 3 months old when William left for America.  Glynn worked as a British Naval Designer or Marine Engineer.  He married Ida Lee in 1936 and had one son Robert Glynn born in 1945.  He did visit the states in 1950 and meet some of the family here.  My grandfather had died in 1925.  My Mother, his niece, died in 1949, so he never meet Edith. 
I have no idea if he and my Dad meet or not. 

A family story goes while talking to my Uncle Bill who was about to have a daughter and they were thinking of naming her Victoria but Great Uncle Owen said Valerie was a popular name in England and so my cousin's name is Valerie. 

This Birthday is also shared with a cousin Robin.  We share the same grandfather William I mentioned above.  I don't know him very well as he is 9 years older than I am.  I have recently reconnected to him and I receive a newsy Christmas letter from him each year.  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Happy Belated Birthday #3

Emma Marie Hartmann Ronca
18 Jan 1919 to 15 Jan 2004

This is my Aunt Em she was my favorite Aunt.  
When I was younger she took me to the Bronx Zoo and to Radio City Music Hall and we did all kinds of fun things.  I can remember waiting for her as she walled from the bus stop to our home in Whitestone, Queens, New York.  

She was single for a while and married when she was 36, so I lucked out on having some of her attention.  I didn't go to her wedding my parents thought I was too young, and I had to stay at a neighbors home, well I was only 7.  I wish she was still around to tell me more of the family stories my Dad would never tell me.  She always told me she loved both of my mothers without hesitation, she thought they were both wonderful women.  
So was my aunt, she was spunky, independent, kind and honest.  
When I was complaining to her about some of the sass and issues I was having with the big kids, she told me I was a sassy lass myself.  Which is true, but I sometimes forget that. 

Here is Aunt Em at her 80th birthday with 2 of her three sons. 
Happy Birthday Aunt Em, miss ya.
This is the birthday I really wanted to remember but forgot to add her to my to do list before her birthday, than I was too busy to write until now. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Happy Belated Birthday #2

I wasn't sure I wanted to do this birthday because he is still very much among the living.  So I want to respect his privacy.  He is the youngest of my big kids. 
Born 12 Jan in some year not to long ago a day after his grandpa William Francis Bowden.  

This is Kinsen V. Bowden

This was his picture when he was a Senior.  Handsome kid isn't he.  This was more than 10 years ago. 
I don't have a good recent picture. 
Of the three kids that came with my husband Richard.  He was the easy kid.  The peacemaker.  He is kind, thoughtful and sees things to do done and does them.  I always enjoy having him around. 
I wish him the best in life.