Friday, February 26, 2010

The Obituary of Mrs. Edna R. Hebert, Putnam, Connecticut, 1991

Published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 7th, 1991, pg. A9.
THOMPSON - Edna R. (Robillard) Hebert, 80, formerly of 1222 Riverside Dr., North Grosvenordale, died yesterday in Matulaitis Nursing Home,Thurber Road, Putnam.

She leaves her husband of 62 years, Edward Hebert of Putnam; a son, Norman R. Hebert of Farmington, Conn.; a daughter, Jacqueline Lorman of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Stella Robillard of Grosvenordale; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was born in Lowell, daughter of Zennon [sic] and Rose (Faucher) Robillard, and lived most of her life in Thompson before moving to Putnam in 1981. Mrs. Hebert was an assembler for many years at Deran Candy Co. in North Grosvenordale, retiring in 1970. She was previously an inspector in the cloth room at the former Cluett-Peabody Co. in North Grosvenordale. Mrs. Hebert was a member of St. Joseph's Church in North Grosvenordale.

The funeral will be held tomorrow from Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., North Grosvenordale, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, 18 Main St., North Grosvenordale. Burial will be in the parsih cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are 7 to 9 tonight.

The Obituary of Normand Chaput, Worcester, Massachusetts, 2004

Published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Oct 14, 2004, pg. B9.
NORTH GROSVENORDALE Normand Chaput, 71 of North Grosvenordale, CT, died on Monday, October 11, 2004 at the UMass-Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. He was born on November 24, 1932, in North Grosvenordale, CT the son of the late Edward and Anita (Robillard) Chaput.
He is survived by his wife of almost 48 years, Constance (Braman) Chaput; they were married in St. Lewis Church in Webster, MA. Normand was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School class of 1950. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict (18 months in Germany) receiving the Occupation Medal (Germany) and National Defense Service Medal. He was a member of VFW Post #10088 and the American Legion Post #0067 member. He enjoyed gardening and was a member of the National Home Gardening Club. Normand enjoyed his visits to Foxwoods with his wife and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.
In addition to his wife Constance, he is survived by three daughters, Donna Henley of Dudley, MA, Melissa Rilkoff of Sandwich, MA, Rebecca Poirier of Charlton, MA; three sons, Normand Chaput II of Quaker Hill, CT, David Chaput of Webster, MA, Edward Chaput of Canterbury, CT, one sister, Theresa Pescosolido of Berlin, CT and Fort Lauderdale, FL; 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
No calling hours. The Mass of Christian Burial is on Saturday October 16, at 11 a.m. in Saint Joseph Church in North Grosvenordale. Burial, with presentation of Full Military Honors, will follow in Saint Joseph Cemetery. Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

The Obituary of Edward Hebert, Putnam, Connecticut, 2001

Published in the Worcester Telegram Gazette Jan 4, 2001, pg. B4.

THOMPSON -- Edward Hebert, 90, formerly of Riverside Drive, North Grosvenordale, a former machinist and semi-pro baseball player, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Matulaitis Nursing Home, Putnam. His wife of 62 years, Edna (Robillard) Hebert, died in 1991. He leaves a son, Norman D. Hebert of Farmington, Conn.; a daughter, Jacqueline Lorman of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Doris Rutledge of Colorado; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was born in New Bedford, son of Joseph and Lydia (Chaput) Hebert, and lived most of his life in North Grosvenordale.

Mr. Hebert was a machinist at Cluett, Peabody & Co., North Grosvenordale, until it closed in the early 1950s. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, North Grosvenordale, and played semi-pro baseball for North Grosvenordale Co.

The funeral will be held Friday, Jan. 5, from Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., North Grosvenordale, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., North Grosvenordale. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, in the funeral home.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Obituary of Theresa (Robillard) Rybacki-Dembkoski, Dudley, Massachusetts, 2009

Published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette April 25th, 2009, pg. A5.
DUDLEY -- Theresa "Terry" (Robillard) Rybacki-Dembkoski, 83, of 50 Airport Rd., died Thursday, April 23 at her home after a year long battle with cancer.

She leaves four daughters: Sandra Rybacki Zack of Webster, Celeste Rybacki Herron of Norwich Ct, Karen Rybacki Labbe of Dudley and Virgina Rybacki Rock-Przystas of Webster; 8 grandchildren, Tammy wife of Alan Fournier of Dudley, Michelle Zack of Ocala, FL, Louis Rock of Peabody, Shawn Rock of West Boylston, Melanie wife of James Hachigian of Thompson, CT, Frank Labbe of Providence, Kyle Przystas of West Boylston and Ryan Labbe of Dudley; 8 great grandchildren, she was enthusiastically awaiting the birth of her 9th great grandchild; two sisters, Jeanne wife of Edward Dubreuil of Pelham, NH and Tina wife of Edward Croteau of Oakland, FL; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her first husband, Harold A.Rybacki; a brother, Henry Robillard and a sister, Rita Dozois. Her husband of 30 years, James Z. Dembkoski died in 2000.

She was born in Three Rivers, Quebec the daughter of Joseph and Noella (Thurber) Robillard and was raised in North Grosvenordale and has lived in Dudley since 1946. She worked as a Invisible Mender at Angelo Fabrics retiring in 1983.

Mrs. Dembkoski was a member of St. Andrew Bobola Church and the Holy Rosary Sodality. Theresa loved her parish and volunteering at the festival. A life time member of PAV auxiliary, she enjoyed sewing, reading, crocheting and knitting.

Her funeral will be held Tuesday APRIL 28 from Bartel Funeral Home & Chapel, 33 Schofield Ave., Dudley, with a Mass at 10 AM in St. Andrew Bobola Church, 54 West Main St., Dudley. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Garden Of Peace Cemetery, Webster. Calling hours at the funeral home are Monday from 6 to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to St Andrew Bobola Church, PO Box 98, Dudley, MA 01571 or American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

The Death Notice of Mrs. Theophile Courtois, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1915

Published in The Lowell Sun November 6th 1915, pg. 9.

Courtois -- Mrs. Theophile Courtois nee Victoria Montbleau, aged 37 years, died this noon at her home, 175 Hall street. She leaves her husband and nine children.

Published in The Lowell Sun November 8th 1915 pg. 1.

COURTOIS -- The funeral of Mrs. Theophile Courtois took place this morning from her home, 175 Hall street. Solemn high mass of requiem was celebrated at St. Jean Baptiste church at 8 o'clock by Augustin Graton, O.M.I., assisted by Rev. Joseph Denis, O.M.I., as deacon and Rev. Joseph Bolduc, O.M.I., as sub deacon. The bearers were Adelard Montbleau, Gedeon Lariviere, Napoleon Daigle, Arthur, Napoleon and Charles Courtois. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery where the commital prayers were read by Rev. Antoine Amyot., O.M.I. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Undertaker Joseph Albert.

The Obituary of Pauline Robillard, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1982

Published in The Lowell Sun November 6th 1982, pg. 8.

Pauline Robillard
...of Derry, N.H.
Mrs. Pauline (Maille) Robillard, 38, wife of Jerome C. Robillard, a resident of Derry, N.H., died yesterday at Lowell General Hospital. Born in Lowell, she was a daughter of Paul and Rita (Moran) Maille. Besides her husband and parents, she is survived by a son, James D. Robillard, 7th grade student at the Hood school in Derry, N.H.; a daughter, Michelle R. Robillard, a freshman at the Pinkerton Academy, Derry, N.H.; two brothers, Claude Maille, and David Maille, both of Lowell; two sisters, Mrs. James (Patricia) Riley of Londonderry, N.H. and Miss Roberta Maille of Lowell; and several nieces and nephews.

ROBILLARD -- Died Nov. 5, Pauline (Maille) Robillard, aged 38, beloved wife of Jerome C. Robillard. Friends may call at the Leo J. Ouellette Funeral Home, 327 Hildreth St., from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 o'clock at St. Francis Church in Kenwood. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, East Chelmsford. Funeral Directors Leo J. Ouellette.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Obituary of Mrs. Celine Courtois, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1970

Published in The Lowell Sun Saturday, October 31, 1970 pg. 7

Mrs. Comtois [sic]
Mrs. Celine (Mayotte) Courtois, wife of Albert Courtois, died Thursday evening at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was born in Lowell and had been a life long resident of this community, establishing her residence at 380 Adams St. By occupation, she had been a topstitcher. She was the daughter of the late Olympe and Alice (Jodoin) Mayotte. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Pauline Savard of Lowell; a son, Richard Courtois of Lowell; a sister, Mrs. Therese Marquis of Forge Village; and a brother, Gerard of Lowell.

COURTOIS -- Died October 29 in Lowell, Mrs. Celine (Mayotte) Courtois of 380 Adams St. Calling hours from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Tremblay Funeral Home 744 Merrimack St. Funeral high mass in St. Jean Baptiste Church Monday at 9 a.m. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Tremblay Funeral Home.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: The Marriage of Pierre Zotique Chandonnet and Sephora Germain

This week's Treasure Chest Thursday features a photograph of Pierre Zotique Chandonnet (Charles, Esther Auger) and his wife Sephora Germain. This photgraph was sent to me by their g-g-g-grand daughter, and my first cousin once removed, Emma Loofbourrow. She sent this to me on Feb. 12th 2008 along with several other photographs of the Chandonnet family.

Pierre Zotique Chandonnet and Sephora Germain were married on September 14th 1875 at the parish of Ste-Emmelie-de-Leclercville, Lotbiniere, Quebec.

[Drouin, 1875, Ste-Emmelie, Co. Lotbiniere, pg.9, M.6., Zotique Chandonnet et Sephora Germain, register photocopy to the Greffe of Quebec]

The Obituary of Pierre Zotique Chandonnet, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1917

Published in the Lowell Sun on Monday May 21 1917 pg. 1.
Capt. Pierre Zotique Chandonnet, a well known resident of this city died last evening at his home, 50 Endicott street, after an illness of a couple of months, at the age of 76 years and 3 months. Deceased is survived by his wife; four sons, Henri, Charles and Arthur of this city and Edmond of Boston; two daughters, Louisiana and Alice Chandonnet of this city.

Capt. Chandonnet was born in Canada but had been a resident of Lowell for over 50 years. At the age of 21 he entered the employ of the Canadian government on one of its dredgers in the St. Lawrence river and it was about 3 years ago that he retired. Some 15 or 20 years ago he was promoted to the position of captain and was in charge of one the biggest dredgers in the St. Lawrence. Some time after his arrival in this country Capt. Chandonnet became naturalized but despite the fact that he was a citizen of the United States his services were of such vain[?] to the Canadian government, that every year he received a call to the dredger.

Capt. Chandonnet spent about five months in Canada every year, leaving this city in the latter part of April, not to return again until the dredging season was over in the latter part of September. About three years ago he retired and since that time up to a couple of months ago he had devoted most of his time tilling the ground and keeping his home in Endicott street in good condition. The captain was a familiar figure about the streets of Lowell and he counted a host of friends who will be grieved to learn of his death. He was a prominent and fervent attendant of St. Joseph's church and was connected with several church organizations.
This write up appeared twice in the Lowell Sun, once with a picture, and another time with out the picture. I have both copies. I found this article when I was researching the Chandonnets in 2008 for a cousin of mine. I was able to follow this Chandonnet line back to the immigrant ancestor, Charles Chandonnet, (Gaitien, Marguerite Legay). Charles Chandonnet was from the parish of St-Calais, eveche du Mans, France. He was a sergeant with les troupes de ce pays at the time of his marriage. He married Elisabeth Bourget (Pierre, Marie-Jean Viens) at the parish of Notre Dame in Quebec City, Quebec on June 13th 1712. He died on June 27th 1756 and was buried on June 28th 1756 at the cemetery of the parish of Notre Dame, Quebec, Quebec.

My database is filled with the descendants of Charles and Elisabeth as I spent a lot of time on this line. So please feel free to contact me with comments or questions. I welcome them.

Here is my transcript of Pierre Zotique Chandonnet's baptism
Le dix neuf janvier mil huit quarante sept nous Pretre soussigne avons baptere Pierre Zotique ne le meme jour du legitime mariage de Charles Chandonnet, Cultivateur, et d'Esther Auger de St. Jean Deschaillons. Parrain de Nazier Chandonnet, marraine, Esther Auger soussignes.
Born the 19th of January in 1847 and baptised the same day at the parish of St-Pierre-Les-Becquets. His parents were Charles Chandonnet and Esther Auger. His god parents were Nazire Chandonnet and Esther Auger.

[Gabriel Drouin, Institut Genealogique Drouin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Le Fonds Drouin, 1621-1967. Quebec Vital Records, 1847 St-Pierre-les-Becquets, Co-Nicolet, P.Q., pg. 3., B.7., Zotique Chandonnet, register photocopy to the greffe of Trois-Rivieres P.Q.]

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: The Robillards

Following in the footsteps of my earlier Wordless Wednesday post, here is another photograph of the Robillard Reunion ca.1978.

This photo includes my grandparents as well as all of my paternal uncles and aunts with their spouses at that time.

Back row: Joe, Jim, Bob, Frank, Joe (my Pepere), Jerry (my Dad), Leonce Chandonnet, Richard, and Robert Greene

Front row: Evelyn Robillard (Falk), wife of Joe; Pauline Robillard (Barraclaugh), wife of Jim; Lorraine Robillard (Mercier), wife of Bob; Louise Robillard (Wright), my Memere and wife of my Pepere Joe; Pauline Robillard (Maille), my Mom and wife of Jerry; Rose Chandonnet (Robillard), wife of Leonce; Cheryl Robillard (St-John), wife of Richard.

Like the previous Wordless Wednesday photo, this too was also rec'd from my cousin Alan in Alaska.. All of my scans from this event are in .tiff format, which is too large a format to post here. However, I have chosen a few that I will be converting to .jpg and they could appear here on my blog in a future post..

Note: there is one spouse missing from this photo, my Uncle Frank's wife, at the time, Thelma Robillard (Wells), I believe she was sick during time.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The Obituary of Albert H. Courtois, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1986

Albert H. Courtois
...World War II veteran
Mr. Albert H. Courtois, widower of Celine (Mayotte) Courtois, died in Lowell yesterday.
He was born in Lowell, and had been a lifelong resident of the city. He lived at 15 Common Avenue.
He was the son of the late Theophile and Victoria (Montbleau) Courtois. He was a communicant of St. Jean Baptiste Parish. Before his retirement he was a packer at Educator Crackers for many years. He was a lifelong memebr of the C.C.A. Club.
He is survived by one son, Richard Courtois of Lowell; One Daughter, Mrs. Pauline Gagne of Lowell; One Brother, Lionel Courtois of Dracut; two sisters, mrs. Evelynn Loiselle of Lowell and Mrs Juliette L'Abbee also of Lowell; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

COURTOIS---Died April 29, Albert H. Courtois WWII Veteran of 15 Common Ave. Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the TREMBLAY FUNERAL HOME, 744 Merrimack St. Funeral Mass in St. Jean Baptiste (Upper) Church Friday at Eleven A.M. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Parking in the Aiken Street parking lot. Funeral Director Roland P. Dozois.
Published in the Lowel Sun on 30 April 1986, pg. 17.

It is to be noted that all obituaries and other newspaper articles are transcribed exactly as they were printed.

The Obituary of Thelma M. Robillard, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1983

Thelma M. Robillard
...52 years old
Mrs. Thelma M. (Wells) Robillard, 52, wife of Francis H. Robillard, of 163 Meadowcroft St., died yesterday at St. John's Hospital. Born in Lowell she was the daughter of the late William H. and Clara J. (LeBlanc) Wells. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. Surviving her besides her husband are threee sons, Alan F. Robillard of Alaska, Wayne E. Robillard and Norman P. Robillard, a senior at Lowell High School; two daughters, Mrs. (Paul) Lemire and Miss Gail S. Robillard of Lowell; a brother, Leon W. Wells of Pelham; also two grandchildren, James A. Obara and Christine A. Obara both of Lowell.

Publication from the Lowell Sun. Date and page are unknown. Copy rec'd by me from Meg Lemire-Berthel (Robillard).

It is to be noted, because the obituary doesnt make it clear, Thelma Margaret Robillard nee Wells died 3 Jan 1983.

The Obituary of Rita G. Maille, Dracut, Massachusetts, 1987

DRACUT---Rita G. (Moran) Maille, 65, wife of Paul E. Maille, of 100 Wheeler Road, died Friday at St. John's Hospital. Her mother-in-law, Rose E. (Therrien) Maille, had died earlier Friday morning.
Born in Lowell, she was a daughter of the late John and Yvonne (Ferron) Moran.
She was a communicant of St. Francis church and a member of the parish Sodality.
Prior to her retirement, she had been employed with Flowers by Albert. She had owned and operated Rita's Gift Shop in Cupples Square and served as a volunteer at St. John's Hospital.
Surviving her her besides her husband are two daughters, Mrs James (Patricia Riley and Miss Roberta Maille, both of Londonderry, N.H.; two sons, Claude (Chick) Maille and david Maille of Lowell; two brothers, Robert Moran of Dracut and Paul Farley of Ayer; a sister, Mrs. Irene Sheehan of Pelham; 11 grandchildren; a great-grandson; also several nieces and nephews. She was also the mother of Gaile Robillard who died Nov. 5, 1982.

Published in the Lowell Sun on 23 Aug. 1987, pg. unknown.
Since the obituary doesn't specifically mention the date of death, it is to be noted that she died 21 Aug. 1987.

The Obituary of Emile J. Maille, Dracut, Massachusetts 2008

Catching up on obituaries today..

Emilie J. Maille
owned Lowell service station, WWII vet; 87
DRACUT---Emile J. Maille, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 3, 2008, with his wife, Theresa (Normandin) and his son, Russel at his side.
He was born in Lowell, on August 5, 1920, a son of the late Cuthbert and Rose (Therrien) Maille.
Emile owned and operated Maille's Gulf Service Station on Riverside Street in Lowell for nearly 40 years.
He was a member of St. Francis Parish in Dracut, and served as an usher.
He served with the United States Army during World War II, stationed in Tyler Texas, as a sergeant with the military police. Emile was highlighted in a Texas newspaper for riding his motorcycle in winter 1900 miles to Massachusetts for family leave.
Emile had a lifeling interest in automobile racing, and as a young man in the 1940s, he raced midget racers on local New England tracks. He often attended the Indianapolis 500 Memorial Day race, and in later years watched it faithfully with family members at yearly celebrations.
In the more than 20 years, Emile has enjoyed his retirement, he and Theresa have have traveled, gardened extensively at their home, relished Theresa's home cooking, and enjoyed get-togethers and celebrations with their growing family.
Besides Theresa, his beloved wife of 61 years, Emile leaves behind and large family of seven children; 14 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren. His children include two daughters and five sons, Linda Matte and spouse, C. Richard of Pelham, NH, Donna Franz and spouse, William of Windham, NH, Richard and Priscilla (Spanos) Maille of Tyngsboro, John and Christine (Orleans) Maille of Merrimack, NH, Thomas and Melissa (Hamilton) Maille and Russell Maille, all of Dunbarton, NH, and Kevin and Jerrilee (Nickerson) Maille of Raymond, NH. He also leaves a sister, Priscilla England of Dracut.
His family will miss him dearly.
MAILLE---Emile J., age 87 Relatives and friends may call the McKENNA-OUELLETTE FUNERAL HOME, 327 Hildreth Street, from 4 until 8 P.M. on Monday. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday morning at 9 A.M. in St. Francis Church, Wheeler Road, Dracut. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. For directions or condoleneces please visit

Published in the Lowell Sunday Sun 6 July 2008, pg. 19

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Robillard Raogk - Where We Connect

A couple of weeks ago I started a small project for a fb friend of mine, Leo Cotnoir. Leo's great grandfather was Onesime Robillard and he was curious to find out if my Robillard line and his connected. When he first presented this question, my immediate response was that I was sure our lines crossed somewhere but where. With that being said, I started the research. It didn't take long to find out where we were connected. Once you get to a certain point in the Robillard ancestry everything is easy peasy. So with out further ado here is Leo Cotnoir's Robillard line.

1. Onesime Robillard (George, Emelie Heynemand) was born on 8 August 1862 at Lanoraie. He married Exilda Daigle. [personal knowledge of Leo Cotnoir]

2. George Robillard (Magloire, Marie Rose Gilbert dit Comtois) married Emelie Heynemand (Louis Gonzague, Sophie Marion) 27 Nov 1857 at the parish of St-Joseph-de-Lanoraie, Berthier, Quebec

3. Magloire Robillard (Louis, Marie Madeleine Wagner) married Marie Rose Gilbert dit Comtois 27 Jan 1829 at the parish of St-Joseph-de-Lanoraie, Berthier, Quebec.

All of the information above, except for Onesime's marriage, was found in the Drouin collection and I have the images, if anyone needs them please contact me.

4. Louis Robillard(Joseph, Marie Charles Charlotte Cochon) married Marie Madeleine Wagner(Georges, M. Angelique Delome) November 11th 1799 at Lanoraie. [Prdh familiy # 36451, couple # 82033]

5. Joseph Robillard (Claude, Marie. Judith Delpe) was born on December 25th 1738 at St-Sulpice. He married Marie Charles Charlotte Cochon(Jacques, Marie Catherine Morissette) on June 16th 1760 at Lavaltrie. [Prdh individu #158767, individu # 158766, couple # 36451]

Here is where Leo's Robillard line meets with mine.

6. Claude Robillard, Leo's ancestor, was the bother of Pierre Robillard, which of whom I descend. Pierre married Marie Amable Beignet (Francois, Marie Anne Brault) on August 8th at St-Sulpice. Claude Robillard, Leo's ancestor, was born on Feb 4th 1714 at St-Sulpice. He married Marie Judith Delpe dit Belair (Jean-Baptiste, Marie Madeleine Menard) on June 26th 1737 at St-Sulpice [Prdh individu # 97863, #97864] Both brothers, Claude and Pierre, were the sons of Joseph Robillard and Marie Marguerite Bazinet dit Tourblanche.

7 .Joseph (8. Claude, Marie Grandin) and Marguerite Bazinet dit Tourblanche (Antoine, Francoise Janot dit La Chapelle) were married on the 20th of April 1711 at the parish of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Ile de Montreal, Present at their marriage were Joseph's father, Claude; his brother, Claude; Joseph Trottier, Francoise Guillain, second spouse of Antoine Bazinet; Joseph Bazinet and Francoise Beauchamp.

Although I have the Drouin image for this marriage it is easier for me to cite Prdh mariage #11566. This information is also available in the Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles Canadiennes, Volume 7 1700-1760.