html CHAREST, Joseph Armand Gabriel b. 16 Aug 1924 Woonsocket, Rhode Island d. 3 Feb 2004 Costa Mesa, California: Charest Family History
CHAREST, Joseph Armand Gabriel

CHAREST, Joseph Armand Gabriel

Male 1924 - 2004  (79 years)

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  • Name CHAREST, Joseph Armand Gabriel 
    Nickname Armand 
    Born 16 Aug 1924  Woonsocket, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Feb 2004  Costa Mesa, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 9 Feb 2004  Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Section 49A Site 4335
      Riverside National Cemetery
      22495 Van Buren Boulevard
      Riverside, CA 92518
    Association PAQUIN, Adrian (Relationship: Close childhood friends.) 
    Person ID I8  Charest Genealogy
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2019 

    Father CHAREST, Ildephonse,   b. 19 Mar 1891, Upton, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1945, Woonsocket, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother FRECHETTE, Emelie,   b. 22 Nov 1889, St. Didace, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1957, Woonsocket, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 4 Oct 1916  Joliette, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    The Charest Family, Descendants of Ildephonse and Emilie (Frenchette) Charest
    The Charest Family, Descendants of Ildephonse and Emilie (Frenchette) Charest
    A family photograph of all nine children of Ildephonse and Emilie (Frenchette) Charest. Taken during a family reunion in the early 1980s. This was the last time all nine children were together, as Margaret would pass several years later.

    From Left to right, top row:

    Rita, Noella, George, Lucille, Margaret

    Second Row:

    Clair, Joe, Armand, Theresa
    Ildephonse Charest and Emilie Frechette
    Ildephonse Charest and Emilie Frechette
    Ildephonse Charest and Emilie Frechette, unknown year taken. Possibly another photo taken on their wedding day.
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 WILKENS, Martha Hertha,   b. 20 Oct 1927, Manhatten, New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 2019, McMinnville, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 29 May 1955  Queens, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Type: Catholic Chapel 
    Divorced Mar 1972  Burlingham, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. CHAREST, Ronald Armand
    +2. CHAREST, Melinda Victoria
    +3. CHAREST, Howard George
     4. CHAREST, Jeffery Paul
    Photos
    The Family of Armand and Martha (Wilkens) Charest
    The Family of Armand and Martha (Wilkens) Charest
    The family of Armand and Martha (Wilkens) Charest. Taken on the wedding day of Ronald Charest's first wedding October 15, 1986. From left to right: Martha, Melinda, Ron (in uniform), Howard, Jeff, Armand. This was the last time the entire family was together.
    Armand and his Three Sons
    Armand and his Three Sons
    Armand Charest and his three sons at Christmas. Taken at the home of Howard and Pam Charest at Christmas, December 25, 2002.
    Family Reunion of Martha (Charest) Wilkens Family
    Family Reunion of Martha (Charest) Wilkens Family
    Family Reunion of Martha (Charest) Wilkens Family. Top Row:
    - Howard Charest
    - Ronald Charest
    - Jeffery Charest

    Bottom Row
    - Martha (Charest) Wilkens
    - Melinda (Fodor) Charest
    The Descendants of Martha Wilkens and Armand Charest
    The Descendants of Martha Wilkens and Armand Charest
    The descendants of Martha Wilkens and Armand Charest; Their four children, children's spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Photo taken at a Christmas family reunion celebration December 24, 2014
    Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens Wedding
    Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens Wedding
    Wedding Photo of Armand Charest and Martha Wilkens as they walked down the isle of the chapel
    Documents
    Marriage Certificate of Armand and Martha (Wilkens) Charest
    Marriage Certificate of Armand and Martha (Wilkens) Charest
    Marriage Certificate of Armand and Martha (Wilkens) Charest
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Diane 
    Children 
     1. CHAREST, Jeffery
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F48  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 9 Feb 2004 - Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Armand Charest
    Armand Charest
    His last studio portrait, taken in the Spring of 2000 in Costa Mesa, California, where he was living in a senior citizen's center.
    Armand Charest in Uniform.
    Armand Charest in Uniform.
    Armand Charest in uniform. Taken at the end of his basic training in Texas, about December 1943.
    Armand Charest and Emilie (Frechette) Charest
    Armand Charest and Emilie (Frechette) Charest
    A photo of Armand Charest and his mother Emilie (Frechette) Charest. This photo appears to have been taken prior to Armand being drafted into the US Army, which makes the date sometime sometime between late 1942 to early 1943.
    Armand Charest and Noella (Charest) Papangoes
    Armand Charest and Noella (Charest) Papangoes
    Armand Charest and his sister Noella. Noella was a hair dresser who was able to earn her license in the early 1940s because of Armand. While Armand was in the Army he was sending his pay home into a saving account. Noella mentioned to Armand she wanted to become a hairdresser but didn't have the money to attend the school. Armand told her to use his Army money for her school and license. Noella never forgot his kindness and spoke of it often to Armand's children. This photo would have been taken sometime around the later half of the 1990s.
    Wedding Photograph of Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens
    Wedding Photograph of Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens
    Wedding Photograph of Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens, cutting their wedding cake. May 29, 1955
    The Charest Family, Descendants of Ildephonse and Emilie (Frenchette) Charest
    The Charest Family, Descendants of Ildephonse and Emilie (Frenchette) Charest
    A family photograph of all nine children of Ildephonse and Emilie (Frenchette) Charest. Taken during a family reunion in the early 1980s. This was the last time all nine children were together, as Margaret would pass several years later.

    From Left to right, top row:

    Rita, Noella, George, Lucille, Margaret

    Second Row:

    Clair, Joe, Armand, Theresa
    The Family of Armand and Martha (Wilkens) Charest
    The Family of Armand and Martha (Wilkens) Charest
    The family of Armand and Martha (Wilkens) Charest. Taken on the wedding day of Ronald Charest's first wedding October 15, 1986. From left to right: Martha, Melinda, Ron (in uniform), Howard, Jeff, Armand. This was the last time the entire family was together.
    Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens Wedding
    Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens Wedding
    Wedding Photo of Armand Charest and Martha Wilkens as they walked down the isle of the chapel

    Documents
    Death Certificate of Armand Charest
    Death Certificate of Armand Charest
    Death Certificate of Armand Charest. Armand died February 3, 2004
    Armand Charest's DD214 Certificate
    Armand Charest's DD214 Certificate
    Discharge document showing Armand Charest's record of service in the US Army during WWII, and honorable discharge.
    Birth Certificate for Armand Charest
    Birth Certificate for Armand Charest
    Copy of birth certificate for Armand Charest. Armand's birth name was Joseph Armand Gabriel Charest, but Armand never used his name "Joseph" in any legal document.
    College Diploma Awarded To Armand Charest
    College Diploma Awarded To Armand Charest
    One of Armand's lifelong dream was to earn his Bachelor's degree. On December 23, 1986, at the age of 62, Armand did earn his Bachelor of Arts in English, through California State University, Dominguez Hills.

    Armand did earn an Associates of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering through Farmingdale Agricultural College in the mid-1960s. Armand was a Tool and Die Maker, and had hopes of getting into engineering work. However, Armand would later complain that holding an Associates actually hurt him in his career; His Associates Degree made him overqualified for some jobs and under-qualified for others.
    Certificate Of Excellence in Tutoring awarded to Armand Charest
    Certificate Of Excellence in Tutoring awarded to Armand Charest
    After Armand's retirement as a tool and die maker, he worked part-time as an English language tutor through Palomar College Tutoring Center. His work continued until about 2002, when Armand suffered a stroke that left him half-paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, and requiring 24/7 nursing care. This certificate was awarded to Armand at conclusion of the 1998/1999 school year.
    Wedding Announcement Armand and Martha (Charest) Wilkens
    Wedding Announcement Armand and Martha (Charest) Wilkens
    Newspaper announcement of the wedding of Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens. No date or newspaper information, but date would be sometime in 1955, location Queens, New York City, New York
    Memoirs of Armand Charest Part I
    Memoirs of Armand Charest Part I
    Several years before Armand had his stroke which ultimately was fatal, he wrote some family history. This is part I in a three-part series.
    Memoirs of Armand Charest, Part II
    Memoirs of Armand Charest, Part II
    Several years before Armand had his stroke which ultimately was fatal, he wrote some family history. This is part II in a three-part series.
    Memoirs of Armand Charest, Part III
    Memoirs of Armand Charest, Part III
    Several years before Armand had his stroke which ultimately was fatal, he wrote some family history. This is part III in a three-part series.

    Headstones
    Gravestone for Armand Charest
    Gravestone for Armand Charest
    Gravestone for Armand Charest, Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California
    Plot: Section 49A Site 4335

  • Notes 
    • Armand and Ardian Paquin were close childhood friends, and the two served in sister companies in the US Army during WWII in Pacific campaigns. In Armand's memoirs, he talks at one point about desperately searching for Adrian after a combat engagement with Japanese forces, in which Adrian's company was decimated.