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|1||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.
His last studio portrait, taken in the Spring of 2000 in Costa Mesa, California, where he was living in a senior citizen's center.
|3||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.
|4||Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens Wedding|
Wedding Photo of Armand Charest and Martha Wilkens as they walked down the isle of the chapel
|5||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.
|6||Armand Charest in Uniform. |
Armand Charest in uniform. Taken at the end of his basic training in Texas, about December 1943.
|7||Armand Charest's DD214 Certificate|
Discharge document showing Armand Charest's record of service in the US Army during WWII, and honorable discharge.
Believed to be a photo of Athanase Charest in 1910-1911, somewhere in Winnipeg Canada.
|9||Baptismal Certificate of Martha Wilkens|
Baptismal Certificate of Martha Wilkens. Baptized 4 February 1928
|10||Believed to be the family of Martha Alwine Reichelt, About 1955|
Believed to be the family of Martha Alwine (Wilkens) Reichelt. About 1955, Martha traveled back to Germany in 1955 for the first time since she left in 1923
|11||Biography of Therese (Hurteau/Flores/Gaunt) Charest|
A biography of Therese Charest written in the first person by Roger Forbes, nephew of Therese Charest. Provides a rich source of Charest family data researched from family sources and public records.
|12||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.
|13||Birth Certificate for Ronald Charest|
Birth Certificate for Ronald Charest
|14||Birth Certificate for Weifang (Charest) Li|
Birth certificate for Weifang (Charest) Li, in accordance with international laws and the US State Department, required for her immigration visa
|15||Birth Certificate of Erich Wilkens|
Birth Certificate of Erich Wilkens. This was apparently a sworn recreation of his birth certificate issued by the City of New York 16 July 1946. Born 29 April 1901 in Blexen, Germany.
|16||Birth Certificate of Martha Alwine Reichelt|
Birth Certificate of Martha Alwine Reichelt. Born in Stadt Dobrilugk, Germany, January 18, 1984. This document appears to be a replacement birth certificate as it seems to have been issued 31 August 1955. This coincides with a trip Martha took back home to Germany that same year.
|17||Birth Certificate of Martha Charest|
Birth Certificate of Martha Charest. Born October 20, 1927, at the home of her parents on the lower east side of Manhattan, New York City.
|18||Book Cover: Written and published by Noella Papagno|
Cover of the book: "Desairology: The Dressing of Decedents Hair." Written by Noella Papagno-Charest, she pioneered the field of Desairology. Noella's brother Armand helped her edit this book prior to publication.
|19||Brief History of Clifton Gaunt|
Clifton Gaunt was the third husband of Therese Charest. They were together 11 years, until Clifton's passing at age 104. At the time of his passing, Clifton was one of the few remaining American World War I veterans.
|20||Burial Marker for Martha and Erich Wilkens|
Status: Located; Burial Marker for Martha and Erich Wilkens. This particular section of the cemetery did not allow raised headstones.
|21||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.
|22||Charest Family Gravestone|
Family burial plot for Ildephonse Charest, Emilie (Frechette) Charest, and Rita (Danese) Charest. Rita had her parents moved from Precious Blood Cemetery to this location in 1992.
|23||Charest Family Gravestone |
Backside of the gravestone for Ildephonse Charest, Emilie (Frechette) Charest, and Rita (Danese) Charest
|24||Clair (Forand) Charest Funeral Card|
Funeral card for Clair (Forand) Charest, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
|25||Clair and Leo Forand|
Portrait of Clair and Leo Forand, married for 62 years on the month Leo passed away
|26||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.
|27||Confirmation Diploma of Martha (Wilkens) Charest|
Confirmation Diploma of Martha (Wilkens) Charest. Awarded by the Evangelical Free Church of South Ozone Park, April 27, 1941
|28||Death Certificate of Armand Charest|
Death Certificate of Armand Charest. Armand died February 3, 2004
|29||Death Certificate of Erich Wilkens|
Death Certificate of Erich Wilkens. Erich died of an apparent heart attack while sitting in his recliner chair, in the main room of his cottage after dinner. He had cared for his farm animals and worked in his garden that day, and went into his cottage for dinner. He was found several hours later by a neighbor coming over for a visit.
|30||Death Certificate of Martha Alwine (Reichelt) Wilkens|
Death Certificate of Martha (Reichelt) Wilkens. Martha was killed crossing a street in Woodbridge, Virginia while her and her husband Eric were driving down to Florida on a spring vacation. Martha was struck by a car going at high speed and reportedly died instantly. Her body was brought back to Long Island, New York, and she was laid to rest at Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale.
Martha's name is misidentified on her death certificate. Instead of "Martha Alwine Wilkens," her name is listed as "Martha Herta Wilkens, which was the name of her daughter."
Another inconsistency in this death certificate is the listed date of death. Recollections of her grandchildren place her death on a Monday evening. However, the listed date of 6 April is a Thursday.
|31||Denis Hurteau, High School Graduation |
This is Denis Hurteau's graduation photo from Serra High school, Rhode Island.
|32||Denise and Jeanne Forand|
Denise and Jeanne Forand, "The Twins." Photo taken in 1977
|33||Denise Forand, Jeanne Forand, Clair Forand|
The twin sisters Denise and Jeanne Forand, with their Mother Clair. Photo taken April 4, 2015. At the time Clair was living in a Senior Citizens center.
|34||Desairology_ Hair Care for the Deceased|
Noella trained as a cosmologist and later pioneered the field of "Desairology:" the practice of arranging the hair for the deceased prior to viewing by families and loved ones. Noella wrote a book on this topic, and later developed a training program which offered continuing education credits. This video is a professionally-produced video of Noella explaining the field of Desairology.
This video currently resides on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ck1PEvh5UM
|35||Discharge Certificate for Louis George Charest|
Honorable discharge certificate from the US Coast Guard. During WWII, all Merchant Mariners were inducted into the US Coast Guard for military service, transporting troops and supplies.
|36||Eloria (Charest) Lussier 1945|
Photo of Eloria Lussier, wife of Louis George Charest. Date on back of photo enscribed 1945. Shown in her Red Cross uniform.
Emilie Frechette as a young woman. Photo possibly taken around the time of her marriage to Ildephonse Charest
|38||Erich Wilkens, 1976|
This picture was taken of Erich about 1976, at his home in Burlingham, New York. At the time he was retired and kept busy running a "hobby farm," caring for a milk cow, several sheep and a ram, eighty chickens, and a small flock of ducks, along with two vegetable gardens.
|39||Eulogy For George Papagno|
A eulogy to George Papagno, written by his son James Papagno. Written May 1, 2020
|40||Eulogy for Martha (Charest) Wilkens|
This is the eulogy for Martha Wilkens (Charest), written and presented by her youngest son Jeff. The memorial service was held at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church on Thompson Ridge, New York, April 13, 2019.
|41||Eulogy for Therese (Gaunt) Charest|
Eulogy for Therese Gaunt
Written by Therese's oldest daughter Pauline Watson
Delivered at: St. Augustine Church
Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Pauline wrote this beautiful eulogy for her mother as a celebration of her life.
|42||Family Engagement Announcement|
Undated newspaper article from New Bedford, Massachusetts, written in French. Shows photos of Armandins Charest, Rose Bourque, Ilphonse (Alphonse) Charest, and Emilie Frechette. Pending translation, this may be a dual engagement announcement. Possible date about 1912
|43||Family Photo of Martha (Charest) WIlkens, Her Father and four children|
Family Photo of Martha (Charest) Wilkens, Her Father and four children. The family was wishing farewell to Erich Wilkens (Mom's father), who was leaving for a visit to Germany within a few days. Location was Queens, New York, in front of the house Erich was living in at the time.
Names from top left to right;
Martha (Charest) Wilkens, Ronald Charest, Erich Wilkens, Melinda Charest,
Second row, left to right:
Jeffery Charest, Howard Charest
Photo taken Spring 1972
|44||Family Picture of Extended Fodor Family|
A family picture of the extended Fodor family with other members of the extended Charest family. From top left: Pamela ( ) Charest, Armand Charest, Melinda (Fodor) Charest, Ronald Charest, Lazlo Fodor
|45||Family Reunion of Martha (Charest) Wilkens Family |
Family Reunion of Martha (Charest) Wilkens Family. Top Row:
- Howard Charest
- Ronald Charest
- Jeffery Charest
- Martha (Charest) Wilkens
- Melinda (Fodor) Charest
|46||Farrell Lines Ship Postcard, Louis George Charest|
One of the ships Louis George Charest served on as a Merchant Marine Sailor. Farrell Lines Incorporated was named in 1948 after James A. Farrell, Jr., and John J. Farrell, sons of James Augustine Farrell, president of US Steel. The company was previously known as American South African Lines (ASAL). It was a passenger line and cargo line in regular service from New York City to South Africa stopping at Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Lourenço Marques (Maputo) in Mozambique. The ships were well-appointed and carried about 180 passengers.
|47||Funeral Card of Ildephonse Charest|
Funeral Card of Ildephonse Charest, back side with memorial prayer.
|48||Funeral Memorial Card for Noella (Papagno) Charest|
Funeral Memorial Card for Noella (Papagno) Charest
|49||Funeral Memorial Card of Ildephonse Charest|
Funeral Memorial Card of Ildephonse Charest
|50||Funeral Urn of Noella (Papagno) Charest|
Status: Located; Noella died in Hollywood Florida where she lived for the last 45 years of her life, but she chose to be buried in the Charest family burial plot in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. She was cremated in Florida, and her ashes sent to Rhode Island where a memorial service was held, prior to her ashes interred in the family plot.