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1 A security form of Rosaire Adele Charest dated 6 Sept 1973 shows Therese married to Joseph Floro, living at:
1535 Lorraine Avenue
San Mateo, California 94401 
Family F43
 
2 Adrian and Armand Charest were close childhood friends, and the two served in sister companies in the US Army during WWII in Pacific campaigns. In Armand Charest'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.  PAQUIN, Adrian (I12)
 
3 Alwine Reichelt's place of birth appears to be variously spelled as:
1) Dobrilugk - Kirchhain
2) Doberlug - Kirchhain
3) Kreis Fissterwalds N.L.

For this genealogy record, the name spelling used is "Doberlug - Kirchhain" which appears to be the location recognized by the Google search engine 
REICHELT, Martha Alwine (I33)
 
4 Alwine was trained as a seamstress while still living in Germany, and emigrated to the United States as a skilled laborer.  REICHELT, Martha Alwine (I33)
 
5 Anna and her husband Willy Stolle were godparents to the only daughter of Eric Bernhardt Wilkens and Martha Alwine Reichelt, Martha Hertha (Charest Family Tree). Anna outlived Willy and upon her death Martha Hetha became heir to Anna's property.  SACKENVITZ, Anna (I2)
 
6 Apparently, prior to going/working on submarines, Joe was attached to the USS Honolulu, CL 48, a light cruiser of that era.

USS Honolulu (CL 47) - a Brooklyn-class light cruiser active in the Pacific War (World War II). Honolulu was launched in 1937 and commissioned in 1938. The ship served in the Battle of Tassafaronga, the Battle of Kula Gulf, the Battle of Kolombangara and the Battle of Peleliu. She was taken out of action by serious torpedo damage just before the Battle of Leyte Gulf. She was repaired, but not in time to rejoin the war. She was decommissioned in 1947 and was held in reserve until she was scrapped in 1959. 
FLORO, Julius L. (I92)
 
7 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.  CHAREST, Joseph Armand Gabriel (I8)
 
8 As of March 1956, Lucille was already married, carrying the name Duclos, with residency at 122 Farm Street, Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Souce: Security questionnaire of Rosaire Adele Charest, dated 16 March 1956 
CHAREST, Lucille (I7)
 
9 At the time of his death Denis had been a teller at People's Bank, Johnson, Rhode Island, for two years. Previously, he had been employed as a dietician for the Presbyterian Hospital, San Francisco, California, for ten years before moving to Providence.  HURTEAU, Denis (I91)
 
10 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F56
 
11 Back story on Julius' Navy rating insignia photograph; From Paul Hurteau - "The first time he showed me his ribbons I asked if I could have them and he told me he was giving them to his son, Years later, the last time I saw him alive, he handed them to me, I took his uniform coat and cut it up to make this plaque, It was at his funeral and I have had it ever since."

Paul also relates that Joe left the Navy when he met and married his first wife. In later years, Joe spoke often of how much he regretted not staying in for the full 20 years. His rating photo shows three "Hash marks," each one signifying four years service. Joe would have left active duty with between 12 - 15 years service.  
FLORO, Julius L. (I92)
 
12 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. KULIG, Beverly (I140)
 
13 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F16
 
14 Born March 19 1919 oldest of the boys with seven siblings in Woonsocket RI  PAPAGNO, George (I30)
 
15 Claire and Leo were married for 62 years on the month Leo passed away. Family F13
 
16 Claire passed on the evening of April 25, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. She had moved to a nursing home several years earlier and her daughters visited her often, particularly Denise and Jeanne.

However, due to the pandemic and risk to elderly patients at the nursing home, all visitors including family and priests/ministers were banned. Claire spent the last months of her life without any family visitors, and was not able to have a Catholic priest provide the customary Last Rites for her.

A traditional funeral was not permitted, so Claire's daughters held a graveside service for just the three of them. A memorial service was held after pandemic-related bans on large gatherings was lifted.  
CHAREST, Claire (I9)
 
17 Clifton was a World War I veteran, and was one of the very last surviving American WWI veterans at the time of his death as age 104 GAUNT, Clifton (I93)
 
18 Due to the ongoing pandemic; A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM, at All Saints Church, Rathbun St. Woonsocket. Burial will follow in St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery in Bellingham. The family will greet guests at church beginning at 9:30 AM. Masks are required, and Social Distancing Guidelines will be observed.  CHAREST, Lucille (I7)
 
19 Erich and Martha were close friends with Willy Stolle and Willy's wife Anna. Erich and Willy met while in Germany and later found each other living around the corner in Manhattan, New York City.
Although there are no blood relations, the lives of Willy and Anna so closely intertwined with the Wilkens and later the families of Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens, the Stolle's have a dedicated family tree in the Charest Family Genealogy site.  
WILKENS, Erich Bernhardt (I19)
 
20 George died at the age of 101, in Hollywood, Florida. He was living in Alexander Nininger Veterans Nursing Home until shortly before he died. This was during the Coronavirus pandemic and visitors were not allowed into the nursing home. A few days before he died the home released him under Hospice care and he stayed with his daughter Jane and son James.  PAPAGNO, George (I30)
 
21 In 1956, Emelie was living at 146 Gaulin Avenue, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. She presumably lived here until her death.

Source: Security questionnaire of Rosaire Adele Charest, dated 16 March 1956 
FRECHETTE, Emelie (I2)
 
22 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. GINGRAS, Lorraine (I194)
 
23 In 1986, George and Hortense were living in Cumberland, Rhode Island Family F81
 
24 In 1990 Carmen and Lucy were living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Family F95
 
25 In 1990 Chris and Louise were living in Austin, Texas Family F93
 
26 In 1990 Ralph and Antoinette were living in Cinnaminson, New Jersey Family F91
 
27 In 1990 Ronaldi and Constance were living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Family F94
 
28 in 1990, Beth Floro was living in Pacifica, California FLORO, Beth (I133)
 
29 In 1990, Charles and Rita were living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Family F92
 
30 In March 1956, Rita was living at 188 Cottage Street, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. She was already married and carrying the name Danese.

Source: Security questionnaire of Rosaire Adele Charest, dated 16 March 1956 
CHAREST, Rita (I6)
 
31 In March 1956, Therese was living at 31 Irving Street, Bellinghan, Massachusetts.  CHAREST, Therese Joan de Arc (I5)
 
32 Johann was a laborer as his occupation WILKENS, Johann Hinrech Gerhard (I77)
 
33 Julius (Joe) Floro claimed to be a World War II Submarine veteran who served on several submarine combat patrols in the Pacific Theater. He may have exaggerated his submarine service, but worked on them in refits between patrol from Subbase Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After he left the Navy, he worked as a union Electrician the remainder of his career.  FLORO, Julius L. (I92)
 
34 Julius (Joe) Floro was married prior to his marriage with Teresa Charest.  Family F60
 
35 Laszlo Michael Fodor was born in Dorog, Hungary in 1954 and immigrated to the United States in 1956 under Operation Safe Haven with his parents and brother. He was the oldest of three children. FODOR, Lazlo (I38)
 
36 Legally separated on 14 Jun 1965, divorced 2 Dec 1971, and an annulment was issued on 20 Jan 1984.  Family F5
 
37 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F11
 
38 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F10
 
39 Martha Wilkens was born in her parents apartment located at 331 East 97 Street, New York City, New York. She was delivered into this world by Doctor Hoffmeister, a German doctor (General Practioner) who had his practice in the neighborhood. Later, he would move his practice out to Queens, still in the same general area where Martha's parents moved when they purchased their home.

Dr Hoffmeister would go on to be Martha's doctor as she grew up, and would later deliver her first three children - Ronald, Melinda, and Howard. Until Dr Hoffmeister retired, Martha would always try to bring her children to see Dr Hoffmeister for their medical care, even after Martha was living in the surburban town of Farmingdale.  
WILKENS, Martha Hertha (I32)
 
40 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. CHAREST, Mary Theresa (I98)
 
41 Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery
7931 McCrory Lane Nashville, TN 
FODOR, Lazlo (I38)
 
42 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F10
 
43 Obituary

Jeannine M. Castro-Biller, Santa Rosa, Calif., an agent for 19 years at Dill Noonan Insurance Agency in Santa Rosa and before that, a secretary for 10 years at Rancho Grande Travel Club of Rohnert Park, Calif., died Tuesday in Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

She was the daughter of Therese (Charest) Hurteau-Floro-Gaunt of Millville, Mass., and Lionel Hurteau of Palm Bay, Fla. She was the step-daughter of Clifton Gaunt of Millville and Irene Hurteau of Palm Bay.

Before moving to California in 1964, she was an agent at the former Walter Richards Insurance Company of Bellingham, Mass.

She was a graduate of St. Clare High School, Woonsocket.

Besides her parents and step-parents, she leaves a sister, Pauline Thibodeau-Watson of San Jose, Calif.; three brothers, Richard Hurteau of Millville, Paul Hurteau of Woonsocket and Ronald Hurteau of San Francisco, Calif.

Providence Journal (RI) - Thursday, December 25, 1997  
HURTEAU, Jeannine M (I90)
 
44 Obituary from Fournier & Fournier Funeral Home, Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Claire M. Forand 94, formerly of Greene St., passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Leo J. Forand. Born in Manville, she was a daughter of the late Alphonse and Emilie (Frechette) Charest. Claire worked in the combing department of the former Argonne Worsted Mills for fifteen years, she also worked for the former Warwick Shoppers World and Univis Frames.

She is survived by a son Robert J. Forand of St. Petersburg, FL and three daughters Susan Joyal of Uxbridge, twins Jeanne Forand of Woonsocket, and Denise Pincince of Worcester, a sister Lucille Duclos of Maryland, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by siblings George, Armand, and Rosaire Charest, Theresa Gaunt, Rita Danese, Noella Papagno, and Margaret Volpe.

A Funeral Mass and burial will be held at a later date and time.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Claire M. (Charest) Forand, please visit our floral store. 
CHAREST, Claire (I9)
 
45 Obituary from Fournier & Fournier Funeral Home, Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Louis George Charest 99, formerly of Rockridge Dr., died June 4, 2018 at Woonsocket Health Center. He was the husband of the late Eloria (Lussier) Charest. Born in PQ Canada, he was a son of the late Ildephonse and Emilie (Frechette) Charest. Louis served in the Merchant Marines during WWII. He was the owner and cook for the former White Front Restaurant for a short time. He later owned and operated Georges Variety Store for several years, and then retired from the Foxboro Company.

He is survived by two sisters Claire Forand of Woonsocket, and Lucille Duclos of Baltimore, MD. He was predeceased by his siblings Rosaire and Armand Charest, Therese Gaunt, Rita Danese, Marguerite Volpe, and Noella Papagno.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday June 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM in All Saints Church, Rathbun St. Woonsocket. Burial will be held in St. James Cemetery in Manville.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Louis George Charest, please visit our floral store. 
CHAREST, Louis George (I4)
 
46 Obituary from Fournier & Fournier Funeral Home, Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Lucille E. Duclos 97, of Parkville, MD, formerly of Farm St., Woonsocket, passed away November 2, 2020. She was the wife of the late Armand Duclos. Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Alphonse and Emelie (Frechette) Charest. Lucille was an LPN and worked at the former Woonsocket Hospital for twenty-seven years.

She is survived by her two granddaughters, Jennifer Weglein of Baltimore, MD and Carrie Gray of Bishop, GA and two great-granddaughters, Rachel Weglein and Julianne Gray. Lucille was predeceased by her daughter Diane M. Roy and siblings, George, Armand, and Rosaire Charest, Theresa Gaunt, Rita Danese, Noella Papagno, Margaret Volpe and Claire Forand.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM, at All Saints Church, Rathbun St. Woonsocket. Burial will follow in St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery in Bellingham. The family will greet guests at church beginning at 9:30 AM. Masks are required, and Social Distancing Guidelines will be observed.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lucille E (Charest) Duclos, please visit our floral store. 
CHAREST, Lucille (I7)
 
47 Obituary from Fournier & Fournier Funeral Home, Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Rita M. Danese, nee Charest, wife of pre-deceased John B. Danese, died during the early morning at 12:15 AM on May 18, 2012, in Laguna Woods, CA. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Alphonse and Emilie (Frechette) Charest.

She is survived by her son Roger J. Forbes who will miss the enthusiasm she felt at designing quality quilts, machine sewn at home, two brothers Louis George and Rosaire Charest, four sisters Therese Gaunt, Lucille Duclos, Claire Forand, and Noella Papagno; and many nieces and nephews who loved her in life for being kindhearted. She was also the sister of the late Armand Charest and Marguerite Volpe.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10:00 AM in All Saints Church, Rathbun St. Woonsocket. Burial will follow in St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery in Bellingham. 
CHAREST, Rita (I6)
 
48 One of Erich Wilken's "defining characteristics" was not talking to people when he was angry. He could sometimes go weeks without talking to anybody, not just the person he was angry with. His grandchildren used to tease that "Opa (German title for Grandfather) was having spring fever."
This appeared to be a Wilkens family trait. At one point Erich and his brother Henry (who also lived in Queens, New York) had a fight. They went several years without talking to each other, even though their wives remained close and the families used to visit during the time the two brothers were not talking.  
WILKENS, Erich Bernhardt (I19)
 
49 Originally buried at Precious Blood Cemetery, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Removed to St. Jean Baptist Cemetery, Bellingham, MA on 16 January 1992. Moved by Rita (Charest) Danese to a family burial plot. CHAREST, Ildephonse (I1)
 
50 Originally buried at Precious Blood Cemetery, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Removed to St. Jean Baptist Cemetery, Bellingham, MA on 16 January 1992. Moved by Rita (Charest) Danese to a family burial plot. FRECHETTE, Emelie (I2)
 

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