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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 least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F56
 
10 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)
 
11 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. KULIG, Beverly (I140)
 
12 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F16
 
13 Born March 19 1919 oldest of the boys with seven siblings in Woonsocket RI  PAPAGNO, George (I30)
 
14 Claire and Leo were married for 62 years on the month Leo passed away. Family F13
 
15 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)
 
16 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)
 
17 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)
 
18 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)
 
19 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)
 
20 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)
 
21 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)
 
22 In March 1956, Therese was living at 31 Irving Street, Bellinghan, Massachusetts.  CHAREST, Therese Joan de Arc (I5)
 
23 Johann was a laborer as his occupation WILKENS, Johann Hinrech Gerhard (I77)
 
24 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)
 
25 Julius (Joe) Floro was married prior to his marriage with Teresa Charest.  Family F60
 
26 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)
 
27 Legally separated on 14 Jun 1965, divorced 2 Dec 1971, and an annulment was issued on 20 Jan 1984.  Family F5
 
28 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F11
 
29 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F10
 
30 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)
 
31 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. CHAREST, Mary Theresa (I98)
 
32 Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery
7931 McCrory Lane Nashville, TN 
FODOR, Lazlo (I38)
 
33 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F10
 
34 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)
 
35 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)
 
36 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)
 
37 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)
 
38 Patricia's father was in the United States Air Force. He was stationed at a US air force base in the United Kingdom at the time Patricia was born. By virtue of her parents being US citizens, Patricia was also an American citizen by birth.  PERON, Patricia (I94)
 
39 Plot Number:
Section 26, Grave 480  
CHAREST, Rosaire Adelard (I11)
 
40 Potential differences in name order. On her birth certificate her name order is shown as "Alwine Martha." However, on all other documents in this collection her name order is shown as "Martha Alwine." On her headstone, her name is shown as "Martha A Wilkens."
In this genealogy, her name is consistently used as "Martha Alwine" for the sake of consistency and database search-ability.
Martha's name is misidentified on her death certificate. Instead of "Martha Alwine Wilkens," her name is listed as "Martha Herta Wilkens."  
REICHELT, Martha Alwine (I33)
 
41 Potential inconsistency in the listed date of death. Based upon the recollections of family members, Martha Wilkens was killed in a pedestrian auto accident on a Monday evening. The listed date of death is a Thursday.  REICHELT, Martha Alwine (I33)
 
42 Richard Reichelt's occupation was as cigarmaker. in some documents of Alwime Reichelt (his daughter), his name appears to be listed as "Zigarrenmacher Richard Reinhold Reichelt." Zigarrenmacher is "Cigar-Maker" in German.  REICHELT, Richard Reinhold (I34)
 
43 Rosaire's Service Number changed during his military career.

28 Dec 1948 : AF 11185809
19 May 1954 : NG 11185809
29 Dec 1955 : AF 11185809
16 May 1968 : FR 035-20-8096 
CHAREST, Rosaire Adelard (I11)
 
44 Section 49A Site 4335
Riverside National Cemetery
22495 Van Buren Boulevard
Riverside, CA 92518 
CHAREST, Joseph Armand Gabriel (I8)
 
45 some records show Eliodore as first name HURTEAU, Leodore George (I154)
 
46 Some records show Fleurette as her first name RICHOTTE, Florette Marie (I155)
 
47 Source: Marriage Certificate, held by Roger Forbes. Family F7
 
48 The birthplace of Erich Wilkens is spelled variously as:
1) Blexen
2) Blexersande
Both appear to be the same location in the district of the Lower Saxon town of Nordenham.  
WILKENS, Erich Bernhardt (I19)
 
49 The security questionnaire for Rosaire Adele Charest of 16 March 1956 shows Emelie's birthdate as 22 June 1888. A source from Roger Forbes shows 22 Nov 1889. For this genealogy, I am going with the data source listed in the security questionnaire.  FRECHETTE, Emelie (I2)
 
50 Therese and Julius had two weddings in Protestant then Catholic ceremonies as Therese was French Catholic and Julius was Protestant (Methodist). Their first wedding was on June 24, 1972 (First Methodist Church, San Mateo, CA), and on September 22, 1984 (St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Rohnert Park, CA). I've listed their first wedding here.  Family F43
 

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