Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Berle and Dick 1961

We were standing in front of the house on Tanner Ave. That's Mom's 53 Mercury on the left (bought from Bill when he went in the Army) and Dad's new 61 Pontiac across the street in front of Beaudoin's house. Bill bought Denny Ray and I new winter coats and I'm pictured in mine.

At Richs Wedding

Mom came down to Springfield with Barb and I for Richard's second wedding. It was held outdoors in a Park.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Carterville Folks Visit Gramma Cuz Today

Sheri shared time with Gramma today. Devin's girls, Rosalee and Isabel were there too. Devin was taking the pictures. Mom told me tonight how good the girls were. She is so proud of them!

Isabel Miller Visits Gramma Cuz Today

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Reagan Letter 2008

Mom joined us ( all five sons/wives and some of the grandkids) for Thanksgiving 2008. Reagan Lucille followed it up with this letter that Mom kept and then gave it to me. I share the love in the letter with you!

Friday, June 17, 2011


Mardene has had a TIA (mini-stroke) and is in the hospital. You can send her a card to  11 Birch St , Watseka IL 60970. She is resting and they will do tests on her Monday.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Marlene Gagnon Obituary

This was Mom's first cousin, daughter of Uncle Tom Arthur. He was a brother to Grandma Arnold. He farmed a place on the EZ Way Bumps Road.( He farmed with my Dad's uncle George Miller. They were good friends.) It was called that because the paved road went over a series of bumps that would cause your stomach to jump when you went over the bumps.  All of us kids would zip down the road for the fun of it. EZWay was a popular kitchen stove built at the EZ Way factory for many decades (later renamed the Florence Stove factory and then in the 1960's the Roper Stove factory that built Roper, Whirlpool and Sears stoves.) He was the first son from the Somerset Kentucky Arthur family to move to the Kankakee area looking for a better life. He raised Gerties son Ricky as his own beginning in the 1950's.  His only son Ed was murdered just off Hobby Ave (in the colored district) after WW2. He was a vet.

  Marlene K. Gagnon, 73, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (June 15, 2011) at Provena Our Lady of Victory in Bourbonnais. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. funeral service at the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home, west Kankakee. The Rev. Hank Roso will officiate.

Burial will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. Memorials may be made to the family wishes.

Mrs. Gagnon retired from Carson Pirie Scott after 34 years, and had also been employed by Sears, Fair Store, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Hospice of Kankakee Valley. She was born Aug. 17, 1937, the daughter of James T. and Lina Whitaker Arthur.

Surviving are her husband, Donald H. Gagnon, whom she married March 12, 1986; one stepson, Dan Gagnon, of Ashkum; one stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Julie and Jerry Glenzinski, of Bradley; three stepgrandchildren; one sister, Melba Bushey, of Kankakee; one brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Cathy Arthur, of Hillsboro, Ore.; and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Helen Christensen; one brother, Edwin M. Arthur; and one niece.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Morrie Cousin and Everette Martin 1964

Gertie on culvert


Lucille Gertie Evertte BAR


Gertie Everette Lucille COUCH


Lucille and Gertie Greenhouse


Lucille and Gertie


Gertie on Everette's lap


Everette and Gertie Ford


Everette and Gertie Sep 60


Edith and Gertie


Gertie w/kids at Lucilles 10-20-84

Gertie came back for Berles funeral. Adele, Mike, Pat, Gertie, (Matthew)  at Lucille's

Corrected to read Donald Patrick McVey 56

Pat McVey Graduation


Pat McVey 63


Pat McVey 61




McVeys 1963 State Park


Mc Vey Visit Lucille's House, 1963


Pat McVey I think


Sunday, June 5, 2011

McVey Boys 1963

James Lynch, Michael McVey, Pat McVey, Richard Arthur

Schmidt, Keerbs, McVeys 1963

Anna Schmidt, Mike McVey, Gertie Martin, Pat McVey, Sarah Keerbs taken at 368 Tanner Ave, Kankakee, IL, this was at Mom's house.

Jimmy McVey and Arnolds 1963

This picture was taken next door to Mom's house on Tanner Ave. Dorothy and Dora lived there at one time and Edith at another.
Velma, Dora, Tevis, Mardene, Gertie, Jimmy, Dorothy, Lucille

Gertie McVey


McVey Family

Jimmy, Gertie and Pat, Mike and Mac

Mike McVey Nov 1961


McVey Boys 1963

                                                                     Ricky, Jimmy, Mike, Pat scanned in from an 8x10 that Gertie had.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Denny Ray and his Grandma 11-15-97

Mom loved to visit her family. She traveled to San Francisco and saw a lot of things, to include Alcatraz.