Alice Boisjolie

Roland Boisjoli sent me this a few minutes ago.

It was about little Alice in this picture.


Alice was the little girl in the center of the first row.

Alice Boisjolie

Boisjolie Alice G daughter of Urgel O and Rosalie M LaRose LaFleur

CHICOPEE – Alice G. (Boisjolie) LaFleur, 103, of the Willimansett Heights section of Chicopee was Called Safely Home on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. She passed into Eternal Life at Willimansett East in Chicopee surrounded by the care and comfort of her loving family and her wonderful caregivers.

She was born in Holyoke on September 13, 1910, a beloved daughter of the late Urgel O. and Rosalie M. (LaRose) LaFleur. She was raised in Holyoke and later lived for 35 years in Worthington, Massachusetts before moving to Ludger Avenue in the Aldenville section of Chicopee in 1984. She previously worked at the former McIntosh Cotton Mill in Holyoke. During her younger years, she enjoyed meeting her many friends at the Aldenville Senior Center. She was a communicant of Sainte Rose de Lima Church in Aldenville.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Edward J. LaFleur who was Called Home on July 25, 1986. She leaves many cherished nephews, nieces, cousins and extended members of the LaFleur and Boisjolie families. Besides her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her loving brother, Leo U. Boisjolie who was Called Home in October of 1999. Her funeral will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014 beginning at the St. Pierre – Phaneuf Aldenville Chapels, (413-532-9806), 13 Dale Street, Chicopee, MA 01020, (funeral home will open at 8:30 a.m.) followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Sainte Rose de Lima Church, 600 Grattan Street, Chicopee, MA 01020.

Her burial will follow the Mass at Notre Dame Cemetery, 63 Lyman Street, South Hadley, MA 01075. Her family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, May 12, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. before the Mass. The parking lot and main entrance are located in the rear of the funeral home at 20 Lafayette Street, Chicopee, MA 01020. Her family has requested that memorial donations be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. For more details, please visit:

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Who’s Who? – The 50th wedding anniversary of Urgel Boisjolie and Rosalie LaRose.

Do you want to play a little game of History Detectives with this group picture…?

Are you sure you want to do this?

This could last all year you know…


Collection Jason West


It’s always a great help when you have captions to go along with pictures. Some, if not most, don’t have any, and you have to find a way to find who’s who sometimes like this picture of Exeurie Myers, Julien Myers’ brother with an old lady we knew nothing about a few weeks ago. 


Collection Jason West


Who is the old lady?

Going back to the group picture, I am sure it will be easy to identify Exurie’ son Arthur and his wife Rose Alma La Rose in the group picture.

Rose Alma and Arthur

But who is the lady in these pictures?



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At first I thought it was Rose Myers, Exeurie’s sister.

Well guess again when you take a good look at this!

Exeurie Myers and Sophronie Champagne

Sophranie Beaugrand dit Champagne and Exeurie Myers
Collection Jason West

And this!


Are you still sure we should play Who’s Who with the group picture of the 50th wedding anniversary of Urgel Boisjolie and Rosalie LaRose?

This could last all year you know, because Jason has sent some cards for me to look at.

Jason West’s collection of old pictures

Am I going to find all these people’s ancestors on this group picture and all their descendants?


Probably not.

But I will put their names on this blog so someone might find them and write a comment or fill out this form to contact me in the future.

What about this picture?

Why are all these people smiling?

Well most are smiling…

Next time we will play a little game of History Detectives…

Oscar Boisjolie

Oscar came back from the dead in a sense.

This is not by all means meant not be macabre in anyway.

I thought Oscar Boisjolie was dead when that family picture was taken.


It made sense.

Why would he be absent? Two of his three children were there as well as his lovely wife Rosalie La Rose. Alice is in the first row dead center, and Léo is just on her left (the right side of the picture). 

Delia born in 1908 is not present, and I won’t presume anything about her absence.

Jumping to conclusions is about the worst thing you can do when you look for ancestors, yours or mine.

Roland did not tell me how he found this blog. I figured he googled Oscar Boisjolie who is now a household name everywhere.

Oscar Boisjolie was also known as Oscar Woods. Boisjoli means “lovely wood” in English.

Roland told me Oscar would be Urgel Joseph in his comment…

Here is the information I have on Oscar Boisjolie also known as Oscar Woods who is I believe is in fact Urgel Joseph Boisjolie.

Boisjolie, Urgel Joseph [aka Oscar Woods] (b. 1888-03-20 – USA, Minnesota, Brainard, d.1966-10-00 – USA, Massachusetts, Hampden County, Holyoke) spouse: Larose, Rosalie (b. 1890-01-13 – Canada, d. 1977-11-30 – USA, Massachusetts, Hampden, Worthington)


1. Boisjolie, Marie Delia Rosalie (b. 1908-10-18 – USA, Massachusetts, Hampden, Springfield)

2. Boisjolie, Alice (b. 1911 – USA, Massachusetts)

3. Boisjolie, Leo Urgel (b. 1913 – USA, New York, d. 1999-10-06 – USA,
Massachusetts, Hampden, Chicopee) spouse Dion, Rita (b. 1916-05-27 – USA, Massachusetts, d. 1989-03-10 – USA, Massachusetts, Hampden County, Holyoke)

Children and 3 are included in the photograph.

I have a copy of the marriage entry (from Ancestry) for the Oscar Boisjolie and Rosalie Larose Marriage which occurred January 16, 1908 in the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts, however, am uncertain how to send it in this format.

FYI there are two separate families of Boisjoli in North America each having spellings of Boisjolie, Boisjoly and Boisjoli. One is the Lienard family of Boisjoli, the other is the Griveau family of Boisjoli. Oscar and descendants are from the Griveau Boisjoli family.

Hope this is of some assistance and can be confirmed by others.


Roland A. Boisjoli

I was able to confirm all this and even more. I even invited Roland on my Ancestry family tree to view all the files I have gathered since 2009. Close to 30,000 files.

Not only on Boisjolies of course. In fact, I had none!

This being said, I won’t go deeper into all this since Roland can see all my research on Ancestry.

Everything is always free.

Should you find this blog, please write a comment because you never know what I can find about your ancestors.


Not yet…

I had been waiting for spring to arrive and start writing again. Spring arrived yesterday when Roland wrote a comment.

You know what happens when you write comments…

I start writing again. I start even more when you share old pictures like Jason did last month.


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