Lovely Rita

This is a post I wrote last year. It was about lovely little Rita. When you read once more Diane’s message, this post is most touching.

thought I would let you know that my aunt Rita Hazel, only daughter of Leo and Ida Combe passed away about a month ago.  I think she was 91 or 92.  The only sibling left is Henry Combe, my wonderful father.

Carl wrote me again about his ancestors and their relatives.

He had this information about someone named Rita.

He also mentioned the Combe and the Ashley families in his e-mail.

I had to look it up in the more than 100 photos Robin has scanned in 2011 where most of the pictures were of the Bleau and the Combe family.

I found little Rita.

Lovely Rita… circa 1924

Rita is there with her cousins and her two brothers… Joe, with his mouth opened, and Henry on the far right.

thought I would let you know that my aunt Rita Hazel, only daughter of Leo and Ida Combe passed away about a month ago.  I think she was 91 or 92.  The only sibling left is Henry Combe, my wonderful father.

 

Rita Hazel

April 23, 1922 – February 7, 2013

Rita Hazel, wife of the late Charles Hazel of Hartford and daughter of the late Ida and Leo Combe of Middletown, died Thursday February 7th at Middlesex Hospital with her loving family by her side. She was born on April 23, 1922. She attended St. John’s School, Woodrow Wilson High School and Morse Business College in Hartford.

In 1966, she took a position at Middlesex Hospital as secretary to the Vice President of Finance, with whom she was with for 24 years. She retired in 1990, after which she volunteered at the Hospitals Information Desk for 18 years.

She is survived by a son, Stephen Hazel and his fiancé, Robin of Portland, a daughter, Sheila White and her husband, Ken of Meriden, a daughter, Donna Milardo and her husband, Dave of East Hampton, her brother, Henry Combe of Old Saybrook and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Anthony Combe of Cromwell, Joseph Combe and Edward Combe of Middletown. She had nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Rita Combe 1

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Call Them Distant Relatives… Rita Hazel

Someone just informed me in a comment just made that Rita Hazel has passed away.

Diane wrote this…

thought I would let you know that my aunt Rita Hazel, only daughter of Leo and Ida Combe passed away about a month ago. I think she was 91 or 92. The only sibling left is Henry Combe, my wonderful father.

This is the wedding picture of Leo Combe and Ida Ashley.

Leo Combe and Ida are Rita Combe Hazel’s parents.

Sylvia Bleau Combe is besides Ida who is next to her mother Agnes Alexandre. Agnes is the daughter of my great-grandaunt Philomene Lagasse (Lagacé).

Back in 2007 when I started looking for my ancestors I did not know she had existed.

These people became a big part of my family since then. There are no more distant relatives of mine…

Rita Combe 1Rita Combe Hazel
1922-2013

Amelia

Post No. 301.

I was sure you would be coming back for more…

I know who these ordinary people are.

With  this picture and Fran’s help we have finally solved a mystery.

This is Alice  Alexandre with her husband Albert Choinière, and  her sister Amelia Alexandre with her boyfriend Ernest Sorel.

Amelia would marry Ernest a year later in 1915. This picture was scanned last year by Robin. We did not know who they were then.

1915

I have another picture to show you.

Sylvia Bleau, Agnes Alexandre’s daughter, Louis Combe, her husband, her little daughter Sylvia, and… someone identified as aunt Mary.

Here the caption says Mary Alexander, but it’s Amelia again with her husband Ernest Sorel.  She does not look a bit like the real Mary Alexander seen here with her sister Agnes Alexandre in 1922…

Agnes is with her three grandchildren, Louis Jr., Lawrence, and Sylvia Marie. 

In 1922 little did these people know that Agnes would died in 1927.

You already have read the obituary Fran sent me last week didn’t you?

Now every piece of the puzzle falls into place thanks to Fran who is now a full-fledged member of the A-Team.

Standard Tire Company and Combe Brothers, Inc.

Maybe there is a link with what I found yesterday about Joseph Arthur Combe and these pictures that were scanned by Robin…

The obituary said something about Standard Tire Company and Combe Brothers, Inc.

He was a local businessman for more than thirty years as a partner in the Standard Tire Company and Combe Brothers, Inc., both located in Middletown. 

Harry Bleau is on the left and Louis Joseph Combe is on the right.

Look at this picture.

Look closer…

I think we are getting somewhere…

I believe the man on the far right is Joseph Arthur Combe… Or is he the one on the far left?

You might be also interested in learning more about Harry Bleau.

Harry Bleau is on the left, but I think his real name is Henry Alphonse Bleau.

Freida Bleau, Harry’s wife

Joseph Arthur Combe 1921-2011

While looking for links to Rita, I also found Joe.

I went on the Internet to look for him and I found this obituary.

Joseph Arthur Combe, 90, of Middletown, beloved husband of Madlyn (Simmons) Combe for sixty-three years, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 3rd. Born in Bristol on September 20, 1920, he was the son of the late Leo and Eva “Ida” (Ashley) Combe. 

wedding picture of Leo Combe and Ida Ashley

Joe was a veteran of World War II serving as a Sergeant in the Army of the United States Air Corps in the 343d Fighter Squadron 55th Fighter Group as a radio mechanic. He was a local businessman for more than thirty years as a partner in the Standard Tire Company and Combe Brothers, Inc., both located in Middletown. He retired on February 1, 1986 from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, a division of United Technologies Corporation. After retirement, he worked part-time as a handyman at the South Congregational Church in Middletown. Joe had lived in Middletown since 1921 and was the last living Charter Member of the Middletown Rifle and Pistol Club.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Joseph Combe and his spouse, Linda of Rocky Hill; two daughters: Gail Muraca and her spouse, Frank of East Hampton, and Linda Malavasi and her spouse, Tom of East Hampton; three grandchildren, Daniel Smith of Mystic, Shelley Combe of Somerville, MA and Allyson Smith of Glastonbury; a sister, Rita Hazel of Portland; a brother, Henry Combe and his spouse, Polly of Old Saybrook; three sister-in laws, Jean Combe of Middletown, Margaret Combe of Middletown and Elizabeth Arrigoni and her spouse, Charles of Middlefield; a brother-in-law, Robert Simmons and his spouse Muffalda of Middletown; and many nieces and nephews.

Joe was also predeceased by two brothers, Anthony Combe, formerly of Cromwell, and Edward Combe, formerly of Middletown.

There were these pictures with the obituary.

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Besides the wedding picture, Robin had sent me these.

Touching Lives Again and Again and Again: Lovely Rita

Carl wrote me again about his ancestors and their relatives.

He had this information about someone named Rita.

He also mentioned the Combe and the Ashley families in his e-mail.

I had to look it up in the more than 100 photos Robin has scanned in 2011 where most of the pictures were of the Bleau and the Combe family.

I found little Rita.

Lovely Rita… circa 1924

Rita is there with her cousins and her two brothers… Joe, with his mouth opened, and Henry on the far right.

This will put a smile on Robin’ s face I am sure.

More pictures from the West Coast

These pictures come from a relative of the precious friend living on the West Coast that I was talking about yesterday.

She took the time to scan them all also so I could share them with everyone on this blog.

These pictures were sent to her from someone living on the East Coast.

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Call Them Distant Relatives…

I don’t mind if you call them distant relatives of mine…

This is yet another scanned picture of little Marie’s priceless collection.

This is the wedding picture of Leo Combe and Ida.

I don’t know her maiden name yet.

Robin has been hard at work.

Call it passion on her part.

I would call it caring.

Caring for Marie who is interested in her ancestors even though she’s 93.

This is the edited version of that picture.

I love looking at wedding pictures.

My mother also did and I had fun looking at them when I was young.

I think I am still young deep inside.

Leo Combe and Ida are little Marie’s uncle and aunt.

What I know about Ida is only what I see in the pictures Robin has scanned me for us… 

71!

Call it passion…

I would call it caring.

I am sure Robin will ask Marie what was Ida’s maiden name so we can look for other distant relatives of ours.

In the wedding picture taken around 1918, we can see Marie’s mother beside Ida.

Just beside her mother Sylvia is my cousin Agnes Alexandre.

Agnes is the daughter of my great-grandaunt Philomene Lagasse (Lagacé). Back in 2007 when I started looking for my ancestors I did not know she had existed.

As I said, I don’t mind if you call these people distant relatives of mine…

Louis Joseph Combe and his motorcycle

Louis Joseph  Combe is Sylvia’s father who is still living and has a lot of pictures of her family. Her daughter sent them to Robin who is in the process of scanning them all.

Louis Combe was a photographer by trade, but obviously he did not take this photo. 

Louis Joseph Combe

This is the original photo Robin had scanned two days ago.

I did a little editing just using Paint…

It was worth taking the time to do it since Robin took the time to scan 44 pictures.

I won’t be posting or editing all of them.

Only some that will be touching people’s lives so to speak.

I believe the motorcycle picture would have been taken around 1915, maybe earlier. Louis would have been 21 in 1912.

Louis Joseph Combe was born in 1891 in Custer, in South Dakota. He died in 1987.  

His father was Victor Combe who was a French immigrant. Victor Combe arrived in the U.S. in 1885 and in 1890 he married Virginia Grandbois who was French-Canadian.

Louis Combe married Sylvia Bleau who was the daughter of David Bleau and Agnes Alexandre who both had French-Canadian ancestors. Agnes is my first cousin twice removed. Her mother Philomene was my great-grandfather’s sister.

Robin has found a lot about her roots and her husband’s, but now she has a lot of pictures to go around and share them with all of us.

The Combe Family

She also found three people passionate about genealogy.

About 1915…?

In 1917…?

A little History Detectives…?

Where was that picture taken…?

Grandpa and his car…

Ron will love this one…

You see Ron loves cars, genealogy, and reading this blog.

In this picture sent by Robin we see David Nathanael Bleau visiting his grandchildren.

It had to be a great day for those kids seing their Grandpa and his car.

I have no caption but I can easily identified who are in this picture..

This is David Nathanael Bleau again in these pictures…

I know you are getting all excited about these old pictures, but hold your horses…

Here’a another one.

This is the original Robin sent me… We can see the horse’s name.