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Happy Birthday, Mom!
Jan 21st, 2012 by Jessica

Mary Dreffs holds her youngest children, twins Daniel and Diane

Mary Dreffs holds her youngest children, twins Daniel and Diane

I would like to wish my mother a very HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY!  I love you Mom!

Treasure Chest Thursday – Ring Monster From Aunt Colleen
Jan 19th, 2012 by Jessica

In an effort to document my family treasures which cannot be scanned in, I am publishing this series of pictures as part of the Treasure Chest Thursday theme at Geneabloggers.  Someday in the future, I hope to shed some light on these treasures for my family who might inherit them.  What were they for?  Who did they come from? Why were they considered treasures?  Let’s find out.

Ring Monster From Aunt Colleen

Ring Monster From Aunt Colleen

My Aunt Colleen (Cole) Zana made this little ceramic ring holder.  I received it as a gift in 1983.  My sister Kathleen has it’s sibling – a matching red one.  I really treasure this fragile little piece of art.  My Aunt Colleen made it – and I LOVE it because of that!

For years, my sister used hers to store her rings at the sink when she did the dishes.  Mine has held little treasures over the years but I never used it for ring storage.  I keep him stored in a clear display box so it doesn’t get dusty or broken.

Sunday’s Obituary – Fred Ozro Green
Jan 15th, 2012 by Jessica

This is the obituary for my husband’s great-grandfather, Fred Ozro Green.  It was published in the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Michigan on December 10, 1961.

Obituary for Fred Ozro Green

Obituary for Fred Ozro Green

GREEN, Mr. Fred O.
Kendall, Michigan

Age 79, Passed away at the Alamo Nursing Home last night. Mr. Green was born in Michigan and had been a lifelong resident of this area. His wife, Wava, preceded him in death. Surviving are: 4 sons, Ernest of Portland, Ore., Robert of Otsego, Max of Phoenix, Ariz. and Don of Gobles; 4 daughters, Wilma Wait of Kendall, Virginia Stech of Kalamazoo, Betty Leversee of Kendall and Helen Johnson of La Punde, Calif., 22 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Stephen Green of Kendall and John Green of Calif.; one sister, Rachel Watkins of Kalamazoo. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Kendall Church. Burial in Kendall Cemetery. The family suggests that donations may be made to the Kendall Methodist Church Memorial Fund. Friends may call at the Andre Funeral Home, Gobles, until 11 o’clock Monday morning.

 

Treasure Chest Thursday – Rainbow Caterpillar Magnet
Jan 12th, 2012 by Jessica

In an effort to document my family treasures which cannot be scanned in, I am publishing this series of pictures as part of the Treasure Chest Thursday theme at Geneabloggers.  Someday in the future, I hope to shed some light on these treasures for my family who might inherit them.  What were they for?  Who did they come from? Why were they considered treasures?  Let’s find out.

Rainbow Caterpillar

Rainbow Caterpillar

Rainbow Caterpillar

Rainbow Caterpillar

Meet Mr. Rainbow Caterpillar.  Mom made him out of rainbow yarn, a pair of googly eyes and a top hat for a nose.  He has magnets glued on his back so he sticks to the refrigerator.

I previously talked about my mother’s craft projects, such as the Jessica Cross-Stitch Magnet and the Golf Ball Dog, which she sold at the school art fairs.  This is another one of those little projects.

I keep him stored safely away because my cats like to chew on him.

Sunday’s Obituary – James Kemmerly
Jan 8th, 2012 by Jessica

This is the obituary for James Kemmerly, the husband of my grandmother’s sister Katherine (Fitzgerald) Kemmerly. It was published in the Northwest Indiana Times in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Obituary for James Kemmerly

Obituary for James Kemmerly

James “Jim” Kemmerly
Crown Point
James “Jim” Kemmerly, 78, of Crown Point, passed away Sunday, October 1, 2000 at his home.  Survived by his wife Katherine, of 45 years; children: Linda Collins (Chuck) Leinonen of Crown Point, Charles Kemmerly of Crown Point, and Jami Kemmerly of Highland; grandchildren: Joel Collins, Jessica Collins, Aubrey Kemmerly and Derek Leinonen; great-grandchildren, Daniel Collins and Hailie Collins; special friend “Fritz”; and a sister, Gloria Simmons of Chicago.  Preceded in death by his parents, Sherman and Irene Kemmerly and son, James Earl Kemmerly.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 5, 2000, at 10 a.m. from the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 South Cline Ave., Schererville, Indiana, (one miles south of US 30).  Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville.  Friends may meet with the family Wednesday, October 4th, 2 to 9 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home.
Jim was the owner of K & W Trophies in Crown Point; member of Navajo Saddle Club and numerous saddle clubs.  He was a member of the Lake County Agricultural Society and Superintendent of the Western Show.  He was retired from Chicago Flame Hardening.  A Lieutenant with the Merchant Marines.  Jim’s favorite past time was camping and trail riding with his friends.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the family.

Treasure Chest Thursday – My Prom Garter
Jan 5th, 2012 by Jessica

In an effort to document my family treasures which cannot be scanned in, I am publishing this series of pictures as part of the Treasure Chest Thursday theme at Geneabloggers.  Someday in the future, I hope to shed some light on these treasures for my family who might inherit them.  What were they for?  Who did they come from? Why were they considered treasures?  Let’s find out.

My Prom Garter

My Prom Garter

Corey and Jessica, HHS Prom 1995

Corey and Jessica, HHS Prom 1995

Well lookie what we have here!  This one is a treasure, for sure.  It is significant on several levels.

First of all, what is it? This is my garter belt from my High School Senior Prom, worn on the big night in May 1995.  My date for the evening at the Heritage High School prom was my boyfriend, Corey Sundquist.

Why is it significant?  It has a Black Rose.  That was my nickname in high school.  I instantly fell in love with this garter and HAD to have it.  I bought it at the mall a few weeks before prom and wore it under my prom dress.

Incidentally, my hunter green velvet prom dress is also a family treasure.  It’s stored in my closet.  I had it handmade by a local tailor in Saginaw, Michigan.  I picked out the fabric at Jo-Ann’s and picked out the pattern, and commissioned the tailor to make it for me.  I wanted a dress that wasn’t like anybody else’s dress, and that’s precisely what I got.  I felt like a princess in that dress.

Treasure Chest Thursday – My Sister’s Pottery Bowl
Dec 29th, 2011 by Jessica

In an effort to document my family treasures which cannot be scanned in, I am publishing this series of pictures as part of the Treasure Chest Thursday theme at Geneabloggers.  Someday in the future, I hope to shed some light on these treasures for my family who might inherit them.  What were they for?  Who did they come from? Why were they considered treasures?  Let’s find out.

Pottery made by Kathleen Cole (1992)

Pottery made by Kathleen Cole (1992)

This is another treasure, hidden away in my kitchen cupboard.  It looks like any other small piece of pottery, but this one is special.  This one was handmade by my sister, Kathleen Cole, in 1992.

Pottery made by Kathleen Cole (1992)

Pottery made by Kathleen Cole (1992)

I bet she probably forgot that she gave it to me.  I treasure it, and always will.  I have used it for a candy dish now and then, but generally I keep it safe in the closet.  Someday I hope to pass it down to her children.  Unfortunately she has three children and there is only one bowl, so we might have to roll the die to see who gets it.

Treasure Chest Thursday – My Stocking Bear Pin
Dec 22nd, 2011 by Jessica

In an effort to document my family treasures which cannot be scanned in, I am publishing this series of pictures as part of the Treasure Chest Thursday theme at Geneabloggers.  Someday in the future, I hope to shed some light on these treasures for my family who might inherit them.  What were they for?  Who did they come from? Why were they considered treasures?  Let’s find out.

Jessica's Stocking Bear Pin

Jessica's Stocking Bear Pin

This little bear pin is one of my greatest treasures from my childhood.  He is really small – only about an inch tall.  He was pinned onto the white top fuzzy part of my Christmas stocking.  My sister had a similar pin on her stocking.  I think it might have been a mouse, or perhaps a bear with a different fur color.  I don’t know if she still has it or not.

Jessica's Stocking Bear Pin

Jessica's Stocking Bear Pin

I loved waking up on Christmas morning to be greeted by this little bear on my stocking.  He was my way of knowing that the stocking was mine and mine alone.  We didn’t have names on our stockings, just this little pin to designate whose was whose.

I still have the original stocking which is stored with our Christmas items, but I removed him to keep him inside the house so he doesn’t get destroyed in the Arizona heat.

Sunday’s Obituary – George Maywood Fitzgerald
Dec 18th, 2011 by Jessica

This is the obituary for my great-grandfather, George Maywood Jarrell/Fitzgerald.  It was published in the Vidette Messenger in Valparaiso, Indiana on February 25, 1946, page 8.  I don’t have a copy of the actual obituary, just this handwritten transcription from my father created circa 1981.

Obituary for George Fitzgerald

Obituary for George Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald Rites Held

Memorial services for George Fitzgerald, who died in the Methodist Hospital on Gary, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist Church in Hebron.

The Rev. M. C. Bishop officiated with Masonic services completing the rites.

Pallbearers were Henry Kirky, L. B. Hewitt, John D. Fry, L. K. Buchanan, Harold Dinsmore and Paul Evans.  Interment was made in Hebron Cemetery.

Treasure Chest Thursday – Pewter Pendants
Dec 15th, 2011 by Jessica

In an effort to document my family treasures which cannot be scanned in, I am publishing this series of pictures as part of the Treasure Chest Thursday theme at Geneabloggers.  Someday in the future, I hope to shed some light on these treasures for my family who might inherit them.  What were they for?  Who did they come from? Why were they considered treasures?  Let’s find out.

Pewter Sceptre

Pewter Sceptre

Pewter Dragon Pendant

Pewter Dragon Pendant

These two treasures were among my favorite things in High School.  I went through a really strong pewter and crystal phase when I was hanging out with the wrong crowd of kids after school.  I wore one of these pendants every day during 10th grade and into 11th grade. These pendants saw a lot of sneaky youthful activities and dozens of mosh pits.  Oh, the stories they could tell you!

My favorite was the sceptre with the crystal ball for the top.  Unfortunately, the reason I stopped wearing it was because the pewter piece that the chain hung around broke off because I wore it out.  At that time, I picked up the dragon holding the crystal ball and wore it through the end of my rebellious phase.

I absolutely love these pendants.  They are two of my favorite treasures.  For me, they symbolize my youth better than most of my treasures do.

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