Wednesday, June 10, 2015

52 Ancestors No. 21: Gretta Marie (Coughlin) Langlois

This is my twenty-first of 52 blog posts for the 2015 edition of the 52 Ancestors challenge. I have been blogging my family history for the #52Ancestors challenge since it began in 2014.

#52Ancestors asks bloggers to "have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. 


This week's blog post is about Gretta Marie Coughlin was born the 15th of July 1910 in Wallaceburg, Ontario the fifth daughter of William Henry Coughlin and Elizabeth (Annal) Coughlin. In 1935 she married Alex Langlois. Alex died three months later and Gretta never married again.


The Coughlin Family (circa 1917)
Wallaceburg, Ontario

Gretta Marie (Coughlin) Langlois

The 1920s: Coughlin Sisters Employed at Parke Davis

In the 1920s, three Coughlin sisters worked at Parke Davis in Detroit
Rhea, Gretta and Eileen


Women workers at Parke Davis (circa 1920)

1929 Bridesmaid for Sister Rhea

In 1929 Miss Gretta Coughlin (19 years of age) was a bridesmaid
for her sister Rhea (Coughlin) Moynahan

1935 Wedding

1935 Wedding Photo

Tragedy Strikes the Happy Couple 
Three Months After Wedding


Alexander Langlois 1911-1936


Alex Langlois' Death Certificate
Alex' death certificate indicates that he underwent surgery for appendicitis on the 15th of January 1936 and an embolism developed and caused his death six days later on the 21st of January.

Death notice - Windsor Star

1936 Burial - St Alphonsus

Headstone: St Alphonsus Cemetery,
Windsor, Ontario


1949 The Coughlin Family

The Coughlin Family 1949
at their parents Golden Anniversary


1958 Gretta Is Living in Brockville, Ontario

Marguerite (Coughlin) Schofield, Viola  (Coughlin )Lefaive, Sr. St. Paul, Bessie  (Coughlin) Harrison and Rhea  (Coughlin) Moynahan
(Taken in front of Gretta Langlois' apartment in Brockville, Ontario 1958)


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