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I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday, 11 August 2009


"Aunt Hattie" (Anna Hedwig Hollander) married Edward Warnke in 1892. They had one son - Gordon - and a long life together. Edward died 10 September 1939, while traveling in Minnesota from their Wisconsin home.

Edward Warnke's sister, Emma, had married Alonzo (Lou) Vallee and they also made their home in Wisconsin, near the Hollanders in Milwaukee. Emma died 25 May 1939, preceding her brother in death by almost four months.

Following the deaths of their spouses, Lou Vallee and Hattie Hollander Warnke decided to "keep it in the family" and married each other (with the blessings of the family members), having almost 10 years together until Lou's death in 1949.

While the initial graves were arranged in two separate plots (one Warnke, one Vallee), it was decided to move the "group" together. When Hattie died in 1961, she was placed with her two husbands, along with her sister-in-law, in the Hollander plot in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with Hattie's parents - Adam & Carrie Hollander - and her sister - Maria Eva (Mamie) Hollander.

The order & tombstone engravings of the Warnke/Vallee graves would lead one to wonder who these people were and how they were related to each other. But now you know!

From left to right:

Edward Henry Warnke; b: 21 March 1867/1868, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; d: 10 September 1939, St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, USA

Anna Hedwig (Hattie) Hollander; b: 13 June 1869, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; d: 26 August 1961, Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Alonzo F. (Lou) Vallee; b: 10 January 1867, Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA; d: 28 November 1949, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Emma M. Warnke, b: 17 August 1869, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; d: 25 May 1939, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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