Death Certificate – Ethel Loretta Reilly

Ethel Loretta Reilly (nee Powers) was my dad’s paternal grandmother. I received her death certificate in the mail today.

Born on 27 January 1903, she died on 26 September 1955 at 1:50pm. She was only 52 years old at the time. She passed away at Queens General Hospital in Queens, New York, and following her death, an autopsy was performed.

Accordng to the death certificate, she died as a result of cardiac failure, due to rheumatic heart disease.1 Her health was complicated by the fact that just two and a half months before her death, she suffered a fall in her home resulting in a fracture to her right femur. 2 Since femur fractures are quite traumatic and take months to heal, I would assume that she was in the hospital from the time of her fall until her death, but the death certificate doesn’t confirm this.

Here burial was attended to by Queensboro Mortuary and she was buried on 30 September 1955 at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.

The death certificate also features the following information about Ethel:

  1. She was living at 107-25 Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park, Queens at the time of her death.
  2. She was married to Lawrence Reilly.
  3. Her occupation was that of a housewife.
  4. She was born in New York
  5. Her father was named John Powers, and her mother was named Mary (with no maiden name noted).

Honor Role of Family Military Service Members – In Honor of Veteran’s Day

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, veterans from that war are listed in red, with a * to symbolize the red poppy.

From my family:

Jeffrey Beck, 1752-1838

  • Relationship to Husband: 7th great-grandfather
  • Military Service: American Revolution

 

James Jasper Busby, 1843-1905

  • Relationship to Husband: 3rd great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War, Surrendered at Vicksburg

 

John Calvin Busby, 1840-1863

  • Relationship to Husband: 3rd great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War, KIA Gettysburg

 

* James Francis Clark, 1890-1963

  • Relationship to Husband: 2nd great-great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War I

 

James Francis Clark, 1919-1987

  • Relationship to Husband: 1st cousin 3 times removed
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War II

 

Joe Marion Douglas, 1923-2000

  • Relationship to Husband: Grandfather
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War II

 

Michael Douglas,

  • Relationship to Husband: Uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Navy

 

John Flanagan, 1925-1983

  • Relationship to Husband: Great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Navy, World War II

 

James William Garrison, 1830-unk

  • Relationship to Husband: 3rd great-grandfather
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

Isaiah Golden, 1851-1911

  • Relationship to Husband: 3rd great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, Indian Wars

 

Asbury H. Berry Hardy, 1823-unk

  • Relationship to Husband: 3rd great-grandfather
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War, Captured at Vicksburg

 

Benjamin Franklin Lee Hardy, 1850-1920

  • Relationship to Husband: 2nd great-grandfather
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War, Surrendered at Appomattox

 

Linnie Franklin Hardy, 1926-2010

  • Relationship to Husband: Great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Navy, World War II

 

* Thomas Watson Hardy, 1893-1954

  • Relationship to Husband: Great-grandfather
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War I

 

Norman Helmke,

  • Relationship to Husband: Uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, Vietnam

 

James Philemon Holcomb, 1720-1803

  • Relationship to Husband: 6th great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: American Revolution

 

James Jackson Johns, 1828-1917

  • Relationship to Husband: 3rd great-grandfather
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

David Lamb, 1836-1910

  • Relationship to Husband: 3rd great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

Clark Leathers, unk-unk

  • Relationship to Husband: 4th great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

Franklin Leathers, 1841-unk

  • Relationship to Husband: 3rd great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

John Samuel Leathers, 1847-1894

  • Relationship to Husband: 3rd great-grandfather
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

Peter K. Leathers, 1816-1901

  • Relationship to Husband: 4th great-grandfather
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

Samuel Leathers, unk-unk

  • Relationship to Husband: 4th great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

Samuel L. Leathers, 1745-1832

  • Relationship to Husband: 6th great-grandfather
  • Military Service: American Revolution

 

Samuel L. Leathers, 1785-1830

  • Relationship to Husband: 5th great-grandfather
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, War of 1812

 

Samuel Moses Leathers, 1847-1931

  • Relationship to Husband: 3rd great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

George Washington McBrayer, 1847-1923

  • Relationship to Husband: 1st cousin 5 times removed
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

James L. McBrayer, 1840-1919

  • Relationship to Husband: 1st cousin 5 times removed
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

John H. McBrayer, 1812-1900

  • Relationship to Husband: 4th great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

William McBrayer, 1836-1917

  • Relationship to Husband: 1st cousin 5 times removed
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

George McConville, 1919-1970

  • Relationship to Husband: 1st Cousin, 3x Removed
  • Military Service: U.S. Army Air Force, World War II

 

Ray Otton,

  • Relationship to Husband: 1st Cousin, 3x Removed
  • Military Service: U.S. Navy, World War II

 

* Roy Otton, 1898-1969

  • Relationship to Husband: Half-2nd great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War I

 

* Stephen J. Otton, 1895-1974

  • Relationship to Husband: Half-2nd great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War I

 

David Pope, 1807-1881

  • Relationship to Husband: 4th great-grandfather
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

Jesse Pope, 1833-unk

  • Relationship to Husband: 3rd great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War

 

* John Edward Powers, 1898-unk

  • Relationship to Husband: Great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War I

 

James Thomas Reilly,

  • Relationship to Husband: Father
  • Military Service: U.S.M.A & U.S. Navy, Vietnam

 

Lawrence John Reilly, 1948-1969

  • Relationship to Husband: Uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Navy, Vietnam, KIA, South China Sea

 

Lawrence John Reilly, 1924-2018

  • Relationship to Husband: Grandfather
  • Military Service: U.S. Navy, World War II & Vietnam, Bronze Star & Navy Commendation Medal

 

Sean Thomas Reilly,

  • Relationship to Husband: Brother
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, Iraq War

 

Franz Xaver Schillinger, 1836-1923

  • Relationship to Husband: 3rd great-grandfather
  • Military Service: Union Army, U.S. Civil War

 

* Louis A. Schillinger, 1896-1991

  • Relationship to Husband: Great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War I

 

Robert L. Schillinger, 1910-1982

  • Relationship to Husband: Great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War II

 

 

From my husband’s family:

John Dolman, 1762-1842

  • Relationship to Husband: 5th great-grandfather
  • Military Service: War of 1812

 

Paul Dolman, 1733-1777

  • Relationship to Husband: 6th great-grandfather
  • Military Service: American Revolution, POW-Battle of Flatbush, died of starvation on prison ship Caroline

 

Arthur Kenneth Dyszelski,

  • Relationship to Husband: Great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Marines

 

Eugene Ervin Dyszelski, 1930-1996

  • Relationship to Husband: Great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, Korean War

 

Gilbert Dyszelski, 1918-1989

  • Relationship to Husband: Great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War II

 

Joseph Dyszelski, 1888-1931

  • Relationship to Husband: Great-great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War II

 

Stanley A Dyszelski, 1927-1999

  • Relationship to Husband: Great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army

 

Elby Lloyd Franks, 1924-2005

  • Relationship to Husband: Step-Grandfather
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War II

 

Kenneth Daris Gomer, 1921-1993

  • Relationship to Husband: Great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Navy, World War II

 

Edward Anthony Guzinski Jr., 1920-1982

  • Relationship to Husband: Grandfather
  • Military Service: U.S. Navy, World War II

 

Robert Lawrence Guzinski, 1924-1992

  • Relationship to Husband: Great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Navy, World War II

 

Sylvester T Guzinski, 1922-1944

  • Relationship to Husband: Great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War II, KIA, Italy, Bronze Star/Purple Heart

 

Thomas Sylvan Guzinski, 1900-1975

  • Relationship to Husband: 1st cousin 3 times removed
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War II

 

Raymond Kintop, Abt 1916-

  • Relationship to Husband: Great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War II

 

Silvester Kintop, 1926-2007

  • Relationship to Husband: 1st cousin twice removed
  • Military Service: U.S. Navy, World War II

 

Isaac Carroll Pool, 1923-1999

  • Relationship to Husband: Half-great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War II

 

Andrew Jackson Redd, 1829-1920

  • Relationship to Husband: 3rd great-grandfather
  • Military Service: U.S. Civil War, Union

 

Arthur P. Reynolds, 1923-1976

  • Relationship to Husband: Great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War II

 

Ervin Rissling, 1927-2003

  • Relationship to Husband: Great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army

 

Joseph Singsheim, 1925-2003

  • Relationship to Husband: Great uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War II

 

* Stephan Wegner, 1894-1983

  • Relationship to Husband: Great-grand uncle
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, World War I

 

 

Letters from Larry – 13 November 1942

13 November 1942 – Newport, Rhode Island

Dearest Marion,

Aren’t you ready?  I come early and your not ready.  (Sounds familiar eh!)  Well honey I’m really busy now.  I have to study about six different things now.  I got a needle yesterday for typhoid fever and was my arm stiff.  Last night I has a fever and then a cold sweat.  A couple of my pals told me this morning that I was talking and mumbling in my sleep and all I kept saying was “Marion”.  I sure do wish you were nearby.  I need you so much.  When I start to study its takes me about a half an hour to get started.  I keep thinking of you.

All the fellows were jealous of the letter you sent me.  They all got small ones from their girls & wives.  I was really happy after I read your letter, it was swell.  Jimmy is here as your probably know already.  But he is on the mainland and I’m on the island part of camp.  How are your mother & father & Ethel & Tippie.  Tell Ethel I received her welcomed letter and I will write to her over the weekend.  How are your Aunt Ethel and Uncle Lee.  We were playing a game the other day during our physical education period called speed ball.  Its a combination of football, soccer & rugby.  Well it so happened that I ended up on the bottom of a pile-up and it took 3 guys to carry me off the field.  I was knocked out for about 5 minutes.

You should see me scrubbing clothes.  I take me dungeree jumper, and my jersey off.  My under-shirt, shoes & socks and roll up my pants to the knees.  Do I look cute.  Today we had “Field Day”.  In the Navy that means cleaning the dormitories.  We have to sweep & swab the decks (floors), wash the bulkheads (walls), dust the overhead (ceiling) and put our gear (clothes, etc.) in order.  I’ll make a good wife for you.  I don’t know wether I told you in my last letter that I’d be home Dec. 3. in case I didn’t thats when I’ll see you.  I don’t know as yet what time I’ll get in but as soon as I do I’ll let you know.  Well honey I have a lot of studying to do, wash and shave.  We have Captain’s Inspection tomorrow.

Good-bye honey

I’ll always love you

Your man Larry

[with arrow pointing to “man”] Courtesy of the U.S.N.

Letters from Larry – 11 November 1942

11 November 1942 – Newport, Rhode Island

Dearest Marion,

How are you sugar? I think that poem was swell.  I hope you picked out a good picture of me.  (If you could find one.)  You better not stay home from school too much or they will throw you out.  Honey, everyone of those 2190 days I’ll be thinking of you. I really mean that dear.  I’m sorry I can’t right more honey but I have to study at night, wash clothes and do a lot of other things including Sentry Duty.

Sweets I don’t want you to feel lonely, feel happy and you’ll feel better.  You don’t have to worry about me going out with other women because I won’t.  I’ll be home Dec. 3, but I’ll only have one 6 hr. & one 12 hr. leave before then and we can’t go further than the town of Newport.  When I come home it will be for 7 days.

I go to bed at 9:30 every night.  Thats when taps blow.  So I’ll send a kiss to you everynight at that time.

So you finally changed your hair.  I’ll bet it looks nice.  I dreamed about you 3 nights in a row.  They were real nice dreams.  The first night I kept dreaming of you kissing me goodbye & vice-versa.  I won’t be able to send you a picture because we are not allowed to have cameras up here. You wouldn’t like the uniform anyhow its work clothes & leggings.  You had better still like me or I’ll be mad at you.

Honey please don’t worry about me being mad about you telling me to join up.  You didn’t influence me in signing up.  I really wanted to.  Please send that picture soon.  Try to get a pretty small one because a big one would get ruined in my sea-bag.  Well goodnight honey.

Lots of Love,

Larry

[A message in shorthand]

P.S. They taught me shorthand in 2 days.  L.R.

Letters from Larry – 9 November 1942

9 November 1942 – Newport, Rhode Island

Dearest Marion,

Well sweetheart how are you?  I hope your feeling well.  I’ve been thinking of you constantly.  And I do miss you & need you.  You really were a comfort when I was feeling lousey and I feel that whenever I think of home & you. I wish I could end this rotten war.  All the fellows feel that way too.  I’m at a loss for words right now because I’ve been thinking about you so much I want to be near year.  Honest honey I love you, I really do.  Just wait till I get home.  Well have a good time.

We had chicken for Sunday’s dinner and was that good.  I’m getting use to the food now and its not bad at all.  I gained four pounds already.  I’ll be a horse soon.  How’s everyone home?  Well I just have 9 minutes before taps to write the envelope and drop it in the mail-box.  I was busy tonight washing clothes & stuff.  Well goodnight sweetheart.  I’ll write a nice long Wed. night.  Good again honey.

I love you always

Larry

XXX

 

P. S. I love you. L.