Thursday, September 19, 2013

Robarge Family Graves

St. Mary's Cemetery is located at 1915 Park Street (just of Laketon Avenue near US-31 (Seaway Drive)) in Muskegon, Michigan.  I thought this might be useful for others trying to find members of the Robarge/Roberge family. The roots of this family can be traced back to Jacques Roberge (abt 1610 - aft 1651 of Rouen, Normandy, France) and Claudine Buret (abt 1610 - aft 1651 St. Germainele, Vasson, Normandy, France)   There are a few other names connected to my family as well.  If you need more information, I have quite a bit.  I'd love it if you have info too: MikeKKraus@gmail.com 

For more on St. Mary's Cemetery, please visit: The Muskegon County Genealogical Society (http://www.genealogymuskegon.com/Databases/Cemeteries/St.%20Marys/stmarys.htm)

Marian Lucille (nee Sangster) (1928-1975) and George Archie Robarge (1922-2005).  They are my grandparents.  Marian converted to Catholicism from Nazerene so that she could be married at St. Jean's Church in Muskegon, Michigan.  George always wondered why she couldn't go out on Thursday nights and followed her to find out she was going to Bible study at the rectory.  George was a Machinist and UAW Local 480 member at Muskegon Piston Ring.  

Peter Henry (1885-1942) and Marie Boucher Robarge (1890-1966).  Peter was born in Muskegon County, Michigan and later moved to Jacksonville and Chicago, Illinois.  His first marriage was to Jessie G. Whitney and later married Marie in Muskegon, Michigan.  He worked as a painter/decorator/contractor.  Marie was born in Canada and immigrated in 1909 to the US.

Celia (Cicilia) Robarge (April 29, 1924-April 19, 2005) is my grand-aunt.  She was a nurse who served in Korea as a 1st Lt in the Army.

Sharon Margaret Duff (January 20, 1945-April 29, 1947) is my grand aunt.

Joseph Jr. (1891-1945) and Libbie Idell Boucher (1888-1945). Joseph is my first cousin 3X removed.  

Detail of Joseph Boucher Jr. (1891-1945)

Detail of Libbie I. Boucher (1888-1945)

Edward J. Boucher (1894-1945) is my first cousin 3X removed

Robarge Monument for William M., M. Ada Hopp, Mary, and Henry.  Not sure how they are related to us.  But, I have to believe we are somehow connected since it's somewhat of a rare last name in the same community.  

William M. Robarge (1886-1916)

M. Ada Hopp (1872-1934)

Mary Robarge (1846-1923)

Henry Robarge (1844-1910)

Elizabeth (1872-1964) and Peter A. Robarge (1870-1929).  

Lynn Marie Robarge (1943-1955)

Elsie A. (1898-1972) and Thomas F. Robarge (1893-1942)

Thomas F. Robarge (1893-November 25, 1942) (SAME PERSON AS ABOVE)

Joyce A. Robarge (1924-1985)

William H. Robarge (1899-1900) and Mary E. Kent (1898-1962)

Mary A. (1871-1904) and Frank (Francis) H. Robarge (1865-1945)

Dolor A. Boucher (1916-1958) is my second cousin 2X removed

Jessie E. (19?-1986) and Fred E. Hamel (1906-1977).  Not sure if they are related to us at all.  But, my second great-grandmother was Melvina Hamel (1858 Quebec Canada, 1936 Chicago, Illinois).  There are countless variations on the spelling of her name.  Thought I'd investigate since I came across it. 

Evelyn I. (1913-1992) and Leslie Robarge (1903-1976)

Julia Trach (nee Robarge) (October 2, 1920-November 27, 2011) is my great aunt.

Michael Trach (September 17, 1917-February 10, 1999) is Julia's husband (above).  A Private in the Army during World War II.  Him and his wife were married in the rectory of St. Jean's Church in Muskegon, Michigan because he was not Catholic and could not do so in the church.  But, he did convert to Catholicism at a later date.

Peter Edward Robarge (May 24,1919-January 25, 1983) was a Private First Class during World War II.  According to family legend, Pete stormed the beaches of Normandy.  When his landing craft dropped the gate, he was immediately hit severely in the stomach.  While lying on the beach, medics looked at him and said something like "he's a goner" and walked away.  As they were leaving, he began screaming and cussing at the medics until they came back saying, "I guess he's go enough life in him yet."  

Ellen Josephine (1879-1968) and Bernard Joseph Duff (1876-1944).  These are my second great grandparents.  Bernard was an electrician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Ellen (aka Ella) was a member of the Michigan Democratic State Central Committee in 1937.

Anna M. (Wife of F. H. Robarge Jr.) (1872-1925)

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