Monday, June 6, 2016

Locating the Tombstones of the Loved Ones of My College Friend

Recently I touched base with an old college friend with whom I attended BGSU Firelands, in the years shortly after the branch campus opened. Mark said that he was interested in my blogging about tombstones in graveyards in Northern Ohio. He wondered if I had ever seen the tombstones of his parents or maternal grandparents. After consulting with Catholic Cemeteries of Sandusky, I was able to learn the location of the tombstones of his parents and grandparents at Calvary Cemetery on the west side of Sandusky.

Mrs. Geraldine M. Carruthers was the daughter of Charles and Ethel Fees. She was the wife of Howard Carruthers. Mrs. Geraldine Carruthers  passed away on Feburary 1, 1978. She had been a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sandusky, Ohio. Geraldine was survived by her husband, four sons and three daughters. A son John had predeceased her. The final resting place of Mrs. Geraldine Carruthers was Calvary Cemetery in Sandusky. The rosary on her grave marker signifies that she was of the Catholic faith.

Howard H. Carruthers, passed away in Florida on May 12, 1996. He was a retired research and development chef at Sam Stein Associates, and he had formerly been an executive chef and an instructor in culinary arts. Mr. Carruthers was survived by his second wife Loretta, as well as four daughters, a son, a sister, and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Howard was buried next to his first wife Geraldine, at Calvary Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. Also buried at Calvary are the parents of Geraldine Fees Carruthers. Her mother, Ethel Fees died in 1949.

Ethel Fees died after a brief illness, at the age of 57. She had been a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church. Her husband Charles died in 1969.

Mr. Charles Fees died twenty years to the day after his wife passed away. Mr. Fees had worked for several years as a carpenter at the Lyman Boat Works. He was survived by a son and daughter, eleven grandchildren and sixteen great  grandchildren, as well as three sisters and three brothers and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fees were buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.

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