Thursday, April 27, 2017

With Love, About Mom

Veronica Ag-a Guitelen Bayang arrived to her eternal home with the Lord on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. She began her life on January 3, 1938 in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines, the second of eight children.

Veronica obtained her RN degree at St. Luke's School of Nursing in Quezon City, Philippines in 1961, and her BSN degree at the University of New Mexico.

Veronica’s career in nursing spanned over forty-four years. Her first eight years were spent at St. Luke's Hospital in Quezon City, Philippines, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, French Hospital in New York City, NY and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA. The next thirty-one years she worked as a federal employee with the U.S. Public Health Service in the Dakotas, Boston, and Gallup, NM. Twenty-six years of her federal employment were at the Gallup Indian Medical Center. Here, she was promoted to Operating Room Supervisor, then Infection Control Practitioner. Veronica earned many awards, being widely recognized for both her clinical and managerial skills, and for setting high standards in patient care and infection control. After retiring from federal service, she worked another five years at the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital in Gallup.

On June 10, 1965, Veronica married Martin Eugenio Bayang in Topsfield, Massachusetts, and together they loved and raised 5 children. 

Veronica worked hard, by diligently serving her Lord through All Saints' Episcopal Church, by being a great mother to the children and by working to help support their family.

 She was known throughout her life for her kind and caring nature, her eager smile and her love of laughter. She was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and loved Jesus with all of her heart and her life. 

She was well known for preparing amazing traditional Filipino feasts and baking her delicious banana bread. She loved reading cookbooks and trying out new recipes. 

She enjoyed traveling, quilting, crocheting, knitting and most of all, spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Veronica is survived by her husband Martin of 52 years; son Martin Knox and daughter-in-law Kyla Michelle and their children (Martin Kyle and Victoria Lynn) of Tomball, Texas; daughter Beverly Jean and son-in-law Paul Bert Huff and their children (Leah Elizabeth, Emma Maree, and Jacob Paul) of Merritt Island, Florida; son Charles Kim of Carrboro, North Carolina; daughter Rebecca Lynn of Bailey, Colorado, and daughter Josephine Faith and son-in-law Peter Elias Kubista and their children (Elias Alexander and Adam James) of Westminster, Colorado; four brothers, Edward, Alfredo, Pedro Jr and Joseph Guitelen, in the Philippines; and sister Elizabeth Arcinue of San Diego, California, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Pedro and Petra Aga Guitelen, son Ben, and two brothers, Peter and Benedict Guitelen.

A memorial service will be held at St. David's by The Sea Episcopal Church, 600 4th Street South, Cocoa Beach, Florida, on Saturday, June 3rd at 3:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to All Saints' Episcopal Church, P.0. Box 157, Grants, New Mexico 87020.

We love you Mom.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Goodbye for now, Sweet Mom

It is with heavy heart that I report that my Mom-in-love, Veronica Aga Guitelen Bayang, departed this life to spend eternity with our Lord on Good Friday, April 14, 2017.  She was such a sweet, kind, gentle soul.  She loved Jesus and her family more than any thing.  She was a true portrait of caring, serving and love.  We love you, Mom.  Until we joyfully see one another again.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This past weekend, we visited a few antique shops in Fredricksburg and Llano, Texas.  I always look at the old photographs for sale, and imagine that there are families somewhere who would LOVE to have these precious photos.  I also try to imagine the stories that go with them, and what life was like for the photo subjects.  If they are inexpensive enough, I purchase them, with the intent of posting. I may post and send them off to, in hopes of reuniting them with their families.

Here is this week's purchase.  The front reads, "Sad Sacks" and "1st Platoon".  The back is a list of last names.  

If you recognize any of these guys and would like to have this photo, contact me or comment below.  The names are: Saindon, Carruthers, Allen, Brown, Taylor, Staley, Peck, Assael, Staska, Cubberly, Brandehoff, Hesselton, Conze, Whitaker, Schmitt, Kelly, Shephard, Federel, Argenko, Holmes, Clark, Culbertson, Anglin, Begley.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

For Sunday ScanDay, I am working on scanning my Great Grandmother Ella Jane Rinker Crabill Goodwin's diary starting May 23, 1900 in Dolores, Colorado. Her penmanship is so gorgeous and flowery its almost calligraphy. She calls my grandmother "Babe" and her husband GHG (his initials). I'm forever grateful to those who cherished and passed along this priceless heirloom.  This is the first page:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I have been doing lots of Granath genealogy lately, to the point where my head is swimming. So, this post is to all of you Granaths out there, wherever you are. If you live in Chicago or your parents or grandparents come from the Chicago area, please email me !! I have found that some of the Granaths in that area are related to me, and some are not, but I have been collecting everything I can, just to sort everyone out! I'm going to detail "my" Granaths first. I will discuss his marriage and descendants in a future post. This one is to describe his siblings and relations. My great-grandfather was Alfred Granath. One source (that I consider to be primary) says, Alfred G. Granath. Aunt Ruth and cousin Louise both thought that his name was either Oscar Alfred or Alfred Oscar. In all of the sources that I can find where he penned it himself, he always puts just Alfred Granath or A. Granath. Here is the only photograph of him that I know of.

There is a relative named Carl Sexton Granath that is found quite often in Dolores, Colorado.  I *believe* he is either Alfred's brother or his nephew.  His name is Carl Sexton (or Sixten) Granath. I am not sure if his middle name had the e or i, it is recorded both ways.  Possibly it might been hard to distinguish with a Swedish accent, or maybe he used both.  He also used C.S. Granath quite often, or Carl S, and sometimes Charlie. I believe he was born in Sweden 30 October 1863.  I believe he married Hilda Granath in Sweden about 1886, but I am uncertain the exact date. It is said that they had an infant male in Sweden that died about 9 months old. Their second son, Emil Segge was born 9 May 1888 in Stockholm, Sweden.  Records show he came with his parents to the U.S. when he was a year old (and others show immigration for C.S. to be 1889), which is exactly right for his age. Their third son, Harry George Granath was born 9 September 1891 in Jamestown, New York, and their only daughter, Emerencia J, was born in Feb 1894 in Jamestown, New York.  (I have not found those records yet.)  He was naturalized in 1896. I have the records for that.  The 1900 census finds the family residing at 129 Hobbie Street, Chicago, Illinois. By 1907, he was farming, painting and living in Dolores, Colorado. In 1920, he is listed as widowed and still living in Dolores. By 1930, he is living in Long Beach, California. In April 1940, he has remarried a Marie M.,and on 24 December 1950, he died and is buried in California.  Here are the only photos of Carl S Granath that I know of:

About Carl's children:

1) Emil Segge Granath "Obituary, Dolores Star 28 October 1908. Died at the Dolores hotel in this place, October 15, 1908 Emel S. Granath aged 20 years 5 months and 6 days. Emel Segge Granath was born in Stockholm, Sweden, May 9 1888, and came to the United States with his parents when was a year old. He grew to manhood in Chicago. He came to Dolores less than a year ago and spent the greater part of that time helping his father on the ranch. He was working on the Groundhog Reservoir when taken ill. Deceased leaves a mother in Chicago; a father, C.S. Granath, and a brother, Harry G. Granath, of this place to mourn his departure. The funeral was held from the Baptist Church in this place last Friday afternoon, Rev. Dixon conducted the services. The body was laid to rest in the Dolores cemetery."  That pretty much details the information I have about him.  As far as I know, he never married.

2) Harry George Granath:
Wife: Hannah Carlson, marriage 12 June 1912 Chicago, Illinois. Children: Margaret Harriet, Ruth Violet, Carl Harold, Dolores Lorrain and Kenneth Richard. I have LOTS more information about these families. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU SEE ANY NAMES YOU RECOGNIZE!!
More details to follow about their descendants!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Robert Granath family newspaper article, January 14, 1945.

A recent home flood caused me to move and sort ALOT of genealogy files and family mementos. Which is a very good thing in my case. Before you panic, don't worry, nothing of value was lost in the flood. I did get the opportunity to revisit alot of my research files and have found some 'new' leads and things that I can use in light of more recent discoveries. I have been trying to get more of it scanned and ready to email to cousins and post. This is a neat article I came across that I don't remember seeing before. This is a very dear uncle and aunt, Bobby and Frances Granath. Hope you like it !

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ogle Reunion 2013 Fun! Our Ogle/Hawkins Family Reunion 2013 was another great success this year - we had very close to 70 people and I believe there was enough food for 200! Wow, do we love to eat! I will be posting some photos of that event in just a short time today. As it usually does, it resparked my interest in everything genealogy related. I've been working this year on putting together a small book about our family's military service. This will be included in the book, as well as the few stories we have from our veterans. I promised to scan this family treasure to many of my cousins to share, so here it is. This was from my father's brother, Rolen Ogle.