One was a man in America…my father
Another was a woman in Luxembourg…my distant cousin
Each had come to an impasse in their research and decided to utilize ancestry.com to try to reach across the oceans in search of their descendants.
On February 13, 2003, these two seekers very quickly struck gold!
This is story of how my father met my cousin, Marie-Jeanne.
The connection helped unfurl the history of our family.
Dad's Grandfather Peter
(My Great Grandfather)
Marie-Jeanne’s Grandfather was brothers with Dad’s Grandfather Peter.
Pierre and Marie-Jeanne on left
Of note: Marie-Jeanne’s father was a prisoner in the German concentration camp of Dachau for his patriotism in defiance of the Gestapo. His family believed he had been murdered. Then one day, miraculously, he walked back into town. Dachau had been liberated by the allies and Marie-Jeanne was reunited with her long-lost father.
My family grew very close to Marie-Jeanne and her husband Pierre. Their marriage was one to envy. Their admiration and love for each other beautiful.
Dad and Mom
Dad and Mom traveled to Luxembourg and were treated with the most gracious hospitality that one could imagine.
Marie-Jeanne and I share our birthday…August 15, a special connection.
My brother who lives in Hungary has been a frequent guest of Pierre and Marie-Jeanne.
Marie-Jeanne passed away of pancreatic cancer on October 22, 2009.
Although we only knew her for a short time, we will always treasure her in our memories and in our hearts.
To Pierre and family, I send my heartfelt condolences.
God rest your soul Marie-Jeanne…God rest your soul.