Francois Xavier Lepitre

1890 Stanstead, Quebec 1933 Chicopee, Massachusetts



Continuation of tree (1st child of 'Lafayette' Israel Lepitre/Marie Rose Anna Peruce); all known surname descendants:

               8          Francois Xavier 'Frank Ernest Lapete' Lepitre  b: 7 March 1890  Sacre Coeur, Stanstead, Quebec; d: 28 February 1933  Chicopee, Hampden, MA

                                   +Goldie E. Blanchard  b: 8 March 1894  Enosburgh, Franklin, VT; m: 26 October 1910  Newport, Orleans, VT [Jerry/Rosa Lafleur]; d: 10 April 1964  Springfield, Hampden, MA

                           9          Merrill Jerry Frank Lapete  b: 3 December 1911  Richford, Franklin, VT; d: 22 May 1977  Manchester, Hartford, CT

                           9          Frank Erving Lapete  b: 22 November 1913  Richford, Franklin, VT; d: 10 April 1946  Boston, Suffolk, MA

                           9          Joseph Lafayette Lapete  b: 17 January 1916  Richford, Franklin, VT; d: 20 May 2001  Jacksonville, Duval, FL

                                         +Mae E. Baylis  b: 22 September 1914  New York City, New York, NY; m: 19 June 1943  Monroe, FL [James/Margaret ---]; d: 22 April 1950  Norfolk, Norfolk, VA

                                       *2nd Wife of Joseph Lafayette Lapete:

                                         +Julia Rosetta Wheeler  b: 4 December 1928; m: 10 March 1951  Rye, Westchester, NY; d: 30 September 2018  Jacksonville, Duval, FL

                           9          Verna Lapete  b: July 1918; d: 10 April 1946  Boston, Suffolk, MA



Notes for Francois Xavier Lepitre:


- 1920 Newport, Orleans, Vermont:  Frank Lapete 29, wife Golda E. 25, Merrill J. 8, Frank Q. 6, Joseph S. 3 years 11 months, Fiona C. 1 year 6 months.


- 1930 Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts:  Frank La Pete 40, wife Goldie 36, Merrill 18, Frank 16, Lafayett 14, Verna 11.


WW1 registration records:  Frank La Pete; Richford, Franklin, VT; born 7 Mar 1890 (Holland, VT); wife & 3 children; medium height, medium build; dark blue eyes & light brown hair.


Death Notice:  Orleans County Monitor (Barton, VT), Wednesday, 1 March 1933:  Irasburg - Mr. and Mrs. L. Lapete received word yesterday of the sudden death of their eldest son, Frank Lapete, who was found dead in bed at his home in Chicopee, Mass.  He leaves a wife and four children.


Notes for Goldie E. Blanchard:

Obituary:  Springfield Union (MA), Monday, 13 April 1964:  Mrs. Goldie E. (Blanchard) O'Brien, wife of Thomas F. O'Brien, of 21 Gardner St., died at the Western Memorial Hospital Friday.  She was born in Richford, Vt., March 17, 1895, had made her home in Springfield for the past 40 years.  Besides her husband, she leaves three sons; Joseph of Jacksonville, Fla.; Merrill and Thomas of this city; and three grandchildren.  The funeral will be at Byron's funeral home Tuesday at 8 a.m., followed by a high mass of requiem at St. Michael's Cathedral at 9.  Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be today 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Springfield Union, Wednesday, 15 April 1964:  The funeral of Mrs. Goldie E. O'Brien of 21 Gardner St. was held Tuesday at Byron's funeral home with a requiem high mass in St. Michael's Cathedral/  Rev. Raymond M. Lepire was celebrant.  Bearers were Joseph Correy, Lionel Gravel, Christy Giordano and Raymond McGarry.  Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.  Rev. Gerald J. Sullivan read the committal prayers.


Obituaries for the children:

Merrill Jerry Frank Lapete:  Hartford Courant (CT), Wednesday, 25 May 1977:  Vernon - Merrill LaPete, 65, formerly of Springfield, died Sunday in Manchester Memorial Hospital.  Born in Springfield, he lived in Vernon about a month.  Graveside rites: Thursday, St. Bernard's Cemetery.  Calling hours: None.  Arrangements: Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St.


Joseph Lafayette Lapete:  Tombstone Inscription, Jacksonville Memory Gardens, Orange Park, Clay, FL: Joseph L. Lapete / DKC US Navy / World War II / Jan. 17, 1916 - May 20, 2001 / loving husband and father


Frank Erving Lapete & Verna Lapete:  Boston Traveler, Thursday, 11 April 1946:  (first paragraphs are about the fire and the suspected arsonist) Meanwhile, as city department heads were being summoned by Mayor Curley to a conference aimed at a city-wide drive against fire menaces in buildings, a ninth victim of the tragic Belvidere street fire was struggling for life at Boston City Hospital.  Miss Susan Mahoney, 22, who suffered third degree burns, in the blaze in which her fiance, Frank LaPete, perished, was receiving blood transfusions and was reported in "very poor" condition.  Besides LaPete, whom she was to have married Saturday, the fire dead were Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Wassell and their three children, Susan 6; Peter, 5, and Linda, 3; LaPete's sister, Verna, 25, and Patrolman Robert Maher of 42 Chestnut street, Charlestown.

Boston Globe, Wednesday, 10 April 1946:  Eight persons, including three children, died early this morning when fire, believed of incendiary origin, swept the four-story brick Colonial Apartments, 53 Belvidere st., trapping seven in their apartments...(more details about the fire)...The Wassells and LaPetes - occupants, respectively, of third and fourth-floor rear apartments - were trapped in their apartments by the flames.  Anthony Wassell had been a bartender at the Moosehead Tavern, Stuart and Dartmouth sts., Back Bay, for nine years.  He had a wide acquaintance in the district.  Frank LaPete and Miss Susan Mahoney had planned to marry in Boston next Saturday, according to Mrs. Thomas F. O'Brien of 40 Morgan st., Springfield, mother of Frank.  Mrs. O'Brien said that her daughter, Verna LaPete, had been in Boston about six or seven years.  Verna and Frank had attended school in Chicopee.  Frank was 32 and Verna 27, according to their mother.  There are two other brothers in the family, Napoleon LaPete of Springfield and Bernard, now serving in the Navy.  Mrs. O'Brien said that Verna had never married.


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Last updated:  18 October 2021.