John William Pitre

1890 Bathurst, New Brunswick 1954 Chicago, Illinois



Continuation of tree (9th child of Joseph 'Edward' Pitre/Elizabeth McGeorge); all known surname descendants:

               8       John William Pitre  b: 6 November 1890  Ste. Famille, Bathurst, Gloucester, NB; d: 22 June 1954  Chicago, Cook, IL

                               +Catherine Melanson    m: Abt. 1910


                          *2nd Wife of John William Pitre:

                               +Elizabeth Beatrice Rezek  b: 8 July 1893  Chicago, Cook, IL; m: 29 June 1921  Chicago, Cook, IL [Joseph H./Marie Mojkowa]; d: 21 July 1967  Anaheim, Orange, CA

                           9       John William Pitre  b: 24 October 1924  Oak Park, Cook, IL; d: 6 January 1945  France (on active duty; remains returned, buried 25 Aug 1948)

                           9       Thomas Albert Pitre  b: 5 April 1926  Oak Park, Cook, IL; d: 3 December 2004  Columbus, Franklin, OH

                                       +Isabelle Pettigrew  b: 27 May 1933  Chicago, Cook, IL; m: 14 July 1951  Illinois [David/Effie Geddes]; d: 17 May 1961  Chicago, Cook, IL

                           9       Elizabeth Marie Pitre  b: 10 January 1928  Oak Park, Cook, IL; d: 17 June 1997  Anaheim, Orange, CA

                                       +William H. Snyder    m: 27 March 1948  Indiana

                           9       Joseph Edward Pitre  b: 14 August 1929  Oak Park, Cook, IL; d: Aft. July 1967

                                       +Helen ---



Notes for John William Pitre:


- 1920 Chicago, Cook, Illinois:  John Pitre 27 (streetcar conductor) living as a roomer


- 1930 Chicago, Cook, IL:  John Pitre 39 (public school fireman), wife Elizabeth 36, John W. 5, Thomas A. 3 years 11 months, Elizabeth M. 2 years 2 months, Joseph E. 7 months.

- 1940 Chicago, Cook, IL:  John Pitre 49 fireman/Board of Education, wife Elizabeth 46, John Jr. 15, Thomas 14, Betty 12, Joseph 10.  [South Millard Avenue]

- 1950 Chicago, Cook, IL:  John W. Pitre 59 stationary foreman/city school, wife Elizabeth 56, Thomas A. 24 switchboard wiring/telephone equipment mfg., Joseph E. 20 tabulating machine operator/telephone equipment mfg.

WW1 registration records:  John Pitre; Leavitt, Chicago, IL; born 6 Nov 1890 (Bathurst, NB) British; medium height, medium build; brown eyes & black hair.

WWII records 1942:  John William Pitre; b. 6 Nov 1890 Bathurst, Canada; res. 2628 Millard Ave., Chicago; contact wife Elizabeth; employer Board of Education, Burns School, Chicago.


Detroit crossings:

- 26 May 1911:  John W. Pitre, b. Bathurst, age 20, farmer, father Joseph Pitre of Bathurst; sister Mrs. Frank Rippenhagan of Chicago.

- June 1911:  John W. Pitre, Detroit, MI, age 20, b. Bathurst, father Joseph of Bathurst; wife Catherine Melanson; dest Chicago.


Naturalization: 26 Aug 1919: John William Pitre, 2435 S. Leavitt St., b. Can 6 Nov 1890; arrived 27 May 1911


Obituary:  Chicago Tribune (IL), Thursday, 24 June 1954:  Pitre - John W. Pitre of 2608 S. Central Park avenue, beloved husband of Elizabeth, nee Rezek; dear father of Thomas, Joseph, Elizabeth Snyder, and the late John, fond brother of Sister Pitre, O.S.J., Matilda Comnors, Helen Doucett, and Josephine Davis.  Funeral Saturday, 8:30 a.m., from chapel, 2658 S. Central Park, to Blessed Agnes church.  Interment St. Adalbert's cemetery.


Application for a military headstone (signed by Elizabeth Pitre):  John W. Pitre, enlisted 22 May 1918, discharged 16 May 1919 (honorable), for St. Adalberts Cemetery, Niles, IL; 37th Infantry, Army Pfc, Co. M; born 6 Nov 1890, died 22 June 1954.


Notes for Elizabeth Beatrice Rezek:

Obituary: Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), Thursday, 25 July 1967:  Elizabeth M. Pitre, nee Rezek, beloved wife of the late John W. Pitre; loving mother of Thomas A. [the late Isabelle] Pitre, Elizabeth [William] Snyder, Joseph E. [Helen], and the late John W. Pitre Jr.; grandmother of eight; dear sister of Lillian Janda; nieces and nephews.  Funeral Wednesday, July 26, 1967, at 9 a.m., from Noworul Memorial Chapel, 2658 S. Central Park avenue, to Blessed Agnes church.  Mass 9:30 a.m.  Interment St. Adalbert cemetery.


Obituaries for the children:

John William Pitre:  Chicago Tribune (IL), Tuesday, 24 August 1948:  Pitre - Pfc. John W. Pitre Jr., 44th Div., 144th Inf., 7th Army, killed in action in France on Saturday, Jan. 6, 1945, at the age of 20, beloved son of John W. Sr., and Elizabeth Rezek Pitre, fond brother of Thomas, Elizabeth Snyder, and Joseph, late residence 2608 S. Central Park avenue.  Burial Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Camp Butler National cemetery, Springfield, Ill., at 3:00 p.m.

Tombstone inscription (Camp Butler National Cemetery), Springfield, Sangamon, IL:  JOHN W / PITRE / Illinois / PFC 114 INF / 44 INF DIV / World War II / October 24, 1924 / January 6, 1945


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Items in RED have been verified against parish register entries. 

- Deaths in RED from online death certificates (1920-1938), online death registrations (1888-1919), or from obituaries.


Last updated:  25 May 2022.