Leo Julius Petre

1891 Gilford, Michigan 1948 Ontario, California



Continuation of tree (4th child of Toussaint Pitre/Mary Batour); all known surname descendants:

              8          Leo Julius Petre  b: 21 February 1891  Gilford, Tuscola, MI; d: 25 October 1948  Ontario, San Bernardino, CA

                                   +Bessie Marilla Snyder  b: 16 February 1890  Midland Co., MI; m: 4 August 1913  Billings, Yellowstone, MT [William F./Mary O'Donnell]; d: 20 January 1989  Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

                           9          Mary Leone Petre  b: 20 May 1915  Billings, Yellowstone, MT; d: 25 January 1994  Ontario, San Bernardino, CA

                                         +Thomas Porter Kirkland

                           9          Bette Mae Petre  b: 25 May 1920  Mt. Vernon, Skagit, WA; d: 11 November 1997  Phoenix, Maricopa, AZ

                                         +Robert Marvin Orsburn  b: 8 December 1919  Ontario, San Bernardino, CA; m: unknown; d: 24 July 2000  Phoenix, Maricopa, AZ

                           9          Greta Jean Petre  b: 25 October 1921  Mt. Vernon, Skagit, WA; d: 3 April 1922  Mt. Vernon, Skagit, WA

                           9          Robert Warren Petre  b: 27 February 1927  Ontario, San Bernardino, CA; d: 10 November 2010  Covina, Los Angeles, CA

                                         +Doris Jean Mathis  b: 9 June 1926  Placentia, Orange, CA; m: 1947  Upland, San Bernardino, CA [Earl Webster/Nellie Grace Lehman]; d: 26 September 2017  Covina, Los Angeles, CA



Notes for Leo Julius Petre:


- 1920 Mt. Vernon, Skagit, Washington:  Leo J. Petre 29 laborer, wife Bessie 30, Mary L. 4 years 6 months.


- 1930 Ontario, San Bernardino, California:  Leo Petre 39 iron factory polisher, wife Bessie 40, Leone 14, Betty M. 9, Robert 3 years 2 months.


- 1940 Ontario, San Bernardino, CA:  Leo J. Petre 49 stationary engineer/General Electric, wife Bessie M. 50, Robert Warren 13.


- 1950 Ontario, San Bernardino, CA:  Widow Bessie M. Petre 60.


WWI Registration:  Leo Petre, res. Pony, MT; b. 21 Feb 1891 Gilford, MI; support for wife, father, mother, 1 child; short height & medium build, blue eyes & light hair; 5 Jun 1917 Madison, MT.

WWII Records:  Leo J. Petre, res. 765 W. Maitland, Ontario, CA; b. 21 Feb 1891 Guilford, MI; contact Bessie Petre (same address); 5' 1", 140 lbs., gray eyes & gray hair, light complexion, scar on right cheek; 27 Apr 1942 Ontario, CA.


Tombstone Inscription, Bellevue Memorial Park, Ontario, CA:  Leo J. Petre / 1891 - 1948 / Bessie M. Petre / 1890 - 1989


Obituaries for the children:

Bette Mae Petre:  Tombstone Inscription, Bellevue Memorial Park, Ontario, CA:  Beloved wife / of Bob / Bette Mae / Orsburn / 1920 - 1997


Greta Jean Petre:  Tombstone Inscription, Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, WA:  Greta Jean Petre / Oct. 25, / 1921 / April 3, / 1922


Robert Warren Petre:  Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (CA), 19 November 2010:  Robert Warren Petre - Longtime Covina resident died peacefully on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.  Bob grew up in Ontario, California and taught at Gladstone High School for many years.  He was a longtime union advocate and helped bring collective bargaining for teachers to California.  His belief in social justice and tolerance led him to assist many of his low income students to enroll in college and develop successful professional careers.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doris, his three children, Steve, Cheryl and Kathy, nieces and nephews, six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren with identical twin boys on the way, a tradition that was started by his mother and her twin sister.  Services will be held on Saturday, November 20th at 10am at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario - 1240 West G Street Ontario, California.

Tombstone Inscription, Bellevue Memorial Park, Ontario, CA:  Robert Warren Petre / February 27, 1927 / November 10, 2010 (photo)


Leo Julius Petre (c1905) from Amy Moeller (Stiles).



Possible family members:  This photo was in an album which belonged to Cheryl Bader's grandmother Bessie Marilla Snyder (wife of Leo Julius Petre 1891-1948).  Cheryl thinks Leo is the 2nd from left in the top row.  Can anyone identify anyone in the photo, place and or date? 


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Last updated:  6 October 2022.