Thomas Andrew Peets

1885 Wallaceburg, Ontario – 1965 Lorain, Ohio



Continuation of tree (1st child of Maximilien Lepitre/Hannah Slocum); all known surname descendants:

                 9          Thomas Andrew Peets  b: 5 October 1885  Wallaceburg, Kent, ONT; d: 26 June 1965  Lorain, Lorain, OH

                                     +Frances Juliet Porter  b: 25 January 1885  Lorain, Lorain, OH; m: Abt. 1913 [Julian/Elizabeth McCurry]; d: 12 January 1972  Avon, Lorain, OH

                             10          Jane Irene Peets  b: 16 October 1918  Lorain, Lorain, OH; d: 14 January 2011  Avon, Lorain, OH

                                              +Raymond Vecchio  b: 16 October 1915  Treveskyn, Allegheny, PA; m: October 1947 [Benjamin/---]; d: 1 December 1947  Lorain, Lorain, OH  [blast furnace explosion]

                             10          Mary Margaret Peets  b: 3 March 1921  Lorain, Lorain, OH; d: 6 April 2008  Avon, Lorain, OH

                                              +Robert 'Frenchy' Michaud  b: 15 February 1929; m: 1970  Boston, Suffolk, MA; d: 26 April 2006  Westport, Bristol, MA

                             10          Elizabeth Anne Peets  b: 18 May 1922  Lorain, Lorain, OH; d: 4 July 2009  Sebastian, Indian River, FL

                             10          Juliet Frances Peets  b: 29 August 1924  Lorain, Lorain, OH; d: 15 September 2006  Avon, Lorain, OH



Notes for Thomas Andrew Peets:


- 1910 Lorain, Lorain, Ohio:  John W. Mills 38, wife of 6 years Augusta J. 32; half-brother Thomas A. Peets 34.

- 1920 Lorain, Lorain, OH:  Thomas A. Peets 34 (dry cleaning establishment), wife Frances J. 34, Jane 1 year 2 months.

- 1930 Lorain, Lorain, OH:  Thomas A. Peets 44 (salesman/electric cleaner), wife Juliet F. 45, Jane E. 11, Mary M. 9, Elizabeth A. 7, Juliet F. 5.  [1132 West Erie Avenue]

- 1940 Lorain, Lorain, OH:  Thomas Peets 54 truck driver/dry cleaner, wife Julia 55, Jane 21 secretary/trading stamp co., Mary M. 19 clerk/dime store, Elizabeth 17, Juliet 15  [1132 West Erie Avenue]

WWI registration records:  Thomas Andrew Peets; Lorain, Ohio; b. 5 Oct 1885 Wallaceburg; wife Francis Juliet Peets; medium height, slender build; blue eyes & brown hair.

WWII Records:  Thomas Andrew Peets, res. 1132 West Erie Ave., Lorain, OH; b. 5 Oct 1885 Wallaceburg, ONT; contact Frances J. Peets (same address); 5' 3", 110 lbs., gray eyes & gray hair, light complexion, scar on left hip; 27 Apr 1942 Lorain, OH.


Obituary:  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), Sunday, 27 June 1965:  Thomas A. Peets, 80, 259 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, O., Saturday a.m., beloved husband of Juliet Frances (nee Porter), father of Mrs. Jane Vecchio, Lorain, Mary Margaret Peets, D. K. C. USN, Washington, D.C., Major Elizabeth Ann Peets, U.S. Army, Fort Monroe, Va., and Juliet F. Peets, R.N., Washington, D.C., grandfather of one.  Friends may call after 4 P.M. today and from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday, at the Reidy-Scanlan Funeral Home, Lorain, Oh, where services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., St. Mary Church.  Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, O.


Tombstone Inscription:  Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, OH:  PEETS / Thomas A. / 1885 - 1965 / Juliet F. / 1885 - 1972


Notes for Frances Juliet Porter:

Obituary:  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), Friday, 14 January 1972:  Juliet Frances Peets, of 259 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, beloved wife of the late Thomas A., mother of Mrs. Jane Vecchio, Lorain, Mrs. Robert (Mary Margaret) Michaud, No. Westport, Mass., Lt. Col. Elizabeth A. Peets, U.S. Army, Ret., Arlington, Va. and Miss Juliet F. Peets, Alexandria, Va., sister of Mrs. Helen Ginnane and Mrs. Irene Brown, both of Lorain, and Claire Relay and Miss Mary E. Porter, both deceased.  Friends may call at the ------- Funeral Home, Lorain, 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Friday, where services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m.  Funeral Mass 11 a.m., St. Mary Church, Lorain.  Interment Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.


Obituaries for the children:

Jane Irene Peets:  The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH), Monday, 17 January 2011:  Lorain - Jane I. Vecchio (nee Peets) 92 formerly of Lorain, passed away Friday January 14, 2011 in Porter Pavilion at Avon Oaks Caring Community, Avon following a lengthy illness.  Born Jane Irene Peets on October 16, 1918.  A descendant of Lorain pioneer, Captain Julian Porter, who was a great lakes ships' captain, Jane was extremely proud of her heritage.  The Porter family property was at Oberlin Avenue and West Erie Avenue, where the Lorain Health Department is located today.  She lived in the Charleston Village area all her life, until moving to Avon Oaks in 2000.  She had many fond memories of her childhood, living and playing near Lake Erie.  Her father who taught her how to fish and cook, owned Lorain Dry Cleaning Company and her mother was a housewife.  When asked her name, she sometimes replied with a rhyme from her childhood: "Well I'm Jane Irene, the village queen!"  She was always very close to her three sisters, Libby, Mary Margaret and Judy.  She had a beautiful voice, studied voice in Oberlin and sang with St. Mary's Choir in Lorain for many years.  She also sang with the Avon Oaks Singin Folks with whom she soloed in the 2007 Christmas concert.  She was an Opera buff and when younger, she would sing along with most any opera.  Because she loved music and culture, she attended the Metropolitan Opera when it came to Cleveland every year, always sitting in the dress circle.  She vacationed in Florida every year, but one of her favorite trips was to The Metropolitan Opera in New York to see Tosca with her cousin Dick Reidy and family.  Jane was a member of Saint Mary Church, Lorain.  She graduated from St. Mary's Academy, Lorain and attended Oberlin Business College.  At age 26, she married Raymond Vecchio.  Unfortunately, he was killed in an accident at the National Tube Company only six weeks after the wedding.  Jane never remarried though she had many beaus over the years. She enjoyed being an independent woman.  Jane was an accomplished bookkeeper and business woman.  She was employed at the Reidy-Scanlan Furniture Store for a short time, then worked for many years at The Owl Stamp Company, which she eventually bought and owned.  After closing Owl Stamp, she enjoyed a second career as the Business Manager/Treasurer of Lorain Catholic High School.  She retired in 1991 after nearly 25 years of service.  Jane had always enjoyed the company of children.  Her niece, Mary Jane, who grew up in Washington, DC, spent many happy summers in Lorain with her grandparents and Aunt Janey.  She loved animals especially cats.  She was known to take care of her own "inside cats" as well as the "outside cats" that would find their way to her house for food and milk.  Jane also loved to plant flowers and spend time with her family.  She lived with and cared for her parents who both lived into their late 80s.  Jane's family recalls that she loved to be fit and exercise.  She never drove, but walked or rode a bike almost everywhere she went.  In her younger days, this was many miles as she sold Owl Trading Stamps to the many businesses in Lorain during its heyday of the 1950's and 60's. A s a businesswoman, Jane was always very fashionable and "put together."  She leaves behind her niece Mary Jane Barile of Euclid, great niece and nephew Jennifer and Thomas Barile both of Euclid, cousin, Ann Ginnane, of Lorain, other cousins from the Brown and Reidy families, descendants of Captain Porter; and many close friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas A. and Juliet F. "Frank" (nee Porter) Peets, sisters Elizabeth "Libby" Peets who died in 2009, Mary Margaret Michaud in 2008 and Juliet F. Peets in 2006.  Her family will receive friends Tuesday, from 10:00 until the time of mass of Christian Burial at 11 A. M. at Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, 310 8th St., Lorain.  The Reverend Daniel O. Divis, Pastor, will be the Celebrant.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.  Memorial contributions to the Saint Mary's Choice Food Pantry, 309 West 7th Street, Lorain, OH 44052 or to Avon Oaks Porter Pavilion Activity Fund, 37800 French Creek Road, Avon, Ohio 44011.  Funeral arrangement s are under the direction of Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain.

Mary Margaret Peets:  Mary Margaret Michaud 87, Traveled the World:  Mary Margaret Peets Michaud, USN, Ret., 87, passed away Sunday Morning, April 6th at Avon Oaks Caring Community, Avon, Ohio after a two year illness.  She was born March 3, 1921 in Lorain, Ohio; she graduated from St. Mary Academy, Lorain in 1939.  Mary Margaret worked at Woolworth’s Five and Dime Store on Broadway in Lorain and for the City of Lorain Treasurer’s Office prior to enlistment in the United States Navy in 1944.  She traveled the world, being stationed in and visiting many places including: London, the Holy Lands, San Francisco, Long Beach, Pensacola, Washington, DC, to name but a few.  Mary Margaret served for 26 years retiring on the deck of The USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), in Boston in 1970.  She met her future husband, Robert “Frenchy” Michaud, also a Navy Chief, while stationed in San Francisco during the early 60’s.  Years later, they reunited in Boston where they married in 1970.  Married for 35 years, they resided in Westport, Massachusetts.  She came to Avon after the death of her husband.  She was a member of St. George Parish in Westport, Massachusetts, she rejoined St. Mary of the Lake in Lorain.  Mary Margaret enjoyed gardening, cooking, homemaking, and was deeply religious, being a source of grace and faith for her extended family.  She was a member of (LCBA) Lady’s Catholic Benevolent Association and Fleet Reserve Association.  Among the survivors, her sisters, Jane Irene Vecchio, Avon Ohio, and Lt. Col. Elizabeth Anne Peets, USA, Ret., Sebastian Florida, her niece Mary Jane Barile, great- niece, Jennifer L. Barile and great-nephew, Thomas A. Barile all of Euclid, Ohio and many cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Michaud, on April 26, 2006, sister, Juliet Frances Peets, September 2006, her parents Thomas Andrew and Juliet Frances (nee Porter) Peets.  Friends may call Wednesday from 2:00 to 6:00 PM in the Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain, a Christian Wake Service at 3:30 PM. Rev. Fr. Ken Wolnowski, pastor of the Catholic Church of Saint Peter, Lorain will officiate.  Friends may also call Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in the Auclair Funeral Home, 690 Main Street, Fall River, MA.  Funeral mass will be Saturday at 10:00 Am in Saint George Catholic Church, 12 Highland Ave., Westport, MA.  His Eminence Seán Patrick Cardinal O'Malley, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston will officiate.  Burial will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River, MA.  Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland Ohio 44120, St. Mary Church, 309 7th St. Lorain, Ohio, 44052, Lorain, or Avon Oaks Caring Community 37800 French Creek Rd. Avon Ohio 44011.


Elizabeth Anne Peets:  Elizabeth A. "Libby" Peets, 87, Lorain native, Army and federal government retiree - A Mass in memory of retired Army Lt. Col. Elizabeth A. "Libby" Peets, 87, a Lorain native, who died July 4, 2009, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at Saint Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, Reid Avenue and 8th Street, Lorain.  Libby was a descendant of one of Lorain's pioneering families.  She was a granddaughter of the late Captain Julian "Dick" Porter, who achieved a reputation as a daring lake skipper in the days when sailing vessels ruled the lakes.  His ship, "The Three Brothers," was one of the last and most famous vessels on the Great Lakes.  Libby served in the Navy for two years after graduating from Saint Mary's Academy in 1939.  She continued her education at the University of Miami, where she earned a bachelor of arts in music.  Libby, who had a beautiful soprano singing voice, often performed at weddings and funerals.  Soon after that, Libby was recalled by the Navy.  She transferred to the Women's Army Corps where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  She served in many locations in the United States and abroad, including West Point Academy and Germany.  After her discharge from the Army in 1969, she worked for the government at the Pentagon.  She retired from the government in 1984.  In 1991, she moved from Alexandra, Va., to Sebastian, Fla., where she was a member of Saint Sebastian Catholic Church.  She is survived by her sister, Jane Irene Peets Vecchio of Avon, Ohio; her niece, Mary Jane Barile of Euclid, Ohio; grand-niece and –nephew, Jennifer and Thomas Barile, both of Euclid; cousin, Ann Ginnane of Lorain; and other cousins from the Brown and Reidy families, descendants of Captain Porter.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas A. and Juliet F. "Frank" (nee Porter) Peets; and sisters, Mary Margaret Michaud, who died last year, and Juliet F. Peets, who died in 2006.  Memorial contributions: Saint Mary's Choice Food Pantry, 309 West 7th Street, Lorain, OH 44052; or Covenant House, Times Square Station, P.O. Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0900.  Arrangements: Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, Lorain.


Juliet Frances Peets:  The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH), Saturday, 16 September 2006:  Juliet F. Peets, 82, Registered Nurse - Juliet F. Peets, 82, of Avon died Friday, September 15, 2006 in Avon Oaks Caring Community, Avon following a lengthy illness.  She was born August 29, 1924 in Lorain.  She lived in Washington, D.C. for 28 years before relocating to Alexandria, Virginia in 1970.  In 1988, she moved to Mentor, Ohio and in 2004 moved to Avon, Ohio.  She graduated from Saint Mary Academy, Lorain in 1942.  She received her Registered Nursing degree from Capital City School of Nursing Washington D. C. in 1945.  She retired from Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Washington in 1987.  She started her nursing career in Gallinger Hospital, Washington D. C. in 1946.  In 1954, she went to work at Saint Elizabeth Hospital Washington D. C.  She stayed there for two years, then went to D. C. General Hospital, Washington D. C.  In 1982, she returned to Saint Elizabeth Hospital Washington D. C. and stayed there until her retirement.  She enjoyed reading and knitting.  Among the survivors are her daughter Mary Jane Barile of Euclid; sisters Jane Vecchio and Mary Margaret Michaud both of Avon and Elizabeth Peets of Sebastian, Florida; two grand-children and one great-grandson.  She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas A. and Juliet Frances (nee Porter) Peets.  Friends may call Sunday, September 17, 2006, 4:00 to 8:00 PM in the Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain, Ohio.  Funeral service will be Monday, September, 18 2006 with closing prayers in the funeral home at 9:30 AM preceded by funeral mass at 10:00 AM in Saint Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, 8th Street and Reid Avenue Lorain, Reverend Father James Betchere, retired, will officiate.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.  The family suggests memorial contributions to Avon Oaks Activity Fund, 37800 French Creek Road, Avon, Ohio 44011.



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