Michael Emmett Kissane1,2

M, b. 22 April 1936, d. 20 June 2017
  • Birth*: Michael Emmett Kissane was born on 22 April 1936 at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA.1,3,2
  • Death*: He died on 20 June 2017 at Illinois, USA, at age 81; Visitation Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 3:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral Friday 9:15 am from the funeral home to St. Domitilla Church for 10:00 mass. Internment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. For further info 708-F-U-N-E-R-A-L.3
  • Burial*: He was buried on 23 June 2017 at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA.3
  • Biography*: A Tribute to Michael E. Kissane by his nephew Louie. Posted on Facebook by Maddi Morelli, June 24, 2017.

    My Uncle Mickey was pretty near a perfect man. He was so thoughtful and caring to all, especially to me and my family. It's hard to image going forward without him.

    We were so blessed to have him in our lives. He treated me and my kids as if we were his own children. He spread love and laughter where ever he went and made life long friends along the way.

    Throughout my entire life, my Uncle has had a major influence on me. I'd look at him and marvel at how he always had a smile on his face and could make everyone around him feel better.

    He would never lecture or reprimand anyone, but he lead by example. I can honestly say, I've never heard him say anything bad about anyone and he never complained.

    If you had a problem, he was more than willing to help. If you needed to vent, he was a patient listener. If you needed someone to cheer you up? Mickey was your guy.

    He was never jealous, in fact, he was genuinely happy for those who found good fortune. He would give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it.

    One example of his selflessness was when he made a loan to my dad to help him start his company when no else would. He made him that loan even though it was all he had in his savings. Yet, he gave that loan willingly and without any expectation of repayment. That loan was so critical to the success of my Dad's business that he never forgot Mickey's generosity and praised Mickey until the day he passed.

    Mickey was not just a very handsome, generous and kind man. He was also extremely talented. He was a gifted artist and incredibly creative. He could paint and draw wonderfully. He always had a unique and clever art and craft project going on.

    Mickey's smile and endearing personality lit up every room he ever walked into. I'm sure we all agree, Mickey had a special ability to make you smile and laugh.

    He was always ready to share a good joke. I've never met anyone who knew as many jokes as he did. One better then the next. His joyful, kind, encouraging, and charismatic personality made my Uncle everyone's favorite.

    Mickey brought out the best in all of us. Most importantly, he showed us how to enjoy life and how to treat one another. He knew that true happiness is not how much you accumulate along the way, but how much love you spread. Mickey mastered the art of spreading love.

    Thank you uncle Mickey for bringing so much love and happiness to me and my family. You have inspired and influenced so many of us with your beautiful and heartfelt love.

    In closing, I think it's only fitting we end with a joke in true Mickey style. Here is one of my favorites he shared with me along the way:
    One night, Mrs McMillen answers the door to see her husbands best friend, Paddy, standing on the doorstep.

    "Hello Paddy, but where is my husband? He went with you to the beer factory"

    Paddy shook his head. "Ah Mrs McMillen, there was a terrible accident at the beer factory, your husband fell into a vat of Guinness stout and drowned"

    Mrs McMillen starts crying. "Oh don't tell me that, did he at least go quickly?"

    Paddy shakes his head. "Not really - he got out 3 times to pee!"

    God bless you Uncle Mickey. You have certainty earned your place in heaven.4


  1. [S1324] Chicago Tribune, July 26, 1956, page C2, ProQuest Historical Newspapers, accessed February, 2011.
  2. [S1933] Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1871-1940, Index, online www.familysearch.org, Michael Emmett Kissane birth record, April 22, 1936, Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Certificate number 14085 Registration date: April 29, 1936.
  3. [S2496] Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home, June 21, 2017, On-line via Legacy.com.
  4. [S945] Facebook, online www.facebook.com, Post by Maddi Morelli on her page, June 24, 2017.

Virginia Marie Kissane1

F, b. circa 1939, d. 27 May 2020
  • Birth*: Virginia Marie Kissane was born circa 1939; Celebrated her 80th birthday in 2019, I believe.1
  • Married Name: As of before 1959,her married name was Morelli.2
  • Death*: She died on 27 May 2020 at Illinois, USA.3


  1. [S1324] Chicago Tribune, July 26, 1956, page C2, ProQuest Historical Newspapers, accessed February, 2011.
  2. [S1326] Chicago Tribune, February 23, 1981, page D7, ProQuest Historical Newspapers Chicago Tribune, accessed February, 2011.
  3. [S945] Facebook, online www.facebook.com, Posted May 27, 2020 in Fleming, Kissane, Maher, and Woods Family Facebook Group. Message from Maddie Morelli, her granddaughter. "I’m heartbroken to say that my grandmother, Virginia Morelli passed away early this morning from a heart attack. We are having a private service for immediate family due to the current climate with the virus. A celebration of life to follow once we are allowed ??" Accessed May 27, 2020.

Vernamae Klein

F, b. 13 February 1941, d. 16 September 2017

Wedding of Robert T. Elliott and Vernamae Klein
Chicago, Illinois; July 11, 1960
With Thomas J. McIntyre, CM
Photo courtesy: Thomas J. McIntyre, CM
Photograph by Picasa
  • Birth*: Vernamae was born at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA, on 13 February 1941.1,2
  • Married Name: As of 1960,her married name was Elliott.1
  • Marriage*: She married Robert Thomas Elliott at Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA, on 11 July 1960.1,3
  • Married Name: As of 31 October 1974,her married name was Platt.2
  • Death*: Vernamae Klein died on 16 September 2017 at Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, USA, at age 76. Funeral home video: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/H3H4HBBGS5C9ZJRF

    Platt, Vernamae E.
    Feb. 13, 1941 - Sept. 16, 2017
    Vernamae E. Platt, 76, of North Port, Florida, died on Sept. 16, 2017. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, September 29, 2017, at Farley Funeral Home, 5900 S. Biscayne Drive in North Port. Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at San Pedro Catholic Church, 14380 Tamiami Trail in North Port. Burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte. Funeral arrangements by: Farley Funeral Home in North Port (www.farleyfuneralhome.com.)
    Published in Herald Tribune from Sept. 21 to Sept. 24, 2017.2
  • Burial*: She was buried on 30 September 2017 at Port Charlotte, Charlotte County, Florida, USA.2

Family: Robert Thomas Elliott b. 2 Mar 1937, d. 12 Jul 2016


  1. [S8] Ginty/McIntyre Family Tree, 1995 Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, personal files.
  2. [S1978] Ancestry.com Family Trees, online www.ancestry.com, Fred Elliott Family Tree, created by brokerfred, Lehigh Acres, Florida. Accessed April 9, 2018.
  3. [S2195] Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1930-1960, online www.Ancestry.com, Robert T. Elliott and Vernamae Klein, 11 Jun 1960, file number 2570708.

Barbara Knappstein1

F, b. 17 May 1861, d. 3 March 1931

St. Benedict's Cemetery, Chicago
  • Birth*: Barbara Knappstein was born on 17 May 1861.1,3
  • Residence*: She lived before 1886 at Jefferson, Cook County, Illinois, USA.2
  • Name Variation: As of before May 1886, Barbara Knappstein was also known as Knapstein.2
  • Marriage License: She and John Niederehe obtained a marriage license on 10 May 1886 at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA.1
  • Married Name: As of 25 May 1886,her married name was Niederehe.1
  • Marriage*: She married John Niederehe at St. Peter Church, Skokie (Nile Center), Cook County, Illinois, USA, on 25 May 1886.1,2
  • Biography*: No children were born of this marriage.4
  • Note: Barbara Knappstein and John Niederehe The grave marker for Johann and Barbara Niederehe in St. Boniface Cemetery, is identically carved on the reverse side, but with the name Weis. The information includes: Frank Weis, born 13 Aug. 1855; died 6 Sept. 1916 and Angela Weis born 28 July 1857, died 20 May 1941. At this time (101015) I do not know the relationship between the Niederehes and the Weis'. GPS coordinates of marker: N41° 58' 12.2"/W 87° 39' 54.1" after 1915.3
  • Residence: Barbara Knappstein lived on 1 April 1915 at 2965 Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA.4
  • Death*: She died on 3 March 1931 at Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA, at age 69.1,3

Family: John Niederehe b. 19 Jan 1857, d. 19 Mar 1915


  1. [S1261] Niederehe-Knappstein Illinois Marriage Certificate: FamilySearch.org, Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920, no. 102496.
  2. [S1306] Marriage Register Entry: entry for Johan Niederehe and Barbara Knapstein, May 25, 1886 St. Peter Church, Skokie, Illinois, Family History Library, MF#1548257, Baptisms, Communions, Confirmations, Marriages, deaths, 1868-1914.
  3. [S1262] Johann and Barbara Niederehe Cemetery grave stone, St. Boniface Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.
  4. [S1737] Probate Court of Cook County #24244 (Doc. 149, page 433), Proof of Heirship, Barbara Niederehe deposition, April 1, 1915, 4 pages.

Ferdinand Knappstein1

M, b. before 1841
  • Birth*: Ferdinand Knappstein was born before 1841; Birth year assumed based on birth date of daughter.1
  • Marriage*: He married Theresa Trehler circa 1860; Marriage date one year before birth of daughter.1
  • Residence*: They resided at Jefferson, Cook County, Illinois, USA, before 1886.1

Family: Theresa Trehler b. b 1841


  1. [S1306] Marriage Register Entry: entry for Johan Niederehe and Barbara Knapstein, May 25, 1886 St. Peter Church, Skokie, Illinois, Family History Library, MF#1548257, Baptisms, Communions, Confirmations, Marriages, deaths, 1868-1914.

Leonard J. Kneidl1,2

M, d. 3 January 1971

Family: Rita M. Hincks b. 5 Feb 1916, d. c 10 Dec 1977


  1. [S1396] Chicago Tribune, February 8, 1954, ProQuest Historical Newspapers, Chicago Tribune (1849-1987), accessed June 1, 2011.
  2. [S1346] Cook County Clerk's Office, online http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com, Kneidl-Hincks Marriage, accessed June 2, 2011, certificate #2235442.
  3. [S1346] Cook County Clerk's Office, online http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com, Kneidl-Hincks Marriage July 12, 1952, certificate #2235442, accessed June 2, 2011.
  4. [S1346] Cook County Clerk's Office, online http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com, Leonard Kneidl, death certificate #600301, accessed June 2, 2011.
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Arthur Raymond Knudsen1

M, b. 13 July 1929, d. 11 July 1993

Arthur Raymond Knudsen 1929-1993
Willamette National Cemetery
Photo courtesy: Sunny at Find A Grave
Photograph by Picasa

Family: Lucille Schantin b. 28 Jan 1923, d. 26 Oct 2013


  1. [S1676] Find A Grave, online http://findagrave.com, Arthur Raymond Knudsen, memorial #362956649, added by GCO on 24 Apr 2009.

Richard F. Korzyniewski1

M, b. 22 July 1947, d. 23 April 2020


  1. [S1961] Daniel Moore, "Descendants of John Halloran", Four generation descendant list, Created November 1, 2014.
  2. [S2818] Letter, Nancy Korzyniewski to Elaine Beaudoin, Received June 6, 2020, Included with the letter is a Funeral Card with includes birth and death dates and place of burial.

Edward Martin Kralovec1,2,3

M, b. 29 September 1888, d. April 1967

Family: Elsa Vopicka b. 23 Dec 1893, d. 6 Oct 1981


  1. [S2217] Chicago Tribune, March 6, 1966, page b9, ProQuest, Accessed August 26, 2015.
  2. [S2209] Chicago Tribune, September 6, 1935, page 14, ProQuest, accessed August 25, 2015.
  3. [S2228] Joseph R. Sullivan, "Vopicka-Kubin Family Group Sheet."
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  5. [S1421] Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1871-1920, online Ancestry.com, Edward M. Kralovec - Elsie A. Vopicka, 22 Nov 1916. Accessed September 15, 2015.

Bertha Agnes Kreft1,2

F, b. 29 September 1885, d. 6 May 1967

Bertha Agnes Kreft Keane 1885-1967
Buried Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland
Photo: FindAGrave, J McL
Photograph by Picasa

Family: James Keane b. 1881, d. 1961


  1. [S1504] April 19 1910 US Census, Oregon, Wasco County, Dalles City, Washington, DC, ED 304, sheet 4B, Family History Library, MF# 1375303, accessed April 6, 2004.
  2. [S1864] Basel/Tozzi Family Tree, "Paul L. F. Kreft Family Group Sheet", Printed from online genealogy database. Owner: karolbasel.
  3. [S2827] Dolly Purcell, "Kreft Family," e-mail to Elaine Beaudoin, May 31, 2020.
  4. [S1676] Find A Grave, online http://findagrave.com, Bertha Keane, buried Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorial # 134709413, created by J McL 22 Aug 2014. Accessed June 13, 2020.