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Dessie Lorene Relfe (1910-1984)

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  1. Dessie Lorene Relfe, SSN 305-10-4869, was born 31 Mar 1910 in Fairmount, Grant Co., IN; d. 3 Aug 1984 while traveling in Hancock Co., IN. She is buried in Anderson, Madison Co., IN. She married Gordon Gail Mason on 28 Feb 1925 in Hartford City, Blackford Co., IN. They had one child, who is still living. They filed for divorce in May 1930; the divorce was final on 9 Dec 1930 in Anderson, Madison Co., IN. Dessie married Chester Frank Rhoads on 26 Nov 1930, in Greenville, Darke Co., OH. Chet was b. 1 May 1888 in Anderson, Madison Co., IN; d. 2 Jan 1963 in Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN. Chet's SSN (railroad retirement) was 713-10-8012. They had two sons both of whom are still living. [Parents]

dessie1.jpg (47214 bytes)dessie2.jpg (90100 bytes)Left: Dessie Relfe Mason, in 1927, holding daughter, Mildred.

Right: For much of her life, Dessie Relfe Rhoads worked as a machinist for Anaconda Copper in Anderson, IN and lived nearby at 2614 Meridian St. She was an avid bowler.

Below: Dessie, with two of her grandsons, in front of her home, about 1962.

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Dessie Lorene Relfe

Anderson Sunday Herald, August 5, 1984: Dessie L. Rhoads, 74, Anderson, died Friday evening at Hancock County Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness.

She was born in Fairmount and was a resident of Anderson most of her life. She retired from Anaconda Wire after 30 years of employment. She also had worked at National Tile Company and was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, the Rains Bowlettes and the East Side Lanes Retirees League.

She is survived by two sons, <still living> of Chicago and <still living> of Duncannon, Pa.; a daughter, <still living> of Sunnyvale, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Robert D. Loose Funeral Home with the Rev. Roland Dunlop officiating. Burial will be at Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home today form 2 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Chester Frank Rhoads

Anderson Daily Bulletin, Jan 7, 1963:

Chester Rhoads, 74, of 2614 Meridian St., died Sunday about 8 p.m. at the Irene Byron Hospital in Fort Wayne after an extended illness. Hew was a retired New York Central employee and for several years was a school traffic policeman at Twenty-ninth Street School.

He was a member of the Noble Street Methodist Church and the Eagles Lodge.

Surviving are the widow, Dessie; two sons, David Rhoads of Chicago, and Danny Rhoads of USN, San Diego, Calif.; one step-daughter, Mrs. Wilford Smith of Mountain View, Calif.; eight grandchildren and one aunt, Mrs. Curtis McGranahan of Anderson.

Friends will be received at the Sells and Bowe Funeral Home after noon tomorrow. Arrangements for services have not been completed pending thearrival of relatives.

Lula (mother of Chet)

Published 10 Jul 1940 in the Anderson Daily Bulletin:


Mrs. Lula Rhoads, age 75, living at 2614 Meridian Street, died today at 12:30 p.m. at the family residence following an illness of some time. A native of Ohio, Mrs. Rhoads had lived in Anderson for many years.

The body was removed to the Earl Sells funeral home and arrangements for funeral services have not been completed. Burial will take place in West Maplewood Cemetery.

Surviving besides the husband is a son, Chester Rhoads, at home.

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