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FC: A Brief Family History as told by Aunt Carol Christmas, 2011

1: Grandparents | Parents | Your mom's Family Tree Parents: Ellen Skirmont & Willis Diffenbaugh Grandparents: Stanley Skirmont & Marcella Kurkoraitis Edward Diffenbaugh & Laura Gleason

2: Your mom's story started with the marriage of Grandpa Diff and Grandma Ellen on September 20, 1952

4: Grandma Ellen's Family | The Kukoraitis Family in Lithuania | Great-great Uncle Luke and wife | In the old country | Grandma Ellen's parents each emigrated from Lithuania in the early 1900's. They were both only 17 years old!

5: The wedding of Stanley Skirmont and Marcella Kukoraitis A joyous event!

6: Grandma Ellen as a child and teenager | Oh, those muffs! | At Campfire Girl camp | High School Graduation | Eighth grade | Grandma Ellen was born August 20, 1916 | About age 6

7: Grandma Ellen was born and raised in Batavia, Illinois. Her first language was Lithuanian. She did not learn English until she started school. She graduated from high school in 1934 and received her undergraduate degree at Valparaiso University in 1938. Afterwards she completed her medical technology training in St. Louis. During the war years she worked as a medical technologist for the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago. During those years she was sent to work in Los Alamos, New Mexico and in Oak Ridge, Tennessee where the atom bomb was built. After the war she worked as chief medical technologist for Argonne National Laboratories until she was married and gave birth to her first child. She enjoyed gardening, landscaping, flower arranging and talking! | Ellen as a young woman

8: Grandma's younger sister, Adelia (Dee) and husband, Chuck who was a civil engineer. | Great-grandmother and her siblings after enjoying the bounty of America! Mary, August, Marcella, Justin, Rose | Great-grandfather in front of his grocery store in Batavia

9: Uncle Stanley as a baby | Uncle Stanley as a young man

10: Grandpa Diff was born February 8, 1908 to Edward and Laura Pearl Gleason Diffenbaugh His sister, Helen, was four years older. | Grandpa Diff's family

11: Uncle Herbie was four years younger than Grandpa. Diff He called this picture, "The Armenian Refugees". | Grandpa and Herbie in their teen years with the folks. | Grandpa Diff grew up in Central Illinois moving frequently from one community to another due to his father's vocation as a Methodist minister. He completed high school in 1926, graduated in 1930 from Illinois Wesleyan University and four years later from Northwestern Medial School. Grandpa completed his internship and surgical training at St Luke's Hospital in Chicago. Willis worked as a staff physician for International Harvester during his surgical training years. He began his private practice in 1937 in Chicago and continued until 1976. In addition to his practice, Grandpa enjoyed teaching as a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois and later at Rush Medical College. Grandpa loved to read. During his retirement he became an amateur bookbinder.

12: Willis as a young man | Age 18. Is he wearing lipstick?? | Grandpa in France during the war. | As a young doctor | Along Lake Michigan | Grandpa served in the army during World War Two. He was assigned to the Regional Hospital at Buckley Field in Colorado from 1942-44. He then served overseas as Chief of Surgery for the 241st General Hospital and at the 6th Field Hospital in Verdun, France until 1946. He was a Lieutenant Colonel at the time of his discharge.

13: Grandpa's brother, Herbie, was a mechanical engineer. His sister, Helen, worked first as a teacher and then in radio and television.

14: The arrival of Ann Maria on April 1, 1954 brought much joy to Ellen and Willis and older sister, Joan ! | Life was good for your mom..........

15: .......until the arrival of a younger sister changed her life! | Carol Lynn was born 2/21/56 Your mom named her,"Bae"

16: Fourth of July picnic | Your mom always did things very well. | Flower girls in Aunt Joan's wedding | Your mom was always a charmer.

17: Leslie was a constant companion.

18: The awkward years | Aunt Joan, Shelly, Jody, Linda and David circa 1980 | Aunt Carol 1974 | Junior high band

19: Milestones for Ann | Eighth Grade Continuation 1968 | High School Graduation 1972 | College Graduation 1976

20: Extended family | Grandma Fran and Grandpa Art might as well be family | The Kershulis sisters Mary Jean, Minnie and Amy Grandma Ellen's cousins | Cousins Sherry and Jay | Skirmont cousins 1968 | Godfrey Cousins 1966

21: You know the rest of the story.....

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