Friday, December 21, 2007

How sad it must have been.......






















The excitement of a first child being born is a memory that a father cherishes forever. On June 29, 1944, I was born to the Portuguese-descent parents, Mary Kathyrn Medeiros and Edmund Joseph Pacheco from East Providence, RI at Memorial Hospital. How sad it must have been for my Mom to have my Dad here for just a few days on furlough and to have him leave to return to the war and how sad for him to leave his new born daughter and wife. But fortunately he was here for my birth. My Mom sent him frequent photos of my progress with her love letters until he was discharged in 1945. He was in the 14th Armored Division "A Co". My dad was the tank driver in the Army. They were married December 6, 1941 I was told that I was conceived in Des Moines, Iowa when my mom visited my dad on leave and named, Kathleen after her best friend.
Photo1
back row -Manuel R. Pacheco (Paternal Grandfather, VooVoo), Virgina Camara Pacheco(Paternal Grandmother, Nana),her sister Mary Moniz from California, cousin from California, front row-Edmund Joseph Pacheco(my father)holding ME, My paternal auntHilda Pacheco Leitao, paternal Uncle, James Pacheco, and Uncle Joseph F.Leitao
Photo 2
Back row standing- My Paternal Aunt, Hilda Pacheco, eldest, My Father, Edmund Joseph Pacheco oldest male, sitting, Paternal Uncle, James Pacheco, and the baby, paternal Aunt, Dudater Pacheco photo at my father's First Communion-age 8)
Photo3
Manuel R. Pacheco (Paternal Grandfather, VooVoo), Virgina Camara Pacheco(Paternal Grandmother, Nana),her sister Mary Moniz from California, cousin from California, front row-Edmund Joseph Pacheco(my father)Uncle Joseph F.Leitao, paternal Uncle, James Pacheco, my mother, Mary Kathyrn Medeiros Pacheco,I am stting in front of my Uncle Joe looking at my Mommy

5 comments:

Vicky said...

I am looking forward to reading your blog!! I think it it very interesting to learn about my extended family. :)

Lauren said...

I've never seen these pictures! They are great. It nice to see how far back we can trace ourselves.

GrandmaKathleen said...

They were sent to me from Brianna Wilson, when she was doing Aunt Dada and Uncle Whitey Anniversary scrapbook. They are terrific. First time I had seen myself at 5 years with the family so young.
Your grandmother and grandfather were about 26 years old. Now you have picture of Rea when she was only 12 years old and your maternal grandfather's First Communion picture at age 7 So glad I could share these with you for prosperity.
Godmother Kathleen
BTW Enjoyed spending time with you at your Mom and Dad's fabulous, as always, Christmas dinner.

Matthew said...

i have never seen a picture of auntie rea so young...lol she was a very pretty lady : )

GrandmaKathleen said...

I am so glad I had these to share with you and the family. Rea was alway very petite. Eventually I will post more pictures