Thursday, December 17, 2009
Edith Jones Breving
Frederick John Breving was the son of German immigrants, William Breving and Ameliz Stortz. He was born on September 14, 1899 in Cincinnati. Rose tells me that being of German descent, that he valued thriftiness. When he and Edith were married they lived for a year at 2444 Eastern Ave. until he was able to pay cash for their home in Mt. Lookout. Rosemary was baptized at St. Rose Church.
Fritz was a electoplater working for the Rapid Electric Co. He worked with lead every day on his job. His death certificate says he died of bronchiectasis, a lung disease that can lead to serious consequences. He died at the age of 49 leaving a young widow with three children -- Rosemary, Fred and Bob. I was able to find a copy of his draft card for World War I. Rosemary told me he was never drafted because he did not have vision in one eye. Notice that he was living on Columbia Ave., as were the Joneses until they had to move for the construction of Columbia Parkway.
Edith attended St. Rose School, of course. Rose tells me she has a copy of a picture of her mother that is housed in the St. Rose Archives. I'm going to borrow it so we can upload it. You can refer to a picture in the blog posting for September 2, 2009 on the "Perfect Family minus One" to see a teen-aged Edith. I'm going to meet with Rose and scan in some other pictures of Edith in the near future.
Edith was a caretaker and a homemaker, very much cast in the mold of her mother. Not only was she the first-born and a young widow of three, but she became the caretaker for her father, Fred, giving him a home after Norine's death. It couldn't have been easy. They lived in a two-bedroom home. Both Edith and her Dad suffered from macular degeneration as they became older, losing their vision for all intents and purposes. Edith became a member of Rose and Don's family. Edith died of breast cancer on March 9, 1991 at the age of 80. Both she and Fritz are buried at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston.