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Deborah Sanchez

Mesa, AZ

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#207
Jul 17, 2013
 
When I typed this in the search engine, I got an aerial view: 27400 W. Twelve Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334
On the same page I found this forum! So awesome, cuz then I joined the Facebook group :)
I found this online. Might bee of interest: http://www.svsfcenter.org/history
Anonymous

Lansing, MI

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#208
Jul 17, 2013
 
cynthia holman wrote:
i lived at this childrens home from 1966 to 1970. i was in laboure cottage thats what i remember they used to call them. i do remember some of the other girls that lived their with me. if anyone out there knows carol bender,eileen sawalski, or debbieand leslie kratz if u could let me know how their doing i would love 2 hear from u. i also lived in marillac cottage when i was about 12yrs. old. i now live in massachusetts i have 2 grown sons now no grand children yet. my 4 brothers 2 sisters also lived there all separate cottages. would love hear back from someone.
Hi Cynthia. My name is Donna(Guise)Dykas. I was at SVSF from 65-68 at Laboure with my sister Cheryl. The sister of that cottage was Sister Zita. I roomed with Debbie Kratz and she was in my 5th grade room at St. Luke.
Anonymous

Lansing, MI

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#209
Jul 17, 2013
 
Pammy Szymanski wrote:
COTTAGE NAME? We are trying to remember the name of the cottage just below Marillac? It was a female cottage. There was Immaculata, St. Vincent, De Paul, then the one we can't remember, then Marillac. Anyone remember?
Laboure...I was there with my sister from 65-68.
Deborah Sanchez

Mesa, AZ

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#210
Jul 17, 2013
 
Was anyone at D.J. Healy Home in the early 1960s?
Deborah Sanchez

Mesa, AZ

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#211
Jul 25, 2013
 
This may interest someone: Laboure Hall was built to house child care workers, before the highway and development of the area (from farm land). Most child care workers worked a split shift, so until the highway etc. they needed to live in. It was also used to house child care students. Some of the older Sisters took classes there for early childhood education. There was a school, it was all pre-school. There was a log-cabin on the far side of the pond. That was the kindergarten. Laboure Hall had all the other pre-school classes.

There was a big room on the first floor, mostly used for fund raising activities by the Ladies of Charity. And most importantly, the snack shop in the basement of the building. Over time, the building had other purposes. At one time, it was used for Mothers & Babies who could stay for about one year, learning child care, etc. This was a program started after I left Marillac Hall.

The log cabin was condemned for use as a kindergarten, so Mr. Martin the carpenter took it apart and transported it to Brighton. He built an apartment over the boat house so we could take the kids out and stay overnight.
Deborah Sanchez

Mesa, AZ

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#212
Jul 25, 2013
 
Deborah Sanchez wrote:
This may interest someone: Laboure Hall was built to house child care workers, before the highway and development of the area (from farm land). Most child care workers worked a split shift, so until the highway etc. they needed to live in. It was also used to house child care students. Some of the older Sisters took classes there for early childhood education. There was a school, it was all pre-school. There was a log-cabin on the far side of the pond. That was the kindergarten. Laboure Hall had all the other pre-school classes.
There was a big room on the first floor, mostly used for fund raising activities by the Ladies of Charity. And most importantly, the snack shop in the basement of the building. Over time, the building had other purposes. At one time, it was used for Mothers & Babies who could stay for about one year, learning child care, etc. This was a program started after I left Marillac Hall.
The log cabin was condemned for use as a kindergarten, so Mr. Martin the carpenter took it apart and transported it to Brighton. He built an apartment over the boat house so we could take the kids out and stay overnight.
I SHOULD MENTION I received this info from Sr. Margaret Ann
robert cadotte

Ypsilanti, MI

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#213
Aug 14, 2013
 
i was born on may 22 1960
robert cadotte

Ypsilanti, MI

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#214
Aug 14, 2013
 
I was born on may 22-1960
Robert Lantz

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#215
Aug 28, 2013
 
I was there in 1974 til 1976. I still remember a nun with red hair and black rim glasses. I miss her to this day. Her kindness has shaped my life. I also remember playing on the red train car in the yard.Are there any of the nuns still around from the 1970's. I was with preschoolers.
Sheri

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#216
Sep 16, 2013
 
Pammy Szymanski wrote:
Laboure Cottage?(see post above this one)
It was Louise Hall in 91', it was for teen mothers and their kids.I lived next door at Marillac Hall for unwed pregnant teens.
Tracy McCoy

Commerce, GA

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#217
Sep 20, 2013
 
My mother may have had a child between 1950 - 55 and put the child up for adoption. She has since died but I would be that child's sister and I would want to find him/her. My mother's name was Dolores Ferguson. I don't now where to start looking. I know so little.
Linda

Freeport, MI

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#218
Sep 21, 2013
 
My mother was sent away to a home for unwed mothers in 1953, where she gave birth to my recently found sister. The birth took place in June . I have found a cousin who remembers visiting my mom at "a convent", and I am trying to find out which one.. A true mystery, and dna testing has made us a 98.7% match for both parents, who both have died with the secret. Does anyone recognize my mom? Her name was Jane (Bertha Jane, she went by Jane), she was 16, 5'3", auburn hair, brown eyes. She liked to sing and had a friendly disposition. Her older sister visited her while she was there, her name was Lena. Moms family lived in Detroit at the time, the home was Catholic, and my aunt who arranged this was active in the royal oak area. Am I ringing any bells for anyone? I could post a photo if it would help.

Mother died four years later, at my own birth. I am very interested in what it might have been like for her, what she went through, and how she made this decision. Exactly one year after surrendering my sister, she and my dad had a son, my brother. They married shortly before his birth.

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Linda

Freeport, MI

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#219
Sep 21, 2013
 
Ps, I am in Michigan, not Wichita??
doug

Allen Park, MI

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#220
Sep 25, 2013
 
hi i lived at svsf for a few yrs i am shocked to see renardol u n i were room mates i do remember brighton and paul prunie mr wilcox i hope all are doing great 1991-1993
Peter Brazeika

Grand Rapids, MI

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#221
Oct 7, 2013
 
i just heard about this i was there in 1953 til 1957 sorry to see it sold.
Alice Hahn

Yelm, WA

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#222
Oct 8, 2013
 
I am trying to find information on nieces and nephew of my husband, who were separated from the family in roughly 1960. The family name was Zograph. Connie 5, Carol 4, Ricky 3, Diane 2, and Dawn 1. Approximate ages in 1960. Avail information is that Connie and Ricky were never adopted. When Connie left care she took Ricky. Don't know the circumstances of that. I figure Connie left in 1972. The half sister of these children was at one point told the children were placed in the Sarah Fisher Home. I am searching on behalf of their uncle and half sister. Please email me if you recognize these names. alice47895@aol.com
Madeleine OConnor Graham

Grand Blanc, MI

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#223
Oct 14, 2013
 
christine welch wrote:
1964-1977
I was wondering if anyone remembered sister louise kenny who worked as a nursery nurse at the home.
She is my great Aunt and i would love to know a little bit more about her also trying to find out where she was buried
Thankyou
Sr. Louise was a wonderful nun who took care of me along with Sr. Margaret Ann McSweeney when I was very young. I was born in 1963 and lived at Sarah Fisher from 1965-1975. Sr. Louise had a gentle heart and never lost patience with me. I liked her so well that when Mr. Kresge gave us money like he did every Christmas to go to his store and shop for loved ones, I bought her cookie cutters. She was like a Grandma to me. Sr. Margaret Ann will probably be able to tell you where she is buried.
Madeleine OConnor Graham

Grand Blanc, MI

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#224
Oct 15, 2013
 
sullivan wrote:
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Madeleine, were you in immacculata cottage in the early 70,s with sister catherine mary norris? if so, I know you....my name is cheryl and had red hair.....i think we had a reunion together with sister catherine, anita parker, and someone else, i cant remember....u can reach me at: 1casullivan@gmail.com
Yes, I was in Immaculata with Sr. Catherine Mary Norris and you. I hit every girls cottage except Marillac as I lived there from 1965-1975. You asked about Brioghton the Camp, it is located on Grand River, pretty much right across from Marv's Meats. If you get to Pleasant Valley Road, you have gone too far. It sounds like you have quite a family. Sorry I am just now getting back to you, I have had a lot of family issues lately. Your friend, Madeleine.
Peter Brazeika

Grand Rapids, MI

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#225
Oct 22, 2013
 
Mike wrote:
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I was in the home for 4 years in the late 1950's and was an alter boy there. Is there a way or any records of the priests at that time. I had some wonderful times and if you could help and let me find i
nfo, I would be greatful. Mike
I remember a Father George.
Peter Brazeika

Grand Rapids, MI

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#226
Oct 22, 2013
 
Does any one remember a sister Alice Marie?

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