Throughout putting all this together, it is common for me to see errors. Her driver’s license states she was born in 1896, but I have her documents stating 1886. She was baptized on Aug. 11 but in 1886. Here on Grandma’s Social Security card, her middle name is Ann, but it is not. Her middle name is Mary. Both my cousin a year older than me and I took on her name except I am Carolyn in spelling and my cousin is Mary. We used to spend countless hours with Grandma in her 2 bedroom cottage on Anita Street. We played lots of card games like canasta, ate the best tasting molasses cookies from Trotters and combed & braided each others hair. I have to admit, I took the ocean for granted since I grew up in such a wonderful family.
Grandma was a Fochtman born in Petoskey, Michigan. She was a very very strong woman that I deeply admired and love tremendously.