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  2. Michael Rawn Conroy: Birth: 15 JUN 1946 in Superior, Douglas Co., Wisconsin, USA. Death: 19 JUL 1969 in St. Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota

  3. Dennis Brian Conroy: Birth: 13 JAN 1950 in Spring Valley, LaSalle Co., Illinois. Death: 14 JAN 1950 in Spring Valley, LaSalle Co., Illinois

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Notes
a. Note:   Virginia graduated from Superior East High School in 1934.
  When Michael was born, he was a very big baby (about 12 pounds), and Virginia hemorrhaged badly. At the time, they did not know a lot about the RH factor, and they gave her a transfusion from her husband, Henry. That would set the stage for problems with her follow-on pregnancies.
  After Michael, Dennis Brian was born. He was termed a "blue-baby" because of the blood incompatibilities. He was a beautiful little boy, but died after 24 hours. Again, the medical people did not know enough at that time to save the child.
  After Dennis, Mary Elizabeth was born. She was beautiful and healthy, but had a cleft palate. She would undergo a number of surgeries to rebuild the palate.
  Virginia continued to try and have more children. She became pregnant three more times, but lost all the infants before full term.
  Virginia had cooked for her family as a girl and was a wonderful cook and baker. The house was always filled with rich aromas. She would bake seven loaves of bread every week for my entire childhood memory. She often would bake othere goodies and take some to the neighbors. The family didn't have a lot of money, but mom made sure we never knew that. When she prepared meats, for example, she would cut it up in pieces so it looked like a feast.
  At Christmas, there were lots of packages under the tree. Often each sock was wrapped separately, and we knew we had a treasure trove. ==============================
  Reported by Arvilla on October 1, 1998 to Steve:
  "The book you have is your mothers (Virginia). May 27, 1990, your mother gave it to me. She didn't know that it was anything. She had never opened it -- had the cover on. Me with 23 grandchildren had lost mine. I went either on Saturday or Monday to your mother's to take her shopping, and to help her in the garden. Dot and I really looked out for her, brought her a good meal. Did this until around June 1992. You had your mother with you in March of 1992, brought her home on the 11th. The next day, she remembered nothing. Think Mary came and lived with her. Julie was really bad, and had to take him to Day Care. Visited with her (Virginia) at the Marian Center. Visited with her the day she died, however she was then in the fetal position and didn't know I was there. Margie also visited her there." ===============================
  Virginia spent two years in the Sanatorium to overcome tuberculosis. She was admitted to the Middle River Sanatorium, Hawthorne, Wisconsin on April 20, 1936. She was in room 305. Virginia had just turned 19 at the time. Family tradition says her father was in the Sanatorium with her for a short while before his death. ===============================
  Mom developed Alzheimer's and lived with the disease for almost ten years. As it progressed, her daughter Mary and Mary's two girls, Michaela and Katelyn, moved in with mom and cared for her for the last five years. About six months before her death, she needed continuous care. Mary arranged for mom to be in the Marian Center in St. Paul. Mom died in the arms of one of the nurses who cared very much for her. ===============================



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