Few More Great-Grandchildren!
19 January 2005...
It occurred to me that I had not posted any news for a while. Here are
a few photos taken in the past few months of Elsie and a few of her more
Marie has arrived! Last autumn, we baptized Dakato Marie Dinielli
who is Kim's second daughter (Kim, Lloyd, Theodule). This photo was taken
on Christmas Day at Mert's beautiful home in Plainville, Connecticut. At
left, Elsie is holding her great-grand-daughter and whispering to her and
above, Elsie looks on as I have the joy of holding Dakota Marie. What a
click on the photos to enlarge.)
in the year, we were blessed with another family member. This one, the
youngest daughter of Ted and Sara Coulombe (Ted, Mert, Theodule). Here,
Elsie enjoys Isabelle Corrine Coulombe on the porch of Ted and Sara's new
home in Farmington, Connecticut. Last week (16 January 2005), we had the
joy of attending Isabelle's christening.
an update on Jill, our youngest daughter shown here competing in this country's
top Quarter Horse competition at the 'All American Quarter Horse Congress'
in Columbus, Ohio last October. She emerged from among several hundred
competitors as the event's Reserve Champion. Way to go, Jill!
Jill and her husband Ron have two boys, Josh (19) and Matt (17). Josh graduated
from high school last year and Matt is attending the Minuteman Technical
a reminder, all of the photos on this website may be downloaded to your
computer simply by doing the following: Right click on photo, SAVE
PICTURE/IMAGE AS, then select a place on your hard drive to save the photo.)
Bonsant's On The Web...
17 Jun 2003...
Returning from DownEast yesterday, we stopped for a visit with my dear
cousin Grace (Rita, Joachim, Joseph) and her husband and my good friend,
John Cole. After catching up on each other's news, we focused on the rest
of the family. Grace was good enough to share a couple of photos with us.
Here they are...
click on each photo to zoom... you may also download any of these
photos by right clicking on each photo and selecting SAVE PICTURE AS))
all started about 62 years ago, on 30 June 1941 in Baker Brook with Rita
(Joachim, Joseph) and Alfred (Fred) Bonsant. Fred was born 10 May 1920
in Rivière-du-Loop, PQ and Rita was born 30 March 1921 in Baker
Brook. She is pictured in other family photos on this website. (Go
Pictured here at
around the time of their wedding in June 1941, the two newlyweds went on
to raise a family of three children in Edmundston: Grace, Nelson and
fill in some of the details later (with a little help from the family),
but here is Fred some 17 years later on 21 May 1958, just before he passed
away from cardiac disease. Rita was deceased 22 years later on 17 November
1980 in Edmundston. This photo was probably taken at the Bonsant home in
outstanding portrait of Nelson, Grace and Adrien... my guess is that this
beautiful photo was taken on the occasion of one of the several Bonsant/Cole
weddings in the 1990's...
here is the entire Bonsant family in 2003. A recent photo of the children,
grand-children and great-grandchildren of Fred and Rita.
to Nelson, Grace and Adrien: please fill in some of the details for these
photos. There must be a few stories to tell here...)
May 2003. Not long ago on 'La Grande Jaseuse', we had a very big
photo story of Bryan (Betty, Theodule, Joachim, Joseph) and Jennifer's
wedding. Today, we're delighted to show you some great news about Sydney,
their little girl. The photo on the left was taken a little over a month
ago in March, and the photo on the right was taken on Mother's Day this
year, 2003. As she is approaching her 90th birthday in September,
Mémére Elsie enjoyed spending some time with Sydney on Mother's
Day and is shown holding her great-grand daughter. Yes, life is worth
living indeed. (Click on each photo to zoom)
8th Birthday Party...
Easter Sunday 2003. There
was a very cool party at Mitchell's house on Easter Sunday. It was Mitchell's
8th Birthday. But also, since it was Easter Sunday, everyone got to join
in the family's annual Easter Egg Hunt... to hunt for all 225 eggs! Many
thought that it would take all day to find all of these eggs, but Mitchell
and his sister and cousins scooped them up in no time. (Some of the older
members of the family... we won't mention any names... even joined in the
hunt. It was so much fun that they couldn't resist it!) The eggs included
all of the possible colors in the rainbow and most important, each egg
had a prize inside. Sometimes candy and sometimes real money!!
Now back to Mitchell's birthday.
It is a well known fact that Mitchell loves lemon cake. Actually, he loves
his Uncle Ralph's lemon cake. So through his wonderful grandmother, Mert,
Uncle Ralph (actually Grand Uncle) got the word that Mitchell was hoping
to have a lemon cake for his birthday. Well Mitchell's wish came true and
here he is with his lemon birthday cake with his eight coloring crayon
candles and a complete construction site with Matchbox trucks on top of
his cake. Everyone is singing "Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to
you, Happy Birthday dear Mitchell..."
Let us end by saying that
Mitchell is the son of Duane and Danielle. But also, Mitchell is an important
member of the Theriault family through his mother, Danielle. In fact, here
is his Theriault lineage going back 402 years to 1601: Danielle (1966),
Mert (1942), Theodule (1915), Joachim (1886), Joseph (1858), Dolphis (1822),
Charles (1796), Charles-Marie (1763), Joseph (1719), Claude (1687), Germain
(1662), Claude (1637), Jehan (1601). (PHEW!!
their day together, a day of love and commitment...
was a warm day last August 15th ... it was an Acadian holiday.
Our cousin Claude Theriault (Denis, Joachim, Joseph), and his Fair Lady,
Rolande invited their families and friends to a gala affair on the banks
of the Madawaska River in St-Jacques, New Brunswick, Canada.
affair of course was their wedding. Here are some photos that they
have shared with us.
wish them both many years of joy and happiness together...
on photos to zoom)
Family is Growing...
Theriault... Comes into the World!!!
Tuesday, 22 January
2002. Just got a note from Nicole Theriault Cyr with an attached
photograph (at left) of Ricky her brother, and his wife Rachel... with
their first born 'Baby Jacob'. Congratulations
Ricky and Rachel. We wish you both years and years of happiness and many
Ricky and Rachel
live in the beautiful state of Maine and I understand that Ricky's pastime
these days is tapping those wonderful sugar maples in Maine. (See 'Family
Fightin' Theriault Men!!
Force Base, TX 17 Dec 2001 -- An Update on Eric Theriault at Joint
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (JSUPT) School...
over the clear blue skies of Del Rio in a dusty corner of Texas not far
from the Rio Grande river on the Mexican border, Second Lieutenant Eric
Theriault (Oneil, Denis, Joachim, Joseph) is honing his wings. He is now
about half way through and is in Phase III, the final (and most difficult)
phase of his training at UPT which is undoubtedly one of the Air Force's
toughest school. We are pleased to announce that Eric has been selected
for fighter/bomber training and is now spending much of his time in the
Air Force's T-38 Talon jet trainer. The T-38 is also used by NASA to train
astronauts. (See photo at right.)
UPT is difficult, it is especially difficult for married officers. As Eric
is undergoing his training, his Fair Lady, Second Lieutenant Liza Theriault
is stationed a few hundred miles away at Holloman Air Force Base, in New
Mexico. The two have made very special efforts to see each other occasionally,
sometimes meeting halfway between Holloman and Del Rio... which must be
out in the desert somewhere. We're also pleased to announce that Liza was
selected for the Company Grade Officer of the Year Award at Holoman. I'm
sure that she had plenty of competition.
THERIAULT'S TERRORIST FIGHTER... The T-38A Talon is a twin-engine,
high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because
of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance
and exceptional safety record. Air Education and Training Command is the
primary user of the T-38A for joint specialized undergraduate pilot training.
Air Combat Command, Air Force Materiel Command and the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration also use the T-38A in various roles. The T-38
is used to train pilots for fighter aircraft such as F-15, F-16 and A-10.
For more information on the United States Air Force, visit HTTP://WWW.AF.MIL/NEWS/
has been rough on both of them... but they are both very determined
and capable officers who will see these tough times through.
wish them Godspeed and good luck. Keep us posted, Eric and Liza.
final word of advice to Saddam and Osama... keep your eyes to the skies...
July 13, 2001 -- Just received word of a promotion in the family...
Cyr, husband of former Nicole Ann Theriault (Ino, Denis, Joachim, Joseph),
was recently promoted to Assistant Fire Chief of the City of Bangor, Maine.
Darryl has been a fireman with the city of Bangor since 1988. Six years
later, he rose through the ranks to Lieutenant in 1994 and to Captain in
duties include the Training Division, Technical Rescue Chief and Fire Reporting
System Administrator. The Assistant Chief is a Maine Fire Training and
Education Instructor Supervisor for Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties
and is a certified SunPro Fire Records Management System Instructor.
and Nicole married in 1989 and have one daughter, Ashley. He enjoys model
railroading and camping in his spare time.
wife, Nicole is a frequent visitor of our website and works hard to keep
her genealogy in our Archive up to date. She's been good to keep us up-to-date
with the news from Aroostook County as well as from across the river. Thanks,
Nicole and a hearty congratulations to Darryl!
of Bangor website for other details including a Virtual Tour of the
less than a month, Mother's Day will be upon us... so it is appropriate
to talk about Mothers a little; first, to give you an update on our
Mother since many of you were kind enough to keep her in your thoughts
over the past year, and secondly, I would like to make a proposal.
about my Mother: Elsie Dubé Theriault Labato... in short,
she is doing exceedingly well. A year ago, we thought for sure that we
would lose her but by the sheer strength of her faith and with good medical
attention, she was able to rebound and resume her good life.
she is not as mobile as she once was and can no longer dance the Charleston,
but she still manages a good game of bingo, maintains contact with her
friends, and still has time to keep her husband, Mike Labato busy waiting
on her. These days, she spends most of her time at a local care center
who continues to do a superb job looking after her medical condition and
gives her all the attention she needs.
her husband Mike brings her home for the holidays and other family events
to spend 4-5 days at a time in her home... making sure that Mike is keeping
the house clean and the yard well kept. She doesn't miss much...
we are very grateful that we continue to have our Mother in our midst.
She is a source of great advice and has been our foremost living example
of 'faith at work'... and always with a great sense of humor.
thank you all for keeping her in your thoughts when she was going through
her tough times. If any of you would like to send her a note, or call her,
let us know by e-mail... we'll be glad to give you her address and phone
These three photos are of our Mother, Elsie, taken on Easter weekend 2001
at her home. Click on the photo to enlarge. The photos are downloadable,
to our proposal: for those of you who are members of this Great-Branch,
the Joseph and Théogénie Theriault branch, take a few minutes
to send us a short biography of your mother, whether living or not, and
we will post it right here in this section of our newsletter. We will leave
it up for the next six months, for all to see. I have posted a short biography
of my mother as an example.)
Dubé Theriault Labato. Born on 11 September 1913 to Josephel
Dubé and Marie Vaillancourt, in the parish of Ste-Luce in Upper
Frenchville, Maine along the St-John River. In 1914, she lost her father
who was killed in a sawmill accident. Her mother remarried in 1918 to Honoré
Trudelle. On 3 November 1936, Elsie married Theodule Theriault in Ste-Luce.
She and Theodule raised six children, four of which are living. In 1969,
her husband died of a fatal heart attack.
she lives in Connecticut with her second husband, Michael Labato and is
surrounded by her children, her 9 grand-children and 10 great-grand-children.
Her great gift to her children and friends is her strong faith and equally
strong sense of humor.
of '35 'au Reed'...
year before Theodule and Elsie married.
à Maman, Mémère Yvette...
of '35... the year of her marriage to Dénis.
Landry Thériault, 1915-1996. Elle était la fille
à Daniel Landry et Fébrénie Pelletier. Deuxième
d’une famille de neuf enfants, elle apprit vite comment s’occuper d’une
maisonnée ! En 1935, elle prit pour époux Denis Thériault
qui lui donna onze beaux enfants ; Théo, Oneil (Toune), Lucien (Bob),
Réjeanne, Guildo (Guy), Guilmay, Ino, Claude (Taroune), Lise, Rino
(George), et Daniel. Avec la quantité de “nicknames” on croirait
qu’ils étaient le double de ce qu’ils sont vraiment !
de Mémère Yvette se déroula à Riceville Nouveau-Brunswick,
cependant les enfants naquirent dans différentes localités
près d’Edmundston soit Riceville, Baker Brook, Edmundston et St-François.
Yvette et Pépère Denis furent des entrepreneurs presque toute
leur vie. Entre l’opération d’un moulin à farine et
à blocs de béton, vendre des petits fruits et légumes
en ville, être propriétaire d’un immeuble à appartements,
opérer une petite cantine, ils réussirent à élever
leur marmaille pauvrement mais avec beaucoup d’amour et d’humour.
On n’a qu’à connaître les bouffons qui font parti de cette
famille et croyez-moi les “partys” ne sont pas du tout monotones !
Yvette garda la santé longtemps même si son conjoint n’était
plus. Elle passa toutes ses dernières années sous le
même toit que sa fille Lise, son gendre Don et leurs deux enfants
Wayne et Kevin qui d’ailleurs furent le secret de la longévité
s’en rappellera comme une bonne vivante qui ne disait pas grand chose jusqu’au
moment où on sortait le paquet de carte... elle avait toujours sa
petite pochette de sous pour s’attabler devant les joueurs sérieux
et croyez-moi ils en prenaient pour leur argent.
par Denis Gendron, époux de Denise Émond (Réjeanne>
Dénis> Joachim> Joseph). Reçu de Guy Michaud, époux
de Guilmay Thériault (Dénis> Joachim> Joseph). Merçi
mes hommes. (Cliquez sur photos pour élargir.)
Tribute to Mother, Mémère Yvette...
Landry Thériault, 1915-1996. She was the daughter of Daniel
landry and Fébrénie Pelletier. Second child in a family of
nine children, she learned very fast how to get along in a large family!
In 1935, Denis Thériault asked for her hand and together raised
eleven beautiful children; Théo, Oneil (Toune), Lucien (Bob), Réjeanne,
Guildo (Guy), Guilmay, Ino, Claude (Taroune), Lise, Rino (George), et Daniel.
With all of those nicknames, the family appeared to be twice its size!
Yvette's childhood took place in Riceville, New Brunswick, where the children
were born in different locations around Edmundston such as Riceville,
Baker Brook, Edmundston and St-François.
Yvette and Pépère Denis were entrepreneurs almost all their
married lives. Between the operation of the water-driven saw, flour and
concrete block mill in St-François, to the selling of fruits and
vegetables in the city, owners of an apartment building, operators of a
small cantine, they suceeded in raising their brood modestly but with plenty
of love and always with humor. Just to know the clowns who form part of
this family, you can believe that the parties have not been monotonous.
Yvette with her growing family.
Yvette maintained her health for much of her life even after the loss of
her spouse. Her remaining years were spent living with her daughter Lise,
Lise's husband Don and their two children Wayne and Kevin which no doubt
was the secret to her longevity.
will always remember her as a person who enjoyed life and who did not say
much until someone brought out the game cards... she always had her small
pouch of coins as she eagerly sat down with the serious players and there
was never any doubt that she would eventually get some of their money.
by Denis Gendron, husband of Denise Émond (Réjeanne> Dénis>
Joachim> Joseph). Received from Guy Michaud, husband of Guilmay Thériault
(Dénis> Joachim> Joseph). Thanks guys. (Left click on photos to
|IT'S A SMALL WORLD...
MARCH 2001- I received an interesting e-mail letter today from a fellow
who introduced himself as Jason Theriault. He said "My name is Jason
Theriault, son of Nelson and Lucille Theriault of Frenchville, Maine.
My Father is the son of Felix and Gabrielle Theriault also of Upper Frenchville,
Maine. I know it's such a small town that you must know my father."
Know his father, my God, we're practically brothers!
was obvious that I had not created much of an impression on Jason (Nelson,
Felix, Joachim, Joseph) when I met him 7-8 years ago... but it was great
hearing from him once again. He continued in his letter (which I'm sure
he won't mind my sharing with you): "...I left Northern Maine in
1991 after graduating from Wisdom High School to serve our country in the
US Navy. I served 8 years and am now working for Sikorsky Aircraft
of San Diego, CA. I met my beautiful wife Teresa Theriault (Rainer)
of Longmont, CO in 1997. She was also serving in the US Navy.
We married on September 1999 in Laughlin, Nevada. Soon we will be
adding another member to the Theriault name when we have our first born.
We are also planning a trip to Northern Maine in September to visit the
a follow-up letter, Jason explained that he must have inherited his father's
memory... he reached that conclusion after he was reminded by his mother,
Lucille that he had met Rosemary and me a few years ago. So, it's all his
father's fault. What a guy! Seriously, it was a great treat to hear from
Jason and Teresa... you guys look like you're having such a terrible time
there in Southern California where it never rains.. Jason explained in
his latest letter that they were planning on spending Easter weekend touring
the Grand Canyon and promised to come back with alot of photos. Bring them
I've included some of the photos
that Jason sent with his second letter... of he and Teresa on a hike, their
home in San Diego and out tooling around on their pair of 'his and hers'
quads. (Left click on the photos to zoom, right click to download.) Thanks,
Jason... great hearing from you! And, looking forward to seeing you this
EQUESTRIAN LADIES! 8 MARCH 2001
received a note a couple of weeks ago from my niece, Denise (Betty, Theodule,
Joachim, Joseph) announcing a new 'baby' in her family. At first I thought,
'Wonderful!, Al and Denise are getting another kid...' but instead Denise
went on to tell us that she and Al had taken the 'plunge' and were now
the proud owners of a 1 year old, black and white Registered American Paint
horse named 'Oreo Cookie'. The name is appropriate... take a look at this
black and white painted 'baby' at right.
we reported to you a little over a year ago (see the 26 November 1999 article
below), Al, Denise and their two youngsters headed for California when
Al was promoted into a new position. So now, it is clear, that they've
settled down and are enjoying the good California life. Nice going,Denise!
...Denise went on to say that 'Oreo Cookie' is not broke yet, so she will
be a handful in the meantime. She is thinking about showing her in Halter,
as her 4-year old father is already a 5 time champ in Halter, and Denise
says, 'She is quite a looker herself. But first, Ground Manners!"
the eastern end of the continent, our daughter Jill has been working with
her friend 'Ziggy' ('Ziggy' has a more formal name... it is 'Zig-Zag Zipper'!
How formal can you get?), a four year old registered quarter horse. Jill
has been working with her for a little over a year and has been showing
her in the 'Green Horse' class of some of the area shows in New England
over the past year. Well, Jill's patience paid off about a month ago when
she was awarded the First Place Awards for the Green Horse Division in
two circuits, the Open Show Circuit, and the Camp Marshall Circuit. Don't
they look great! Congratulations, sweetheart! We love you... ~JRT (Click
on the photos to enlarge...)
Chorale Vieux Chantes de St-Jacques... 2 Mar 2001.
I received a note from one
of my favorite aunts, Georgette (Joachim, Joseph) today bringing us up-to-date
with her news and also telling me about their experience from 1996 to 1998
with 'Le Chorale Vieux Chantes de St-Jacques'... She included a photo.
And although it is news that is a little on the old side, there are two
good reasons for putting up this photo... one they are a great-looking
group who bring happiness to many people and secondly, the group includes
one of the neatest couples in the St-John Valley: Rémi and Georgette
(Thériault) Cyr. You will find Georgette (with silver hair) in the
next to the last row, the fourth person from the left. Rémi is in
the last row, second from the right. (Click on the photo to zoom.) As
you know, Georgette is responsible for much of the progress that we have
made in uncovering the history of the Joseph and Théogénie
Along with this photo was a
letter that Georgette had received from a cousin, Thérèse
(Theriault) Collin (Delia, Joseph) explaining some of the history of the
Dolphis Thériault history... If you guys have done your home-work
on this website, you all know that Dolphis was Joseph's father (Generation
8). I have revised our Archive with this new information and will in the
next weeks ahead revise the biographical information that we have on Dolphis
and Christine, his wife. As usual, I will send you all an ADVISORY when
I make those updates.