Laura L. Edwards1

F, #27968, b. circa 1907, d. 13 October 1992

Family 1

Arthur Lloyd Bezanson b. 4 Feb 1903, d. 3 Oct 1948
Child

Family 2

Edward Franklin Stumm b. c 1903, d. 21 Oct 1989
     Laura L. Edwards was born circa 1907 at Connecticut.2 She married Arthur Lloyd Bezanson on 20 August 1930 at Jordan, Connecticut. He was 27.1 On 21 August 1940, The Day (New London, Connecticut) reported that Arthur Lloyd Bezanson and his wife Laura L. Edwards were given a surprise tenth anniversary party.3 She became a widow upon the death of her husband Arthur Lloyd Bezanson on 3 October 1948.4 Laura L. Edwards married Edward Franklin Stumm on 12 October 1963 at First Baptist Church, New London, Connecticut.5 Laura L. Edwards died on 13 October 1992 at HCA Bayonet Point/Hudson Medical Center, Hudson, Florida.6

     Obituary from The St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, Florida), 15 October 1992:
STUMM, LAURA BEZANSON, 86, of Hudson, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1992) at HCA Bayonet Point/Hudson Medical Center.

She was a lifelong resident of Waterford, Conn. She was a teacher in the Waterford Public School System and was a retired employee for Field Enterprises Education Corp. She was a member of the Cohanzie Community Club and a founding member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Cohanzie Fire Co., both of Waterford.

Survivors include two sons, Alvin L. Bezanson and Edwin G. Bezanson, both of Waterford; two brothers, Herbert Edwards, Groton, Conn., and Giles Edwards, Glen Cove, N.Y; five sisters, Lottie Bliven, Dundee, Irene Johnson, Norwich, Conn., Nina Mariani, East Greenwich, R.I., Daisy Winters, Duncanville, Tesas, and Elsie Brewster, Boston; and four grandchildren. Byles Memorial Home, New London, Conn.6


     Laura L. Edwards was mentioned in an article that appeared in The Day (New London, Connecticut) on 21 August 1930:
Laura Edwards Wed Today to Arthur Bezanson

Miss Laura L. Edwards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira A. Edwards of 54 Howard street, and Arthur L Bezanson, son of Mr and Mrs. Charles S. Bezanson of Lakes Pond, Waterford, were united in marriage yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Jordan Baptist church.

The church was prettily decorated with laurel, hydrangea and golden rod. The bride wore a shell pink chiffon dress and carried an arm bouquet of pink rose buds.

She was attended by her sister. Miss Lottie Edwards, who wore a deep blue chiffon and carried an arm bouquet of yellow rose buds. Earl Bezanson, brother of the bridegroom, was the best man.

The Rev. Geotge H. Strouse of Bozrah, a former pastor of the Jordan Church, officiated at the ceremony.

Doris I. Bishop of Sterling, a roommate of the bride at the Willimantic Normal school, played the wedding march. Many relatives and friends from this city, Bridgeport, Sterling and Mansfield Center were in attendance.

After a wedding trip through New York and New Jersey Mr. and Mrs. Bezanson will be at home to their friends at 119 Blydenburg avenue.1

[The article title indicates the marriage was "today", but the article text says they were married "yesterday".]

Census Summary

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Death
1992

Census, Residence

Census1940Arthur Lloyd Bezanson and Laura L. Edwards appeared on the census of 1940 at Cohanzie Road, Waterford, Connecticut, with Alvin L. Bezanson.2
Last Edited17 Apr 2016

Citations

  1. [S19] News article "Laura Edwards Wed Today to Arthur Bezanson", The Day (New London, Connecticut), 21 August 1930, p. 5.
  2. [S4] 1940 U.S. Federal Census; Waterford, New London, Connecticut; Roll: T627_526; ED: 6-115; Page: 14B; Lines: 53-55.
  3. [S19] News article "Given Surprise on 10th Anniversary", The Day (New London, Connecticut), 21 August 1940, p. 5.
  4. [S836] Various Contributors, "Find A Grave", Arthur Lloyd Bezanson, Cedar Grove Cemetery, New London, Connecticut; Memorial Number: 69982601.
  5. [S19] News article "Mrs. Bezanson, Edward Stumm Are Married", The Day (New London, Connecticut), 19 October 1963, p. 10.
  6. [S2] Laura Bezanson Stumm Death Notice, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, Florida), 15 October 1992.

Alvin L. Bezanson1

M, #27969, b. 4 September 1935, d. 6 June 2017
FatherArthur Lloyd Bezanson1 b. 4 Feb 1903, d. 3 Oct 1948
MotherLaura L. Edwards1 b. c 1907, d. 13 Oct 1992

Family

Marguerite A. Seckla
Relationship5th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Alvin L. Bezanson was born on 4 September 1935 at Connecticut.1,2 He married Marguerite A. Seckla on 16 September 1961 at Old Lyme, Connecticut. He was 26.3 Alvin L. Bezanson died on 6 June 2017 at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, at age 81.4 He was buried on 10 June 2017 in Jordan Cemetery, Waterford, Connecticut.4

     Obituary from The Day (New London, Connecticut), 8 June 2017:
Waterford - Alvin L. Bezanson, 81, of Waterford, passed away June 6, 2017, at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven.

He was born in New London, the son of the late Arthur and Laura (Edwards) Bezanson.

A 1954 graduate of New London High School, Alvin served honorably in the National Guard from 1954 to 1962 as a Radar and Transportation Specialist in both the active and the reserve.

Al spent most of his life playing in the dirt, starting with a degree from UConn in Nursery Management. He spent many years working at Comrie's Landscape Services in Mystic. For a few years he changed careers when he became a route salesman for the Old Radway's Dairy where both his father and mother had also worked. He was one of the last door-to-door salesmen before that system was ended. He then got a job with the Town of Waterford in the Parks and Recreation Department, where he remained until his retirement in 1999 as a foreman. While at Waterford Parks and Rec, besides keeping the existing parks in great shape, he was also involved in building new ones around the town. In 1989, Al was accredited by the Connecticut Nurseryman's Association.

Al was a member of the Quinebaug Valley Engineers Association from its inception in 1993. In the year 2000, the club was given a 99 year lease on the Zagray Farm in Colchester. For the past 17 years, Al played an important part in turning the farm into a world class Agricultural and Machinery Museum. His expertise in landscaping made him an invaluable part of the club's effort in clean up and construction. His work at the farm will be greatly missed by the club and all of its hundreds of members. He was a life member of the Cohanzie and Oswegatchie Fire Department and member of the Waterford Fire Police Association.

Al loved all kinds of antique machinery and over the years owned several tractors and various pieces of landscaping equipment. He also attended many antique tractor and construction shows with his brother Ed. He enjoyed his jeeps, watching auto racing and both the UConn Men's and Women's Basketball teams.

Al was a people person and loved talking old tractors everywhere he went. He will be deeply missed by everyone he came in contact with during his life.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marguerite (Seckla) Bezanson; two sons, Donald M. and his wife, Cindy, of Hampton, and Robert L. Bezanson of Waterford; a brother, Edwin Bezanson and his wife, Ellen, of Waterford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Jordan Cemetery, Boston Post Road, Waterford.4

Census Summary

1930
Birth
1935
1940
Census
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000
2010
Death
2017

Census, Residence

Census1940Alvin L. Bezanson appeared on the census of 1940 in the household of Arthur Lloyd Bezanson and Laura L. Edwards at Cohanzie Road, Waterford, Connecticut.1
Last Edited9 Jun 2017

Citations

  1. [S4] 1940 U.S. Federal Census; Waterford, New London, Connecticut; Roll: T627_526; ED: 6-115; Page: 14B; Lines: 53-55.
  2. [S906] Ancestry.com, "U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1."
  3. [S888] Ancestry.com, "Connecticut, Marriage Index, 1959-2012", Alvin L. Bezanson; Margu A. Seckla; 16 September 1961.
  4. [S2] Alvin L. Bezanson Death Notice, The Day (New London, Connecticut), 8 June 2017.

Lillith Gwendolynn Hull-Bezanson1

F, #27980, b. 22 September 2005, d. 22 September 2005
FatherCaleb Allen Bezanson1 b. 20 Dec 1980, d. 18 May 2009
MotherStacia Hull1
Relationship7th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Lillith Gwendolynn Hull-Bezanson was born on 22 September 2005 at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Ridgecrest, California.1 She died on 22 September 2005 at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Ridgecrest, California.1

     Obituary from The Daily Independent (Ridgecrest, California), 27 September 2005:
Infant Lillith Gwendolynn Hull-Bezanson was stillborn Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 9:30 a.m. at Holland & Lyons Chapel. The Rev. John Westwell will officiate. Burial will be at Desert Memorial Park.

The infant is survived by her mother, Stacia Hull; father, Caleb Bezanson; brother, Casper Bezanson; grandparents, Teresa and William Hull; grandparents, Carla Brown-Bezanson and Charles Bezanson; uncle, Shaun Hull; aunts, Loretta Hart, Marilyn Marr, Sally Willard, and Pamela Bezanson-Soard all of Ridgecrest.1
Last Edited22 Apr 2016

Citations

  1. [S2] Lillith Gwendolynn Hull-Bezanson Death Notice, The Daily Independent (Ridgecrest, California), 27 September 2005.