Gazlay Family History
 

FamilyBertha May Clark

Parents

FatherJohn Leonard Clark (14 August 1875 - 25 May 1945)
MotherElizabeth Chapel (18 August 1877 - 8 February 1967)

Personal Information

Record Created: 3 June 2010; Last Edited: 9 October 2010 
NameBertha May Clark
GenderFemale
Born 10 November 1904 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut1
Married to Edward C. Gwiazdowski1, 2
Married 25 January 1930 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut to Emil William Nadeau3
Partnered ca. 1930 with William Hanna4
Partnered ca. 1937 with John McPherson
Married 31 October 1943 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut to Nathan Wilcox Wheeler5
Died 28 January 1981 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut1
Buried in Westfield Cemetery, Danielson, Windham County, Connecticut1

Biography

Bertha had six children from two marriages and two partnerships. The obituary for Bertha Wheeler names five of her children: sons Edward Gwiazdowski, Russell Nadeau, and Nathan Wilcox, and daughters Marge Anilowski and Shirley Botelho. Her daughter Dolores Fox is inexplicably not included.1

Her first marriage to Edward Gwiazdowski in the early 1920s produced one child, also named Edward Gwiazdowski, born in 1924. Her husband Edward died in 1929, and Bertha married Emil William Nadeau the next year. It is believe that Bertha and Emil had no children together, and that their marriage was short and ended in divorce. The cause may have been related to Bertha giving birth to daughter Marguerite (Marge) in late 1930, and to daughter Shirley in late 1931, both by William Hanna, who is identified as their father in Shirley’s obituary (she died in 2002). The same obituary also lists Marilyn Daniel as a sister of Shirley, but Marilyn is believed to be the daughter of William and a woman other than Bertha. William Hanna has not been found in any other records.

Neither Bertha, husband Emil, nor son Edward have been found in the 1930 census, and nothing more is known about Emil. Bertha is probably the Mrs. Bertha M. Nadeau shown in the 1933-37 city directories for New London, Connecticut.

Family sources indicate that Bertha had two children by John McPherson, although his name has not been found in any associated records. Their son Russell was born in 1937 in New London, and their daughter Dolores was born in 1938 in the Connecticut State Farm for Women, Niantic, (now York Correctional Institution) while Bertha was incarcerated there. Both Dolores and Russell were born with the Nadeau surname since Bertha continued to use her married name Nadeau until 1943 when she married Nathan W. Wheeler. Their son Nathan W. Wheeler, Jr., was born in 1945.

Family

Spouse 1FamilyEdward C. Gwiazdowski (son of Andrew J. Gwiazdowski and Veronica Kozlowski)
Born ca. 1902
Married to Bertha May Clark
Died 1929
  
Children of Bertha May Clark and Edward C. Gwiazdowski:
  
1.FamilyEdward Charles ‘Cochise’ Gwiazdowski
Born 1 February 1924 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut
Married 29 April 1961 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut to Dorothy May (née Evans) Lacharite
Died 3 September 2000 in West Haven, Connecticut
  
Spouse 2FamilyEmil William Nadeau (son of John Nadeau and Margaret Williams)
Born ca. 1910 in Fall River, Massachusetts
Married 25 January 1930 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut to Bertha May (née Clark) Gwiazdowski
  
Partner 3FamilyWilliam Hanna
Born
Partnered ca. 1930 with Bertha May (née Clark) Nadeau
  
Children of Bertha May Clark and William Hanna:
  
+1.FamilyMarguerite ‘Marge’ Hanna
Born 24 October 1930
Married ca. 1956 to Theodore L. Anilowski
  
+2.FamilyShirley Barbara Hanna
Born 5 October 1931 in New London, New London County, Connecticut
Married ca. 1956 to James J. Botelho
Died 12 November 2002 in Fall River, Massachusetts
  
Partner 4FamilyJohn McPherson
Born
Partnered ca. 1937 with Bertha May (née Clark) Nadeau
  
Children of Bertha May Clark and John McPherson:
  
+1.FamilyRussell John Nadeau
Born 22 April 1937 in New London, New London County, Connecticut
Married 1 November 1958 to Sarah Ann ‘Sally’ Hart
  
+2.FamilyDolores Ruth ‘Dee’ Nadeau
Born 8 June 1938 in East Lyme, New London County, Connecticut
Adopted(adopted by Elmer Oliver Hannaford and Mary Elizabeth Clark)
Married 17 February 1960 in New London, New London County, Connecticut to Randolph V. ‘Randy’ Fox
Died 5 April 2012 in New London, New London County, Connecticut
  
Spouse 5FamilyNathan Wilcox Wheeler (son of Nelson Woodward Wheeler and Flora Belle Young)
Born 8 December 1910 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut
Married 31 October 1943 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut to Bertha May (née Clark) Nadeau
Died 23 September 1994 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut
  
Children of Bertha May Clark and Nathan Wilcox Wheeler:
  
+1.FamilyNathan Woodard Wheeler
Born 2 December 1945
Married 5 June 1965 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut to Barbara A. Ouimette
Married 10 June 1967 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut to Linda M. Fletcher
Married 20 November 1971 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut to Donna Marie Bode
  

Sources

  1. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Bertha Wheeler, 29 January 1981
  2. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Edward Charles Gwiazdowski, 13 September 2000. This is the obituary for the son of Bertha (Clark) and Edward C. Gwiazdowski.
  3. Marriage Certificate, State of Connecticut, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Town of Montville: Emil William Nadeau and Bertha Gwiazdowski, #1930-083. Copy viewed at Montville Town Hall. The certificate gives their ages and birth places, and the names of their parents.
  4. Obituary, Providence Journal, Providence, Rhode Island, Shirley B. (Hanna) Botelho, 14 November 2002
  5. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1943-00000044, marriage of Nathan Wilcox Wheeler and Bertha May Nadeau