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Re: Copy of mother's birth certificate


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 4/8/2016 at 22:33:14

In Response To: Copy of mother's birth certificate (Darleen M. Price)

The original birth certificate under the name Gritsonis is sealed per court order. You can petition to unseal it and also to unseal the adoption records. The only birth certificate readily available is under Marjorie Gowin.

Anyway, I did some researching for you and believe that Opal Marie Jordan and Theodore or Tom J. Gritsonis are your mother's birth parents which you will need to confirm. They were divorced in Boone County in early 1920 (Boone County District Court, Iowa Divorce case #13720) This divorce case is not sealed and will contain the date and place of the marriage. Hope this all helps a little.

Newspaper Legal Notice:
To Theodore Gritsonis, Defendant:
You are hereby notified that on or before October 9, 1919, there will be on file in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Boone County, Iowa, the petition of Opal Gritsonis, plaintiff claiming and asking for a divorce from you on the ground of desertion and asking for the possession of the minor child born to said Opal Gritsonis and you as the issue of your said marriage, and for alimony. (For particulars you will see the petition.) And unless you appear thereto and defend on or before noon of the second day of the October Term, 1919, of the District Court of Boone County, Iowa, to be begun and held in the Court House at Boone, Iowa, on the 20th day of October, 1919, your default will be entered and judgment and decree rendered against you thereon.
F. W. Ganoe, Attorney for Plaintiff

Boone News Republican- Boone, Iowa
September 4, 1919

Boone County, Iowa District Court Divorce case #13720 -- January 1920;


Opal Marie (Jordan) Gritsonis Vermace Wenman
Birth: December 14, 1901 - Boone, Boone, Iowa [per birth certificate]
Death: December 30, 1978 - Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa
Burial: January 2, 1979, Oakhill Cemetery Coralville, Iowa
Parents: Aaron Pierce Jordan, Julia Evelyn Bass
Husbands: Theodore or Tom Gritsonis, Charles T. Vermace (married November 15, 1921 in Moline, Illinois), Charles Edwin Wenman (married January 1935 in Rock Island, Illinois)

Theodore or Tom Gritsonis of Greek origin was a cook at the Plaza Café in Ames, Iowa on June 15, 1917 and married per U.S. World War I Draft Registration Card


Opal Vermace Wenman, age 78, of 1019 Diana Street, died Saturday, December 30, 1978 at Mercy Hospital after a short illness. Mrs. Wenman was born December 14, 1900 in Boone County, Iowa , the daughter of Peter and Julia Bass Jordan. She married Charles Wenman in January, 1935 at Rock Island, Illinois. During the fifty-five years that she lived in Iowa City she worked as a taxi-dispatcher and also as a cook at many restaurants, sororities, and fraternities. She is survived by six sons, Charles E. Vermace of Marina, California; Francis L. Vermace of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Dale E. Wenman of Amarillo, Texas; Lloyd H. Wenman of Iowa City; Donald W. Wenman of Aurora, Illinois; and Richard S. Wenman of Iowa City; Three daughters, Sally Taylor of Indianapolis, Indiana; Patricia Gragg of North Liberty, Iowa and Bonnie Wenman of Iowa City; Thirty--five grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded by her husband, two sons, Marvin Bernard Vermace and Floyd Gerald Wenman, one brother, one sister and one niece. Interment Oakhill Cemetery in Coralville, Iowa.

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