Grandchildren of Margaret (Heffron) and Daniel Gerrity
Margaret Heffron Gerrity and her family all left St. Croix Co., Wisc., early in the 20th century and settled near Ray, in western North Dakota, where they farmed. All nine of her grandchildren were born or raised in the Ray-Wheelock-Williston area. Four of these grandchildren are living, five deceased.
Only two of the nine continued to live in North Dakota throughout their adult lives. The agricultural economy of the Williston area has been depressed for years, Wheelock is nearly a ghost town, Ray has little of its former prosperity, and Williston is dependant on the oil industry for its economy. Of the 26 members of the 5th generation, only one still lives in Williston. There are at least 38 members of the 6th generation and six members of the 7th generation, most of whom live in Montana, Washington, or California.
Children of Mae Gerrity Redlich, #52
135 CLIFFORD REDLICH, born Oct. __, 1913, Wheelock, N. D., died about 1971 in Spokane, Wash. He lived in Spokane from about 1934.
136. WALTER JOSEPH REDLICH, born Dec. 3, 1918, in Wheelock, N. D., died
Nov. 10, 1976, in North Highlands, Cal., (near Sacramento, buried in
Sierra Hills Cemetery). He was a farmer in North Dakota and California
for 37 years. He also was a welder at McLellan A. F. B. in Sacramento
He moved to the Sacramento area about 1950.
321. James P. Redlich
322. Gary Schultz
Children of Patrick Gerrity, #54
137. FLORENCE E. GERRITY, born Dec. 4, 1911, Ray, N. D. She married George
Sagaser of Tioga, N. D. in 193_. They moved west, first to California
where George worked for Lockheed, then to Washington where he worked for
Boeing for many years at the Renton plant. He is now retired and they
live in Auburn, Wash.
323. Patricia Sagaser, b. 1940, mar. Jerry Mills and they live in
Seattle where she works for Allstate Insurance and he works
children (11 grandchildren)
a. Jennifer Mills _____
i. Daniel ______
ii. Krisy ______
iii. Nicole _______
b. Teresa Mills
c. Steven Mills
d. Debbie Mills
324. Jeanette Sagaser, born 1942, mar. Bill Holveck, and they live
a. Greg Nelson
325. Ida Sagaser, born 1944, and lives in Auburn, Wash.
326. John Sagaser, born 1948, and lives in Lancaster, Cal.
327. Margaret Sagaser, born 1951 and married Dennis Furtado and
they live Germany where he is a Major in the U. S. Air Force
and she does income tax work.
a. Jason Furtado
b. Jimmy Furtado
c. Keith Furtado
138. FRANCIS WILLIAM GERITTY, born March 3, 1913, Baldwin, Wisc., died May
24, 1978. He lived at Watford City, N. D. where he was a cabinet maker
and finish carpenter. He served 3 years in the Army during W. W. II.
and survived the sinking of the army troopship President Coolidge by
a mine in the harbor at Santos, New Hebrides. He recieved 9 battle stars
for his service in the Pacific Theater
139. DANIEL LEO GERRITY, born May 31, 1915, in Ray, N. D. and died July 1,
1972. He married Katherine Semenow in Sidney, Mont., on July 5, 1941.
He was employed at the Farmers Union Grain and Supply in Williston, for
several years and was an elevator Manager at Maxbass, N. D., and at
Trenton, N. D., until he was forced to retire due to illness. After he
retired he moved to Williston where he lived until his death and where
Katherine continues to live.
328. Mary Carol Gerrity, born Nov 30, 1941, mar. Richard Volk on
Nov. 26, 1962, in Bismarck, N. D. He died 11/26/1987. She
lives in Bismarck.
a. Richard Volk, b. 8/24/1964.
b. Daniel Volk, b. 8/23/1969.
329. Louetta J. Gerrity, born Dec. 17, 1942, mar. Elvin Kabanuk
on Sept. 14, 1963, and they live in Minot, N. D.
a. John Kabanuk, b. 6/17/1964
b. Gregory Kabanuk, b. 11/29/1966
330. Loretta (Laurie) Gerrity, born Dec. 17, 1942, mar. Harold
Grusing on Aug. 16, 1975, and they live near Billings, Mont.,
where Harold retired as a surveyor for the B.L.M. and now
works for a private contractor doing work for the B.L.M.
Laurie works for the Dept. of Family Services in Billings.
a. Chris Shigley, b. 9/29/1967, lives in Oakhurst, Cal.
b. Lisa Shigley, b. 7/1/1969, is a college student in
c. Douglas Grusing, b. 6/26/1961, lives in Atlanta, Ga.
m. Kathy Lynn Dalton
i. Michael William Grusing, b. 1/25/1984
d. Kevin Grusing, b. 9/22/1963, mar. Lori Kay Alles on Oct.
14, 1989 and they live in Billings, Mont. where he works
for Knox Lumber and she is a special education teacher.
e. Steven Grusing, b. 12/18/1964, graduated from college in
Dec. 1989, with a degree in Geology.
331. Daniel E. Gerrity, born Sept. 13, 1945, mar. Conny Briggs on
April 26, 1966, in Trenton, N. D., and they live in Williston
where he works in sales for an oil company and Conny is a data
processor for a medical facility.
a. Phyllis Michelle (Missy) Gerrity, b. 7/17/1967, m. Todd
i. Mickeley Mathews, b. 4/4/1989
b. Tami Gerrity, b. 8/8/1970
c. Joshua (Josh) Gerrity, b. 12/15/1975
332. William F. (Billy) Gerrity, born 10/14/1951, died at age 8
months of cancer
333. Katharine A. Gerrity, born Nov. 4, 1957, mar. Paul
Castrovillo on April 24, 1982, and they live in Boise, Idaho,
where she is an attorney, a graduate of the Univ. of Idaho Law
School. She was nominated as business woman of the year in
Boise in 1990.
140. BERNARD J. GERRITY, born March 18, 1918, in Ray, N. D., married Betty
Hewwitt in Kalispell, Mont. on May 17, 1961. They lived near Kalispell
until 1968 when they moved to Polson, Mont. where they raised alfalfa
and wheat on their 200 acre ranch until retiring in 1990. He served in
the 191st Tank Battalion in W W II, and after landing in Casablanca, was
in Tunis, Sicily, the invasion of Italy south of Naples, the invasion of
Anzio, the invasion of southern France in 1944, and on to Nurenburg and
Munich where his battalion took part in the liberation the Dachau
Concentration Camp. After the war he was a carpenter for 30 years as
well as a Montana rancher.
334. Laurie A. Gerrity, born 10/22/1961 in Kalispell. She recieved
her degree in T. V. Production from the Univ. of Mont.,
Bozeman. She married Brad Dasonville in Immaculate Conception
Church, Polson, on Aug. 19, 1989. He is in computers and they
live in Seattle where he works for Boeing.
335. James Gerrity, born 5/28/1963 in Kalispell, mar., Katherine
Herman in Polson on Sept. 25, 1982. They live in Polson where
he is a log skidder.
a. Mathew Gerrity, b. 4/5/1983
b. Brandon Gerrity, b. 8/1/1987
c. Derek Gerrity, b. 11/15/1988
141. ROBERT E. GERRITY, born Aug. 2, 1920, River Falls, Wisc., married
Anne Renner of Richardson, N. D. on July 26, 1947. (She died Feb. 17,
1989) He served in the Army Air Corp and was trained as a flight
engineer on a B-29. He was assignied to a flight crew at Roswell, New
Mexico, at the time the bomb was dropped and W. W. II ended. After the
war he worked for the government as a logistic specialist and retired
in June, 1983, and lives in Sacramento. Bob and daughter Kathy traveled
to Ireland in 1990 and took the trek up the west coast to Belmullet.
336. Michael Gerrity, b. May 4, 1948, mar. Chris Pommerenck on
April 14, 1986, and they live in Sacramento where both work
for the state in computers.
a. Megan Gerrity, b. June 12, 1987
b. Sean Gerrity, b. Aug. 29, 1989
337. Dorothy Gerrity, b. Jan. 25, 1950, mar. Dick Spangler on Apr.
28, 1973, and they live in El Dorado, Cal., where he works for
the water district.
a. Judi Spangler, b. Aug. 7, 1976.
b. Robert Spangler, b. July 9, 1984.
c. Catherine Spangler, b. June 12, 1986.
338. Nancy Gerrity, b. Mar. 30, 1951, worked for the Federal Civil
Service, McClellan AFB, and was killed in a small plane crash
on April 2, 1980.
339. Kathleen Gerrity, b. Sept. 20, 1953, and lives in Sacramento
where she is a school teacher in the San Juan School District.
340. Laura Gerrity, b. Jan. 1, 1959, and lives in Sacramento where
she works for the Army Corps of Engineers.
a. Alicia, b. July 23, 1981.
341. Tom Gerrity, b. May 9, 1959, mar. Allison Reed on Sept. 27,
1986, and they live in Sacramento where he is a self-employed
hay hauler and she teaches 8th grade in Galt.
a. Andrea Gerrity, b. Nov. 22, 1987.
b. Thomas Gerrity, Jr., b. Nov. 30, 1988.
342. Janice Gerrity, b. Feb. 1, 1961, mar. Mike Sirois on May 26,
1985. They live in Lynn, Mass., where he is employed as an
343. Jim Gerrity, b. Feb. 1, 1961, lives in Eillingham, Alaska,
where he is an aircraft mechanic.
Children of Delia Gerrity Coleman, #56
142. DANIEL JAMES COLEMAN, born July 3, 1918, Williston, N. D., died July
4, 1988, in San Jose, Cal. He married Rose May Myers on Nov. 7, 1942,
in Los Angeles. She was born in Durban, Manitoba, Canada. Dan attended
UCLA from 1938-41, where he majored in civil engineering and was in
ROTC. He entered the US Army Corps of Engineers as a combat engineer in
1942 and transferred to the Air Corps in 1943. He served as a design
engineer at Wright-Patterson Field in Dayton, Ohio, until discharged in
1946. After his military service he worked in the aircraft/missile
engineering field and for a while did general contracting. He also
attended Cal. Tech for studies in aeronautical engineering. In 1951 he
was recalled into the Air Force as Chief, Test Section, Rocket Sonde
Group on the Aerobee missile project at White Sands Proving Grounds,
Alamagordo, N. M. Following his discharge in 1953, he worked for
Aerojet General, first in Azusa, then in Sunnyvale, Cal., and then he
worked for Lockheeed where he won the “Engineer of the Year” award in
1962. Following the recession in the aerospace industry, Dan was retired
in the late 1960’s. He then worked as an architectual consultant, sold
real-estate, and was a general contractor. From the early 1980’s until
his death in 1988, Dan ran a drafting service out of the home he had
shared with Eby McKewen following his divorce in 1971. He was an
accomplished classical violinist, and once performed the Romance
movement from Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto at the Hollywood Bowl when
the scheduled violin soloist could not go on.
344. Ronald Timothy Coleman, b. Nov. 22, 1944, Dayton, Ohio, mar.
(1) Suzy Anne Edgemond in 1965 in San Jose, and (2) Candy Ann
Lee on July 29, 1978, at Carmel, Cal. Ron atended West
Valley College and then the Univ. of Santa Clara, then entered
the U. S. Army in 1969 where he served with the 30th Military
Police Battalion at the Presidio of San Francisco until 1971.
He is senior designer with IBM in San Jose where, except for
military leave, he has worked since 1967.
a. Scott Patrick Coleman, b. Dec. 21, 1972
b. Kathryn Grace Coleman, b. May 12, 1975
c. Michael James Beebe, b. Feb. 19, 1973, San Jose
345. Vivian Joyce Coleman, b. Jan. 29, 1948, Alhambra, Cal., mar.
(1) Donald Zimmerman in 1965, (2) Ray Purcella, and (3) Ray
a. Yvonne Lori Purcella, b. April 22, 1966, mar. (1) Shawn
Canada, (2) Robert Reynolds. They live in Morenci, Ariz.
i. _________, b. Feb. 1991
b. April Marie Purcella, b. July 3, 1968, mar. Jeffery Scott
Walls in 1986 and they live in Germany where Scott is in
the U. S. Army.
i. Bradley Tyler Walls, b. 1/26/1987
c. Jennifer Purcella, b. Aug. 4, 1979
346. Patrick Brian Coleman, b. Sept. 12, 1957, Fair Oaks, Cal. mar.
Sherri Hall in San Francisco on Aug. 31, 1981, and is
presently in the U. S. Army in El Paso, Texas.
a. Justin David Coleman, b. June 29, 1982, Augusta, Georgia
b. Samantha Lynn Coleman, b. Aug. 21, 1984, Nuremburg,
143. EVELYN (DOLLY) COLEMAN, born Feb 9, 1920, Williston, N. D. and married
Ed Anderson on Dec. 25, 1938. Ed was in the service from 1944 until
1946. They lived in Lynnwood, Cal., for over 29 years and they now live
in Downey, Cal. where they are both retired from many years work at
Classic Tool and Die Co. of Downey, Cal.