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Wednesday, April 3, 2019


UPDATE - Lena has been claimed by a relative and  is going home!

Identification on photo: LENA SEVERANCE STABLER

Photo taken: White Studio, Ann Arbor MI, circa 1930-1935

Purchased: 2019 Jan at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds Antique Show

This photo of Lena Severance-Stabler was taken probably between 1930 and 1935 in Ann Arbor Michigan.

Lena was born 29 Aug 1907, the daughter of Earl Severance (1882-1948) and Grace De Groot (1885-1956). She had an older brother Aaron (1905-1985).

She appears on the following Federal Census records:

1920 Census, Michigan, Oakland Co., Lyon.
SEVERANCE, Earl, head, 37, born in MI of MI parents, farmer in general farming
SEVERANCE, Grace E., wife, 34, born in MI of MI parents
SEVERANCE, Aaron, son, 15, born in MI of MI parents
SEVERANCE, Lena, daughter, 12, born in MI of MI parents

1930 Census, Michigan, Jackson Co., Grass Lake.
SEVERANCE, Earl, head, 47, farmer in general farming
SEVERANCE, Grace E., wife, 45
SEVERANCE, Aaron, son, 25
SEVERANCE, Lena, daughter, 22, Typist at Printing Office
DeGROOT, Carrie, mother-in-law, 67, born in MI of MI parents,
POWER, Jane, grandmother, 89, born in MI of NY and NJ parents

Lena attended Ann Arbor High School, and I was able to find this photograph of her in the 1927 Year Book.

In August 1935, Lena married Donald G Staebler (1910-2017), son of Albert J. Staebler (1877-1951) and Ella L. Goodell (1881-1977). Donald attended Ypsilanti High School, graduating in 1929. He attended Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) graduating in 1934 with a BS in Industrial Arts, and a life Certificate to teach.

At the time of their marriage, Donald (age 25) was employed as a teacher in Ann Arbor, and Lena (age 27) was employed as a saleslady at S.S. Kresge Company.

Lena died 1991.

Lena's husband Donald lived to the ripe old age of 106. They are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Dixboro, Michigan.

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