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Thomas Perry Welch
B: May 4, 1883 Union City, Randolph County, Indiana
M: June 12, 1920 Chicago, Illinois
D: May 27, 1950 Montrose, California
Buried: May 31, 1950 Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, California - Lot 603, Sectiion R, Grave 4

Notes: Thomas Perry's first wife was Lillian Loos, daughter of John Loos and Mary Miller. Lillian was born in Chicago between 1887-1889. Her first marriage was to Lawrence Grimes, a union that produced two children. Thomas and Lillian married June 15, 1916 in Chicago. By the 1920 Census, the marriage to Thomas was over and she was back to using the last name Grimes.

On the 1910 Federal Census, Thomas is living with his sister Lulu at her house on Plum Street in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana.
Thomas signed his WWI Draft Registration Card on September 2, 1918. He was living with his first wife, Lillian Loos, and her mother Mary, at 4055 Arthington Street, Chicago, Illinois. Thomas was working as a painter for John L. Driscroll, 3114 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL.
Thomas was living in Chicago in 1920 when he met Martha Abraham at a carnival. She thought he was cute and followed him until they talked to each other. They were married soon after by Rev. Francis Mirek, Priest, at 2017 Carolina Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Thomas converted to Catholicsm in 1949, and was baptized into the Catholic Church on March 2, 1950 at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 2411 Montrose Avenue, Montrose, California. His Sponsors were Thomas C. Welch and Lorraine M. Curry.
Thomas was a building contractor and built many of the homes in which he and family lived, as well as those of his siblings.
Martha Abraham
B: August 31, 1889 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
M: June 12, 1920 Chicago, Illinois
D: Sept. 25, 1976 Glendale Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
Buried: September 27, 1976, Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, California - Lot 603, Sectiion R, Grave 5
Parents: Klemens Abraham and Anastasia Arendt
Notes: Martha worked at Salerno Cookie factory. She loved to play rummy and when she won, her husband would be upset and throw his cards, much like her son, Tom, did later in life. She also read tea leaves. Thomas would tell her what he saw in the leaves, and she would interpret them by a book that she had.

Obituary: MARTHA WELCH, Services were Monday for Martha Welch, 87, who died Saturday, September 25, at a Glendale hospital. She was born in Chicago and had lived many years in Montrose. Mrs. Welch is survived by her daughter, Lorraine Curry of Montrose, and one son, Thomas Welch of Chicago. Mass at Holy Redeemer Church and interment at Calvary Cemetery were arranged at Crippen Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Heart Fund.
- Glendale News-Press, Tuesday, September 28, 1976, Page 9, Column 1.

Death recorded by the State of California, Registrar 42245, State File #12992

Children of Thomas Perry Welch and Martha Abraham
B: 1921 Glendale, California
M: July 14, 1940 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montrose, California
Spouse: Charles Edward Curry
B: 1926 Glendale, California
M: August 6, 1949 Los Anfeles, California; October 24, 1992 Naperville, Illinois
Spouses: Retta Virginia (Ginny) Richardson; Karen Lee Hlavka
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