20 July 2008

Cousin Fred's Sias & Whitney Ancestors

Cousin Fred, who died July 16, 2008, was the son of Helen White and Fred Whitney Sias. He was a small child when his father died (see obit below) and his brother was not yet born. His widowed mother, Helen (White) Sias, went to live with her parents (Fernando James & Cinderella Amelia (McFadyen) White), so Fred spent some of his formative years with his maternal grandparents. His mother married 2nd, Cleo Krantz, whose first wife was Thelma Sias, Cousin Fred's paternal aunt. Fred and his brother adopted the Krantz surname as a tribute to the man who raised them.
Detroit Free Press, Tuesday, June 22, 1937
Services for Mr. Sias at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the F.B. Hunter Funeral Home, 13903 Terry Ave. Burial in Grand Lawn Cemetery. Mr. Sias was killed Friday in an auto accident at Hartwell and Chalfonte Aves. He was born in Cheboygan 27 years ago and had lived in Detroit 20 years. His home was at 15039 Stansbury Ave. Surviving are his wife, Helen; a son, Fred W., Jr.; two brothers, Wortley and Charles, and two sisters, Mrs. Thelma Smith and Mrs. Lou Ella Nork.
The parents of Fred W. Sias (1909 - 1937) were Charles & Helen (Spooner) Sias; grandparents were Charles & Evelyn (Whitney) Sias.

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