Twenty-five year old Ernest Napoleon Varrieur married Miss Elsie Mae Ebert at St. Joseph’s Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts, on the 11th of August, 1935. She was 21, and was the only girlfriend Ernie ever had. Family tradition holds that some years before the wedding, Elsie had attended a local fair with Ernie’s brother Bill. Ernie was manning a booth of some sort, but by the end of the afternoon, Bill was manning the booth and Ernie was driving Elsie home. If there ever was a case of love at first sight, this was it.
Elsie and Ernie were both children of immigrants: Elsie was the daughter of German immigrants Frederick W. Ebert and Louise Litterer; and Ernie was the son of French-Canadian immigrant Joseph A. Varieur and his wife Albina Mercier. Their marriage brought together two cultures, both rich with tradition and strong values.
Known to me as Grammie and Grampie, Elsie and Ernie lived long, happy lives, surrounding by family, which, to them, was what life was all about. Grammie died in 1999, and Grampie in 2003. They are missed every day, but they live on in the memories of their four children, eleven grand children, and numerous great children. The purpose of this blog is two-fold: as a vehicle for sharing some of the stories of their life together, and as a safe place to record and preserve, for future generations, their family history and the Varrieur-Ebert Genealogy.
“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die”