Author Archives: Patricia Desmond Biallas

April Fool’s Day Birthday? Now, That’s No Joke!

Today, April 1, 2019, I celebrate the 110th birthday of my father, Gerald Joseph Desmond Sr. (1909-1979). Dad was the fifth and youngest child of Owen E. Desmond (1861-1953) and Ellen Mary (“Nellie”) Keating (1868-1952). Born and bred on Chicago’s … Continue reading

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Another Bud on the Branch (Model 18 Nov 2018)

Introducing the latest bud on the Desmond branch: Rylee Josephine Cowen. Rylee was born last night, 18 Nov 2018, at 10:15 pm CST in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She  weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Her parents are Will Cowen and … Continue reading

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Mishaps, Trivia, and Surprises Revealed while Renovating Decades Old Wedding Album

Do you know what you were doing 35 years ago today? I do! I do! I was prepping for a wedding—my own. A few years ago, when our wedding album was quite literally falling apart, I decided I’d better redo … Continue reading

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