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Posted by: Dolores C. Rutherford (ID *****1297) Date: November 06, 2010 at 11:51:08
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When we visited the WEITZ burial plot in the Forest Lawn Cemetery (in the Los Angeles, CA area) several years ago, I stopped at the office and asked where Marguerite DAVIS' burial was located. Her death certificate named her as Marguerite DAVIS and she was listed as that in the office of the cemetery (the kiosk you get to when you first enter the cemetery).

They directed me to where she was buried, but her tombstone read as:

Marguerite C. Raessler
1893 1969

(Frederick Raessler was the name of her 1st husband)

I have found no other marriage for her in California and she used thew name MARGUERITE DAVIS from about 1927 until her death. In her later years, she lived with her sister Flora (who had md. Arno Raessler - Arno died and Flora md.
again---I have her 2nd md. name, but cannot find it right now). Marguerite and Arno Raessler had one son. I will not give his name here.

Marguerite appears to have worked as a seamstress and, in her last working years, she worked for Ivers Department Store in Highland Park, Los Angeles Co., CA. That was located on Figueroa Street & Ave 58. The store closed down in 1984. She may also have worked for some movie studio. If anyone has any information about her, please contact me at:

I know that Marguerite left her family for at least four years (about 1927-1934) and I believe that she was my birth mother.

She was with my birth father who had lived in Burbank with his family and, when both left their families to be together, my birth father took his youngest son, Fred, with him. It was Fred who was able to tell me the name of the lady his father was with during that time.

My birth parents were nice enough to find a GREAT home for me and I have had a wonderful life. Mother always said that she thought that I had a sister; but, when I asked her to help me find my sister, she would always stop talking. So I knew that, if I talked about it or started looking for my sister, it would hurt her terribly. Therefore, I did
not begin my search search for my blood family until both my parents (foster-parents) were deceased as I didn't want to hurt them or my blood relatives. Mother was widowed just a few weeks after my adoption was finalized and never remarried; but she was a wonderful mother and made a
wonderful life for us although she worked very hard during the Big Depression Years to do so----doing housework and cooking.

Before I began looking for my blood relatives, I searched the California Vital Records to be sure that my birth father and his wife were both deceased so that I would not hurt them or their family. I had been a genealogist (as an
avid hobby) for a number of years and didn't want to cause any of my blood relatives any embarrassment. After contacting my (proven) blood father's relatives for a time, they asked me "why" and I confessed. They were able to give me the abolute proof that we were related and, to my great GLEE, I not only had a sister, but I also had two brothers....all over than me and all deceased now.

My youngest brother (who was with his father while he was gone from his legal family) was able to give me a name for the lady who was with them and that lead to my search for her.

With the help of my newly found blood siblings, I was able to prove my paternal blood line, but I am now 85+ and trying to PROVE my maternal blood line. I have been unable to find a birth certificate under my original name, but I have lots of circumstantial evidence to prove that Marguerite (WEITZ) who went as Marguerite DAVIS was my blood mother, but would love to have a picture of her to see if there is any resemblance to me. A number of years ago, I found a picture of Marguerite's father in the History of Los Angeles and also copies of his Intent to become a Citizen of this country and his Application for Citizenship.

I've been ill for the past five years and need this help
soon. If anyone out there has a picture of this Louis Weitz family and/or a picture of Marguerite (WEITZ) Raessler (at any age), I would love to have a copy of it. You can reach me at:

Thanks, Dolores

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