|My distant ancestors originated from France to Quebec and from Finland to upper Michigan...this is how my family came to be.
My parents are Emmanuel COUTURE and Eleanore KAIPONEN of Michigan. My grandmother was born a MOILANEN.
I've been able to trace quite a bit of my father's father ancestry. I thank Robert Simoneau, Albert Riezebos, Diane Couture (in Quebec) very, very much for their generous help in providing information on my father's ancestry!
I am also pursuing ancestry data on my mother's side (KAIPONEN, MOILANEN and HUOVINEN names). Inkeri Kaiponen, Pirjo Skytten, Mikko, Lilja and Vain÷ Moilanen from Finland have helped me a great deal and I thank them very very much!
I continue to research both family lines. If you think you have a family connection, please write me at my email address: email@example.com
Thanks for looking in and offering any assistance. Good Luck on your journey to completing your family tree!
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
on polished, marbled stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
one hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you.
"We genealogists are the storytellers of our tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called as it were by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: 'Tell our story.' So, we do.
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves."
- Children of Emmanuel & Eleanore Couture (92 KB)
Seven (of 8) young children, taken about 1959 in upper Michigan. (Lucille not yet born)
- Grandparents Lozen (13 KB)
- Family of Arthur Lozen & Antoinette Couture (53 KB)
LOZENs: Robert, Arthur Jr., Charles, Arthur Sr., Lorraine\COUTUREs: Cecile, Antoinette, Edward, Patricia, Madeline, Emmanuel, Joseph\
Franklin Lozen (squatting) [1957, approx. date at the farm of Bob and Alice Lozen]
- Madeline with mother & daughter (11 KB)
Three generations: Grandma Antoinette, Mom Madeline, daughter Noreen on Mother's Day, May 11, 1952
- Emmanuel & Eleanore Couture (17 KB)
A beautiful couple!
- Marg and Gary, 2002 (111 KB)
In front of their lovely home in Canon City, CO
- Grandma Couture & Grandpa Lozen (9 KB)
November 21, 1956
- The Lozen/Couture Family in 1968 (44 KB)
This is another picture of the Lozen and Couture bunch with their mother and dad, Antoinette & Arthur. Back Row, left: Emmanuel, Bob, Cecilia, Lorraine, Franklin, Arthur Jr., Joe, Charles. Front Row, left: Edward, Arthur (dad), Antoinette (mom), Madeline, Mary.
- Audrey & Ben - 2003 (34 KB)
Ben's 10th Birthday
- Mary Patricia Couture (12 KB)
a sweet sister
- Couture/Lozen Family Picnic 2002 (50 KB)
We had a family picnic on Sunday, August 25. It was a beautiful day at Stony Metro Park and great gathering. Aunt Madeline, Uncle Franklin and my dad, Emmanuel were the elder Couture's and Lozen's attending.
- Walker family (30 KB)
Dion & Amanda Holloway, Keith, Allison & Brandon Walker
- Flag of Finland (1 KB)
The Finnish flag features a blue cross on a white background. It takes two forms, the national (civil) flag and the state flag.
The flag with "the blue of our lakes and the white snow of our winters", as a poet described these symbolic colours in 1870, was made official in a law enacted on 29th May, 1918, less than six months after Finland had achieved independence. A new law entered into force in 1978.
- Edward, Helen and son John (36 KB)
- Uncle Wilbert & Rosemary 2002 (30 KB)
Wilbert is 69 and Rosemary is 52
- Hilda and Charles wed (448 KB)
Hilda Moilanen & Charles Kaiponen wedding day ~ 07 Apr 1906 ~ Atlantic Mine, MI ~ a beautiful couple
- Flag of France (1 KB)
blue, white and red verticle stripes
- Kaylee Jaye Lathrop (51 KB)
Newest member of our family...born 10/7/2003 to the proud parents of Jessica & Greg.
- Helen (Confer) Couture (5 KB)
at age 15
- SP4 Gary J. Couture (8 KB)
- Antoinette & Nazaire Couture Wedding Day (53 KB)
The beautiful couple marry August 30, 1915, St. Frederic, Province of Quebec, Canada
- "Eddie" Couture (33 KB)
1945 (junior high); in the army beginning in 1951 & with his auto on April 18, 1954
- Christopher's senior pic (7 KB)
- Madeline , Joseph (tallest) Emmanuel (right) (69 KB)
Couture siblings in backyard of home at 58 Victor St., Highland Park, MI. Picture taken a few months after the family arrived from Thetford Mines, Quebec. (a neighborhood boy standing on far left)
- Eddie graduates (10 KB)
Detroit Pershing H.S., standing proudly with mom and dad
- Mel Fraki shakes hands with Gov. Granholm (38 KB)
Gov. Jennifer Granholm pauses in her tour of Calumet's Fifth Street to shake hands with Melvin Fraki of Calumet. Standing next to Granholm is Matt Johnson, director of the Governor's Upper Peninsula office in Marquette. "I've heard a lot about her," Fraki said about Granholm. "She's done a great job. I'm so glad she's coming to the Copper Country. I think it's wonderful she's here, and it's such a beautiful day for her." 8/20/2003 Text and photos ę 2003 Michele Anderson. Keweenaw Now publication >http://www.keweenawnow.com/news/granholm_visit_03_08/granholm_visit_03_08.htm
- Franklin & Eddie (10 KB)
handsome step-brothers: Lozen & Couture
- Kaylee Jaye Lathrop March 2004 (137 KB)
Precious picture of Kaylee at a sweet five months old
- Kaylee Jaye Lathrop and mom, Jessica (55 KB)
May 2, 2004
- Emmanuel & Eleanore Wed (17 KB)
Wedding Day: (left: Charles & Hilda Kaiponen) (right: Antoinette Couture and her brother)
- Hilda wtih 2 children (14 KB)
Hilda (seated) Eleanore and Wilbert, 1943
- Rosemary in 1951 (11 KB)
1 years old
- Franklin & Antoinette (8 KB)
- Couture kids of (Emmanuel & Eleanore) (14 KB)
left: Patrick, Rosemary (bear) Gary, Roger, left: Christopher, Theresa, Margaret (picture taken abt. 1958). On vacation in the U.P.
- Eleanore at 22 years (9 KB)
March 15, 1945 at Holland Studios, Detroit, MI
- Kaylee Jaye and grandparents (Yeager) (70 KB)
May 2, 2004
- Early Years (30 KB)
children of Emmanuel & Eleanore
- Guillaume Cousture (Couture) Statue in Levis, Queb (72 KB)
he was declared "Hero of New France" and
you can read about him by clicking on the designated link. "Guillaume Cousture is the ancestor of all the Coutures of America." [statue is located in Levis, Quebec, Canada]
- Kaylee's Dedication - June 6, 2004 (39 KB)
With mom and dad, Greg & Jessica Lathrop, at Macomb Christian Church
- Emmanuel Couture (27 KB)
AKA Frenchy served in the Navy from 1942-45
- Couture Coat of Arms (22 KB)
"Guillaume Cousture is the ancestor of all the Coutures of America, but not all his descendants bear his name."
- Rose, Marg and husband, Gary (34 KB)
April 30, 2003
- Rexer kids (18 KB)
belonging to Cecilia & Kelly
- Sweet Jessy Rose (42 KB)
I'm a Maine Coon and I reside with Rose Couture. This is my Merry Christmas photo!
- Kaylee 1st Birthday Party (37 KB)
celebrated at home with family and friends on sunny Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004
- Lozen sons & spouses (15 KB)
LaVerne, Charles, Antoinette, Franklin, Alice, Bob (abt. Apr. 15, 1952)
- Missy (56 KB)
I'm Missy and I reside with Rose Couture. I turned 15 in 2002. This photo is my Meowy Christmas greeting!
- Emmanuel, WWII Vet (31 KB)
Marching in parade in Royal Oak, MI
- Joe & Ardis (10 KB)
Diane, Nancy, Phillip & Kathleen
- Ben & Audrey (7 KB)
Siblings: Benjamin Couture & Audrey Sulkanen, 2002 September
- Emmanuel Couture (22 KB)
Dad with family celebrating two birthdays 8.2.04
- Arthur & Virginia Lozen (13 KB)
two children & Chuck, brother of Jr.
- Emmanuel & Madeline in 2002 (38 KB)
Noreen, Emmanuel, Rosemary, Madeline on 12/23/02 in Couture dining room, Royal Oak, MI. Noreen Ellison and mom, Madeline, visit from Colorado for Christmastime.
- Emmanuel & Eleanore (9 KB)
Christmastime, circa 1950s
- Moilanen family -- Finland (19 KB)
Vainˇ, Jukka, Lilja, daughter Sanna (3rd cousin to Rosemary Couture)
- kids with grandparents (7 KB)
(left) Rosemary, Margaret, Theresa, Grandpa & Grandma Lozen, Patrick, Gary, Roger - Dec 1956
- Joshua & Matthew Heinig (22 KB)
pic included with 2002 Christmas card from parents, Christine & Bryan
- Antoinette & Arthur Lozen (18 KB)
estimated married after 1930
- Kaylee Jaye (10 KB)
April 7, 2005
Parents: Jessica & Greg Lathrop