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Ancestors of Irene Ruth Goble

Generation No. 1

      1. Irene Ruth Goble, born April 11, 1913 in Jeannette, PA (Westmoreland Cty.); died January 25, 2005 in Plainfield, NJ. She was the daughter of 2. Harry Roy Goble and 3. Eva Delta Hough. She married (1) Sr. Walter Karl Vollmer September 13, 1937 in Pittsburgh. PA. He was born October 13, 1911 in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvannia, and died February 04, 1995 in Plainfield, NJ. He was the son of Karl Ludwig Jacob Vollmer and Lily Marie Sophia Langbein.

Notes for Irene Ruth Goble:
When they were first married, Granny and Grampy lived as house sitters for one month for Helen Gaggin, one of Granny's co-workers at Shadyside Hospital. Then another month for Granny's chemistry teacher, Mr. Arnold. They then stayed with Grampy's parents for 5 or 6 months until they found an apartment on lower Glenshaw at Mrs. Williams. They stayed there a little over a year. Then they bought their house in Ferncliff Heights, Allison Park, PA. They stayed there for 15 years until they were transferred to New Jersey in 1957. (source: Granny's book)

First job was as a Medical Technician in a small hospital in Pulaski, Virginia. Then worked for one and a half years at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh plus filling in for girls while she was married. Ten years for Dr. T.O. Elterich, a pediatrician in Pittsburgh. Thirty three years for Dr. John F. Scalera in South Plainfield, NJ. (source: Granny's book)

Granny told the story that when she was about 7 years old and her brother Roy was about 3 years old, she talked her mother into letting her take him with her to Vacation Bible School. After the lessons were over she took him up to Gabby's house and proudly announced, as they came in the door, "Well you won't make him a Methodist. He joined the Lutheran Church today."

More About Irene Ruth Goble:
Baptism: April 23, 1916
Burial: Lake Nelson Memorial Park, Piscataway, NJ
Degree: bacteriology
Graduation: 1935, Penn. State University
Occupation: Medical Technician

Notes for Sr. Walter Karl Vollmer:
Grampy sold Electro-Lux sweepers and did substituting until he got his job with Ball Chemical. From there he went to Mellon Institute on a Fellowship for Union Carbide. He worked as a chemical engineer for Union Carbide from 1943 until 1972. It was they who transferred the family to New Jersey in 1957. After retiring in 1972, he started working part time for Dande Plastics, in Dunellen. He was with them almost as long as he had been with Carbide. (source: Granny's book)

More About Sr. Walter Karl Vollmer:
Burial: Lake Nelson Memorial Park, Piscataway, NJ
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Graduation: University of Pittsburgh
Occupation: Chemical Engineer

Marriage Notes for Irene Goble and Walter Vollmer:

Granny's bacteriology lab assistant was Paul Kost who lived in Pittsburgh. After she started working at Shadyside Hospital, she kept in touch with Paul. He and his wife Irma invited Granny over for an evening. Then they set up a blind date with Grampy, who was a distant cousin of Irma's. Also, Paul and Grampy had gone to Slippery Rock College to work off some teaching credits after they had graduated from Pitt. They had gone to First Lutheran too. (Source: Granny's book)

Granny and Grampy did not have a wedding, they just went to a Justice of the Peace. At that time, married women were not allowed to work, if they told anyone they were married, Granny would have lost her job. At the time Grampy was not yet working in the field he was trained, Chemical Engineering. (Source: Granny's book)

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