Irene Georgette Letourneau

1922–1981 (Age 58)
Manitoba, Canada

The Life of Irene Georgette

When Irene Georgette Letourneau was born on 13 November 1922, in Manitoba, Canada, her father, Francois Leon Letourneau, was 33 and her mother, Alma Sophie Champagne, was 28. She married Louis Carl Gysin on 25 April 1942, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States. She lived in San Gabriel Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1940. She died on 6 March 1981, at the age of 58.

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Irene Georgette Letourneau
Louis Carl Gysin
Marriage: 25 April 1942

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25 April 1942
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 1

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 12

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

Age 19

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

French (Létourneau): from Old French estournel ‘starling’ (Late Latin sturnellus, a diminutive of classical Latin sturnus), with the definite article l', hence a nickname for a chattering, gregarious person or a metonymic occupational name for a birdcatcher.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (2)

  • Irene G Leturneau in household of Alma S Leturneau, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Irene Geogette Letourneau, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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