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Subject: ISO Maternal grandmother's maiden name
Date: January 14, 2014
Surnames: Osborne, Fitrunk, Molesavich
Until recently I knew little about my mother's side of the family. But through Ancestry I found my grandfather's obituary, which has led me to answers to some of my questions. One of things I did not know is that the woman my mother knew as a mother was not her biological mother. I managed to contact my step-aunt, who told me my bio grandmother's name was Betty, but there's nothing else I can find on her; she abandoned my mom and her younger sister when they were young. My bio aunt passed away in 1965 and her grandparents are mentioned in the obituary, but I think the OCR process messed up their last name (common on newspaper sites) and now it reads as a name that doesn't seem real (Fitrunk). Here is the text from her obit:
"Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon Pi,, Saturdiy, February 6, 1965 Orientals Wont Mora Movits DEATHS and FUNERALS Miss June E, Osborne, 20, Is Taken By Death Miss June E, Osborne, X, (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Osborne, 30 David Drive, died Friday evening at the Werners- Ville State Hospital. She worshipped in the Melii- Odist faith. In addition to her parents she la survived by two sisters, Sharon, of Alanwood, and Nancy, wife ef James Wagner, Cleona; a grandmother, Mrs. Catherine Molesavich , Annville; and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. fitrunk, Stroudsburg."
You can see that the above text is all over the place, accuracy-wise. I know that "i' and "l" and "m" and "n" are commonly mixed up in OCR text, so that broadens my options for the surname, but I honestly have no idea what it's supposed to be and none of my searches have given me anything else to go on - no marriage or birth announcements that mention "fitrunk."