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WAMSLEY, Joseph Ernst
HAWTHORNE, Lillian May
RACINE, Jesse Daniel
BALM, Anna Fredricka
WAMSLEY, Raymond Joseph
RACINE, Erene Lillian
WAMSLEY, Shirley Jeanne


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1. WERESZYNSKI, Henry John, Colonel

WAMSLEY, Shirley Jeanne 2507,2534,2540,2545

  • Born: 19 May 1931, Berkeley, CA 2534,5008
  • Marriage (1): WERESZYNSKI, Henry John, Colonel on 5 Aug 1956 in Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii 2540
  • Died: 7 Nov 2022, Monterey, Monterey Co, CA 2545

   Other names for Shirley were WAMSLEY, Shirley J.,2531 WERESZYNSKI, Shelley,4997 WERESZYNSKI, Shirley,2512,4996 WERESZYNSKI, Shirley J. 5000,5008 and WERESZYNSKI, Shirley W..5001


  Birth Notes:

Born at Berkeley, Alameda Co, CA (knowledge of Hazel Wamsley)


  Noted events in her life were:

Alt. Birth, cir 1931, Missouri. 2531

Census, 10 Apr 1940, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. 2507
1) Racine, Jesse D., head of household, owns his farm on north side of Adelaida Road, valued at $3000, age 64, married, completed 8th grade, born Indiana, living in same house in 1935, during week of March 24-30 worked as farmer on own account, during 1939 worked 17 weeks, had other income
2) Racine, Annie F., wife, age 63, married, completed 1 year of high school, born Finland, engaged in home housework
3) Wamsley, Erene, daughter, age 31, divorced, completed 4 years of high school, born CA, in 1935 living in Oakland, Alameda County, CA, during week of March 24-30 worked 60 hours as nurse at county hospital, during 1939 worked 40 weeks, earned $600, had other income
4) Wamsley, Shirley Jeanne, granddaughter, age 8, attends school, completed 2nd grade, born CA, in 1935 living in Oakland
5) Wamsley, Charles Edward, grandson, age 3, born CA.

Education: Graduated from Paso Robles High School: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. 2540,2545

Census, 6 Apr 1950, San Francisco, San Francisco Co, CA. 2531
1) Layton, Ellis W., head, living at 202 Bush, 45, married, b CA, worked 40 hrs as superintendent at sugar refinery
2) Layton, Erene J., wife, 41, married, b Missouri, homemaker, not living in same house a year ago, not living on a farm a year ago, parents b U.S., completed 1 year of college but did not finish
3) Wamsley, Shirley J., step daughter, 18, never married, b MO
4) Wamsley, Charles E., step son, 13, b MO

Education: Attended San Francisco State College: San Francisco, San Francisco Co, CA. 2540,2545 Studied interior design.

Education: Attended University of Hawaii: Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. 2540

Appearance in Document: Passenger List, 8 Oct 1956, Honolulu, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. 4997 1st Lt. Henry Wereszynski, US Army, and Shelley [Shirley] Wereszynski arrived at Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 Oct 1956, departed from Clark Air Force Base, on ship General C. G. Morton.

Residence: 340 Watson, 1957, Monterey, Monterey Co, CA. 5000

Residence: 1157 Acorn, 1959, Fayetteville, Cumberland Co, NC. 5001

Residence: 10 Greenwood Rise: Monterey Co, CA. 5008

Occupation: Salesperson, Interior Decorator.

Religion: Roman Catholic.

Story. Went to college in San Francisco, but did not graduate. Was interior decorator at furniture store in Hawaii when she met HJW. Stopped working while raising children, then became salesperson.

Residence, 17 Jan 2012, Monterey, Monterey Co, CA. 5007

Obituary: Monterey Herald, 20 Dec 2022, Monterey, Monterey Co, CA. 2545 Shirley Jeanne Wamsley Wereszynski, age 91, died peacefully on November 7, 2022, at the Park Lane, Monterey, California, attended by her son. Shirley was born in Berkley, California, the daughter of Raymond and Erene (Racine) Wamsley. She graduated Paso Robles High School, and then studied Interior Design at San Francisco State University, before moving to Honolulu, Hawaii. While in Hawaii, she met and married her husband, 1st Lt Henry (Hank) John Wereszynski, US Army, in 1956. They shared 58 years together before Hank died in 2014. Shirley was an interior designer, and then raised two children while serving as a devoted Army wife. The family moved around the country and to Germany in support of Hank's army career, eventually settling in Monterey, California. Shirley was an excellent cook, and they enjoyed entertaining in their many homes around the world. While Hank was stationed at Fort Ord, Shirley served as the President of the Officers' Wives Club (OWC), and chaired the OWC Annual Bazaar, raising thousands of dollars for their scholarship fund. An accomplished artist, Shirley displayed and sold her watercolor paintings at the Naval Post Graduate School Art Gallery, becoming well-known for her paintings of the Lone Cypress and other Monterey Peninsula landmarks. She volunteered for many years as a docent at the Monterey Aquarium, sharing the wonders of the Monterey Bay with visitors from the United States and around the world. Shirley is survived by her son Stephen Wereszynski (and wife Virginia) of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and son-in-law Brad Conger of Monterey; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; and her sister Susan Wamsley Reese. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her daughter Karen Marie Conger, and her brother Charles Edward Wamsley. A celebration of her life, and interment, will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be given to the Monterey Aquarium.


Shirley married Colonel Henry John WERESZYNSKI, son of Ladislaus WERESZYNSKI and Czeslawa (Jessie) MATUSLENSKI, on 5 Aug 1956 in Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii.2540 (Colonel Henry John WERESZYNSKI was born on 2 Jul 1931 in Utica, Oneida Co, NY 4995 and died on 14 Oct 2014 in Carmel Valley, Monterey County, California, United States 4994.)

  Noted events in their marriage were:

Engagement, 7 Jul 1956, Honolulu, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. 2540 Mr. and Mrs. Ellis W. Layton of Palmira Valle, Colombia, South America announce the engagement of her daughter, Miss Shirley Jeanne Wamsley, to First Lieutenant Henry J. Wereszynski, U.S. Army, Schofield Barracks.
The Laytons formerly lived at Aiea when he was superintendent of California and Hawaiian Sugar Company.
The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Wereszynski of Utica, New York.
Miss Wamsley was graduated from Paso Robles High School in California and attended San Francisco State College and the University of Hawaii. She is now living here.
Lieutenant Wereszynski was graducated from Utica Academy and attended Augusta Military Academy in Virginia. He is stationed at Schofield Barracks.
The wedding is planned for August 5 at the 35th Infantry Chapel at Schofield.

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