Otto Perry Winblad
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Sex: Male
Birth: August 4, 1902 (1902-08-04) (119 years ago)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Baptism: Lutheran
Death: November 17, 1977 (age 75)
44 years ago
Toms River, New Jersey
Burial: George Washington Memorial Park
Paramus, New Jersey
Father: John Edward Winblad I (1856-1914)
Mother: Salmine Sophia Pedersen (1862-1914)
Siblings: Anton Julius Winblad II (1886-1975)
Theodora Winblad (1888)
Mary Winblad (1889)
Otto Edward Winblad (1892)
Maria Elisabeth Winblad II (1895-1987)
John Edward Winblad II (1897-1899)
Spouse/Partner: Helen Louise Hollenbach (1905-1928)
Marriage: October 9, 1926 (age 24)
95 years ago
Jersey City, New Jersey
Children: Geraldine Marie Winblad (1928-2011)
2nd Spouse: Leah Marie Way (1901-1986)
2nd Marriage: June 5, 1933 (age 30)
88 years ago
Manhattan, New York

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1902 baptism

1921 in New York National Guard

1926 marriage

1937 Otto Perry Winblad (1902-1977)

1929 with Otto Perry Winblad (1902-1977) in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Otto Perry Winblad (1902-1977) US Army Veteran; Free and Accepted Mason at Federal Lodge 888 in New York City; and Stereotyper for New York Daily Mirror and other Newspapers (b. August 04, 1902, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA - d. November 17, 1977, Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA) Social Security Number 140073907.

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Isle of Pines, Cuba[edit | edit source]

Otto spent about a year and a half on the Isle of Pines in Cuba from 1910 until March 26, 1912. He returned to the US with his sister Maria Winblad and lived with her.

Death of parents[edit | edit source]

In 1914 his parents took him to visit family in Norway and Sweden. Both his parents died on that trip in Farsund, Norway and he returned to live with his sister, Maria, in Jersey City on July 06, 1915 from Norway. On the same day, his older brother, Anton returned from Cuba to New York City for Otto's arrival.

US Army[edit | edit source]

Otto served in the US Army 101st Signal Battalion after World War I.

Free and Accepted Mason[edit | edit source]

in 1922 Otto joined the Freemasons at Federal Lodge #888 in New York. He received his first Masonic degree on November, 22 1924; his 2nd degree on March 06, 1925; and his 3rd degree on March 20, 1925. He remained a member in good standing until his death.

First marriage[edit | edit source]

On October 09, 1926 Otto married Helen Louise Hollenbach (1905-1928). Helen had one child: Geraldine Marie Winblad (1928- ), who married Emmett Peter Van Deusen II (1926-2002) and after a divorce married John Earl Borland I (1924-1986). John Borland had previously been married to Geraldine's cousin, Helen Eloise Freudenberg (1928-1989).

Death of wife[edit | edit source]

Six days after Geraldine's birth, on May 20, 1928, Helen Hollenbach died from post-birth complications. Otto and Geraldine then moved in with Otto's sister, Maria Winblad.

Trip to Chicago[edit | edit source]

In 1929 Otto took his sister, Maria, and her two oldest children, on a car trip to Chicago, Illinois and from there they traveled to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The trip was to visit their aunt on their mother's side: Lena Olson (1860-1938) who was married to Andrew Havig Jensen.

Stereotyper[edit | edit source]

In 1930 Otto was living with his sister Maria, and Geraldine may be living with the Hollenbachs in Bayonne. In 1932 Otto was working for the New York Daily Mirror newspaper as a stereotyper.

Second marriage[edit | edit source]

On June 05, 1933 Otto married Leah Maria Way (1901-1986) in Manhattan. Their certificate number was "10868". They honeymooned in South Bend, Indiana; and Niagara Falls, New York. During the 1950's Otto may have been a part owner of a gas station in Paramus, New Jersey.

Whiting, New Jersey[edit | edit source]

In 1975 Otto retired from the newspaper and moved to 111 Woodchuck Parkway in Whiting, New Jersey and lived in a trailer park in a double sized trailer.

Death[edit | edit source]

Otto died on November 17, 1977 at Community Memorial Hospital in Toms River, New Jersey and he was buried at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, New Jersey with Leah, his second wife.

Obituary[edit | edit source]

His obituary appeared in the Asbury Park Press on November 18, 1977 and read as follows:

Otto P. Winblad, 75, of 111 Woodchuck Parkway, Whiting died yesterday at Community Memorial Hospital, Toms River. He was born in Jersey City, where he lived until coming here two years ago. He worked 12 years for the Hudson Dispatch, Union City and retired in 1969. Mr. Winblad was a member of Federal Lodge 888, F&AM, New York; Christ Lutheran Church here; the Travel Club of Crestwood and Pine Ridge Residence Association, both here. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Leah Way Winblad; a daughter, Mrs. Geraldine Van Deusen, Bayonne; a sister, Mrs. Mae Freudenberg, Fairfield, and two grandchildren. The Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, here, is in charge of arrangements.

Burial[edit | edit source]

He was buried in George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, Bergen County, New Jersey.

Memories about Otto Perry WInblad[edit | edit source]

  • Richard Arthur Norton (1958) on February 3, 2013: "I only remember meeting him once, he came to Paramus to our house and he was tall and had white hair. This was probably around 1968-1970. The first time I saw the movie, the Exorcist, I thought that Max von Sydow looked exactly like Otto. My dad told me around 2010 that Otto had owned a gas station in Paramus.
  • Naida Lynette Van Deusen (1936) on June 29, 1999: I remember him living on Van Reypen Street in Jersey City and having his trailer in Whiting.
  • Selma Louise Freudenberg (1921-2009) in 1998: "He came from Norway to live with Maria, his sister, when his parents died. Otto was not born in Norway, but went with his parents there when they returned to their homeland. At this time Otto could only speak Norwegian. Otto Winblad tried to get Thomas Patrick Norton II (1920-2011) a job at The Hudson Dispatch in Union, New Jersey. Tom turned it down because it didn't pay as much as he was earning so Richard Charles Freudenberg I (1918-1994) took the job and worked there his entire life. Otto Winblad took Selma, and others, in his car to Chicago to see Leif Jensen (1886-1955). Lief worked plating gold. At one point we were on a mountain and the ride was frightening to me. I was about 10 years old at the time. Otto would take Maria's children (Selma, Naida and Helen) in his car to Bayonne on hot nights. They would go to the park to cool off. Otto would take them down to Point Pleasant, New Jersey where Selma met Kitty. Otto retired to Whiting, NJ where he died in 1977. He lived in a spacious double trailer. It had three bedrooms and May and Otto would play bridge all night with their friends.
  • Selma Louise Freudenberg (1921-2009) on February 20, 1999: "Otto gave my mom a toy fox terrier called Princey as a present. The puppy was so small that Otto brought it inside the house in his coat pocket we have several pictures of mom with the dog."
  • Otto was part owner of a gas station in Paramus, New Jersey around 1953 when we moved to Paramus. The gas station was at the corner of Midland Avenue and Forest Avenue and was a Shell station. I didn't have a job and he paid me $1 per hour to work from 5:00 pm to closing at 10:00 pm. The gas station also had a freezer that they sold ice cream from. Paramus was mostly celery farms back then. (Source: Thomas Patrick Norton II (1920-2011) on July 20, 2003)
  • Otto Winblad offered me an apprenticeship as a stereotyper when he worked for the Herald in New York City or the Jersey Journal in Jersey City. This was after the war, probably 1945 or 1946. The pay was $15 per week and I was already making $33 per week working for Mutual Chemical as a traffic clerk. Later on I was a paymaster and carried a gun. I turned down the job and it was given to Joseph Lawrence Reilly the husband of Eloise Freudenberg. After the war they didn't know what to do with me when I went back to Mutual Chemical so they had me substitute for everyone who was away. That way I learned how the whole company worked. Before the war my job was as the traffic clerk, Fred was the office manager and I was his assistant. Before Mutual Chemical I worked at the company that Pete Van Deusen worked at, I was fired when I missed a day of work when I was injured playing football. My family didn't have a telephone so I couldn't call in sick. Pete told me to go to the unemployment office and they sent me to Mutual Chemical. (Source: Thomas Patrick Norton II (1920-2011) on Sunday, May 11, 2003)

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Otto Perry Winblad (1902-1977)'s ancestors in three generations
Otto Perry Winblad (1902-1977) Father:
John Edward Winblad I (1856-1914)
Paternal Grandfather:
Anton Julius Winblad I (1828-1901)
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Lars Magnus Wingblad
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Brita Christina Ökneberg
Paternal Grandmother:
Elsa Maria Elisabeth Näslund (1829-1907)
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Israel Israelsson Näslund III (1796-1858)
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Johanna Gustafva Ruuth (1800-1860)
Salmine Sophia Severine Pedersen (1862-1914)
Maternal Grandfather:
Ole Mathias Pedersen (1822-1914)
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Peder Andreas Hansen (1790-1849) of Log
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Maren Sophia Olsdatter (1791-1868) of Gullestad
Maternal Grandmother:
Thea Johanne Torstensdatter (1825-1864)
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Torsten Christophersen
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Johanne Jacobsdatter
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