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Rachel Noar

1. Rachel  Noar
Rachel was the oldest of 4 children.   At the time of her murder, in 1919, she was working for the Russian government and engaged.

2. Zalman Noar
Zalman  was the 2nd oldest.  He was married and had a daughter.  By 1922 he was a lineman in the Polish army.  When his brothers later moved to America,  Zalman could not go because he was in the army.

 ........    ........ Abe and Annie Noar                         Abe Noar               .....          Abe and Annie Noar

3. Abraham H. Noar
Abraham was born 12-5-1906 in Oshmiany, Poland which is now part of Belarus.   His middle name is actually Chai, though he used Hyman in America
Why Chai?  When he was very young, he became very sick.  According Jewish tradition, a persons name is the key to their soul.  Similar to the combination needed to open a lock.  When a person became very sick they would "change the combination" by adding another word to their name.  This was done in hopes of "opening" the soul to allow the life force to flow.  Commonly added words were Chai (life), Baruch (blessed), Simcha (joy) and the like.
In 1922, Abe was facing induction into the Polish army.  At that time, his mother's sister, Chava Grushkin, offered to pay for sea passage for Abraham (16) and his brother Julius (11).  They set sail from Danzig (Gedansk) aboard the Estonia for America arriving December 3, 1922.  Before coming to America, Abe was a printers apprentice in Warsaw, where he lived with his younger brother Julius

Chava and Morris Grushkin

   Abraham worked for his uncle, Morris Grushkin, at the Boston Pleating and Button Company in Worcester, MA Green Street.  He later bought the business from his uncle.  During the depression Abe owned a variety of businesses including a lamp and novelty business.  In 1931,  he became owner of Noar Oil Co.
   Abraham also bought an elegant resort hotel at Monument Beach, Cape Cod, MA in 1945.  In those days, hotels advertised "restricted clientele," meaning no Jew allowed.  "I didn't buy it for the money.  I bought it to break the restrictions."
   On 6-20-1930 in Dorchester, MA, Abraham married Annie L. Koogle whom he had met at Uncle Grushkin's factory.  They had 4 children: Myron (Mike), Bernard (Bucky), Harriet, and Toby.   At some point Abe and Julius boarded at Annie Koogle's house.

Myron (Mike) Noar (b 6/10/1931) married Phyllis Krinsky on 5-24-1951.  They had 3 children: Mark, Scott, and Jill.

Myron (Mike) Noar
Phyllis (Krinsky) Noar

   - Mark Noar married Martine Motard, and have 3 children:   Emmanuelle, Ariane,
     and Jean-Claude.

Mark and Martine Noar
Ariane, Jean-Claude, and  Emmanuelle Noar

   - Scott Noar married Patricia Stewart and have 3 children:   Jesse, Adam, and Daniel.                                                                                                  - Jesse married Roslyn Duvall.                                                                                                                                                                                      - Adam married Rachel Cordova.

Scott and Pat Noar
 Daniel, Jesse, Roslyn, Rachel, Adam

   - Jill Noar married Irv Silverstein.

Jill and Irv


Bernard (Bucky) Noar married Judy Wassersug.  They have 3 children: Beth, Sharon, and Wendy.
The nickname, Bucky, came from his older brother Mike.  When they were young. Mike would pretend that he was Captain America and his little brother was his sidekick Bucky.
  - Beth Noar  married Joe Woodward.  They have 2 children, Haile and Lucas
  -Sharon Noar married Hans deKlerk and have 2 children, Andrew and Kyle.
  -Wendy Noar married Dennis Oleary and have 2 children, Lauren and Ryan.

Andrew and Kyle deKlerk

Harriet Noar married Larry Gruber, now divorced.  They have 3 children: Lee, Sheryl, and         Rochelle.
         - Sheryl married Tommy, now divorced.  They have 2 children, Arielle and Nathan.

Toby Noar married Charles Richmond.  They had 2 children: Eric Michael and Sue Ellen.
         - Eric Michael married Maria Anderson on 10/14/90 and have 3 children, Connor, Caitlyn,
           and Harrison.
         - Sue Ellen married Farron Levy on 9/1/02.

Harrison, Connor, and Caitlyn Richmond


Julius Noar
Julius and Abraham Noar

4. Julius Noar
Julius was born 3-7-1911  in Oshmiany, Poland which is now part of Belarus.   In 1922, he set sail, with his brother Abraham, from Danzig (Gedansk) aboard the Estonia for America arriving December 3, 1922.   Julius was seasick for most of the voyage and remembers wondering if it would ever end.  He also remembers that he was 1/2 fare because of his age.  As a young boy in Oshmiany, Julius remembers the bombs going off and lighting up the sky during WW I.  He also recalls how they had to eat heavy black bread, so challah was a treat because it was like cake, with raisins.  He recalls that during WW I, a large, friendly German soldier came into his home.  After assuring them not to worry, he sat Julius on his knee and asked "Mein Kind, what do you want?"  He offered Julius some candy who accepted.
   Julius married Gertrude Galena whom he had met at a dance in Worcester, MA.  When he spoke to her mother about marriage, he admitted that he didn't have much money.  Gertrude's mother said "Don't worry about that.  Gertie can work, she'll help you."   They moved to Hartford, CT.  They had 3 children:   Kenneth, Teddy, and Eileen.

(l-r) back: Ken, Eileen, Ted
front: Julius, Gertie
(l-r)Scott, Seth, Hope, Eric

Kenneth Noar (b 7/14/1944) married Hope Canter on 6-18-1967.  Hope said, "We married a week after we both graduated Hart College of Music.   We were pretty broke and mainly lived on love for a year or so."  They have 3 children: Seth, Scott, and Eric.
Scott andLisa Bozanic were married January 5, 2001 and have 3 children Callie, Caden and Colin
Seth andElisa were married October, 2002 and have a son Jonah.

Scott, Lisa, Callie,  Caden & Collin Noar

Seth & Elisa Noar Seth and Jonah Noar

Teddy Noar married Marie Claude Unknown.  They had 2 children: Patrick and William.
    - Patrick married Kimi.  They have a boy, Austin James (AJ).
    - William is married to Candy.  They have 2 boys, Brandon and Blake

Ted and Marie Claude Noar
William and Candice Noar
Austin James Noar

Brandon Noar

Blake Noar

- Eileen Noar married William O'Connell, now divorced.


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