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Otto Perry Winblad

  • Birth 4 Aug 1902 Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 17 Nov 1977 Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial Paramus, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
  • Plot Block H Lot 130, Section A, Grave 2
  • Memorial ID 7591954

Otto Perry Winblad (1902-1977) was a stereotyper for the New York Daily Mirror and other Hudson County, New Jersey and New York City newspapers. He served in the New York State National Guard in 1921 in the signal corps. He was a Free and Accepted Mason at Federal Lodge 888 in New York City. (b. August 4, 1902; Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA - d. November 17, 1977; Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA) Social Security Number 140073907.

He was baptized and confirmed as "Otto Maurits Winblad". His marriage certificate list him as "Otto Perry Winblad". His death certificate lists him as "Otto P. Winblad".

John Edward Winblad (1856-1914) of Ytterlännäs, Sweden and Salmine Sophia Severine Pedersen (1861-1914) of Farsund, Norway.

Otto was born on August 4, 1902 in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey.

He was baptized as "Otto Maurits Winblad" at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey on December 28, 1902. He was confirmed on May 6, 1917.

His siblings include: Anton Julius Winblad (1886-1975) aka Tony Winblad, who married Eva Ariel Lattin (1892-1939) and latter married Marguerite Van Rensselaer Schuyler (1891-1972) aka Marge Van Rensselaer Schuyler; Theodora Winblad (1888) who died as an infant; Mary Winblad (1889) who died as an infant; Otto Edward Winblad (1892) who died as an infant; Maria Elizabeth Winblad (1895-1987) aka Mae Winblad, who married Arthur Oscar Freudenberg (1891-1968); and John Edward Winblad II (1897-1899) aka Eddie Winblad, who died as a youth from pertussis.

Isle of Pines, Cuba:
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:
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.

New York State National Guard:
He served in the New York State National Guard in 1921 in the 101st Signal Battalion.

Free and Accepted Mason:
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:
On October 9, 1926 he married Helen Louise Hollenbach (1905-1928). The witnesses for the marriage were Theodore Roosevelt Lattin (1901-1980) and Henrietta Hollenbach.

They had one child: Geraldine 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 Gerladine's cousin: Helen Eloise Freudenberg (1928-1989).

Death of wife:
Six days after Gerladine'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:
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.

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:
On June 5, 1933 Otto married Leah Marie Way (1901-1986) in Manhattan. Their certificate number was "10868". They honeymooned in South Bend, Indiana; and Niagara Falls, New York.

By 1935 he was the scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 35 which was sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jersey City.

Gas station:
During the 1950's Otto may have been a part owner of a gas station in Paramus, New Jersey.

Hudson Dispatch:
The International Stereotypers' and Electrotypers' Union Journal of 1955: "Attention Otto Winblad, Hudson Dispatch, Union City, New Jersey. Benny Yale said tell you that you should come out here and get some of this Rocky Mountain air, and you would feel much better. 'Benny bought himself a new Ford a short time ..."

The Desert Hot Springs Sentinel of Desert Hot Springs, California wrote on April 21, 1961: "Otto has worked for a number of newspapers in the East, including the Hudson Dispatch, Jersey Journal, New York Times, New York News, New York Mirror, New York World, and the Brooklyn Eagle."

Whiting, New Jersey:
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.

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.

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."

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

Otto Perry Winblad (1902-1977) was the granduncle of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ).

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958) for Findagrave starting on June 17, 2003. Updated on February 8, 2014 with the quote from the The International Stereotypers' and Electrotypers' Union Journal. Updated on February 14, 2014 with the quote from the 1961 Desert Hot Springs Sentinel. Updated on October 17, 2014 with information from his marriage certificate. Updated on July 24, 2015 with information on his baptism and confirmation; and updated with his service in the New York National Guard. Updated on March 19, 2017 with information on him being a scoutmaster.


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  • Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
  • Added: 17 Jun 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7591954
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Otto Perry Winblad (4 Aug 1902–17 Nov 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7591954, citing George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (contributor 46580804) .