Birdie (Hills) Stefani

Bertha Nellie Annie Jane (Hills) Stefani (1912 - 1996)

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Bertha Nellie Annie Jane (Birdie) Stefani formerly Hills
Born in Barking, Greater London, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 23 Aug 1942 in Ilford, Essex, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in 424 Lytham Road, Blackpool, Lancashire Englandmap
Profile last modified 11 Feb 2020 | Created 22 Aug 2014 | Last significant change: 11 Feb 2020
22:27: Christine (Hills) Frost edited the Biography for Bertha Nellie Annie Jane (Hills) Stefani (1912-1996). [Thank Christine for this]
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Biography

Bertha Nellie Annie Jane was born on October 29, 1912 in Barking, Greater London, England. She was the daughter of Harry Hills and Sue Reeves. When her father saw her he said she was like a little bird and she became known as Birdie, the name by which she was known all her life. She was baptised at St. Margaret's, Barking and attended their school. Birdie and her younger sister May liked to go to dances when they were in their teens and sometimes climbed on the roof to let themselves in through the skylight when they got home after the door was locked and they didn't want to draw attention to their late arrival. Birdie never lost her high spirits or her ability to tell a good story. When she was still young she met up with Orlando Stefani, an Italian who had a fish and chip shop nearby. He was known as Londo, and soon he and Birdie were married. They had three children. Birdie and May both worked in the fish shop and cooked crisps which were very popular, they made up a song about their work which they used to sing while they were frying and serving in the shop. In the 1950s Birdie and Londo moved to Swindon and took over a toy shop, but after a few years Londo went up to Blackpool and opened a teabar on the beach. Birdie and the children soon joined him there and they became very successful in their various businesses. Birdie was widowed in her early seventies and had some cancer surgery but was able to live at home until her death with help from her daughter and some of her grandchildren. She died on July 2, 1996 at her own home in Lytham Road, Blackpool, England. She had been received into the Catholic Church shortly before her death and her Funeral Mass took place in the local Catholic Church after which she was cremated at Carleton Crematorium, Blackpool.

Sources

England and Wales Birth Registration Index

Name Bertha N A J Hills

Event Type Birth Registration

Registration Quarter Oct-Nov-Dec

Registration Year 1912

Registration District Romford

County Essex

Event Place Romford, Essex, England

Mother's Maiden Name (not available before 1911 Q3) Reeves

Volume 4A Page 1164 Line Number 35

Citing this Record

"England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FGG-2PR : accessed 24 May 2016), Bertha N A J Hills, 1912; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Romford, Essex, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

Name Bertha N A J Hills

Event Type Marriage Registration

Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep

Registration Year 1942

Registration District Ilford

County Essex

Event Place Ilford, Essex, England

Spouse Name (available after 1911) Stefani

Volume 4A Page 1270 Line Number 139

Bertha N A J Hills married Orlando B Stefani

Citing this Record

"England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV8R-SD5V : 8 October 2014), Bertha N A J Hills and null, 1942; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1942, quarter 3, vol. 4A, p. 1270, Ilford, Essex, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007

Name Bertha Nellie A J Stefani

Event Type Death Registration

Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep

Registration Year 1996

Registration District Blackpool & Fylde

County Lancashire

Event Place Blackpool & Fylde, Lancashire, England

Birth Date (available after June quarter 1969) 29 Oct 1912

Volume 5811B

Page B44C

Citing this Record

"England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVZD-5YL9 : 4 September 2014), Bertha Nellie A J Stefani, Jul 1996; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death Registration, Blackpool & Fylde, Lancashire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.



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