Raymond Reunion 2002—Family Photo Ethel (Benzer) Bail
John Bail and Ethel (Benzer) Bail—next to Michael Raymond (far right)
Ethel throws back a few martinis with Jo Ann Del Cimmuto
Ethel (Benzer) Bail
Raymond family connection:
Ethel is the niece of Concetta (Elmo) Raymond (aka Jeanette Lemon), and also the only remaining surviving person who was alive at the same time as Jeanette Raymond (prior to her death in 1927). Click here to view an abbreviated Lemon/Elmo Family Tree.
When Concetta had conversations with Ethelís grandfather (Concettaís brother James) on the back porch, they always spoke in Albanian. They never spoke Albanian anywhere else because they considered it rude to speak in a foreign language around people who didnít speak it.
One possibility for the absence of any old Raymond/Raimondo photos might be due to an electrical fire that occurred at the Vandergrift residence (sometime in the early 1920s perhaps) and caused the family to "lose everything." Reportedly, they were jumping from windows to escape the flames and may have even made the local newspaper. Ethel says she recalls her grandfather (and mother) mentioning this incident "on more than one occasion."
Ethel described Concetta as "short and plump--with her hair pulled back."
Ethel commented that she always thought Antonio (Anthony) Raymond looked Irish--and didnít look like any Italian she ever knew. Eye color was light, etc.
Regarding the funeral of Concetta (Jeanette): "I remember when my parents and grandfather went to Vandergrift for the funeral. They had to get a family friend to stay with me. Later that day, Uncle Tony and all the Raymond boys (but not Helen and Peter Deture) came down for dinner."
Ethel says that John Raymond visited fairly regularly (John did a lot of the driving for Antonio)--and she also saw Francis quite often. "Anthony, John, and Francis I saw most often, though after grandfather (Concettaís brother James) died, other than Francis, I didnít see the others that much anymore . . . I saw Francis on the street various times--after grandpa died."