Austra Liza Evele
- Born: 25 Jan 1927, Liepaja, Latvia
- Marriage (1): Francis (Frank) Joseph Fiske O'Hara on 13 Jun 1953 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Died: Jan 1999, Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada aged 72
Cause of her death was Diabetes.
Emigrated from Germany to Canada, following WW II, . Worked initially in a Toronto clothing factory. Later trained as a nurse at Toront Western Hospital, graduating in 1954 (a year after she married Frank O'Hara). She came to Canada with an aunt by marriage and the aunt's mother. (The latter was the step-mother of Austra's mother.) Austra suffered from alcoholism and possibly late-onset diabetes. Died at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, following surgery for the removal of a limb.
As a result of a tumultuous childhood, Austra suffered from mental problems, probably what we would now call PTSD. Her mother saw a daughter (earlier than Austra) go up in flames after backing into a fireplace. The mother was pregnant and abborted twins as a result of the stress. Soon after, she became pregnant and gave birth to Austra. Austra was rejected by her mother from the day she was born.
In 1939, Germany and Russia divided up the middle Europe between them. Latvia was apportioned to Germany. Austra was allowed to stay in a part of her family home, along with the woman who had been her governess. the rest of the house was taken over by German officers. Later,as the Russian army approachied, the German army retreated. Latvians who self-identivied as "upper class" fled with the Germans. Austra ended up in Austria.
She was forced to work in a munitions factory. As the Russian army approached people fled to Germany. She was lucky enough to be 'adopted' by a farm family from Baveria and and stayed with them until the end of the wa and subsequentily moved to a 'Displaced Persons Camp'. There she met a couple of relatives and the three of them came to Canada. Austra got a job in a clothing factory. She was quite adept and quickly learned how to run a sewing machine.
Toronto Western Hospital had a nurse training program that was ideal for her. They provided room and board, a uniform, a small stipend and an accelerated two year program to become a trained nurse.
Austra married Francis (Frank) Joseph Fiske O'Hara, son of Lee Thomas Edward O'Hara and Alma Clara Brennan, on 13 Jun 1953 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Francis (Frank) Joseph Fiske O'Hara was born on 4 Apr 1926 in Silver Centre, Temiskaming, Ontario, Canada and was christened in Apr 1926 in Silver Centre, Temiskaming , Ontario, Canada.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• 1st Marriage: Austra Evele, 13 Jun 1953, Toronto, Ontario.
Frank's 2nd marriage was to Jean Constance Bartels, 9th October, 1971 Unfortunately, she had to deal with many challenges as a result of my children, particularly Thomas and Andrew, both of whom developed Schizophrenia. Struggles dealing with Frank's launching of an under-financed business didn't help. We divorced on August 10,1979.
3rd marriage to Marion Eva Raycheba, 2nd April, 2003. Frank finally got smart - or was it lucky?