Nancy of MY ANCESTORS AND ME made a suggestion that I should Google the Pittsburgh newspapers to find the death day of Nora O'Donnell Avington nee Dowd to see if I could find her Obit.
I find searching newspapers a daunting and difficult task. So I tried the collection one by one; what I found something I did not know. I found her name connected to the death of her son Michael Richard. I had him listed on my tree as Richard and he was a person that I was unable to find any information about him.
Here is why:
Michael Richard was killed at Normandy on 8 June 1944. The date of this Obituary was 3 September 1948. I thought that the troops were buried in Normandy, and how did Nora get him back to the states for burial? Four years seems a long time to wait to bury your child. Michael O'Donnell was my father,Thomas Dowd, first cousin. His father, also Thomas Dowd, was Nora's brother.
Further research told me he was a medic. Honor Role 507 Division You have to scroll down to the bottom of the list.