I may be related to you. My grandfather on my mother’s side was Arthur Fiala, and I believe his father was your grandfather, Charles Fiala. My mother, Linda Fiala, remembers Uncle Charlie, whom I believe was your father. And I remember meeting Aunt “V” (Vivian, I presume) once or twice.
I am so happy to have come upon your postings. My Uncle, Larry Fiala, has been trying to find out where his grandfather was buried for a long time. If you still have a digital copy of the obituary, I would definitely appreciate if you could send it to me.
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I do not know how far you have gotten in your quest. I have barely begun. But I did find an online tree posted by Larry Desaire that includes some of the Fiala and Thyfault family if you’re interested. The link is http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:28178...
. My mother says she has some notes her dad had collected about the Thyfault family, but as-of-now they are still in paper format. I can certainly ask her to send this to you whenever she gets around to digitizing it, if it would be of interest.
Larry Desaire traces your grandfather’s paternal line back only 2 generations to Joseph FIALA, who was born in 1843 in Germany, and is listed as being a Cooper. His son, Joseph Jr. Fiala, is listed as being born in 1862 in Bohemia, Germany. My mother has always said she was Bohemian; but according to this info Bohemia was part of Germany then. The Thyfault trace goes back quite a bit further.
Anyway, hope this finds you well. And, again, I was very happy to stumble across your posts.
:) Wendy Olson