Hello, My mother, maiden name Arlene Thoel, was born in Oaklawn, Il a south suburb of Chicago. My grandfather, William Thoel(Bill) was born in Chicago, Il around 1912. His mother was Irish and his father was of some sort of German desent which we were never permitted to talk about. One of my cousins went to Germany and discovered that many of the Thoels were of Jewish ancestry and tool makers. Since the rest of my family is Irish Catholic, this may be why we were told not to speak of it. But he was my favorite grandfather, an artist, musician, very funny, and could fix anything. He was a great man.