Man Believes Wife Lost In Explosion At Windsor Store

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Man Believes Wife Lost In Explosion At Windsor Store By DAVE DILES WINDSOR, Ont. CAP) — Louis Zebic is a poor man and he has no room tragedy. in his little home for He never complained about the poverty tlu>t beset him. Three years of unemployment, living on meaeer welfare checks, had not blighted his spirit. A foot that pained him constant-, ly because of an old bone injury did not mean that Louis Zebic had to feel sorry for himself. The 34-year-old metal worker had come to Canada seven" years ago from his native Yugoslavia. He wanted a better life. Things were not good now, but they would get better. He just knew they would. After all, he and his 35-year-old wife, Edith, had managed to keep the family together. That was thi: important thing. .There were Deb- - T • --•—- — ,, _. ^ ui~u i — o: e ' 7 i,^_9. h L co 'A T1 ! e - v ^ ere . at , tI St. Alphonsus afternoon. .. v .~ uv School Tuesday !. ' Louis and his wife took Zora 4, Tommy, 2%, t-nd Polly, 1.1 months, a few blocks over into downtown Windsor for some shopping. Some meat for supper, some socks for Debbie and Chico, then back again to their shabby home- that was their plan. Louis, j» tall, shallow-cheeked man, left his wife and children in front of the department store where she planned to buy the socks. He walked a few doors down the street to buy the meat for their supper. Zebic said he would catch up with '.hem inside the store. It w-is about 2 p. m. He had just returned to the front entrance of the store shortly j.fter 2 p. m. when an explosion nearly blew him into the street. A huge cloud of black snioko rolled all about him. Glass and debris were flying everywhere in Ouellette Ave. Four hours later, after a vain search for his family, Zebic told a reporter: "I -guess we might as well go home. There's nothing els* for me to do." As the grieving man reached home, he raised his head. The lights were on in the house! Zebic burst through the front door. Three children were seated on a couch. Debbie was thumbing through a book. Chico was munching on a cookie. Zora was look'ng at pictures of little dolls in a catalog. Tommy was jumping up and down on a bed in the next room playing with Polly's talcum powl der. _ Ze °ic wept and hugged each of his children "God bless, God bless,'' -" — "") ">-i uw k/iv;oa, Iv cried in his broken English 'You are a n sweetie-pies, that is one thing for sure." An unborn child saved the Ze- bic family. Mrs. Zebic had started into the department store, then decided to go next door to the women's shop to try on a maternity dress she knew she could not afford to buy. She was in the fitting room when the department store was rocked by the blast that took at least 10 livns and injured more than 80 others. A sixth child is due at the Zebic home in February. "God is wonderful," said Zebic. "God did all this. He saved us." a a

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  1. Wellsville Daily Reporter,
  2. 26 Oct 1960, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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  • Man Believes Wife Lost In Explosion At Windsor Store

    christine481 – 25 Mar 2013

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    Louis Zebic, now deceased, was my dad. I very much enjoyed reading this article!

    christine48125 Mar 2013

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