May 2010


Victoria was the daughter of Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak. She was born December 18, 1882 and baptized at St. Anthony’s on December 19, 1882.

Frank Sieja was born September 28, 1883 to Valentine and Mary Sieja and was baptized at St. Anthony’s on September 30, 1883.

Before their marriage, Victoria was employed as a sorter for H. Rosen, a junk dealer on Erie Street in Toledo — somewhat remarkably for a 15-year-old, she was listed in the 1897 Polk Directory for Toledo with her employment and as a border of Frances Przybylski (wid Andrew) at 1637 Vance Street.

Frank and Victoria were married in St. Anthony’s parish on September 25, 1905. Their marriage produced 10 children:

I was unable to locate Norman’s baptismal data.

Irene had married Clemence Plenzler. Clemence was the son of Martin Plenzler and Minnie Machowiak. My mother worked with Irene at the F. W. Woolworth department store in downtown Toledo for many years.

Daniel had married Edna Plenzler. Edna was the daughter of Martin Plenzler and Minnie Machowiak. Coincidentally, Edna and Daniel were born just days apart — Edna on April 16, 1911 and Daniel on April 18, 1911 — and they were baptized on the same day.

Leonard did not survive childhood and passed away due to infantile paralysis on August 3, 1927. His interment record through St. Anthony’s parish is transcribed below:

Date of death and burial: Aug. 3 – Aug. 5 1927
Name of person interred: Leonard Sieja
Place of birth: Toledo
Age: 5
Disease: Paralysis
Priest: F. S. Legowski
Cemetery: Calvary

Leonard’s burial record from Calvary Cemetery is transcribed below:

No. 28654
Name: Leonard Sieja
Residence: 1451 Avondale
Age: 4
Cause of death: Infantile paralysis
Date of interment: Aug. 5
Grave: 1560
Range or Lot: 13
Grave: 30
Undertaker: F. J. Czelgosz

The Sieja family lived at 1465 Belmont per the 1910 census and 1920 census.

Per the 1930 census, the family was living at 1451 Avondale. Son Roman was married and living with the family with his wife and daughter.

Victoria passed away October 20, 1937 due to a cerebral hemorrhage. She was buried through St. Anthony’s parish on October 23, 1937. Her burial record through the parish is transcribed below:

Date of death and burial: Oct. 20, Oct. 23
Name of person interred: Victoria Sieja
Place of birth: Toledo
Age: 55
Priest: F. S. Legowski
Cemetery: Calvary
Remarks: Stroke

Victoria was buried at Calvary Cemetery. Her burial record is transcribed below:

No. 38021
Name: Victoria Sieja
Residence: 1451 Avondale
Age: 53
Cause of death: Apoplexy
Date of interment: Oct. 23
Grave: 414
Range or lot: 5
Section: 40
Undertaker: F. J. Czologosz

Frank Sieja passed away May 29, 1958 at home and was buried through Nativity parish. From the notation on the church’s burial record, it appears Frank re-married after Victoria’s death. Frank’s burial record from Nativity is transcribed below:

No. 13
Name of deceased: Frank Sieja
Residence: 1050 Indiana
Age: 75
Parents, Wife or Husband: Wife
Date of death: May 29, 1958
Sacraments: At home.
Priest: A. J. Lakizciski (sp?)
Place and date of burial: May 31, 1958, Calvary
Remarks: Jadgozinski

Frank was buried at Calvary Cemetery. His burial record is transcribed below:

No. 59279
Name: Frank Sieja
Residence: 1050 Indiana
Age: 73
Cause of death: Pending
Date of interment: May 31
Grave: 413
Lot or range: 5
Section: 40
Funeral director: A.A. Jadgozinski
Remarks: R669

I’ve noticed queries for Myers, Mierzejewski, and Ceglarski are being captured.

Currently, I’m working with my mother’s side of the family, the Plenzlers and Przybylskis.

I have received a large amount of data and information from Garret Mierzejewski, which I am reading and analyzing.  This data is showing that assumptions I’ve made regarding Konstanty are wrong — highly interesting and yes, he is a relative. Stay tuned. I will be focusing more on the Mierzejewskis this summer because there is a lot to learn and tell.

One thing I’m learning through genealogy is patience. Following the bread crumb trail is never a straight line.

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Rose was the second child of Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak. In an odd way, she fascinated me more than any of the other offspring of Andrew and Frances. Perhaps it was because she raised a brood of girls, like my mom and myself. (But I will admit, mom stopped at 3, I stopped at 4–Rose had 7!) Perhaps it was because it seemed as if she led a fairly difficult life  and passed away quite young–at the age of 35 of tuberculosis.

Rose had 8 children within 14 years. Seven of these children survived to adulthood–the only boy, Daniel, died in infancy.

Rose, as well as her older brother Frank, was noted as having been born in Germany on census records.  Per the 1900 census, she was born in 1880 and arrived here in 1881. However, her death certificate states she was born June 16, 1883 in Germany. I have not yet located any immigration information for Andrew and Frances Przybylski.

Casper was born about 1873 to Piotr Koralewski and Katarzyna Obarska. He arrived in the US at age 18 via Baltimore on the Ship, Weimar, emigrating from Poznanskiego, Poland. The ship arrived in Baltimore on April 22, 1891.

Rose and Casper married February 26, 1900 in St. Anthony’s Parish and had eight children:

By 1910, Rose and Casper were living at 1531 Vance Street, where they were to remain until each passed away. Rose had passed January 21, 1916 from pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 32. She is buried in Calvary Cemetery. The cemetery’s burial record is transcribed below:

No. 16958
Name of deceased: Rose Koralewska
Late residence: 1531 Vance St.
Age: 32 y, 7 mo, 5 d
Color: W
Sex: F
Disease: Tuberculosis
Date of decease: 1/21/1916
Date of interment: 1/24/1916
No. of grave: 802
No. of lot: 6
No. of section: 3
Name of Physician: J. Aftel
Name of Undertaker: W. J. Gasiorowski

The 1920 census for the Koralewski is not accurate for the family in two ways. First, it shows Casper as married when in fact he is widowed. Secondly, and probably most importantly, Emerence is not shown on this census. It is very likely she was being cared for by other family members. This may cause family members to believe that Rose did not have another child after Daniel.

The 1930 census for the Koralewski family is also confusing. It shows only Casper and a daughter, whose name is not clearly written–it appears as if the census taker tried to correct an error and did not do so well. I believe this child to be Emerence. The age listed for this child is approximately 15 and Emerence was born in 1914.

Casper passed away January 12, 1934. Per his burial record, Casper also passed away from pulmonary tuberculosis. I have not been able to locate his death certificate; however, I have located his death through St. Anthony’s Parish death register and his burial record through Calvary Cemetery.

The death record through St. Anthony’s is transcribed below:

Date of death: Jan. 12, 1934
Date of burial: Jan. 16, 1934
Kasper Koralewski
Place of birth: Poland
Age: 60
Priest: A.S. Legowski
Place of burial: Calvary

Casper’s burial record through Calvary is transcribed below:

No. 34518
Name: Kasper Koralewski
Residence: 1531 Vance
Age: 59
Cause of death: Pul. Tuberculosis
Date of interment: Jan. 16
Grave: 2647
Range or Lot: 17
Section: 32
Undertaker: Gasiorowski Bros.

Joseph was the second child, second son of Joseph Plenzler and Eva Dauer, my mother’s paternal great-uncle. Joseph was born on October 20, 1884 in Poznan. He, his brother Martin, and mother Eva arrived on the ship, Moravia, in the port of New York on May 6, 1884. She departed from Hamburg with her two eldest sons: Marczin (Martin) and Josef (Joseph). Martin was 3 at the time of arrival, his younger brother was just 6 months. (Lines 11, 12, and 13 in the manifest.)

Joseph married Josephine Grzechowiak. Josephine was born in Toledo on February 26, 1891 and baptized in St. Anthony’s parish on February 28, 1891. She was born to Laurence Grzechowiak and Wickoria Dragon.

While I was unable to find a marriage record for Joe and Josephine, they were married prior to 1918 as Joseph claims Josephine as his next of kin on his World War I draft registration records.

Joe and Josephine resided at 634 Marmion per the 1920 census. By the 1930 census, they had resided at 737 Marmion. Here is a link to a picture of the home and ownership transfer records for the property.

Joe and Josephine had four children:

  • Theresa Plenzler Helminak
  • Aloyosius J. Plenzler
  • Martha Plenzler Pieczynski
  • Alice Plenzler Bogucki

Joe passed away on January 14, 1948 and was buried through St. Hyacinth’s Parish. The St. Hyacinth burial record is transcribed below:

Name: Joseph Plenzler
Died: 1/14/1946
Buried: 1/17/1946
Cemetery: Calvary
Officiating Priest: J.F.L.
Age Date of Birth: Oct. 20, 1882
Sacraments: All
Nearest Kin: wife
Adm. By: J.F.L.

Joe’s obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on January 14, 1948 and reads:

Joseph Plenzler

Joseph F. (Joe Pie) Plenzler, 739 Marmion Ave., a moulder at the Toledo Machine and Tool Foundry since 1933, died yesterday. He was 65.

Mr. Plenzler was a member of the Moulders Union, AFL.

Surviving are his wife, Josephine; son, Aloysius, daughters, Martha and Theresa Plenzler and Mrs. Alice Bogucki; borthers, Charles, Robert, Frank and Leo Plenzler; and sisters, Mrs. Sophia Szymanowski and Mary Plenzler, and two grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Sujkowski and Son Mortuary and at 10 a.m. in St. Hyacinth Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Joseph’s burial record from Calvary Cemetery is transcribed below:

No. 47815
Name: Joseph Plenzler
Residence: 737 Marmion
Age: 63
Cause of death: Hypertension
Date of interment: Jan. 17
Grave: W-1/2
Range or Lot: 392
Section: 39
Undertaker: Sujkowski & Son

Josephine passed away on June 10, 1978. Her obituary from the Toledo Blade, June 11, 1978 reads below.

Josephine Plenzler

Mrs. Josephine M. Plenzler, 87, of 737 Marmion Ave., died Saturday in Mercy Hospital. She was the widow of Joseph Plenzler. She was an assembler for 10 years at the former Rex Research Co., retiring in 1960. Surviving are her son, Aloysius; daughters, Mrs. Martha Piezzynski, Mrs. Alice Bogucki, and Mrs. Theresa Helminiak; sister, Mrs. Bertha Liberkowski, and bothers, William and John Grzechowiak. Services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Hyacinth Church. The Rosary will be recited Monday at 7 p.m. in the Sujkowski Mortuary, where the body will be tonight after 6:30.

Her burial record through St. Hyacinth parish is transcribed below.

Name: Josephine Plenzler
Died: June 10, 1978
Buried: June 13, 1978
Cemetery: Calvary
Officiating Priest: John Hemstreet
Age: 84
Sacraments: All
Adm. By: Chaplain, Mercy Hospital
Next of Kin: Son, Ollie Plenzler

Frank Przybylski is my mother’s paternal uncle, my great-uncle. He was the eldest child of Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak. Per his World War I draft registration, Frank was born May 17, 1876 and had become a naturalized citizen by 1917.

Josephine was born in Poland in December, 1883 to Katharine Holas and Michael Mielcarek. Per the 1900 census, she emigrated to the US in 1892 with her family.

Frank and Josephine married January 27, 1906 in St. Anthony’s Parish. The marriage record is transcribed below:

Jan 27, 1906
Przybylski, Frank
Mielczarek, Jozefa
A.J. Suplicki

By 1920, Frank and Josephine were living on Detroit Avenue.

Per the 1920 census, Frank arrived in the US in 1886. This provides a better timeline for understanding when Frank’s parents, Andrew and Frances (Rochowiak) Przybylski, emigrated to the US–I have not yet located any records for their arrival and it’s likely that Andrew was never naturalized because of the short time span between arrival and his death in 1894.

Frank and Josephine had eight children:

Harry, born 1908
Zygmund, born 1910
Pearl, born 1911
Clemence, born 1913
Daniel, born 1915
Alice, born 1917
Aloyisius, born 1918
Raymond, born 1919

Alice married Aloysius (Ollie) Plenzler. Ollie was my grandmother’s (Anastasia Przybylski Plenzler) nephew and the son of Joseph Plenzler (Jr.) and Josephine Grezchowiak. Below are snapshots of the family tree.

By 1930, Frank and Josephine resided at 831 Waverly Avenue, not far from St. Hyacinth’s parish. When researching this property, I noticed that the property appears to have been some type of commercial establishment, perhaps a neighborhood grocery.  Here is a photo from the Lucas County GIS website and property ownership records. Noted on Frank’s death certificate was an occupation as food merchant/grocer. Possibly he owned a grocery business.

Josephine passed away October 6, 1946. Her obituary is transcribed below:

Mrs. Josephine Przybylski, 831 Waverly Ave., died yesterday in East Side Hospital after a brief illness. She was 61.

Born in Germany, she had lived in Toledo 56 years. She was a member of the Ladies’ Catholic Benevolent Association, Branch 1441; the Alter Society of St. Hyacinth Church and the Rosary Society of St. Stanislaus Church.

Surviving are her husband, Frank; sons, Harry, Zigmund, Clemens, Daniel, Aloysius, and Raymond; daughters, Pearl and Mrs. Alice Plenzler; brother, Thomas Mielcarek; niece, Sister M. Albertina, Franciscan Order, Sylvania, O. nephew, the Rev. Aloysius Sobczak, assistant pasator of St. Stanislaus Church, and nine grandchildren.

The Alter Society of St. Hyacinth will recite the Rosary at 7:30 tonight in the Czoglosz Funeral Home, and the LCBA will recite the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Services in the funeral home at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday will be followed by a funeral mass at 9 a.m. in St. Hyacinth Church at which Father Sobczak will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Josephine’s burial record through Calvary is transcribed below:

No.: 46532
Name: Josephine Przybylski
Residence: East Side Hospital
Age: 61
Cause of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage
Date of interment: Oct. 9 1946
Grave N 1/2 of E 1/2
Lot or range: 192
Section: 25
Undertaker: Czolgosz Mort.

Frank passed away October 1, 1953. I have not been able to locate his obituary; but have located both his burial record through St. Hyacinth and his interment record at Calvary (both transcribed below).

St. Hyacinth burial record:

Name: Francis Przybylski
Died: Oct. 1, 1953
Buried: Oct. 5, 1953
Cemtery: Calvary
Officiating Priest: J. Lubiatowski
Age: Date of Birth: May 17, 1876
Sacraments: All
Nearest Kin: Children
Adm. By: Chaplain of Mercy Hosp.

Calvary:

No. 54045
Name: Frank Przybylski
Residence: Mercy Hosp.
Age: 77
Cause of death: Uremia
Date of interment: Sept. 5, 1953
Grave: N 1/2 E 1/2
Range or Lot: 192
Section: 25
Funeral Director: W.K. Sujowski

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