Note that that I originally posted the wrong burial information for Wladymir. I confused him with another Walter in the family! The burial record now reflects the correct link to the Calvary Cemetery record. Original post otherwise remains as it was written.
Wladymir (Walter) was the elder brother to my grandmother, Helena Mierzejewska. He was born June 20, 1881 in Borowcze, Poland to Stanislaw Mierzejewski and Anna Keijewska. Wladymir arrived in the US sometime about 1907 or 1908, settling first near Altoona, Pennsylvania. He was married at this time to a woman likely named Bertha and had two daughter while living in Pennsylvania named Sophia (Zofia) and Cezslawa (Charlotte). It was through Zofia’s passport application that I located him first in Pennsylvania. It appears as if Zofia and Wladymir’s second wife (Zofia refers to her as her stepmother on the passport application) traveled to Poland together in 1921 and were leaving Poland in 1924. The passport application provides Zofia’s birth date as April 10, 1909 and states she was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
The 1920 census places Wladymir in Toledo, Ohio at 1060 Hamilton with his wife listed as Bernice. Additionally, Wladimir is living with daughters Sophia and Charlotte as well as with brothers Kalixity and Edward. I am unsure of who Edward really is. He may be a brother to Wladmir who returned to Poland or another relative in the family. Another area for research in the future.
I located a manifest for Wladymir returning to the US from Europe via the Saxonia dated March 1, 1924. Wladimir appeared to be traveling alone to visit a friend, Jozef Mozolewski Eichendorfer in Berlin, Germany. His last permanent residence was provided as Berlin, Germany with his stated intention of returning to Toledo, Ohio. His brother, John, is listed as a relative with John’s address as 1763 Buckingham. Oddly, the manifest states that Wladimir is Estonian and Hebrew! See line 2 of the manifest.
The 1930 census places Wladymir back in Toledo, but living at 1060 Hamilton. His wife is listed as Bernice and they are living with daughters Sophie, Charlotte, and Hedwig (Hattie). Hattie was born in December 22, 1918 in Ohio per her state of Ohio death record. Interestingly (as goes the theme for my family), Hattie’s death record lists her mother as a Mierzejewski.
Wladymir died June 24, 1975 per a death record through St. Hyacinth’s parish. The death record through the parish is transcribed below:
Name: Mierzejewski, Walter
Age: Date of birth: 93
Nearest Kin: Daughter, Harriet Wadas
Died: June 24, 1975
Buried: June 27, 1975
Officiating Priest: Rev. Bede J. Slominski
Adm. by: Rev. Frank Slupski
His obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on June 25, 1975 and is transcribed below:
Walter Mierzejewski, 93, of 4605 May St., died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital. He was employed by the former Kaiser Jeep Corp. as a machine operator 25 years, retiring in 1953. Surviving are his daughters, Mrs. Sophie Owczarzak, Mrs. Charlotte Okurowski, and Mrs. Harriet Wadas. Services will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Hyacinth’s Church. The Rosary will be recited Thursday at 7 and 7:30 p.m. in the Sujkowski Mortuary.
Wladymir was buried in Calvary Cemetery. The burial record is transcribed below:
Name: Walter Mierzejewski
Residence: 4605 S. May St.
Cause of death: Prov. Death. Cert.
Date of Interment: 6/27
Grave: N-1/2, E-1/2
Range or Lot: 215
Funeral Director: Sujkowski
I have little information on Wladymir’s daughters other than some scant marriage information and death information about two of his daughters.
Sophie married Walter Owczarak and she passed away on March 21, 1982. Her obituary is transcribed below:
Mrs. Sophie Owczarzak, 72, of Imperial Drive, died Sunday in the Lake Park Nursing Care Center, Sylvania. She worked at the former Electric Autolite Co., Surviving are her husband, Walter, and sister, Mrs. Harriet Wadas. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Christ the King Church. Scripture services will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Ansberg-West Mortuary, where the body will be after 2 p.m. Tuesday. The family requests that any tributes be in the form of contributions to charity of the donor’s choice.
Hattie married Leo Wadas and she passed away on June 4, 2002. Her obituary from the Toledo Blade is transcribed below (I do not have a scanned or electronic copy of the original obit, but it was posted here):
Published: Jun 06, 2002 THE TOLEDO BLADE
Wadas Harriet R. Harriet R. Wadas, age 83 of Toledo, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at Swan Creek Health Care Center. Harriet was born in Toledo on December 22, 1918 to Walter and Bernice MIERZEJEWSKI Harriet retired from Champion Spark Plug where she worked for over 30 years. She was a member of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Parish. Circle 8-Alliance of Poles, Wroblewski Post 18 Auxiliary, and the Logsdon-Walla Post 639 Auxiliary. Harriet was a kind and loving person who will be greatly missed by all that knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Leo Wadas. Surviving are 3 nieces and 3 nephews.
Friends may call at the Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy. on Friday from 4 to 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed with Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. A Scripture Service will be held on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the mortuary.