June 2011


When I discovered Sophia Plenzler, a daughter of Joseph and Eva Dauer Plenzler, some confusing information kept appearing. I ran into a number of records that seemed to show she was married to her brother, Frank.  As has been a theme in my family discovery, there is yet another occurrence of duplicate names.

It appears as if both Sophia and her brother Frank each married a Szymanowski. Frank married Sophia Szymanowski. Sophia Plenzler married Stephen Szymanowski. My research led me to believe that Stephen Szymanowski and Sophia Szymanowski Plenzler were siblings.  I located Stephen Szymanowski’s baptismal record from St. Anthony’s parish, dated September 2, 1892. A transcription of this  record is below and it reflects the same parents as Sophia Szymanowski Plenzler’s baptismal certificate (see post regarding Frank Plenzler).

#182
Baptisam
No. currens: 142
Datum Nativ. 1892 2 Sept. Nat. 3 Sept. Bapt.
Nomen: Stephanus
Genus: Mas
Thori: Leg.
Parentes: Szymanowski Michael fil Jacobi et Justina Jablonska, Marianna fil Joannis et Barbara n. Jastruzbska (sp?)
Patrini: Joannes Jablonski et Anna Szymanowska
Adnotates

The 1920 census shows Sophia and Stephen living with Mary, Robert, Frank, and Leo (all single) at 1541 Avondale and notes Stephen as a renter, with Robert as head of household. The 1930 census (page 1 and page 2) shows Stephen and Sophia living at 712 Woodstock (my grandparents were living a block away in the 800 block of Woodstock) and the family has three children:

  1. Leonard, b. 1921, d. 1970
  2. Bernice, b. 1924
  3. Stephen Jr., b. 1925, d. 2010

Stephen passed away July 12, 1966 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery. His obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on July 14, 1966. His obituary is transcribed below:

Stephen Szymanowski

Stephen (Steve) Szymanowski, Sr., 73, of 817 Evesham Ave., died Tuesday in the Byrnebrook Nursing Home.

A lifelong Toledo resident, Mr. Szymanowski was a receiving clerk at Kaiser Jeep Corp. more than 20 years, retiring 8 years ago. He was a member of St. Hyacinth Church, the Fourteenth Ward Old Timers Ball Players Association, Pulaski Camp Woodman of the World, and the Council of Elders, Toledo Health and Retiree Center.

Surviving are his wife, Sophia; sons, Leonard and Stephen, Jr. daughter, Mrs. Bernice Dybala, of Toledo, sisters, Mrs. Margaret Rejent and Mrs. Sophia Plenzler, both of Toledo, Mrs. Clara Zion, of Cincinnati, and five grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Hyacinth Church, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited tonight at 8 in the Sujkowski Mortuary.

Stephen’s burial location in Calavary is transcribed below:

No. 68920
Name: Stephen Szymanowski
Residence: 1011 Byrne Rd.
Age: 73
Cause of Death: Ca of Brain
Date of Interment: 7/16/1966
Grave: 8
Range or Lot: 193
Section: 44
Funeral Director: W.K. Sujkowski
Remarks: 2095

Sophia passed away November 9, 1977 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery. Her obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on November 10, 1977 and is transcribed below:

Mrs. Sophia I. Szymanowski, 80, of 4845 296th St., died Wednesday in Flower Hospital, Sylvania. She worked in the maintenance and cleaning department of Gerity Schultz Corp. 23 years, retiring in 1959. She as the widow of Stephen Szymanowski. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Bernice Dybala, and son, Stephen. Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church. The Rosary will be recited at 7 tonight in the Sujkowski Mortuary.

Sophia’s burial location in Calvary is transcribed below:

No. 82229
Name: Sophia Szymanowski
Residence: 4845 296th
Age: 80
Cause of Death: Prov. Death Cert.
Date of Interment: 11/12/1977
Grave: 7
Range or Lot: 193
Section: 44
Funeral Director: Sujkowski
Remarks: 2553

I’ve been pondering the marriage record for Adalbertus Rochowiak and Marianna Mazana. Adalbertus and Marianna were the parents of Frances Rochowiak, my great-grandmother. We know that Adalbertus was a widower, age 50 and marrying Marianna who was 27 at the time and they had married in Góra Żnin in 1851. I have also found that Adalbertus’ previous marriage was likely to a Marianna Chlebowska. This marriage occurred in Chometowo in 1832. In the near future, I will obtain that record (I usually like to request several at once via the Poznan Project and am keeping a list). What had me stumped, besides the poor quality of the record image and likely bad eyesight, was the fact that both Adalbertus and Marianna seemed to have the same mother: Marianna Brzykca. A bit of inquiry to the Polish Genius discussion group helped to clear that up. It seems as if the Brzykca name (the feminine adjectival form, the male form is Brzycki) was a relatively common name in a rather small geographic region. A few members of the discussion group provided some very helpful and relevant background information. However, only 66 people in Poland currently use the name now, and they are concentrated in a small area. My great-great grandparents were from Gora Znin, and were married there, and it seems this town as a hotspot for Brzykas. See this map of name distributions: http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/kompletny/brzykca.html — this is the concentration for the feminine form of the name, Brzycka. and compare to this distribution: http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/kompletny/brzykcy.html — this is the concentration for the male form of the name, Brzycki. According to one of my respondents, Bruckner’s etymological dictionary lists the forms of the name Brzyka and Brzyca as alternative names for Millet. (I do not have access to this dictionary nor could I find this listed in my Polish dictionary or in an online lexicon.) Another mentioned that “bryck” is a root word meaning to “frisk, gambol” from Latin. I have no historical distribution data of the name from the mid 1800s when Adalbertus and Marianna were married. But it is reasonable to believe that it was an unusual coincidence that the groom’s mother and bride’s mother had the same last name. This marriage record also provides a bit of insight about Adalbertus and Marianna. Adalbertus is mentioned to be a “mercenarius” or worker for hire. Marianna is mentioned as a “famula” or servant. Having this record reviewed by others was immensely helpful. In addition to providing insight on the Brzycka/Brzycky name, we’ve learned that the Brzycka/Brzycky name is mentioned again on the marriage following Adalbertus’ and Marianna’s. The following record lists a Melchior Bauza marrying a Hedwig Konczal. (There are some Konczals in my family tree, a Przybylski marriage to a Konczal.) The bride’s mother is named as Victoria Brzycka and the marriage was witnessed by an Augustinius Brzycky. How interesting is that? There may be more connections to make from this one record!

Took more photos at Calvary yesterday. Some good finds this time–including great-grandparents: Andrew Przybylski and Eva and Joseph  Plenzler. Click each photo to download a full-sized, high-resolution copy.

Joseph and Eva (Dauer) Plenzler

Joseph and Eva Plenzler graves

Joseph and Eva Plenzler

Joseph and Eva are buried together at Calvary Cemetery. Grave location is:

No. of Grave: 25 and 26
No. of Lot: 112/115
No. of Section: 8

Below are individual photos of each gravestone. Note much of the detail is worn away as they have been there nearly 100 years.

Joseph Plenzler

Joseph Plenzler grave

Joseph Plenzler grave

Eva Plenzler

Eva Plenzler grave

Eva Plenzler grave

Andrew Przybylski

Andrew’s burial location in Calvary is:

Grave 4
Lot 176
Section 30

I have not yet located his wife, Frances’, grave. They are not buried together.

Andrew Przybylski grave

Andrew Przybylski grave

Michael Mruk (and also see here). I did not yet locate his wife, Margaretha’s grave. (They were not buried together, and it seems as if Michael remarried after her death.)

Michael Mruk grave

Michael Mruk grave

Casper Koralewski. Casper was the spouse of Rose Przybylski. He and Rose are not buried together, and I have not yet located Rose’s grave. Casper’s grave location is:

Grave: 2647
Range or Lot: 17
Section: 32

Casper Koralewski grave

Casper Koralewski grave

Walter (Wladyslaw) and Bernice (Bronislawa) Mierzejewski and daughter, Sophia

Walter was my grandmother, Helena Mierzejewski’s, brother. Burial location for Walter, Bernice, and his daughter and son-in-law Walter Owczarczak is as follows:

Grave: N-1/2, E-1/2
Range or Lot: 215
Section: 42

Walter and Bernice

Walter (Wladyslaw) and Bernice (Bronislawa) Mierzejewski grave

Walter (Wladyslaw) and Bernice (Bronislawa) Mierzejewski grave

Sophie and Walter

Walter and Sophie Owczarzak grave

Walter and Sophie Oczarzak grave

Robert and Mary Plenzler

Bob and Mary Plenzler were siblings, each never married. They are buried together. Grave location is:

Grave: 5
Range or Lot: 193
Section: 44

Note that this grave is difficult to locate. The stone is quite sunk. Its location faces Parkside Blvd., adjacent to the Monastery.

Robert and Mary Plenzler grave

Robert and Mary Plenzler grave

Stanley Hejnicki

Stanley was the husband of Eva Przybylski. Stanley and Eva are not buried together and I have not yet located Eva’s grave. Burial location for Stanley is:

Grave: 2825
Range or Lot: 22
Section: 32

Stanley Hejnicki grave

Stanley Hejnicki grave

And lastly, I stumbled on the grave of Joseph and Helen Abrass. Helen was the daughter of Jan (John) Mierzejewski and his wife, Theofila (also see here).

Grave location is:

Grave: N-1/2, E-1/2
Range or Lot: 119
Section: 42

Joseph and Helen Abrass grave

Joseph and Helen Abrass grave

Stanley Mruk is another child of Margaretha Plenzler and Michael Mruk. He was their second child, first son. See previous posts regarding Margaretha and Michael here and here.

While researching the offspring of Margaretha and Michael, I had come across some of their immigration data. Stanley had immigrated with his parents to the US via the ship, Rhaetia of the Hamburg Passenger lines that departed from Hamburg on May 28, 1884.  This manifest lists these children for Margaretha and Michael upon departing Hamburg in May 1884:

  • Tekla (b. 1873)
  • Stanislaus (Stanley) (b. 1876)
  • Kazmierez (b.1877)
  • Marianna (Mary) (b. abt. 1879 per the manifest)
  • Kath.a (possibly Katharina) (b abt. 1880 per the manifest)

I have not yet found a record for a  Kazmierez  born about 1877 (although they did have a child named Kazmierez, see below) or a child with a name similar to Katha/Katharina. So this data is rather confusing. It’s quite possible that Michael and Margaretha lost children between the period of their arrival in1884 and the 1900 census or there are two adult children about the time of the 1900 census that had been married and were living elsewhere.  More research on this is needed–are there two more children to be discovered of the marriage between Michael Mruk and Margaretha Plenzler?

Stanley was born about 1876 in Wiorek, Poznan, Poland, and emigrated here with his parents about 1884 per the 1900 census. He married Victoria Andrejewski in June 1903 per a marriage record from St. Anthony’s parish. The record for this marriage is sparse, just a notation that the marriage occurred. Stanley and Victoria were residing at 1236 Nebraska at the time of the 1910 census.  The 1920 census and 1930 census lists the family at 1275 Vance St.

Stanley and Victoria had eight children that I could locate:

  1. Martha b. 1904, d. 1905 (baptismal record here from St. Anthony’s Parish, death record here from St. Anthony’s, burial record here from Calvary Cemetery)
  2. Felix b. 1905, m. Julie Swickheimer 1 October 1925 in Michigan, d. 1971 (baptismal record here from St. Anthony’s Parish, Toledo Blade obituary dated 10 August 1971 here)
  3. Veronica b. 1908, d. 1995 (married a Christel, but have no records for Veronica yet)
  4. Joseph, b. 1910, d. 1988 (Toledo Blade obituary dated 25 September 1988 located here)
  5. Mary b. 1912, d. 1996 (married a Palicki but have no records for Mary yet)
  6. Kazmierez, b. 1915, d. 1917 (Ohio Death certificate here)
  7. Agnes, b. 1918, d. 1996 (married a Nadolny, but have no records for Agnes yet)
  8. Frank, b. 1921, d. 1927 (Ohio Death certificate here)

Victoria died 30 January 1939 per her Ohio Death Certificate. Her death record through St. Anthony’s parish is located here and transcribed below:

1939
Date of Death and Burial: Jan. 30th, Feb. 3rd
Name of Person Interred: Victoria Mruk
Place of Birth: Poland
Age: 55
Priest: F.S. Legowski
Cemetery: Calvary

Victoria was buried in Calvary Cemetery. Transcription of the burial record is below:

No. 39180
Name Wikotrya Mruk
Residence 1275 Vance
Age 55
Cause of Death Heart disease
Date of Interment Feb. 3
Grave 1120
Range or Lot 6
Section 40
Undertaker Sujkowski & Son

Stanley died 3 May 1945 and his Ohio Death certificate is located here. He was buried through Nativity Parish. The burial record through the church is transcribed below:

1945
Name of Deceased: Mruk Sta.
Age: 69
Date of Death: 5-4
Place and Date of Burial: 5-7

Stanley’s obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on 4 May 1945. I’ve transcribed the obituary below as best as possible (bad photocopy):

Stanley Mruk died yesterday in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Agnes Nadolny of 1010 Indiana Ave. after an illness of several weeks. He was 69. Mr. Mruk came here from Poland 62 years ago.

Also surviving are sons, Felix, and Pvt. Joseph, with the army in France, daughters Mrs. Veronica Chr??? and Mrs. Mar? P???, bothers, Casper and Marin and J???, sisters Mrs. Proxida Gurzynski and Mrs. Ste??? Staniszewski and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the Steve Gasiorowski Funeral Home and at 9 a.m. in Nativity Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Stanley was interred in Calvary Cemetery. The burial record is transcribed below.

No. 45226
Name Stanley Mruk
Residence Toledo
Age 69
Cause of Death Cancer
Date of Interment May 7
Grave 446
Range or Lot 10
Section 41
Undertaker S. G. Gasiorowski

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