Erdman


I was recently working on the backlog of Calvary Cemetery photos that I snapped last summer and fall. Sometimes while at the cemetery, I get so intent on making sure I get a decent shot (is the sun too high and casting shadows? are my batteries dying? how can I get the best contrast?) that I sometimes do not recognize that I’ve found someone I am related to. I then go through the photos weeks and months later after downloading them from my cameras and say to myself “holy Toledo–I think I’m related.”

So, here are my latest discoveries. I found a “new” child of Michał Mruk and Margaretha Plenzler as well as a daughter of Joseph Erdman and Marianna Przybylski. Margaretha was a a sibling to my great-grandfather, Joseph Plenzler. She and Michał had emigrated to the US 1884. Marianna was a daughter of my great-grandparents, Andrezj and Francziska Rochowiak, and I had located her daughter Eleanor Jaroszewski.

When I did the original research on the Mruk family, I had located a manifest for the ship Rhaetia sailing from Hamburg that listed the Mruk family: Michał and Margaretha and children Tekla, Stanislaus, Kazmierz, Marianne, and a name written as Kath.a. I was unsure who this last child listed on the manifest was. I searched for a Katarzyna, Katherina, and other variants of the name Catherine or Katarzyna but had no luck. In the back of my mind, I thought the child died during or after the voyage as the 1900 census that enumerates the Mruk family indicates that of the marriage, 16 children were born and 9 were surviving. Below are the manifest and the 1900 census. (Click to open in a new browser window and enlarge.)

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1884 Manifest from Hamburg Mruk Family

Mruk Family 1900 Census

Mruk Family 1900 Census

Looking at the scanned manifest, it appears as if “Kath.a.” is struck off the manifest but it’s difficult to tell if it was a deliberate edit or damage due to folding and age of the sheet. While that first indicated to me the possibility that the child did not survive the voyage, the data on the 1900 census really did not provide me with confirmation either way–if the child survived or died.  She was not listed in the 1900 census for the Mruk family and I was unable to locate her in any census data that I reviewed within the Toledo area. “Kath.a.” is indicated as having been born about 1880, so she was four years old at the time of the voyage per the manifest. In 1900, she was about 20 years old and of age to marry or perhaps obtain work as a domestic somewhere else.

The eldest Mruk child that I can verify is Tekla, born in 1873. Her parents were married in November 1866, so there is a span of about seven years without children. More on Tekla is here. But the 1900 census data is interesting to note that Margaretha reported that she had a total of 16 children with 9 surviving. This means that several children were born to the Mruks died in Poland prior to the Mruk family’s emigration. I have been able to verify that two children, Joseph and Michael had died prior to the 1900 census. Michael had been born in Wiorek on 30 September 1881, baptized 02 October 1881. We also have a death date for him, note that the baptismal record from Wiorek has a cross in front of the record, this is a common indication used by priests that the child had died. Go to the second page of the record and notice that there is a note that says “obit. 12/7/82.” So Michael died at about the age of 3 months. Joseph was born in Toledo on 3 March 1896 and died on 13 September 1896.

I had little else to work with for “Kath.a.” until I had come across the gravestones for a Kathryn and George Staniszewski.

George Staniszewski, Calvary gravestone photo

George Staniszewski, Calvary Cemetery gravestone photo

Kathryn Staniszewski, Calvary gravestone photo

Kathryn Staniszewski, Calvary Cemetery gravestone photo

I looked at the dates of death on the stones and knew it would be a bit troublesome to verify the exact date of death because Ohio death certificates are only available from about 1903 through 1953 and past experience had told me that locating data within the Social Security death index has been spotty during the 1950s decade–often due to the fact that many elderly who died during that period likely had not obtained a Social Security Number. Additionally, I’ve noticed quite a few transcription errors with the Ohio death index on familysearch.org. So, I got lucky and found birth and marriage records for a Stanley Staniszewski whose parents were George Staniszewski and Kate Mruk. I thought immediately “Voila!” Stanley was born in 1903. I then located another child whose parents were George Staniszewski and Kate Mruk–this child was named John and he was born in 1902. So, digging into George a bit further, I learned via the 1910 census that he did not emigrate to the US until 1900. I suspect it would have been in the second half of the year 1900 because the census for 1900 was taken in June of that year and I was unable to locate a 1900 census that mentioned George.

I have not yet found a marriage record of George and Kate, but logic tells us that they would have married sometime between late 1900 to about early 1902.

Further investigation (all of about 10 minutes!) led me to Kate (Kathryn’s) obituary and it confirms she was indeed a child of Michał and Margaretha as it provides names of her surviving brothers (Martin and Jack, also known as John Jacob) and sister (Praxeda, also known as Priscilla) Gurzynski. See the obituary below, published 12 October 1965.

Kathryn Staniszewski Toledo Blade Obituary 12 October 1965

Kathryn Staniszewski Toledo Blade Obituary 12 October 1965

Obituary transcription below:

Kathryn Staniszewski

Mrs. Kathryn Staniszewski, 86, of 2626 Midwood Ave., died yesterday in her home.

Born in Poland, Mrs. Staniszewski lived in Toledo most of her life. She was a member of the Polish National Alliance.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Clark; sons, John and Stanley, all of Toledo, and Walter, of Clackamas, Ore.; sister, Mrs. Priscilla Gurzynski, and brothers, Martin and Jack Mruk, all of Toledo, and one granddaughter.

Services will be Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Gesu Church, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Sujkowski Mortuary.

The second discovery I made within my photo backlog was for Eleanor Erdman Jaroszewski. I knew she had married Conrad Jaroszewski but I did not realize I had found their grave until going through my photos. Conrad had been married prior to Eleanor, to a woman named Helen Sabiniewicz. Conrad and Helen had a son named Thadeus. The photo of the family grave plot is below.

Jaroszewski Family Calvary gravestone photo

Jaroszewski Family Calvary Cemetery gravestone photo

Helen’s parents, Jozef and Josephine, are on the opposite side of the stone. See below.

Jozef and Josephine Sabiniewicz, Calvary gravestone photo

Jozef and Josephine Sabiniewicz, Calvary Cemetery gravestone photo

Modified 12.18.2012, fixed typo in clipping caption (wrong date).

Reverend Andrew Suplicki was pastor of St. Anthony’s parish and baptized, married, and buried many of our ancestors. Fr. Suplicki died December 28, 1921 and his obituary was published on the front page of the Toledo News-Bee the same day.

Father Andrew J. Suplicki, Obituary, Toledo News-Bee December 28, 1921

Father Andrew J. Suplicki, Obituary, Toledo News-Bee December 28, 1921

Father Suplicki Dies, Bell Tolls; Ill Three Weeks

The Rev. Andrew J. Suplicki, 52, pastor of St. Anthony’s Church, Nebraska and Junction avenues, died in Mercy Hospital at 10:35 a.m. on Wednesday, after an illness of three weeks. Pneumonia, that led to complications, caused his death.

The bell on St. Anthony’s Church, tolling solemnly, carried the message of death to hundreds of parishioners who on Christmas day said prayers of hope for the stricken pastor.

Born in Poland

Father Suplicki had been the regular pastor of St. Anthony’s Church since 1901. In his early career he served for a short time as curate of the parish and his later return at the head of the church was joyfully welcomed by the congregation.

Born in Poland, in 1869, Father Suplicki came to America with his parents when 11. His father was Joseph and his mother Katherine Suplicki. The family moved to Cleveland and he attended the parochial schools in that city.

He later attended Resurrection College, in Berlin, Ont. In 1888 he entered St. Mary’s Seminary in Cleveland to study for the priesthood. He was ordained on Dec. 21, 1893. He came to Toledo as curate of St. Anthony’s Church and established lasting friendships in the parish.

Here Since 1901

Afterward he was assigned as pastor to St. Adelbert’s Church in Berea, where he remained six years, coming to Toledo as pastor of St. Anthony’s in 1901. He served in that position uninterruptedly since that time.

He leaves four sisters, Mrs. Frank Westfall, of Toledo, Mrs. Joseph Lange and Mrs. Taflmar Tlowacki, both of Cleveland, and Mrs. Frances Dendowski of Swnton.

The remains of the Rev. Suplicki will be brought to his home on Nebraska av. on Wednesday evening. At 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, the remains will be taken to St. Anthony’s Church and will lie in state until the services on Monday morning.

Bishop Samuel Stritch will officiate at the services on Monday morning. The burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Rev. A. J. Suplicki, gravesite

Rev. A. J. Suplicki, gravesite, located in Section 9, Crucifixion Group

Crucifixion Group, Calvary Cemetery, Section 9

Crucifixion Group, Calvary Cemetery, Section 9

Edmund Erdman was a son of Marianna Przybylski and Joseph Erdman. I don’t believe he ever married.

Edmund J. Erdman, Obituary, Toledo Blade, December 18, 1951

Edmund J. Erdman, Obituary, Toledo Blade, December 18, 1951

Edmund J. Erdman

Edmund J. Erdman, 1610 Vance St., died Sunday in his home after a 3-month illness. Mr. Erdman, born in Toledo 49 years ago, was employed 17 years by the city forestry division.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Mary Erdman, brothers, Casper, Louis, Leo and Daniel, all of Toledo; sisters, Mrs. Cora Nases, Detroit, and Mrs. Virginia Dembowski, Mrs. Martha Podiak, Mrs. Eleanor Jaroszewski, Mrs. Angela Zielinski and Mrs. Dorothy Adamski.

The body is in the Sujkowski Mortuary. Services will be Thursday at 9 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.

While going through my mom’s things, my sister found our grandparents’ and uncle’s obituaries.

John Plenzler (Published in The Blade, 03 August 1936)

John Plenzler died Sunday in his home at 722 Brown Ave. He was 51.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Anastasia Plenzler, a son, Raymond, two daughters, Florence and Virginia, two sisters, Miss Mary Plenzler and Mrs. Sophia Szymanowski, and six brothers, Martin, Joseph, Robert, Frank, and Leo, all of Toledo, and Charles, Lambertville, Mich.

Services will be at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the residence, and at 9 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church. [Burial] will be in Calvary.

John Plenzler, Obituary

John Plenzler, Obituary

Raymond  D. Plenzler (published in The Blade, 15 April 1960)

Raymond D. Plenzler, 46, of 1765 Buckingham St., died yesterday in Mercy Hospital.

Mr. Plenzler was a lifelong Toledo resident. He was a punch press operator at the Sheridan Manufacturing Co., 13 years.

Surviving are sisters, Mrs. Florence Soborowski and Mrs. Virginia Mierzejewski, both of Toledo.

Services will be Monday at 9 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. The body is in the Sujkowski Mortuary.

Raymond D. Plenzler Obituary

Raymond D. Plenzler Obituary

Anastasia Plenzler (Published in The Blade 15 March 1946)

Mrs. Anastasia (Nettie) Plenzler died Wednesday in her home, 722 Brown Ave. She was 55. She was a member of the St. Rita Society, St. Stanislaus Church and the Polish Roman Catholic Union, Group 14.

Surviving are her daughters, Florence and Virginia; son, Raymond; sisters, Mrs. Mary Erdman and Mrs. Eva Hejnick; brothers, Frank and John Przybylski, and one grandchild.

Services will be at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow in the Sujkowski & Sons’ Funeral Home and at 9 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Anastasia Plenzler, Obituary

Anastasia Plenzler, Obituary

When I began to first research my great-grandparents, Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak, things just didn’t seem to stack up right. There are a number of Przybylskis in the Toledo area, and it seemed several of them married into the Plenzler family. However, I could not put my finger on all of the children Andrew and Frances had. Originally, I had located these offspring. Then while searching through baptismal records, I had located Marianna Przybylski. Correspondence between myself and John Plenzler indicated that Andrew and Frances had two other sons: John and Joseph.

However, John and Joseph remained rather elusive. Joseph though was hiding right beneath  my nose and I didn’t realize it until reading my grandfather’s (John Plenzler) baptismal record. Sometimes a little insomnia is all it takes–not being able to sleep, I was reviewing data on my mother’s family. And voila. There Joseph appeared, bright as daylight. He was baptized the same day, by the same priest as my grandfather John Plenzler was baptized.

Joseph was born February 18, 1885 and baptized February 22. See record #20 here.  The record is transcribed below:

Record #20
Nomen Infantis: Joseph
Parentes: Andreas Przybyla, Francisca Rochowiak
Patrini: Majher Nowicki, Michaelina Osinska
Nati: 18 Februarii
Bapt: 22 Februarii
Nomran Sacrdotis: Rev. M. F. Orzechowski

Note that the family’s last name here is listed as Przybyla, not Przybylski.

Joseph married a woman named Rose and they resided at 507 Pulaski Street per the 1920 census. The 1930 census places the Joseph Przybylski family at 1625 Belmont Avenue.

Per the 1930 census, Joseph and Rose had four children:

  • Virginia
  • Richard
  • Alvine (Alvina?)
  • Dorothy

Joseph passed away on July 8, 1937.  He was 51 per his Ohio Death certificate. His obituary was published in the Toledo News-Bee on July 9 and is transcribed below:

Joseph Przybylski

Joseph Przybylski died Thursday in his home at 1517 Pinewood Ave.

He leaves his wife, Rose; three daughters, Mrs. Virginia Napierala and Misses Eleanor and Dorothy, a son, Richard; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Erdman, Mrs. Dorothy Sieja, Mrs. Netti Plenzler, and Mrs. Eva Hejnicki; a brother, Frank, all of Toledo, and another brother, John, Detroit.

Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the residence at and 9 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be in Calvary.

This obituary proves the existence of another sibling named John. The existence of yet another sibling, named Dorothy will need to be investigated. His daughter, Dorothy, could not have been married at his death. She was only two years old at the time of the 1930 census. However, Joseph did have a sibling named Victoria who had married Frank Sieja. So it is possible the name is simply misprinted in the obituary.

Joseph was buried from St. Stanislaus parish in Calvary Cemetery on July 12, 1937. The church death record is transcribed below:

Record of Interments
Date of Death and Burial: D. July 8th, B. July 12th
Name of Person Interred: Przybylski, Joseph
Place of Birth: Poland
Age: 51y
Disease: Heart
Priest: John A. Labuzenski (sp?)
Cemetery: Calvary

Note that the place of birth is incorrect as there is a record of his birth in Toledo, Ohio through St. Anthony’s Parish that reflects both his date of birth and date of baptism.

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

No.: 38869
Name: Joseph Przybylski
Residence: 1517 Palmwood
Age: 51
Cause of Death: Unknown
Date of Interment: July 13
Grave: 100
Range or Lot: 10
Section: 40
Undertaker: F. Czglosz
Remarks:

Research to continue to locate John and verify the possibility of yet another Przybylski sibling named Dorothy.

Yes, I’ve been away for awhile. Decided to give my laptop a vacation! (Really it was my eyes that needed the vacation.)

Marianna was a complete surprise to find. She is the eldest child of Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak. I stumbled upon her when perusing the marriage records of St. Anthony’s parish hoping to find records of a John Przybylski–to verify if there was indeed another brother in the family. I did not even know she existed. It is clear reading the marriage record that she is the daughter of Andrew and Frances and that record give a good clue about the timeframe that Andrew and Frances may have emigrated–likely between 1881 and 1893 given the data on the marriage record and the census data for Marianna and Joseph.

Marianna was born about 1875 in Poznan and married Joseph Erdman on February 13, 1893 per St. Anthony’s parish marriage records. The earliest census record I could locate for Marianna and Joseph was the 1910 census that reflected they lived at 1610 Vance Street. This census record indicates that Marianna immigrated in 1881 and that Joseph immigrated in 1892. This census notes that Joseph was naturalized in 1892.  The 1920 census indicates that Mary immigrated in 1885 and was naturalized in 1891. Perhaps the discrepancy is due to illegible handwriting. However, the 1920 census does indicate 1892 as the year of immigration for Joseph and that he was naturalized in 1897.

The 1930 census also reflected the Erdmans as residing at 1610 Vance.

Joseph and Marianna had 12 children, including two sets of twins:

  1. Cora or Konstanja b. 1894 d. ??
  2. Casper b. 1895 d. ??
  3. Louis b. 1897 d. 1965
  4. Leon b. 1899 d.??
  5. Edmund b. 1901 d. 1951
  6. Regina or Virginia b. 1903 d. 1980
  7. Martha b. 1906 d. 1990
  8. Helena b. 1906 d. 1907
  9. Eleanora b. 1909
  10. Angelina b. 1913
  11. Daniel b. 1914 d. 1978
  12. Dorothy b. 1914 d. 2003

11 of the 12 children survived to adulthood. Note that I have no birth verification such as a baptismal record for Cora; however, she is listed in the census records and mentioned in her parents’ obituaries.

Joseph passed away November 23, 1940. His obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on November 25, 1940 and is transcribed below. (The scan is relatively poor quality.)

Joseph Erdman

Joseph Erdman, 71, of 1610 Vance Street, died Saturday in his home following an illness of three months.

Mr. Erdman, born in Poznan, Poland, came to Toledo more than 50 years ago. He is a former employee of the Willy-Overland Co. Surviving are his wife, Mary, daughters, Mrs. Cora Nafes, Mrs. Virginia Dembowski, Mrs. Martha Podiak, Mrs. Angeline Zielinski, Mrs. Dorothy Adamaski, and Miss Eleanor Erdman; sons, Casper, Louis, Leo, Edmund, and Daniel Erdman; sisters, Mrs. Anna Bobczak and Mrs. Rozalia Bobak; 10 grandchildren.

The body is in the residence where services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and at 9 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Joseph’s burial record through St. Stanislaus and Calvary Cemetery are transcribed below.

St. Stanislaus burial record November 27, 1940:

Date of Death and Burial D. Nov. 23 – B. Nov. 27
Name of Person Interred Joseph Erdman
Place of Birth Poland
Age 71 yrs.
Disease heart
Priest Aloysius Sobczak
Cemetery Calvary

Calvary Cemetery burial record:

No. 40785
Name Joseph Erdman
Residence 1614 Vance
Age 71
Cause of Death Myocarditis
Date of Interment Nov. 27
Grave 1421
Range or Lot 262
Section 39
Undertaker F. J. Czolgosz
Remarks 1537 Removed 5/13/52 to S 1/2 Lot 262 Sec. 39

It appears he was moved after Marianna died so that they were buried together, although I have not located the grave yet in Calvary and photoed the graves.

Marianna passed away April 5, 1955. Her obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on April 6 and is transcribed below.

Mary Erdman

Mrs. Mary Erdman, 75, of 1610 Vance St., died last night in Riverside Hospital.

Mrs. Erdman was born in Poland and lived in Toledo 69 years. She was a member of St. Rita Society and the Polish National Alliance.

Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Cora Nafes, Detroit; Mrs. Virginia Dembowski, Mrs. Martha Podiak, Mrs. Eleanor Jaroszewski, Mrs. Angela Zielinski and Mrs. Dorothy Adamski; sons, Casper, Louis, Leo and Daniel; sister, Mrs. Eva Hejnicki, all of Toledo; 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Services will be Monday at 9 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The body is in the Sujkowski Mortuary.

Marianna’s death record from St. Stanislaus parish and her burial record through Calvary Cemetery are transcribed below.

St. Stanislaus parish burial record dated April 11, 1955:

Number 5 (Numbering non sequential)
Name: Family, Baptismal Erdman, Mary
Address 1610 Vance
Age 76
Parents or Spouse
Sacraments-Minister Fr. Ambrose
Date of Death 4-5-55
Cemetery Date of Burial 4-11-55
Celebrant at Funeral Ambrose Poznanski
Remarks High Blood Pressure

Calvary Cemetery burial April 11, 1955 for Marianna:

No. 55678
Name Mary Erdman
Residence Riverside Hosp.
Age 75
Cause of Death Hemorrhage
Date of Interment April 11
Grave S 1/2
Range or Lot 262
Section 39
Funeral Director W.K. Sujkowski & Son
Remarks 1289

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