St. Anthony


A newsclipping I found while researching Toledo Blade Obituaries. Article was published Saturday October 19, 1957. Nearly 60 years ago, it seems as if the Toledo inner city Catholic parishes began their decline and losing population to the suburbs.

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church to Mark 75th Anniversary

Bishop Rehring Will Have Part In Thanksgiving Mass Tomorrow

The 75th anniversary celebration of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, famous for its 265-foot spire, one of the tallest on the city’s horizon, will open with a Mass of thanksgiving tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Bishop George J. Rehring will take part in the ceremony.

Msgr. Francis S. Legowski, pastor for more than 35 years, will preach. A banquet will follow at the Wroblewski American Legion hall, 1274 Nebraska Ave. Steve Czolgosz is head of the jubilee celebration.

The celebration will conclude with an additional special Mass Nov. 10.

The parish was founded in 1881, with the first building opened for worship on Nov. 12, 1882.

The parish is the home church of nine priests, including the Rev. Anthony S. Pietrykowski, pastor of St. Hedwig’s parish. Original members of the parish consisted mostly of Polish immigrants who came to America during the decade preceding establishment of the church.

Once the largest in the diocese with 7,500 parishioners, the parish has dwindled numerically because of the establishment of nearby Catholic churches, and the trend among younger families toward suburban living. The latest diocesan year book lists 2,895 members.

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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.

After locating Margaretha Plenzler (sibling to Joseph) and her marriage information to Michael Mruk, a John Przybylski was found. See More Przybylskis and More Intrigue.

John Przybylski married one of the daughters of Margaretha Plenzler and Michael Mruk, Tecla Mruk. I was erroneously working under the assumption that John was possibly a son of Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak. That assumption was proven wrong when I located the church marriage record from St. Anthony’s Parish in Toledo for John Przybylski and Tekla Mruk. This record indicates that John’s parents were Michael and Rosalia Przybylski.

I located John and Tecla residing at 1461 Vance Street from the 1900, 1920, and 1930 census records. I could not locate a 1910 census record for the family. Per the 1930 census, John was naturalized in 1882, Tecla naturalized in 1890.

John and Tecla had at least eight children:

  • Frank, b. 1896 d. 1909
  • Michael, b. 1897 d. ??
  • Clara, b. 1898 d. ??
  • Aloysius, b. 1903 d. 1972
  • Hattie, b. 1904 d. 1909
  • Zygmunt, b. 1905 d. 1905
  • Edmund, b. 1907 d. 1916
  • Stephen b. 1912 d. 1991
  • Clement b. 1914 d. ??

Tecla passed away September 6, 1932. She was buried from St. Anthony’s Parish in Calvary Cemetery.

Below is a transcription of the parish burial record for Tecla Przybylski:

1932
Date of Death and Burial Sept. 6 – Sept. 10
Name of Person Interred Tecla Przybylska
Place of Birth Poland
Age 58
Disease
Priest F.S. Legowski
Cemetery Calvary

Below is a transcription of the Calvary Cemetery interment record for Tecla Przybylski:

No. 33355
Name Tecla Przybylski
Residence 1461 Vance
Age 58
Cause of Death Stomach Ulcer
Date of Interment Sept. 10
Grave 1498
Range or Lot 32
Section 2
Undertaker W. K. Sujkowski

John Przybylski passed away October 28, 1947 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery through St. Anthony’s Parish. John’s obituary was published in the Toledo Blade October 29, 1947. The obituary is transcribed below:

John Przybylski

John Przybylski, 78, died yesterday at home, 1461 Vance St., after a brief illness.

Mr. Przybylski was born in Poland and had lived in Toledo 55 years. He was employed at the Toledo Machine & Tool Co. until he retired 11 years ago. He was a member of the Union of Poles in America and the Firemen and Oilers Union.

Survivors are sons, Michael, Holland, O. and Aloysius, Stephen, and Clement, all of Toledo; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 8:30 Friday in the Sujkowski & Son Mortuary and at 9 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

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

Date of Death and Burial Oct. 28 – Oct. 31, 1947
Name of Person Interred John Przybylski
Place of Birth Poland
Age 78
Disease
Priest F.S. Legowski
Cemetery Calvary

John’s interment record through Calvary Cemetery is transcribed below:

No. 47576
Name John Przybylski
Residence 1451 Vance
Age 78
Cause of Death Cerebral Hemorrhhage
Date of Interment Oct. 31
Grave 1497
Range or Lot 32
Section 2
Undertaker Sujkowski & Son
Remarks 3657

This weekend, I was excited because I finally received the marriage records from Poznan, Poland for my great-grandparents and great-great grandparent: Eva Dauer and John Plenzler, and Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller (Eva’s parents), and for Joseph Plenzler and Mary Leiseick (John’s parents). I also received another Plenzler marriage record, one for Margaretha Plenzler and Michael Mruk (daughter of John Pleznler and Mary Leiseicka, my great-grandparents). These will be transcribed and I’ll get to posting more about Plenzlers in the near future.

I thought the Plenzlers were prolific–every time I seemed to have located one, another two popped up.

The Przybylskis are outdoing the Plenzlers. For sometime, I had reason to suspect that Frances and Andrew had more children than were documented here. John Plenzler had told me a few times that there were two other brothers: John and Joseph. However, I have not found records or any hints of these two until recently. Additionally, another sibling appears while I was looking for John and Joseph: Marianna.

I located Marianna while searching for any marriage records I could through St. Anthony’s Parish. I was actually looking to see if I could locate records for John or Joseph–typically, it seems as if the clan remained together and migrated together and stayed together so it made sense to see if they married in the neighborhood. Lo and behold. I didn’t find any marriage records for John or Joseph, but I did locate a marriage record for Marianna, who married Joseph Ertman.

I have not completely transcribe this record (it’s written in Latin and I’m very, very rusty with what little Latin I know); however, it’s clear to see that Marianna was the daughter of Andreas Przybylski and Francisca Rochowiak. Additionally, the marriage was witnessed and signed by Frank Przybylski.

A bit more research led me to locate the Ertman family on the 1910 census, where they were living at 1610 Vance Street. Many of the Przybylskis resided on Vance.

I did find some trace of John Przybylski. John Plenzler told me that he had changed his name and left the area to live in Miami, Florida to captain a fishing boat. The story goes he was running away from a gang. The names John Przybylski used were John Seblaski and Johnnie Bear. So, I managed to find two census records for John Seblaski: one in 1920 in Detroit, Michigan and another in a 1945 Florida census. The Florida census data does reflect that John Seblaski is a boat captain.

I also reviewed some of Andrew Przybylski’s data just to see if there were more clues about his children. I have little data on Andrew; however, there is a hint. Andrew was listed in the 1892-1893 Polk directory for Toledo. That same directory reflects a Joseph Przybylski, who resides on Blum Street. More research needed!

I also located data for John Przybylski. The 1900 census and the 1920 census both reflect him living at 1461 Vance Street with his wife, Teckla Mruk, and their family.

Now, a lot of this doesn’t quite add up, though. Per Frances’ and Andrew’s marriage record from Chometowo, and the marriage abstract from the Pozan Project website, Andrew and Frances were married in 1873. Marianna was born in 1875. It’s possible one other child was born prior to Marianna. However, John’s estimated birthdate is 1869. If Frances were born on the date as stated in her death certificate, September 8, 1859–she would have been only 10 years old. That’s not really quite possible, she would not have been of childbearing age. However, her marriage record of 1873 states that she is about 26, meaning she would have been born about 1847.

More mystery, more intrigue. Does this imply that perhaps Andrew was widowed and previously married? Does this imply a Polish shot gun wedding? Does this imply that perhaps Frances ran away to marry (that perhaps the age on the marriage record is inaccurate)? We may never know! And more research is needed on John, Joseph, and Marianna!

But for now, goodnight to all and to all a goodnight!

I have found Margaretha!

Thanks to input from Judy Stewart, it appears that I’ve located Margaretha in Toledo. She is a sibling to Joseph Plenzler. Margaretha married Michael Mruk and they settled into the neighborhood near Joseph and Eva at 1465 Vance. Per the 1900 census, Margaretha and Michael emigrated to the US in 1884 and 16 children were born to Margaretha, 9 of whom survived per the census.

I have not yet found immigration records for the Mruks; however, through church and census records, I have located these children:

* If you read the entire document that contains Martin Mruk’s baptism record, note that Joseph and Eva had a child baptized during the same period: Stanislaus who was born October 25, 1887 and baptized October 26, 1887. There is a note indicating Stanislaus passed away on May 18, 1888.

Michael Mruk was godfather (or baptism sponsor) to my grandfather, John Plenzler.

Tecla Mruk married John Przybylski and per the 1900 census, she and her family were living next door to her parents at 1461 Vance. (Another Przybylski/Plenzler marriage!)

Mary married John Zielinski. Mary passed away on September 6, 1938 per her Ohio death certificate.

Margaretha passed away February 15, 1904. Her death was recorded through St. Anthony’s parish and she is buried at Calvary Cemetery.

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

Date of Death and Burial: Feb. 15 – 17
Name of Person Interred: Margaret Mruk
Age: 54
Priest: A.J. Suplicki
Cemetery: Calvary

Her burial record through Calvary Cemetery is transcribed below:

No.
Name of deceased: Mary Mruk
Place of nativity:
Late residence: 1465 Vance
Age: 54
Color: W
Sex: F
Disease: Ulcus Vateserilos (?)
Date of Decease: 16 F
Date of Interment: 17 Feb.
Place of Death: Toledo
Married, Single or Widowed: M
No. of Grave: 513
No. of Lot: 11
No. of Section: 28
Name of Physician: 1449
Name of Undertaker: W. Sujka
Name of Parents of Kindred:
Remarks:

Michael Mruk passed away March 27, 1915 per his Ohio Death Certificate. He was interred through St. Hedwig’s Parish and buried at Calvary Cemetery. It appears from reviewing Michael’s death records that he married again after Margaretha’s death, but there is no indication who he married.

Michael’s death record from St. Hedwig’s is transcribed below:

Died 27th March 1915 Michael Mruk
Calvary
Bur. 29th March 1915 ??? in Europa
67 y 6 m 9 d

Michael’s burial record from Calvary is transcribed below:

No. 16193
Name of Deceased: Michael Mruk
Place of Nativity:
Late Residence: 2903 Higgins
Age: 67
Color: W
Sex: M
Disease: Chr. Gastritis
Date of Decease: March 27
Date of Interment: March 29
Married, Single or Widowed: M
Place of Death: Toledo
No. of Grave: 941
No. of Lot: 9
No. of Section: 30
Name of Physician: E.J. Henzler
Name of Undertaker: W.J. Sujkowski
Name of Parents or Kindred:
Remarks:

Mary Plenzler was the seventh child born to Eva Dauer and Joseph Plenzler on September 14, 1892. Mary was baptized in St. Anthony’s Parish, September 18, 1892. Mary’s baptismal name was Marianna Magdalena. Her baptismal record is transcribed below:

#155
Datum
Nativae: 14 Sept.
Bapt.: 18 Sept.
Nomen: Marianna Magdalena /binom./
Genus: foem.
Thori: Leg.
Parentes: Plencner Josephus fil. Josephi et Mariannae; Dauer, Eva fil Andreas et Mariannae n Aumiller.
Patrini: Franciscus Zielinski et Magalena Brzoska

As noted with her brother, Robert, it is interesting to note that paternity of the child’s parents is also noted during this period with St. Anthony’s baptismal records. While Eva Dauer’s mother was noted as Marianna Omler on Robert’s baptism record, it is noted as Marianna Aumiller on Mary’s baptism record. It will be interesting to see if there are any more leads with Eva’s family name if it is possible to obtain the marriage records from Poznan for Eva and Joseph.

It seems as if Mary resided with her brother, Robert, her entire adult life and never married. The 1930 census shows Robert and Mary living at 1541 Avondale and this was the address on her death records as well. This is a picture of the property.

Mary passed away January 4, 1969 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery through St. Stanislaus Parish. Her obituary was published January 6, 1969 in the Toledo Blade and is transcribed below:

Mary Plenzler

Mary S. Plenzler, 75, of 1541 Avondale Ave., died Saturday in her home.

Miss Plenzler was a lifelong resident of Toledo. She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church and its Council of Catholic Women.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Sophia Szymanowski, and brothers, Robert and Frank Plenzler, all of Toledo.

Services will be Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the church, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Sujkowski Mortuary.

Mary’s interment record through St. Stanislaus is transcribed below:

1969
#2
Name: Mary Plenzler
Address: 1541 Avondale
Age: 75
Parents or Spouse: Brother, Robert; Sister, Sophia Szymanowski
Date of Death: Jan. 4, 1969
Date of Burial: Jan. 9, 1969
Celebrant at Funeral: S.J. Wojceichowski

Her burial record from Calvary Cemetery is transcribed below:

No. 71940
Name: Mary S. Plenzler
Residence: 1541 Avondale
Age: 75
Cause of Death: Coronary Occlusion
Date of Interment: Jan. 9
Grave: 6
Range or Lot: 193
Section: 46
Funeral Director: Sujkowski
Remarks: R-46

Vincent was a bit of an accidental find for me. While browsing St. Anthony’s baptismal records to locate Kaiser (Casper or Charles), I stumbled upon Vincent.

Vincent was the fourth child born to Eva Dauer and Joseph Plenzler. He was born July 3, 1886 and baptized July 18, 1886. He passed away January 4, 1887 per St. Anthony Parish interment records. I have no burial records. Calvary Cemetery’s burial records begin in late 1887, prior to Vincent’s death.

Stanislaus was the fifth child of Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak. He was born April 19, 1891 and baptized at St. Anthony’s Parish on April 26, 1891.

Helena was born about about 1892 to John and Miriam Lawecki. Her brother, Stanley, was the first husband of Anastasia Przybylski.

Stanislaus and Helena married early — possibly about 1908.  Their marriage produced six children:

Per Stanislaus’ World War I draft registration card dated June 5, 1917, the family was living at 705 Woodstock.

Stanley was employed at Acklin Stamping (at the original factory on Dorr Street).  His death on June 26, 1919 was due to an industrial accident. Stanley was buried through St. Stanislaus Parish and was interred at Calvary Cemetery on June 30, 1919. His burial record through Calvary is transcribed below:

No.: 21007
Name of Deceased: Stanislaus Przybylski
Late Residence: 705 Woodstock
Age: 28
Color: W
Sex: M
Disease: Hemorrhage
Date of Decease: June 26
Date of Interment: June 30
Married, Single, or Widowed: M
Place of Death: Toledo
No. of Grave: 384
No. of Lot: 167
No. of Section: 6
Name of Physician: Hartung
Name of Undertaker: Gasiorowski Bros.
Remarks: Removed 11/18/19 to N 1/2 Lot 196 Sec. 4

The 1920 census reflects that Helena was living with her mother, Mariam, at 1708 Vance Street.

The 1930 census reflects that Helena was remarried to James Richalski and was residing at 723 Woodstock.

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

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