Ah yes, I’ve been away again. I’ve been overwhelmed with genealogy goodness this summer. This time, more Plenzler researchers, actually a married couple, digging into the depths of Plenzler history have aided. Jim Sobieski, and his wife, Cinny have been researching their branch of the family and have happily shared their mother lode. So, I have a treasure chest of LDS scans to pour through, and for me, it’s slow going but valuable information.

Information I’ve received from Jim and Cinny include the birth record for my great-great grandmother, Marianna Lesiecka, wife of Joseph Plenzler. She was born 11 September 1825, and the birth/baptism was recorded in the parish in Wiorek. See snippet below. Click it to enlarge.

Marianna Leseicka birth record from parish in Wiorek, 11 September 1825

Marianna Leseicka birth record from parish in Wiorek, 11 September 1825

Looking at the record, we now know Marianna’s father was Adalbertus (Adalberti in Latin) and Barbara. However, I cannot read Barbara’s maiden name easily to transcribe. Also, Marianna’s godparents appear to be Ignatius Leseicka and Marianna Heigelmann. I’ve highlighted Barbara’s maiden name and part of the godparents’ name. Perhaps someone can take a stab with the transcriptions, I give up on Barbara’s maiden name and there seems to be a phrase I am unfamiliar with after Ignatius’ name, nor am I certain of the last name of the godmother.

The phrase behind Ignatius’ name appears to be “ovilis,” Latin for “sheepfold” (according to William Whitaker’s Latin translator). I am puzzled by this phrase, perhaps because I was hoping it would indicate the exact relationship of Ignatius to the family. However, this could be interpreted as he is only a member of the parish. I have never seen this phrase prior in a church record. It would be interesting to learn what this phrase indicates.

On the same page for the birth record of Marianna, I noticed an interesting entry. I believe Wiorek must have been a very small village. There is a birth record for a child named Andreas Hirsch, born 31 August 1825. What makes this record interesting are several things, and not all are apparent.

Andreas is the son of Joannes Hirsch and Marianna Aumiller.

Here is the snippet for Andreas Hirsch. Again, click to enlarge.

Andreas Hirsch birth/baptism record, Wiorek 31 August 1825

Andreas Hirsch birth/baptism record, Wiorek 31 August 1825

The first two items of interest are apparent — the name of Marianna Aumiller. Eva Dauer’s mother’s name was Maria Aumiller. I do not know if this is Eva’s mother; however, Eva married the son of Marianna Lesiecka and Joseph Plenzler. Also, in this record the name Plenzler is mentioned as a godparent to Andreas. I cannot transcribe the first name.

What is not apparent in this record, and I neglected to highlight it, is the name, Andreas Krych. It appears in this record, the child’s lineage is noted and Andreas Krych is his grandfather, the father of Marianna Aumiller.

Additionally, I have not mentioned this previously, but through Jim and Cinny’s research, I have come to believe that my great-grandfather, Joseph Plenzler had a brother named Bartholomeus. Bartholomeus married a Barbara Hirsch. in the future, I’ll post a bit on this Bartholomeus.

The Krych name is of interesting in that that my great-great grandfather, Joseph Plenzler (husband of Marianna Lesiecka), had a brother name John. John married a Mary Krych. John Plenzler and Mary Krych eventually settled in Middle River, Minnesota.

How does this all fit together? Every piece of the puzzle creates more mystery!

Today’s theme over at GeneaBloggers is Wedding Wednesday. Today’s photo is provided by John Plenzler, who graciously sent me a number of photos quite a while ago. It is a mystery photo. Per information that was provided with the photo:

Unknown wedding, may be descendants of Joseph and Eva Dauer. May be Sophie Plenzler and Steve Szymanowski, not sure need verification.  Bride resembles Barbara Szymanowski.  May also be Frank Plenzler and Sophie Szymanowski, Sophie was Steve’s sister. Click the photo to see a larger high-res scan.

Unknown wedding photo

Unknown wedding photo

I have no other clues. If any one can help identify these two, leave a comment here or drop me an email.

I love looking at old wedding photos. This bride has such a sweet face. Doesn’t the groom look ahem a bit as if he is wondering what he’d just gotten into? If you zoom in on the wedding dress, check out the detail. It appears as if there is an apron embroidered with hundreds of delicate stones–beautiful! If you zoom in on the bride’s stockings, they’re lovely and embroidered also.

After posting about the gravestone I’d found for a Maryanna Aumiller, I went through all of the photos I have from Calvary.  Sure enough, I found I’d taken one of Maryanna’s husband, Adelbert “George” Aumiller. I hope eventually to establish some connection with the Aumillers to the Plenzers and hopefully in the future locate any possible Dauer relatives through my great-grandmother, Eva Dauer Plenzler.

Here is the photo for Adelbert “George” Aumiller:

Adelbert "George" Aumiller grave Calvary Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio

Adelbert "George" Aumiller grave Calvary Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio

The grave location in Calvary is: Grave: 921, Range or lot: 6, Section: 3

Because one of the themes today over at GeneaBloggers is Tombstone Tuesday and I’ve mentioned a couple of times that my great-great grandmother was an Aumiller (Maria Aumiller), I thought I’d post a gravestone I located in Calvary.

Now I haven’t connected any dots with any Aumillers that I’ve located in Toledo to my family yet. But the proof that I’m related to Aumillers comes from baptismal records of two of Eva Dauer’s and Joseph Plenzler’s children–Bob and Mary. In their baptismal records from St. Anthony’s parish of Toledo, the grandparents are noted as well as as the parents.  In Bob’s baptismal record, it appears as if the name were recorded in German: Ömiller. But in Mary’s baptismal record, it is recorded as Aumiller.

I haven’t really pursued any Aumiller connections yet; but when I do photo Calvary, I will take photos of graves with names that sound familiar to me. So while going through the photos for today’s theme, I noticed I took a picture of a grave of someone named Maryanna Aumiller.

Maryanna Aumiller, 1856 - 1918, Calvary Cemetery grave

Maryanna Aumiller, 1856 - 1918, Calvary Cemetery grave

I had done some initial investigation with Maryanna, but nothing leads me to link her to Eva. However, I did locate a 1900 census record that reflects Maryanna, her husband George, and family living at 1555 Avondale in the Kuschwantz neighborhood. Joe and Eva Plenzler were living at 1544 Avondale. They most certainly knew each other–they were neighbors and many Catholic families on that street attended St. Anthony’s parish.

Maryanna and George had nine children per the 1900 census:

  • Anthony (age 18)
  • Agnes (age 16)
  • Kate (age 14)
  • Wiktorya (Victoria) (age 12)
  • Anna (age 11)
  • Joseph (age 11)
  • Stanislawa (age 9)
  • Ignace (age 7)
  • Konstancya (age 5)

I have also obtained Maryanna’s death certificate, church burial/death record through St. Anthony’s parish and burial record through Calvary. What is unusual about this is when comparing these records with the gravestone, it’s obvious that someone guesstimated her birth year. Her grave stone states she was born in 1856, which would have made Maryanna 62 years old at the time of death. However, her death certificate states her birthdate is unknown. Her burial record from Calvary Cemetery, is transcribed below, provides the grave location:

No.: 20200
Name of Deceased: Mary Aumiller
Place of Nativity:
Late Residence: 1217 Lucas
Age: 59
Color: W
Sex: F
Disease: Heart Disease
Date of Decease: Oct. 31
Date of Interment: Nov. 2
Married, Single, or Widowed: M
Place of Death: Toledo
No. of Grave:  425
No. of Lot: 4
No. of Section: 30
Name of Physician: Watts
Name of Undertaker: W. J. Sujkowski
Name of Parents or Kindred:
Remarks:

Maybe this will provide a start to making links with Aumillers. Maryanna would be linked to Eva through her husband. If anyone has any information on this family, leave a comment here or drop me an email. I’ll follow up.

Some time ago, I had received a hand-drawn family tree for the Plenzlers with a cover letter dated 1991 that mentioned a John Plenzler who had settled in Minnesota. This family tree and the letter were created by Theresa Plenzler Helminiak, a cousin.

While tracing my great-grandfather, Joseph Plenzler, I realized he had several siblings because of this information yet I hadn’t followed up with any of Joseph’s siblings here. A good prod came from Judy again, because truthfully, I was asleep at the wheel this summer with any genealogy efforts. Let’s just say it’s been a busy summer and I’m trying to make sure I find at least a few hours each week to get more research and writing done.

Per the information Theresa (Tessie) recorded, Joseph had at least five siblings that I could verify and locate:

  • Margaretha and then see here and here. Margaretha and Joseph were the only siblings who settled in Ohio.
  • John settled in Minnesota with his wife Marianna (Mary). He’s the subject of this post.
  • Catharine married Jacob Niemier and settled in South Bend, Indiana.
  • Elizabeth married Joseph Zalas and settled in South Bend, Indiana.
  • Kunegunda married Stephen Zalas and settled in South Bend, Indiana.

The sisters, Catharine, Elizabeth, and Kunegunda will be topics in the near future.

Per census records and a marriage record I located via the Poznan Project, Johannes (John) was born about 1857. The record I found on the Poznan Project indicated that Johannes and Marianna married in 1877 in Głuszyna–a common fact in my branch of the Plenzler family. She was 19, he was 20. Marianna’s maiden name was Krych. I will have to write to obtain the actual marriage record(s)–and see if there are both civil and church marriage records to review.

After this point, things get a little murky with John and Mary. While Tessie documented John and Mary as having lived in Minnesota, there are a few immigration records that do not make their arrival quite clear.

A Hamburg manifest heading into New York was located for John, indicates that he left Europe on 4 April 1883. A corresponding record at Castle Garden for his arrival also exists that provides his date of arrival to the US as 20 April 1883 and his occupation as a mason. However, this manifest indicates that his final destination is Wisconsin.

Digging into this further, I had to look at census sheets and to also look at Mary’s immigration records. A passenger manifest for the ship, Weser, arriving into Baltimore from Bremen documents her arrival on 20 April 1884. On this manifest is some interesting information. Marianna arrives with two daughters: Veronica, age 6 and Barbara, age 11 months. Immigrant mothers arriving with infants or small children isn’t unusual although it’s always noteworthy. However, viewing the passenger record just above Marianna’s name is a record for a Cecelia Aumiller. That notation nearly knocked my socks off. My great-great-grandmother was Maria Aumiller before her marriage to Andreas Dauer. Their child, Eva, married Joseph Plenzler. My guess is that Cecelia was either a sister to Andreas (her age is listed as 63) or she was a wife to a brother of Andreas! I have not yet definitively located any of my Aumiller relatives in the US although I have had clues. This is going to be an area of future research–I am so hoping to eventually find if there are Aumillers to whom I am related to in the US.

While researching John and Mary, I have located some indirect evidence that they had remained together in Wisconsin for a while prior to settling in Minnesota. Thanks to Judy, we have the 1900 Federal Census that shows John and Mary living in Middle River, Minnesota. Note that on this record, the surname is spelled as Plenzer. Here the census provides information on the family as it was in 1900:

  • John is listed as Charles. I do believe this to be an error on the part of the census taker. His birth is listed as March 1857, age 43.  However, his immigration is recorded as 1881. It is possible the John had come to the US earlier and had returned. Remember that Marianna had traveled to the US with a small child of 11 months in 1884, so that would have placed Barbara’s birth in 1883.
  • Mary’s birth is indicated as August 1859 and her age is 41. Note that she has had 10 children, but six are still alive in 1900.
  • Daughter Barbara is then noted, with her birthdate given of September 1883. (This is difficult to ascertain because it appears as if the census taker had made a mistake and tried to write over the original answer, however, Barbara’s age seems to be provided as 17.) This would make sense if she were not quite a year old upon immigration in 1884.
  • Son, Mike, is then listed. He, and two of his following siblings, are noted as having been born in Wisconsin. Mike is noted as 11 and born in September 1888.
  • Son, Frank, is then listed. His birthdate is provided as February 1890 and is noted as 10 years old.
  • Son, John, is then listed. His birthdate is provided as April 1893 and is noted as 7 years old.
  • Son, Nicholas, is then listed. His birthdate is provided as April 1896. The census taker noted his age as 3, but if he were born in 1896, his age should have been noted as 4 at the time of this census (June 1900).

The 1905 Minnesota state census reflects the same information for the family. Note on this record, the surname is spelled as Plencner or Plencener. (Begin with record #37.)

Realizing that Mary had traveled to the US in 1884 with two daughters, Barbara and Veronica, I noticed that neither the 1900 census or the 1905 state census reflected any information for Veronica and that the 1900 census stated she had six children living, it was apparent that Veronica had already left home. I located Veronica, noted as Verona, on an 1895 Minnesota state census where she was living in Argyle, Minnesota at the age of 17. If she were six at the time of arrival in the US, she would have been born about 1878, making her 17 at the time of this census. So this census data likely reflects that this is indeed John and Mary’s daughter, Veronica.

I have not been able to locate a 1910 US census with this family’s data; however, the 1920 and 1930 census data is available. This is data too indicates that it’s possible the John had come to the US in 1881 but did not stay.

The 1920 census shows us that Mary and John are still living in Middle River, Minnesota. Note that on this census, the surname is given as Plencner. Here, John’s immigration date is provided as 1881 and Mary’s as 1882.  Also note that John was naturalized in 1900, and Mary is also indicated as having been naturalized. (I believe that spouses whose husbands were naturalized at this time were automatically granted naturalization, but this would need some verification.) John and Mary are listed as no longer having an occupation; however, two sons reside with them: Mike and Frank who appear to be running the family farm.

The 1930 census is even more interesting. See page 1 here and page 2 here–data for the family spans two pages.

On page 1, John and Mary are listed as records 49 and 50. They are on the same farm that they own, ages 73 and 71, respectively. The same immigration dates of 1881 for John and 1882 for Mary are provided.

On page 2, son Frank, is still living on the same farm with John and Mary, single, age 38, and seems to be also running the farm (record#51, second page). What is even more interesting is daughter, Barbara has re-appeared. (See record #52, page 2.) Here we learn she is widowed, age 48, and is living with Frank, John, and Mary with a daughter, Gwendolyn, age 14. Even more interesting, it is noted that Gwendolyn was born in New York. Barbara’s name is given as Barbara Ervin.

Moving down on the second page of the 1930 census data for the Plenzler family, records #54 through #58, it appears as John Jr. had purchased the farm next door (or perhaps his father had subdivided the farm and sold half to his younger son). John is married in 1930 to a woman named Josephine and there are three children: Mary Anne, Adeline, and Raymond. These children were all born in Minnesota.

I have not found any death records for John; however, I did locate an abstract of Mary’s death. Mary passed away on 18 October 1938 in Middle River, Minnesota at the age of 79.

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

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

I’ve had the marriage record for Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller from Gluszyna, Czapury, Wielkopolskie, Poland (Poznan) for sometime, and realized I had never posted it here.

Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller were my great-great grandparents and I learned of their existence through the baptismal records of their grandchildren, Robert and Mary Plenzler. I was surprised to see that the priest noted the lineage of two of the children of Joseph Plenzler and Eva Dauer to include grandparents. I was then able to locate the marriage record for Andreas and Maria through the Poznan Project.

Here is the record, transcribed as best as  possible.

1857
No. 9
Annus et dies benedictiones sacerdotalis: 29 Februarii — The marriage took place November 27, 1857.
Nomen sacerdotis benedictionmen sacerdotalem administrantis: J. Tomaszewski — The priest who officiated the marriage was J. Tomaszewski.

Nomen, praenomen et cognomen sacro ritu coniunctorum. Sedes conditio et professio, et nomen benedictio sacerdotalis en ecclesia vel domi peracta sit. The names/personal names and family names of those who wish to be joined in the sacred right of marriage before this church.
Andreas Dauer, vid., (widower)
et and
Marianna Aumiller, virgo (maiden)

Utrum iam prius conjugum iniverint, nec non utrum ad hue sub potestate parentum vel tutorum sint.
Liberi (they are free to marry)

Aetas ages
Sponsi: 44 Groom, 44
Sponsae: 30 Bride, 30

Religio sponsi, sponsae Religion of the bridge and groom is Catholic

Consensus parentum et tutorum cum concentio parentum sponsi et patri sponsae: Cum cons. jur. IIIB 1099 D. 636

Dies proclamationes: Marraige banns (announcements of the intent of marriage were made)
24, 25, et 25 post Pentec. (liturgical 24, 25, and 26 weeks, after Pentecost)

Dies dispensationum, si qua forent: nulla Were proper dispensations made in case of annullment due to form (Null–widower, maiden)

Nomen, conditio et professio testium qui benedictioni sacerdotali adfuerunt: Name and identification of witnesses: Mathias Olejiniazak (sp?) de (of) Babki et (and) Joannes Neihaus (sp?) de (of) Czpury

So we know that Andreas was married previously. I am unsure of any Dauers or Aumillers who have emigrated to the Toledo, Ohio area; although I have stumbled upon records of some in the region, I have not been able to make any direct link to them. There is no mention of heritage or lineage in this record although two names were mentioned for witnesses.

Leo was the last child of Eva Dauer and Joseph Plenzler. He was born March 14, 1899 and baptized in St. Anthony’s Parish on March 19, 1899. Leo’s baptismal record is transcribed below:

Ego infrascriptus baptizavi Leonem
Natum 14 Martii
ex Josepho Plencler et Eva Dauer
Patrini fuerunt Adalbertus Toda, Josepha Majchrzak
F.S. Motulewski

I located Leo on the 1920 census, living with his siblings Robert, Mary, and Frank at the family home at 1451 Avondale. What is particularly interesting about this census is that there is also a family listed at the same address of Sophia and Steve Szymanowski. Where there two Sophia Szymanowskis? Did Sophia Plenzler marry a Szymanowski? Frank married Sophia Szymanowski. Did Sophia Szymanowski have a sibling named Steve? More investigation in the near future! (I do believe this is the case, but have not plowed through the census records yet.)

Leo’s World War I draft registration provided is occupation as a presshand at the Toledo Metal Wheel company (you’ll need to scroll down the page a bit to find the article on Toledo Metal Wheel).  Here is also an interesting blog post about the Toledo Metal Wheel company.

I have no details about Leo’s marriage; however, he married a woman named Harriet. This marriage produced two sons: Leon and Phillip.

Leo passed away April 27, 1963 at the age of 65. His obituary was published in the Toledo Blade April 28, 1963 and is transcribed below.

Leo J. Plenzler, 64, of 520 Detroit Ave., died yesterday in Toledo Hospital of a heart ailment.

A lifelong Toledo resident, Mr. Plenzler was a set-up man 35 years at the DeVilbiss Co.

Surviving are his wife, Harriet; sons, Leo, Jr. and Phillip J., sisters, Mary and Mrs. Sophie Szymanowski, and brothers, Robert and Frank, all of Toledo.

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

Leo was buried through St. Stanislaus Parish. The church burial record is transcribed below.

Number 8
Name: Family; Baptismal: Leo Plenzler
Address: 520 Detroit
Age: 64
Parents or Spouse: Harriet
Sacraments-Minister: A. Sobczak
Date of Death: 4/27/63
Cemetery Date of Burial: Calvary, 5/1/63

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

No. 64971
Name: Leo J. Plenzler
Residence: Toledo Hosp.
Age: 64
Cause of Death: Congestive Heart Failure
Date of Interment: May 1
Grave: E11′, W28, S6′
Range or Lot: 60
Section: 19
Funeral Director: W.K. Sujkowski
Remarks: 1787

Harriet passed away November 20, 1983. Her obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on November 21, 1983 and is transcribed below:

Mrs. Harriet S. Plenzler, 79, of Rosemar Drive, died Sunday in her home. She was the widow of Leo Plenzler. Surviving are her sons, Leon and Philip, and sisters, Mrs. Marie Cichy, Mrs. Martha Klatt, and Agnes Konczal, and brother, William Lamarr. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Stanislaus Church. The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sujkowski Mortuary, where the body will be after 6:30 tonight.

Harriet’s death record through St. Stanislaus Parish is transcribed below:

#6
Name: Family; Baptismal: Plenzler, Harriet
Address: 2216 Rosemar, Toledo, Ohio
Age: 79
Parents or Spouse: Son – Leon
Date of Date: 11/20/83
Cemetery, Date of Burial: Calvary, 11-20-83
Celebrant at Funeral: Gerald Robinson

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

No. 88335
Name: Harriet S. Plenzler
Residence: 2216 Rosemar
Age: 79
Cause of Death: Prov. death cert.
Date of Interment: 11-23-83
Grave: E11′,W20′, S9′
Range or lot: 60
Section 19
Funeral Director: Sujkowski
Remarks: 420

Sophia was the 9th child of Eva Dauer and Joseph Plenzler. I have located Sophia on the 1900 and 1910 census records for the family and have also located her baptismal certificate. It seems Sophia disappears into history!

Sophia was born April 25, 1897 and baptized May 2, 1897 in St. Anthony’s parish. Her baptismal record is transcribed below:

Ego infrastriptus baptizavi: Sophiam Plencner
Natam: 25 Aprilis
ex Joseph Plencler et Eva Dauer
Patrini fuerunt: Joannes Przybylski, Josepha Jawkowiak
F.S. Motulewski

I am researching this further, but I cannot locate a death record or marriage record yet for her.

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