Many thanks to Judy Stewart for this picture. Aren’t they a beautiful couple? Married November 8, 1879 in Gluszyna.

Eva Dauer and Joseph Plenzler, wedding photo

Eva Dauer and Joseph Plenzler, wedding photo

Frank was the seventh child of Joseph Plenzler and Eva Dauer, born February 8, 1895. All records I’ve located stated his birth as 1896, but the St. Anthony’s baptismal register shows that Frank was born in 1895. His baptismal record is transcribed below:

A.D. Die Mensis: 17 Feb.
Ego infrascriptus baptizavi: Fransiscus ??
natum 8 Februarii
ex Josepho Plencner
et Eva Dauer
Patrini Fuerunt: Franciscus Szerpa??, Maria Falkenstejce (sp?)
Rev. V. Zaleski

Frank was enlisted into the Army in World War I. A copy of his World War I draft card is here. His draft card notes his employment at Seiss Manufacturing, a manufacturer that produced and sold bicycle parts. As a bit of nostalgia, here is a link to an advertisement for Seiss bicycle horns published in Boys’ Life Magazine, March 1921.

As with his brother, Robert, a record of his World War I service is provided in the Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, World War 1917-18. The record for Frank in the Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, World War 1917-1917 is transcribed below:

Plenzler, Frank J.
3583302
White
1541 Avondale Ave.
Toledo, O.

NA LB 4 Toledo, O. June 26/18. Br Toledo, O. Feb. 8/95. 158 Dep Brig to July 18/18, Co F 335 Inf to Oct 5/18; Co K 358 Inf to disc. Pvt. Meuse-Argonne. AEF Sept 9/18 to June 8/19. Hon Disc June 15/19.

Like Robert, Frank served at Meuse-Argonne and with the American Expeditionary Forces.

Sophia Szymanowski was the daughter of Michael and Maryanna Jablonski, born September 25, 1897 and baptized September 27, 1897. Her baptismal record is transcribed below:

Nomen Familiae: Szymanowski
A.D. Die Mensis: 27 Sept.
Ego infrascriptus baptizavi: Sophiam
Natum 25 Sept.
ex Michaele Szymanowski et Maryanna Jablonska
Patrini Fuerunt: Aldalbertus Pufe (sp?), Apolonia Szymanowski

Sophia and Frank married between 1920 and 1930. The 1930 census placed them at 1240 Campbell Street. One son is produced from this marriage, Edwin, born about 1927. Edwin never married and passed away June 14, 1974. He was buried through St. Anthony’s Parish and interred at Calvary Cemetery.

Edwin’s burial record through St. Anthony’s is transcribed below:

Name: Plenzler, Edwin, 1240 Campbell
Died: June 14, ’74
Buried June 18 ’74
Cemetery: Calv.
Officiating Priest: Th. Extejt
Age: Date of Birth: 47 y.
Sacraments: Sudden death – Mercy H.
Nearest Kin: Mother Sophia

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

No. 78517
Name: Edwin Plenzler
Residence: 1240 Campbell
Age: 47
Cause of death: Prov. death cert.
Date of interment: June 18
Grave: 9
Range or Lot: 150
Section: 46
Funeral Director: Sujkowski
Remarks: 1338

Frank passed away January 1, 1970 and was interred through St. Anthony’s parish and buried at Calvary Cemetery.

Frank’s death record from St. Anthony’s is transcribed below.

Name: Frank Plenzler
Cemetery: Calvary
Age: Date of birth: 74
Nearest Kin: Wife
Died: Jan. 1, 1970
Buried: Jan. 6, 1970
Officiating Priest: G. G. Radecki
Sacraments: All
Adm. By: Chaplain at Mercy Hosp.

Frank’s burial record through Calvary is transcribed below:

No.: 73161
Name: Frank Plenzler
Residence: 1240 Campbell
Age; 74
Cause of Death: Myocardial Infarction
Date of Interment: Jan. 6, 1970
Grave: 11
Range or Lot: 150
Section: 46
Funeral Director: Sujkowski
Remarks: 10

Sophia passed away February 21, 1990. She was interred through St. Hyacinth Parish and buried in Calvary Cemetery.

Sophia’s death record through St. Hyacinth Parish is transcribed below:

Name of deceased: Sophia Plenzler
Residence: 1240 Campbell
Age: 92
Parents, Wife or Husband: Ronald Rejent, 3526 Secor Rd., Apt. 228, 43606
Date of Death: 2-21-90
Priest: Fr. Tom Extejt
Place and Date of Burial: 2-23-90, Calvary

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

No.: 93903
Name: Sophia Plenzler
Residence: 1240 Campbell
Age: 92
Cause of Death: Prov. Death Cert.
Date of Interment: 2-23
Grave: 10
Range or Lot: 150
Section: 46
Funeral Director: Sujkowski AP
Remarks: 2046

Sophia’s obituary was published February 22, 1990 in the Toledo Blade and is transcribed below:

Sophia Plenzler, age 92 years, formerly of Campbell St., died on Wednesday, February 21 in the Toledo Hospital. Preceded in death by her husband, Frank and son, Edwin. Survived by sister, Mrs. Clara B. Zion of Tiffin, OH; also nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Friday 12:30 p.m. from the Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, Airport Hwy. Funeral Mass at St. Hyacinth Church at 1 PM. Scripture services Thursday at 7 PM in the mortuary, where visitation will be Thursday after 5 PM. Burial Calvary.

Bob was the sixth child born to Eva Dauer and Joseph Plenzler. He was born January 3, 1891 and baptized January 4, 1891 in St. Stanislaus Parish. It’s interesting to note on Bob’s baptismal record that his mother’s lineage is noted. Look closely at the record for Boleslaw Plencner (the first record on the page).  Here is a transcription:

Datum Nativ. and Baptism
3rd Januarii Natus
4th Jan. Bapt.
Nomen: Boleslaus
Genus: Mas
Thorus: Leg.
Parentes: Plencner (Plenzler), Josephus, fil Josephi et Evae Dauer
Dauer, Eva fil Andrea et. Marianna n. Omler
Patrini: Michael Brzoskov (sp?) et Antonia Szcrepankorvska (sp?)

So, a clue to Eva’s mother would be that Marianna’s maiden name may be Omler. Also, when transcribing Mary Plenzler’s baptismal record, I have found that Marianna’s maiden name was provided as Aumiller. (I will provide more information on Mary on the next post.)

I can find no reason for naming the paternity of the mother, and yet all children born during this period have the paternity of their parents provided as well. Additionally, the priest’s name is not provided.

Bob was listed as living with the family at 1541 Avondale at the time of the 1910 census, he would have been about 19 years old at the time.

It appears Bob was drafted into the Army during World War I. His World War I draft card provides his employment as a carpenter. He was listed in the Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, World War, 1917-18 (as was his brother, Frank). Both Bob and Frank served at Meuse-Argonne and with the American Expeditionary Forces. Bob was also listed as having served at the battle of St. Miheil. Bob was honorably discharged from the Army on July 21, 1919.

A transcription of Bob’s record in the Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, World War, 1917-1918 is below:

PLENZLER, ROBERT F.
3093314, White
1541 Avondale Ave.,
Toledo, O.

NA LB 4 Toledo, O. June 26/18. Br Toledo, O. Feb 8/95. 158 Dep Brig to July 18/18; Co F 336 Inf to Oct 5/18; Co K 358 Inf to disch. Pvt. Meuse-Argonne. AEF Sept 9/18 to June 8/19. Ho disch June 15/19.

The 1930 census shows Bob living again at 1541 Avondale with his sister, Mary and employed as a machinist at a steel mill. It appears as if neither Bob or Mary ever married but continued to live together to support each other.

Bob died December 11, 1973 and was buried at Calvary Cemetery. His obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on December 12, 1973 and is transcribed below:

Robert Plenzler

Robert F. Plenzler, 83, of 1541 Avondale Ave., died Tuesday in his home. He was employed 12 years by the Acklin Stamping Co., retiring 18 years ago. Earlier he had worked 25 years for the Toledo Metal Wheel Co. He was a World War I veteran. Surviving is his sister, Mrs. Sophia Szymanowski. The body is in the Sujkowski Mortuary. Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church. The Rosary will be recited Thursday at 8 p.m.

He was buried at Calvary Cemetery through St. Stanislaus parish. The burial record from the church is transcribed below:

1973
#18
Name:  Plenzler, Robert
Address: 1541 Avondale
Age: 83
Parents or Spouse:
Sister: Sophia Szymanowski
Date of Death: Dec. 11
Cemetery Date of Burial: Dec. 14, 1973
Celebrant: Rev. S. J. Wojciechowski

The burial record from Calvary is transcribed below:

No. 77881
Name: Robert Plenzler
Residence: 1541 Avondale
Age: 83
Cause of Death: Prov. Death Cert.
Date of Interment: 12/14/1973
Grave: 5
Range or Lot: 193
Section: 44
Funeral Director: Sujkowski
Remarks: R3407

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.

Joseph was the second child, second son of Joseph Plenzler and Eva Dauer, my mother’s paternal great-uncle. Joseph was born on October 20, 1884 in Poznan. He, his brother Martin, and mother Eva arrived on the ship, Moravia, in the port of New York on May 6, 1884. She departed from Hamburg with her two eldest sons: Marczin (Martin) and Josef (Joseph). Martin was 3 at the time of arrival, his younger brother was just 6 months. (Lines 11, 12, and 13 in the manifest.)

Joseph married Josephine Grzechowiak. Josephine was born in Toledo on February 26, 1891 and baptized in St. Anthony’s parish on February 28, 1891. She was born to Laurence Grzechowiak and Wickoria Dragon.

While I was unable to find a marriage record for Joe and Josephine, they were married prior to 1918 as Joseph claims Josephine as his next of kin on his World War I draft registration records.

Joe and Josephine resided at 634 Marmion per the 1920 census. By the 1930 census, they had resided at 737 Marmion. Here is a link to a picture of the home and ownership transfer records for the property.

Joe and Josephine had four children:

  • Theresa Plenzler Helminak
  • Aloyosius J. Plenzler
  • Martha Plenzler Pieczynski
  • Alice Plenzler Bogucki

Joe passed away on January 14, 1948 and was buried through St. Hyacinth’s Parish. The St. Hyacinth burial record is transcribed below:

Name: Joseph Plenzler
Died: 1/14/1946
Buried: 1/17/1946
Cemetery: Calvary
Officiating Priest: J.F.L.
Age Date of Birth: Oct. 20, 1882
Sacraments: All
Nearest Kin: wife
Adm. By: J.F.L.

Joe’s obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on January 14, 1948 and reads:

Joseph Plenzler

Joseph F. (Joe Pie) Plenzler, 739 Marmion Ave., a moulder at the Toledo Machine and Tool Foundry since 1933, died yesterday. He was 65.

Mr. Plenzler was a member of the Moulders Union, AFL.

Surviving are his wife, Josephine; son, Aloysius, daughters, Martha and Theresa Plenzler and Mrs. Alice Bogucki; borthers, Charles, Robert, Frank and Leo Plenzler; and sisters, Mrs. Sophia Szymanowski and Mary Plenzler, and two grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Sujkowski and Son Mortuary and at 10 a.m. in St. Hyacinth Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

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

No. 47815
Name: Joseph Plenzler
Residence: 737 Marmion
Age: 63
Cause of death: Hypertension
Date of interment: Jan. 17
Grave: W-1/2
Range or Lot: 392
Section: 39
Undertaker: Sujkowski & Son

Josephine passed away on June 10, 1978. Her obituary from the Toledo Blade, June 11, 1978 reads below.

Josephine Plenzler

Mrs. Josephine M. Plenzler, 87, of 737 Marmion Ave., died Saturday in Mercy Hospital. She was the widow of Joseph Plenzler. She was an assembler for 10 years at the former Rex Research Co., retiring in 1960. Surviving are her son, Aloysius; daughters, Mrs. Martha Piezzynski, Mrs. Alice Bogucki, and Mrs. Theresa Helminiak; sister, Mrs. Bertha Liberkowski, and bothers, William and John Grzechowiak. Services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Hyacinth Church. The Rosary will be recited Monday at 7 p.m. in the Sujkowski Mortuary, where the body will be tonight after 6:30.

Her burial record through St. Hyacinth parish is transcribed below.

Name: Josephine Plenzler
Died: June 10, 1978
Buried: June 13, 1978
Cemetery: Calvary
Officiating Priest: John Hemstreet
Age: 84
Sacraments: All
Adm. By: Chaplain, Mercy Hospital
Next of Kin: Son, Ollie Plenzler

Joseph and Eva were my mother’s paternal grandparents, my great-grandparents.  They were both born in Prussia in the mid-1800s–Joseph in February, 1855 and Eva in December, 1857.

Joseph’s parents were Joseph Plenzler and Mary Lesiecka.

I have found reference to Eva’s father as John Dauer on Eva’s death certificate. However, research into baptismal records for some of Eva’s and Joseph’s children have indicated her father was named Andreas. I am investigating this and have found a marriage abstract for Andreas/Andrzej Dauer and Marianna Aumiller in the Catholic parish in Głuszyna dated 1856. Eva and Joseph were also married in the Catholic parish in Głuszyna.

Per the 1900 census, Joseph arrived in 1883, Eva arrived in 1884. Joseph departed their residence in Wioreck, Preußen (Germany) on April 13, 1883 via the ship Gainsborough from Hamburg, arriving in Liverpool and then in the US. (Record 4 in the manifest.)

Eva arrived on the ship, Moravia, in the port of New York on May 6, 1884. She departed from Hamburg with her two eldest sons: Marczin (Martin) and Josef (Joseph). Martin was 3 at the time of arrival, his younger brother was just 6 months. (Lines 11, 12, and 13 in the manifest.)

By the time of the 1900 census, Joe Sr. was a naturalized citizen and a home plasterer. Eva and Joseph resided at 1541 Avondale Avenue, near Detroit Street. By this time, they had 10 children, nine of whom survived:

Vincent died in infancy.

Below is a transcription of Vincent’s baptismal record:

Nomen: Vincenti
Parentes: Joseph Plencner, Ewa Dauer
Parentini: Michael Brzoska, Victoria Mosiniak
Natio: 3 Julii
Bapt: 18 Julii
Nomen Sacerdotes: Rev. M.F. Orczechowski

Below is a transcription of Vincent’s death record through St. Stanislaus:

Nomen Defuncti: Vincentius Plencner
Obut: 4 Januari
Seput: 6 Januari
Netas: Six Montuim
Nomen Sac.: Rev. M. F. Orzechowski

I have no burial record.

Pretty amazing that Eva and Joe had nine children survive out of 10, given that cholera, “consumption” (tuberculosis), typhoid, and pneumonia were often fatal to children in the late 1800s and were fairly common in Toledo at that time.

Per the 1910 census, the family was still living on Avondale Avenue. Shortly after the 1910 census, Joseph passed away on May 4, 1910 of pneumonia at the age of 55 and was buried May 7, 1910 in Calvary Cemetery. Here is a transcription of his burial record:

Record #12068
Name of deceased: Joseph Plenzler
Late residence: 1541 Avondale
Age: 55 years, 2 mos., 9 days
Color: W
Sex: M
Disease: Lobar Pneumonia
Date of Decease: May 4
Date of Interment: May 7
Married, Single, or Widowed: M
Place of death: Toledo
No. of Grave: 26
No. of Lot: 112 to 115
No. of Section: 8
Name of Physician: A. Krieger
Name of Undertaker: W. J. Gasiorowski

Eva passed away four years later, on October 20, 1914 at the age of 56. She was interred through St. Stanislaus parish and buried at Calvary Cemetery.  The interment record from St. Stanislaus is transcribed below:

Date of death: Oct. 20
Date of burial: Oct. 24
Name of person interred: Eva Plenzler
Place of birth: Poland
Age: 56 years
Priest: J.L. Kuta
Cemetery: Calvary

Here is a transcription of the burial record:

Record #15797
Name of deceased: Eva Plenzler
Late residence: 1541 Avondale
Age: 56
Color: W
Sex: F
Disease: Abcess
Date of Decease: Oct. 20
Date of Interment: Oct. 24
Married, Single, or Widowed: W
Place of death: Toledo
No. of Grave: 25
No. of Lot: 112/ 115
No. of Section: 8
Name of Physician: C. Storz
Name of Undertaker: W. J. Gasiorowski

Martin Plenzler was my my mother’s paternal uncle–he was a brother to her father, John Plenzler. Martin was born October 30, 1880 in Poznan. He, his brother Joseph (Jr), and mother Eva arrived on the ship, Moravia, in the port of New York on May 6, 1884. She departed from Hamburg with her two eldest sons: Marczin (Martin) and Josef (Joseph). Martin was 3 at the time of arrival, his younger brother was just 6 months. (Lines 11, 12, and 13 in the manifest.)

Here is a screen snap of this branch of the family tree.

By the 1900 census, the family settled at 1544 Avondale and Martin is indicated as living with his parents and working as a day laborer.

On October 16, 1905, Martin married Michaelina (Minnie) Machowiak in St. Anthony’s church.

Below is a transcription of the marriage record:

Record 7, left page.

Oct. 16, 1905
Plencner, Martin
Machowiak, Michalina
A.J. Suplicki

Note that the last name is misspelled for Martin. Plencner is a common misspelling for Plenzler.

Also note that Record #8 lists Martin’s younger brother, Joseph Plenzler, marrying Stanislawa Machowiak. I have not researched this yet. It is possible that Stanislawa died early and widowed Joseph.

By the 1910 census, Martin and Minnie had moved to 1465 Avondale and had two children: Alphonse and Clemence. By 1920, the family added three more children: Edna, Florence, and Daniel.

Martin and his brother, Casper, were musicians and played in a popular band in the Toledo region. This band, Woodsmen of the World, was captured in a 1920s-era photo in Toledo’s Polonia written by Rev. Richard Philiposki of the Toledo Polish Genealogical Society through Arcadia Publishing, 2009. Excepts of the book can be viewed online, and the photo is located on page 66.

Martin passed away at the age of 66 on April 6, 1947. His obituary published in the Toledo Blade on April 8, 1947 can be viewed through Google News Archives. Below is a transcription of the obituary:

Martin Plenzler

Born In Poland; Toledoan 64 Years

Services for Martin K. Plenzler, 66, of 1465 Avondale Ave., who died Sunday in St. Vincent’s Hospital, will be Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home and at 9 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Born in Posen, Poland, he had lived in Toledo 64 years. For 25 years, Mr. Plenzler had been a metal polisher at the DeVilbiss Co. He was affiliated with Woodmen of the World, Pulaski Camp 176, Polish National Alliance, and the Fourteenth Ward Oldtimers Baseball Association.

Surviving are his wife, Michaeline (Minnie); sons, Alphonse, Clement and Daniel; daughter, Mrs. Edna Sieja; brothers, Joseph, Casper, Robert, Frank, and Leo; sisters, Mary Plenzler and Mrs. Sophia Szymanowski, and 10 grandchildren.

Martin was buried in Calvary Cemetery on April 10, 1947. Below is a transcription of the burial record:

No. 47043
Name: Martin K. Plenzler
Residence: Toledo
Age: 66
Cause of death: Coronary Thrombosis
Date of interment: April 10, 1947
Grave:  S 1/2
Range or lot: 48
Section: 38
Undertaker: Sujkowski & Son

John Plenzler was my maternal grandfather. Born February 20, 1885 in Toledo, Ohio to Joseph Plenzler and Eva Dauer, he was the third of nine children. There were seven boys and two girls.

Here is a screen snap of John Plenzler’s family tree.

John was baptized February 22, 1885.

John Plenzler baptism record, St. Anthony’s Parish, Toledo, Ohio

Here is the transcription of the baptismal record:

Nom. Inf.: Jannes
Parentis: Joseph Pencner, Eva Dawor
Patrini: Michael Mruk, Catharina Falkensztajn
Dies Natal: 20 February Bapt. 22 February
Nomen Sacradolis: Rev. M. F. Orzechowski

Most Roman Catholic records during this time were recorded in Latin, and Jannes is the Latin version of John.

The last name, Plencner, is also a common misspelling of the name.

Eva’s name is probably misspelled; however, there are a number of variations of Dauer and I am unsure of which is the correct version. John’s death certificate reflects that his mother’s name is spelled Dauer.

Ohio Death Certificate John Plenzler

John joined the US Marines in 1908 and served until about June 1912. John was stationed at a number of bases throughout the US.

John Plenzler Marine enlistment record, August 8, 1908

John Plenzler 1910 Hawaii census (border while in Honolulu)

John Plenzler Marine Muster Call December 1910

John Plenzler Marine Muster Call July 1911

John Plenzler Marine Muster Call August 1911

John Plenzler Marine Muster Call June 1912

After discharge from the Marines, John married Anastasia Przybylski (Lawecki) in St. Anthony’s parish, Toledo, Ohio on November 4, 1912.  Anastasia was widowed in October 1910 after a brief marriage to Stanley Lawecki. She then lost their only son in November 1910.

Marriage record from St. Anthony’s parish, Toledo, Ohio for John Plenzler and Anastasia Przybylski (Lawecki).

John and Anastasia resided at 722 Brown Street, Toledo, Ohio and had three children: Raymond, Florence, and Virginia. John passed away on August 2, 1936 at home of stomach cancer. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery. Below is the transcription of the burial record.

No. 36887 – Right hand page
Name: John Plenzler
Residence: 722 Brown
Age: 51
Cause of Death: Cancer of Stomach
Date of Interment: Aug. 5
Grave 3741 Range or Lot: 8 Section: 32
Undertaker: Sujkowski & Son

After researching my family genealogy off and on — really in spurts and stops — for a few years, I think I finally have some reliable, solid, and great data. For me, it’s been somewhat difficult because I had sketchy data about my father. I knew about his military service and I did grow up to know his sister and sister-in-law and several cousins on my father’s side. Unfortunately, I never bothered to really sit down with him and talk about his history before he died.

My mother’s side of the family is something else! I’ve learned she had a very large family, with some marriages that really surprised me — one sister had married her sister’s widower, there also were a few intermarriages between the families! But starting out, I had sketchy about her family. She did tell my sisters and me about her mother and father and she knew her grandparents’ names as we were growing up. Of course, we got the lines about how she had to live through the Great Depression and how awful it would be to be wasteful. As a kid, I’d roll my eyes and tune out the discussion but overtime I realized the wisdom of her words and tried to understand the experience. I’m not sure if I ever can fully understand.

I had few photographs to work from. The photographs I was able to locate were primarily of my father’s time in the Army Air Corps and he never talked much about his time in the military — although he loved airplanes and would read history books about the Air Force and different types of aircraft hours on end when he wasn’t reading true crime stories. Additionally, he loved building airplane models in the basement. Never knew what would happen if you walked in on him because the smell of airplane glue rapidly took effect until you reminded him to open a window.

I did not have many photos of my mother save a few of her with my father during their dating, engagement, and early years of marriage. They made quite the attractive and happy couple!

Still, I did not grow up knowing my grandparents as they had passed away before I was born. My mom and dad I suppose were so busy raising a family and working that we never really talked much about how they lived, how their families got here, and who they really were. Truthfully, I don’t think I thought much of it either until my children were grown and had asked me questions for school assignments — my youngest once asked me (she’s the psychologist of the family) about any known mental illnesses or alcoholism in the family as part of her professional studies. I wanted to laugh. Instead, I jokingly reminded her that she’s of Polish and Irish extraction (on her dad’s side) and Catholic. How did that add up? (Yes, we can be a sarcastic bunch.)

So my search was probably different than most — I had to really dig, and digging I still am. While mom’s still alive, I decided to get her involved in some short informal conversation while we would be out having lunch or grocery shopping. Every little snippet of information I could glean, I would squirrel away. Mom tires easily these days but does love to chit chat about family and what she can remember.

Using these snippets, and some original photos and documentation I had gathered from my dad’s mementos, I was able to come up with just enough intelligence — addresses, correct spellings of names, parishes family and friends belonged to — in order to start a search.

While this may sound rather macabre, the single biggest help to me in this search was a series of online, scanned documents for Ohio Deaths, the Toledo Diocese Death, Baptisms, and Marriages, and Calvary Cemetery records. Imagine reading death certificates as part of your historically-inclined hobbies. Honestly, it did make for some fascinating reading and brought much light and background to me about how many Polish immigrants in the Toledo region lived in the late 1800s through the 1950s. The LDS church sponsors this collection free of charge at http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start. It is a pilot program, many of the records are just images with no index. But the information available here can be worthwhile, particularly to any researcher with Polish family in the Toledo area.

I have not yet gone “off shore” yet with my research. However, I found the lives of my family so fascinating in Toledo that I felt I had to stop and write about them while I am doing research. Hopefully some day, I will be able to research and locate records from Poland, perhaps even travel there some day.

I’m researching these families: Mierzejewski, Plenzler, Przybylski, Dauer, and Rochowiak. I have confusing information regarding the Mierzejewski family and working to straighten that out. There is some basic information about my grandfather, Wladyslaw (Walter) and his family. I’ve found what I assumed were two brothers to Walter (Jan and Konstanty); however, we all know what assumptions are made of and I may find that assumption is wrong as I’ve just heard a confirmation of a rumor I’d heard as a child and something my mom recently told me: that my paternal grandmother also was a Mierzejewski and it seems that family was quite large. So…it’s off to digging and asking more before I can really assume anything. I’ll update the bios as I learn and confirm.

I have some very good information on the Plenzler and Przybylski families in Toledo and am following up with leads and contacts with cousins I’ve recently “re-found!” My mother’s father was John Plenzler and her mother was Anastasia Przybylski.

I am also working towards locating the Dauer and Rochowiak families. My maternal great-grandparents were Eva Dauer and Joseph Plenzler and Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak.

But for now, it’s March madness and basketball is interrupting me. (Go UK!)  I will be posting bios of family members as I can complete them. So remember this is a work in progress and if anything is inaccurate, please please let me know.

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