In an attempt to keep my sanity, I started a small database of Mierzejewskis as I located them through immigration records from Ellis Island. This is in no way complete–these were the “easy” targets I’ve located so far. These records do not include any variations in spelling nor immigration records from anywhere except Ellis Island.

The records are located here. Consider it a work in progress. As I located new records, I will update.

I realize that when one undertakes to research both sides of the family, that’s a very big undertaking. I’ve had a lot of help along the way from cousins, my mom, and my sisters. Still there are times I feel as if I’m neglecting one side or the other. Lately, I’ve been neglecting my dad’s side of the family. The Mierzejewskis in Toledo just don’t seem to want to be found. But sooner or later, I’m going to tease them out by hook or by crook. Many of the Mierzejewskis that I knew liked a good joke, so it’s likely they’re still playing games. (And yes, I am half serious by saying that–my dad was a joker and played some serious pranks–some day I should post the story how he answered the phone when my sisters and I were teenagers and boys would call for dates.)

Today is Tombstone Tuesday over at GeneaBloggers. So here are the graves of two possible Mierzejewski relatives. I cannot place them in my tree; however, chances are good I’m related to them. It all goes back to that business of having two grandparents, unrelated but with the same last name before marriage. However, you’ll notice the names aren’t spelled quite the same way. Like Plenzlers/Plencners, the Mierzejewski name has morphed over time as well.

These are the few graves that I have photos of from Calvary but have not recorded the grave location and cannot look up the grave location. If I ever find the locations, I’ll eventually post them.

First grave stone of the day is for Stanley Mizejewski.

Grave Stanley Mizejewski Calvary Cemetery

Grave Stanley Mizejewski Calvary Cemetery

I corresponded with Garret Mierzejewski, a Mierzejewski expert. Garret did have an obituary for Stanley. The obituary has no date other than the year, 1962. I’ve transcribed the obituary below.

Stanley Mizejewski

Stanley Mizejewski, 70, of 9735 Douglas Rd., Temperance, Mich., died Tuesday at Flower Hospital.

Mr. Mizejewski, born in Poland, lived in the Toledo area more than 50 years. He had been a machinist at the Baker Bros. Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1958.

Surviving are his daughters, Mrs. Virginia Berend and Mrs. Marcella McClean; son, Harold S. Brooks, all of San Diego and five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Urbanski Mortuary, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.

I may be able to find Stanley’s grave location if I poke through the Calvary burial logs again. I attempted to last night, but 1962 seemed to be a particularly good year for business at Calvary. I got blurry eyed reading and might have missed it.

Here is the next grave. The stone is very worn, it’s difficult to read and I cannot fully transcribe it.

Unknown: Possibly Konstancia Mierzejewski grave Calvary Cemetery

Unknown: Possibly Konstancia Mierzejewski grave Calvary Cemetery

I believe the name on this gravestone may be similar to Konstancia Mierzejewska (the feminine form of the surname). However, it’s weather worn and difficult to read. The death year on the stone also is difficult to determine. Is it 1913, 1916, 1918, or 1919? As Garret pointed out to me, the birth year is clear enough to determine that this person was born in the 1850s. Yet as he pointed out, most of Mierzejewskis who came here were born in the 1880s, possibly 1870s. Mierzejewskis emigrated during a later phase of Polish migration to the US: my grandfather was documented as coming to the US as early as 1903 when he was just 18 or 19 and he returned to Poland a few times before settling permanently in Ohio. So this person is a unique surprise and it would be interesting to learn more about him or her.

If anyone has any information, please leave a comment or drop me an email.

I have hundreds of photos from Calvary Cemetery. I don’t always manage to photo graves I specifically set out for–the cemetery is huge and I stop to snap photos of graves with familiar names that I stumble upon, even if they aren’t on my to do list. Naturally, that slows me down. Sometimes the photos prove helpful.

However, I had photos for graves for a John, Salomea, Helen, and Alice Mierzejewski I could not place anywhere in my family tree. Not to say they may not be relatives, I just can’t find enough information to verify if they are related and how they fit in. So I did some research. Hopefully someone may have additional input.

Here are the grave photos:

John L. and Salomea Mierzejewski grave Calvary Cemetery

John L. and Salomea Mierzejewski grave Calvary Cemetery

Helen and Alice Mierzejewski grave Calvary Cemetery

Helen and Alice Mierzejewski grave Calvary Cemetery

Helen and Alice are children of John and Salomea. All are buried in the same plot, and another smaller headstone exists for Alice.

Alice Mierzejewski smaller gravestone Calvary Cemetery

Alice Mierzejewski smaller gravestone Calvary Cemetery

John L. Mierzejewski and his wife and family resided in Rossford. Upon some investigation, I’ve located a few Mierzejewskis in the Rossford area and extending into Wood County. As time goes on, I will post further about those I’ve found in Wood County.

John L. Mierzejewski passed away on December 7, 1948. His obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on December 8, 1948 and is transcribed below:

John L. Mierzejewski

John L. Mierzejewski, 60, died yesterday in his home, 107 Riverview Place, Rossford, after an illness of one year. He was 60.

Born in Poland, Mr. Mierzejewski had lived in Rossford 25 years and was employed in the grinding and polishing department of the Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Co.

Surviving are his wife, Sadie; sons, Constantine and Adolf; daughters, Miss Hattie Mierzejewski and Miss Irene Gray, both of Rossford, and Mrs. Virginia Herdter, Toledo and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the residence at at 9 a.m. in St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Rossford. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Salomea, known as Sophie or Sadie, died on February 7, 1976. Her death notice was published in the Toledo Blade on February 9, 1976 and is transcribed below.

MIERZEJEWSKI

Sophie (Sadie), age 81, of 107 Riverview Pl. Feb. 7. Loving mother of Adolphe, Rossford; Mrs. Hattie Buehrle, Rossford; Mrs. Irene Gray, Perrysburg; Mrs. Virginia Herdter, Toledo. 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Services Tuesday 9 a.m. from ROSSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 1001 Dixie Hwy. 9:30 a.m. St. Mary Magdalene Church. Recitation of the Rosary Monday 8 p.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery.

If anyone have further information about this family, please contact me. Leave a comment here or drop me an email. I’ll follow up. I’m curious to learn whether this family is related to my grandparents. Both of my paternal grandparents were unrelated Mierzejewskis. See entry for Wladyslaw Mierzejewski and an entry regarding several Mierzejewski-Mierzejewska marriages for more detail.

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

Thanks to my sister for her persistence in locating information while moving my mom. Wedding photos for my parents I believed were long lost were found! My parents were married November 15, 1947 in St. Stanislaus Church, Toledo.

Edward Mierzejewski and Virginia Plenzler wedding photo

Edward Mierzejewski and Virginia Plenzler wedding photo

Virginia Plenzler Mierzejewski wedding photo

Virginia Plenzler Mierzejewski wedding photo

Thanks to my sister who uncovered this photo of our grandparents, Walter and Helena while going through my mom’s stuff.

Date of photo is unknown, but would have been taken prior to May 1, 1946 (date that Walter passed away).

Walter and Helena Mierzejewski (date unknown)

Water and Helena Mierzejewski (date unknown)

Updated family tree information for the Antoni Merzejewski descendants in Toledo can be found here: Related Information.

Replaces the one posted in February–erroneously posted the Stanislaw Mierzejewski descendants twice.

William Marsh was the grandson of Ignacy Mierzejewski, the son of John Mierzejewski. William was born William S. Mierzejewski in Toledo on January 21, 1922 to John Mierzejewski and Anna Myzlinski and baptized in St. Anthony’s parish on January 28, 1922. Baptized Boleslaw, it seemed his family provided him with the Anglecized name of William.

Per the 1930 census, the family was residing at 1021 Hamilton and William was 8 years old.

William entered the military and volunteered for the Office of Strategic Service, a predecessor to the modern CIA. While in the OSS , he was assigned to operations in Yugoslavia. Thanks to his son, Bill, there are photos of him while in the service.

William S. Mierzejewski (Marsh)

William S. Miezejewski (Marsh)

William S. Mierzejewski (Marsh), OSS, possibly in Bari, Italy

William S. Mierzejewski (Marsh), OSS, possibly in Bari, Italy

An undated article was found that mentioned William’s service in the OSS. The date of the UP wire service is noted as 10/1, but the year is unknown. It is likely that this clipping came from the Toledo Blade and the date that the article was published was likely after World War 2. The article is transcribed below:

3 FROM TOLEDO ON HERO LIST

Soldiers Hit Behind Lines of Enemies

Washington, Oct. 1 (UP)—Super-commandos of the Office of Strategic services did heroic work behind the enemy lines in France, Italy, Norway, Greece, Yugoslavia and China.

OSS revealed here today the names of the 800 highly trained volunteers from the army, including three Toledo men, who parachuted into enemy territory and worked with underground Allies to create chaos in German and Japanese occupied areas.

Listed among men who operated in Yugoslavia were Staff Sergt. W. S. Mierzejewski, 1021 Hamilton St.; T/5 F. G. Smolinski, 218 Detroit Ave., and W. J. Spiropoulus, 530 Nesslewood Ave., all of Toledo, and Staff Sergt. Steve T. Randolph, Bowling Green, O.

T/5 William Klingensmith, Bowling Green, was assigned to Norway and Lieut. Mills C. Grandes, Sandusky, O., to France.

The OSS men all spoke the languages of the country in which they were to operate. They functioned in parties of eight to 30 men, landing at night and contacting “partisans” in occupied territory, with whom they joined to strike the enemy in vital and vulnerable spots.

Of the 805 members of the OSS groups, 335 have already been decorated individually, by the U. S. or Allied governments.

After leaving the military, William lived in the Sidney, Ohio region. Here he met and married Dorothy Fronsoe.

William and Dorothy Marsh

William and Dorothy Marsh

William also joined the Ohio State Highway patrol in 1947; upon joining the OSHP he changed his last name to Marsh. He was assigned to the Troy Post 55 in 1948.

William S. Marsh, OSHP uniform

William S. Marsh, OSHP

Troy OSHP Post 55

Troy OSHP Post 55

William passed away October 4, 1962 at the age of 40. Dorothy, his son Bill, and his siblings then moved to Miami, Florida in 1970.

Bill Marsh is seeking information on his father’s history, particularly with the OSS. If you can provide any data, please leave a message here and I will follow up.

Let’s talk Mierzejewski. Lots of confusion on this family, remember my grandfather married a Mierzejewska. So, it takes some time and patience untangling names and relationships. Earlier, I had identified a John (Jan) M. Mierzejewski as my grandmother’s brother. See this post updated on July 13, 2010 and this post from August 1, 2010.

However, I’m going to focus on my grandfather’s family here. And these relationships are confusing because my grandmother and grandfather each had siblings who were named alike. The John or Jan Mierzejewski who is today’s subject is descended through my great-grandfather, Antoni Mierzejewski. Antoni had a son named Ignacy. John is the son of Ignacy Mierzejewski and Marianna Goclowska Dabkowska. My grandfather, Wladyslaw (Walter) is the son of Ignacy and another wife, Budziszewska. So Walter and John were half-brothers.

This post will set the stage for a following post on John’s son, William. William, or Bill, was an OSS officer who served in Yugoslavia in WWII. Bill had changed his last name to Marsh after leaving the OSS to serve with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Much of the information presented here was provided by Bill’s son, William (Bill) S. Marsh (Mierzejewski).

John was born in Tomasze, Poland on November 15, 1894 per his Word War II draft registration card.

Interestingly, John provided his residence for the World War II draft registration on Vance Street. A number of my mother’s relatives had resided on Vance.

Per the 1930 census, John was residing at 1021 Hamilton. This census indicates that John is living with his first wife, Anna (Joanna) (Mizlinska or Myslinska) and his children:

  • Josephine
  • William
  • Adelaide

Also noted on this census is a roomer, Edward. Edward is likely John’s brother.

John served in WWI and because of his service, became a naturalized citizen.

Thanks to Bill Marsh, there are several photos of John:

John Mierzejewski in uniform

John Mierzejewski

John and Anna (Joanna) marriage

John and Anna (Joanna) marriage

John and Anna (Joanna) marriage

John and Anna (Joanna) marriage

John Mierzejewski, far left, uniform

John Mierzejewski, far left, uniform

If you can identify anyone in these photos, please leave a message here and I will follow up.

John passed away on August 17, 1970. His obituary as published in the Toledo Blade the same day and is transcribed below:

John Mierzejewski

John Mierzejewski, 74, of 1435 Nebraska Ave., owner of John’s Carry-out for 20 years, died Monday in Howard’s Convalescent Home, Swanton, O., after a long illness.

Born in Poland, Mr. Mierzejewski lived in Toledo 46 years. He worked at the Mather Spring Co. 30 years, retiring nine years ago, and also ran the carry-out with his wife.

Mr. Mierzejewski was an army veteran of World War I, a member of the Wroblewski Post, American Legion, and of the Toledo Health and Retiree Center.

Surviving are his wife, Jennie, daughters, Mrs. Adelaide McCartney, of Berkey, and Mrs. Josephine Galliers, of Toledo, and nine grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. in Sujkowski Mortuary, with burial in Toledo Memorial Park. The body will be in the mortuary after 7 tonight.

A few weeks ago, I had met with some of my Erdman relatives. While I never knew this while I as residing in the Dayton, Ohio area, they were always living just a few files from me down I675 in a nearby suburb. It was a wonderful lunch. My sister came over with me on the drive to Dayton and we met cousins we never knew before and had a lovely afternoon! How cool can that be?

The conversation at one point turned to funeral cards, and someone had brought a number of cards along. One of these cards was for my grandmother, Anastasia Plenzler. I’ve always found this to be a rather sweet tradition. I’m not sure if this is a particularly Catholic tradition or if it is practiced in other religions, but it seems Poles always made sure there were plenty of these cards available at the visitation or memorial service. I always thought of it as a sweet tradition because not only did these cards provide the name and basic information about the deceased, they also provided as special or poignant prayer for the dead. Some may find this a morbid tradition but to me it is a nice reminder of the deceased. Usually for my family, these were provided by the funeral home although I understand these can be done individually or through other means. I am unsure if this is a tradition begun in the 20th century after it was common to view the deceased in a funeral parlor or if this was a tradition started prior to that–if the family had these cards made even during times that the deceased was “laid out” at home or a the home of a close relative. Their purpose seemed to be to provide a small reminder of the deceased  and a prayer.

This discussion led me to remember my mom had her own collection of these cards. Here are a few of these that I’ve scanned:

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