Two obituaries today. One I was actually seeking, the other happened to be, quite coincidentally, published the same day and of some interest to my family tree. I often go back through the archived newspapers on Google to backfill my data with obituaries. So I purposefully went to seek Victoria Przybylski Sieja’s obit, I hadn’t located it before. However, published on the same day as hers — October 21, 1937 — was the obituary of my aunt’s (Celia Mierzejewski Starzynski) husband’s brother, John Starzynski.

Both obits are below and are transcribed.

Obituary, Toledo News Bee, Victoria Sieja, 21 October 1937

Obituary, Toledo News Bee, Victoria Sieja, 21 October 1937

Mrs. Victoria Sieja

Mrs. Victoria Sieja died Wednesday in her home at 1451 Avondale Avenue of a stroke suffered while working in the yard of her home. She was 53.

Mrs. Sieja was a member of St. Anthony’s Church. She leaves her husband, Frank Sieja; three daughters, Mrs. Clem Plenzler, Mrs. Casper Roman, and Miss Alice Sieja; six sons, Roman, Chester, Andrew, Daniel, Edmund and Norman, two sisters, Mrs. Anastazia Plenzler and Mrs. Eva Hejnicki, two brothers, Frank and John Przybylski, and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the residence and at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church. Burial will be in Calvary. The body is in the residence.

John Starzynski, Obituary, Toledo News Bee, 21 October 1937

John Starzynski, Obituary, Toledo News Bee, 21 October 1937

STARZYNSKI SERVICES FRIDAY

Services for John (Starr) Starzynski, 27 E. Pearl Street, who died Wednesday, will be at 6:45 a.m. Friday in Stanley Urbanski Mortuary and at 7 a.m. in St. Adalbert’s Church. Burial will be in Calvary.

Mr. Starzynski, who was 29, had been ill a month. He was employed by Willys-Overland Motors, Inc. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Helen Starzynski; his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Marion Starzysnki, and three bothers, Walter, Joseph, and Edward, all of Toledo.

I was recently emailing with the Toledo Polish Genealogical Society. The person I was conversing with kindly sent me the marriage record for my grandmother’s, Anastasia Przybylski, first marriage to Stanley Lawecki.

I’ve transcribed it below:

Stanislaw Lawecki filius
Joannes et Mariae Szuchininska (sp?)
natus in Toledo, O. Sept. 21. 1886

et

Anastasia Przybylska
filia
Andreas et Franciscae Rochowiak
nata et bapt. in Toledo, O.
d. 23 February 1889

Testes: Antoni Lawecki, Joseph Rochowiak
Jos. Kuta
Sept. 20 – ’09

I cannot quite transcribe Stanley’s mother’s name so I may have it wrong.

Sadly, Stanley passed away a bit over a year from the marriage on October 9, 1910 of typhoid fever. Anastasia and Stanley had a child, Daniel. Daniel passed away on November 2, 1910 of cholera. I’m not sure I can comprehend how difficult it must have been for her to have lost a spouse and a child within weeks of each other.

I apologize for my spottiness, but between work and ahem, basketball, I’ve been distracted. I am an obsessed Kentucky basketball fan. I apologize for the inconvenience that may cause, but we all have a few guilty pleasures, no?

Back on topic!

I have been following up on the hints left on this post: Rochowiaks in Toledo and have gotten as many of the records as possible. I also reviewed the data I’ve had on Frances. That said, this isn’t as easy of a puzzle as it appears on the surface.

The hints left here were absolutely great and they do link Frances to Martin and Lawrence. Time and again, I’ve been shown the generosity of the genealogy community, even if I’m slow on the uptake or slow to respond.

Unfortunately for us, the dots aren’t very easy to connect. Aldabertus Rochowiak was married more than once. I have located two marriages, the first to Marianna Chlebowska and the second to Marianna Mazana. You’d think old Adalbert would at least have married women with different names in order to keep his descendants from being confused! But sadly, that is not the case. I do have the church marriage record for Adalbert’s marriage to Marianna Mazana here. The marriage took place on 27 October 1852 in Góra Znin, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland. Adlabert was 50, Marianna was 24.

I do not have the marriage record for Adalbert and Marianna Chlebowska, but I have contacted Lukasz Bielecki of the Poznan project to obtain. It may take awhile to obtain it. I also have come across potential siblings or half-siblings of Frances via a query of the Poznan Project as well: Jacobus (Jacob), Vincent, and Catherine. Catherine may have emigrated to Toledo as well. I will need to follow up on these possible siblings in the future.

That said, I’ve “assigned” Frances as the daughter of Marianna Mazana. This is because of Frances’ date of birth, based on the birth date provided on her death certificate.

However, I’ve been able to confirm that at minimum, Martin and Lawrence were at least half-siblings to Frances via St. Anthony baptismal records.

Martin was married first to Rosalia Skolmowska and secondly to Anna Ziemkiewicz. As pointed out in the original post looking for information on the Rochowiaks by Jan and Judy, there do exist a few baptismal records for a few of Martin’s and Marianna’s children that provide clear information.

Daughter, Anna’s, baptism occurred on 31 July 1892 and the record is here and transcribed below:

No.:
Datum Nativ./Bapt. 1892: 24 Julii nativ., 31 Julii Bapt.
Nomen: Anna
Genus: Foem.
Thori: Leg.
Parentes: Laurentis fil Adalberti et Marianna; Skolmowska, Rosalia fil Adalberti et Marianna n. Grabowska
Patrini: Aldabertus Streg (?) et Anthonina Kukla

Note that this record does NOT reflect whether Laurence is a child of Marianna Chlebowska or Marianna Mazana. Also note that the marriage record for Frances Rochowiak and Andrew Przybylski (see here) does NOT indicate which Marianna is her mother, either!

Martin was married to Katarzyna (Catherine) Świątek (if I am indeed transcribing this name correctly). Per the baptismal record for their son, Joseph, dated 12 February 1890:

No. 18
Datum Nativa Bapt. 1890: 8a Febr. nat., 12 a Febr. Bapt.
Nomen: Josephus
Genus: Mas.
Thori: Leg.
Parentes: Rochowiak, Martinus, fil Adalberti et. Marianne; Świątek, Catherina, fil. Math. et Mariannae.
Patrini: Andreas Przybylski et Rosalia Rochowiak.

More to come–I will attempt to knit at least Martin’s and Lawrence’s families together here within the next week or so. I’m slowly making headway with my great-grandmother’s family.

In the meantime (and no offense to all of my Ohio friends): Go Kentucky! Let’s see championship #8!

Yes, I’m posting this a few hours early for Geneablogger’s Tombstone Tuesday, and I am still working on that Rochowiak research. I just thought I’d take a break and post more of the photos I had from Calvary.

Below are the parents of Stanley Hejnicki, spouse of Eva Przybylski Hejnicki. Note that the first names provided on the stones are the Polish variants of the names, Agatha and Frank.

Agatha and Frank are buried together here:  Graves: 1886 and 1887, Range or Lot: 12, Section: 3 in Calvary.

Agatha Pawlaczyk Hejnicki, grave, Calvary Cemetery (mother of Stanley Hejnicki)

Agatha Pawlaczyk Hejnicki, grave, Calvary Cemetery (mother of Stanley Hejnicki)

Frank Hejnicki (grave, Calvary Cemetery, Father of Stanley Hejnicki)

Frank Hejnicki (grave, Calvary Cemetery, Father of Stanley Hejnicki)

Below is the grave for another Andrew Przybylski. I have not connected this Andrew to my great-grandparents, but because this one kept popping up when I first started researching my great-grandfather, I thought I’d post his grave here and see what may come.

Andrew Przybylski, grave Calvary

Andrew Przybylski, grave Calvary

This Andrew is buried here in Calvary: Grave 3040, Lot: 5, Section: 32.

The bit of research that I’ve done for this younger Andrew Przybylski led me to his death certificate, that indicates his parents were Frank Przybylski and Katrazyna Zielinski. Because of the year of his birth, 1887, it may be possible that this Andrew is a nephew to my great-grandfather. Yet another area of research in the future (does that not seem like a theme that I have always have going?)–however, each Frank Przybylski that I’ve found thus far that could be of my great-grandfather’s generation does not seem to line up. I do know my great-great-grandparents were named Josepha and Valentine, per the marriage record located for Andrew and Frances’ marriage.

And finally, one last photo for tonight. This person’s surname is not directly related to my family; but I was amazed at how well preserved this stone was at nearly 100 years old. So I took a photo of it. It is remarkably easy to read when compared to the stones of others I’ve photographed such as John and Eva Plenzler.

Tombstone, Francis Weslowlski, Calvary Cemetery

Tombstone, Francis Weslowski, Calvary Cemetery

This is the grave for Franciszek Wesolowski, buried here: Grave: N-1/2, Lot: 12, Section: 22.

I was hoping to actually post something regarding the Rochowiaks in Toledo today. I have been working to follow up on comments left on this post : Rochowiaks in Toledo, and am making some headway, but not ready to post on those comments yet.

A good clue though that was left was to check the records of Sts. Peter and Paul parish, which I am doing. While doing so, I came across a marriage record for 1874 that made my eyes pop. I was unsure of what it meant because initially when I read it, it appeared at first glance to be a marriage for a Joseph Przybylski. However, some consultation with the Polish Genius email discussion group indicated that it is the marriage of Joseph’s widow, Paulina to a Joseph Mortek (I am not quite certain of that name, I may not have transcribed it correctly).

Here is the record. It is on the left hand side of the image, the second from the bottom, dated 13 January 1874. The marriage was witnessed by Nickolaus Rutkowski and Rosalia Ciesliewicz. I have not yet ascertained if this is a connection to Andrew Przybylski or if Paulina was widowed here or in Poland. Definitely an interesting clue to follow up on. As usual, if you have any hints or information, drop me an email or a line here.

A blog reader named Jan provided this information. I did not find this news article until being notified here.

Tekla Mruk and John Przybylski’s first child, Frank, died at the age of 13 due to an auto accident. I knew the cause–I had his death certificate. However, I was unaware of a newspaper article published on 17 May 1909 about the incident. Jan kindly tipped me off to this article and I was able to pull it. Below is a scan of the article and a transcription. Note that the surname is misspelled.

Newspaper article from the Toledo News Bee 18 May 1909, death of Frank Przybylski due to auto accident

Newspaper article from the Toledo News Bee 18 May 1909, death of Frank Przybylski due to auto accident

BOY PLUNGES TO DEATH UNDER CAR

Dives Beneath Wheels as He Flees From Rain

Running headfirst into a Big Ton car at the corner of Detroit Avenue and Dorr Street, Saturday afternoon, Frank Prezybelski, 13, of 1415 Vance street, fell beneath the wheels and was almost instanly killed.

The boy was hurrying to get out of a rainstorm. He ran down Junction Avenue on to Dorr street, just as a car was backing from the barn. Prezybelski plunged into the car and was dazed. He was hurled beneath the car, and the wheels of the rear trucks passed over his body. One leg was nearly severed, and the boy’s head was crushed.

Yes, I’ve been away. Yes, I know I’ve been negligent. It’s March Madness. Not much else needs to be said! Since it’s Selection Sunday and is quiet before my team is announced an automatic first seed, I thought I’d catch up a bit — but way to go Kentucky!

The past few weeks have been producing some offline conversations and email exchanges. One of these email exchanges surrounds a photo with the name of Figmaka attached to it–I have two copies. Each photo is exactly alike, but one scan has the name of Figmaka written at the bottom. I’ve provided the scan without writing on it.

I am unfamiliar with the name of Figmaka, but this photo was provided to me by John Plenzler. The gentleman in this photo is also in this mystery photo that I like to refer to as the GQ 7. No Przybylski or Plenzler brother married a Figmaka as far as I have been able to document, but it may be possible. So this is a real mystery.

Possible Figmaka Wedding Photo

Possible Figmaka Wedding Photo

If you can identify either the bride or groom in this photo, please let me know. Drop me an email or leave a comment here. There likely would be a Plenzler or Przybylski connection.

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

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

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

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

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

John Plenzler, Obituary

John Plenzler, Obituary

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

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

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

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

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

Raymond D. Plenzler Obituary

Raymond D. Plenzler Obituary

Anastasia Plenzler (Published in The Blade 15 March 1946)

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

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

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

Anastasia Plenzler, Obituary

Anastasia Plenzler, Obituary

Tuesday’s theme over at Geneabloggers is always an easy one for me. At least it pushes me to do something with the photos I have of Calvary and is a nudge to get me to post here. (I’m trying to post here when I can!)

Today’s photos are the graves for Tekla (Mruk) and her husband, John (Jan) Przybylski. Tekla is the daughter of Michal and Margaretha Plenzler, sister of Mary Mruk Zielinski.

Tekla (Mruk) Przybylski Calvary

Teckla (Mruk) Przybylski Calvary

Jan Przybylski Calvary

Jan Przybylski Calvary

Tekla was born in Poland (likely in Wiorek, Wielkopolskie, Poland–based on her parents’ marriage record) and arrived in Toledo at the age of 13 based on census data.  She and Jan had married 19 November 1894 in St. Anthony’s parish.

Jan was born in Poland, and I haven’t connected his family to that of my grandmother, Anastasia Przybylski Plenzler. He was the son of Michael and Rosalie Przybylski and have little information on Jan other than this.

The grave is located here: Grave 1498, Range or Lot 32, Section 2.

I was able to locate a death notice for Tekla, published in the Toledo News Bee on 7 September 1932, transcribed below:

PRZYBYLSKI, TECKLA–Age 58 years, Tuesday, at 5 p.m. at Mercy hospital, beloved wife of John, mother of Michael, Aloysius, Stephen and Clement. Funeral Saturday, Sept. 10, 8:30 a.m. from the residence, 1461 Vance street; 9 a.m. at St. Anthony’s church. Interment family lot Calvary cemetery. Friends invited. W.K. Sujkowski.

Jan’s (John) obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on 29 October 1947 and 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.

Since today’s theme over at Geneabloggers is Tombstone Tuesday, I thought I’d post a few more of the grave photos I have from Calvary.

Rozalia Rochowiak, d. 15 July 1895

Rozalia Rochowiak, d. 15 July 1895

I stumbled upon this grave. I have not tied it to my family tree (who knows?) but it gives me hope that I’ll someday trace the Rochowiak line. It is located here:Grave: 4, Lot: 182, Section: 30. All I am able to transcribe off the stone is the name and the date of death which was 15 July 1895, date and location both verified through the Calvary Cemetery burial records.

This is another Rochowiak grave I stumbled upon.

Marta Marya Rochowiak

Marta Marya Rochowiak

Marta, baptized Martha, was the daughter of Frank and Kat Oskonski Rochowiak. I have not placed these persons in my tree (yet at least). Martha’s death certificate is also located here. The grave location is: Grave: 68, Lot: 2, Section: 32. The dates on the gravestone are birth 1915, death 1923.

Andrew and Mary Sieja

Andrew and Mary Sieja

Andrew and Mary Zielinski Sieja. Andrew was the son of Frank and Victoria Przybylski Sieja. Mary was the daughter of John and Mary Mruk Zielinski. Also see here for John and Mary’s grave photo. Andrew and Mary’s grave is located here: Grave: W 1/2, Range or Lot: 419, Section: 37.

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