So…today, I make up for lost time with an additional post. I apologize, but I just haven’t had the time to keep up with the genealogy work this year. I don’t foresee the next year providing me with much time, either. But I intend to make the most of the time I do have available!

While visiting Calvary Cemetery this past July, I did some row mowing with the camera. I had found a Jankowski grave that I cannot identify. I am related to some Jankowskis through my mother–two daughters of Martin Plenzler, Edna and Florence,  had married Stanley Jankowski. Florence had married Stanley first, they had three daughters. Then after Florence had passed away and Edna was widowed (Edna’s first husband was Danny Sieja), Edna and Stanley had married. So when I encountered this stone in Calvary, I was intrigued. However, no matter how hard I tried, I could not identify the persons buried there. It seems the stone sunk enough to cover the names of those it is memorializing.

The grave is located in Section 25. If you can identify these persons, please feel free to contact me here.

unknown_jankowski

Unknown Jankowski grave, Calvary Cemetery Toledo, Section 25

I’ve returned. Didn’t think I’d be gone too long? Summer was busy, hopefully fall won’t be so busy (meaning, I won’t be goofing off as much!).

Been meaning to follow up with more Rochowiak data I’ve been collecting. Worked to trace the Martin Rochowiak family, my great-grandmother’s half-brother. As noted previously, I do have the marriage record for Martin and his wife, Catherine. However, the data I have been able to locate has been incomplete so far. Here’s what I’ve found so for that I can at least verify.

Martin and Katherine were married 3 November 1877 in Góra Żnin, Poland. I cannot locate any ship manifests that could be considered at least close to either Martin or Katherine.  The 1910 and 1930 census records provides an immigration year of 1885; the 1920 census provides an immigration year of 1889. Per the 1920 census, Martin was naturalized in 1897. So that is an area for some research in the future–to review immigration records in the Toledo Lucas County Library to locate the naturalization records.

Martin and Katherine had seven children:

  1. Frances, b. 1880, d. 1961, m. Felix Tafelski. Frances likely was born in Poland.
  2. Agnes, b. 1882, d. 1928, m. Anthony Dutkeiwicz. Agnes was likely born in Poland.
  3. Teresa, b. 1883, d. unknown, m. George Suchala. Teresa was likely born in Poland..
  4. Joseph, b. 1880, d. unknown, m. Justina ?? — Joseph did not seem to marry until after the death of his parents. The 1930 census places Joseph living with his parents and the 1940 census shows him living at the same address with a wife named Justina. The address on the 1930 census indicates 406 Detroit; however, his father’s death certificate reflects an address of 408 (which is the same address as the 1940 census).
  5. Jadwiga, b. possibly December 1891, d. p0ssibly December 1953, m. possibly twice: once to a Buckowski and secondly to Frank K. Sieja. Her parents’ death notices list her as Hattie Buckowski. Her death certificate notes her husband as Frank K. Sieja and her name as Pauline and as Jadwiga.
  6. Rose, b 1893, d. 1931, m. Anthony Luczak.
  7. Martha, b. 1899, d. 1982, m. Benedict Idzikowski.

Martin died 12 February 1931. His death notice was published in the Toledo News Bee on 13 February 1931 and is transcribed below:

ROCHOWIAK, MARTIN–Age 80 years, beloved husband of Catherine, Thursday at 7 p.m. Father of Joseph, Mrs. Frances Tuselski, Mrs. Theresa Suchala, Mrs. Rose Luczak, Mrs. Hattie Buckowski, Mrs. Martha Idzikowski, 25 grand-children and six great-grandchildren. Funeral Monday, Feb. 16 at 7:45 a.m. from the residence, 408 Detroit Ave., and 8 a.m. at St. Stanislaus church. Interment family lot Calvary cemetery. W.K. Sujkowski

Katherine died just a few weeks later on 5 March. Her death notice was published on 6 March in the Toledo News Bee and is transcribed below:

ROCHOWIAK, KATHERINE–Aged 73, ???, widow of the late Martin Rochowiak, beloved mother of Joseph, Mrs. Frances Tafelski, Mrs. Theresa Suchala, Mrs. Rose Luczak, Mrs. Hattie Buckowski, Mrs. Martha Idzikowski, 26 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren; Thursday at 10 a.m. Funeral Monday March 9, 8:45 a.m. from the residence, 408 Detroit Ave., 9 a.m. at St. Stanislaus church. Interment Calvary Cemetery, family lot. Friends invited.

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.

Today’s theme over at GeneaBloggers is Wednesday’s child.

Ronald Jankowski was the son of Florence Plenzler and Stanley Jankowski. Florence was the daughter of Martin Plenzler and Minnie Machowiak. Interestingly, Stanley was widowed when Florence passed away in 1946. He then married her sister, Edna, in 1950 Edna was widowed a few years prior when her husband, Daniel Sieja passed away.

Ronald was born December 14, 1933 and died February 13, 1934 of pneumonia.

Ronald S. Jankowski, grave, Calvary Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio

Ronald S. Jankowski, Calvary Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio

Stumbled upon a contact within ancestry.com who is a granddaughter of Martha. She graciously shared a few photos of Martha Sieja and her husband, Casper Roman. Martha was a daughter of Victoria Przybylski and Frank Sieja. She was my first cousin, once removed.  Martha and Casper were married in 1933 in St. Anthony’s parish.

Here are the photos:

Martha Sieja and Casper Roman, 1932

Martha Sieja and Casper Roman, 1932

They seem to look as if they were a pair of tend setters. In 1932, Martha was 18 years old. To my eye, it appears as if she were quite fashionable. Casper cuts quite an attractive figure in that well-tailored double-breasted suit as well.

Martha Sieja and Casper Roman, wedding photo

Martha Sieja and Casper Roman, wedding photo

Martha passed away in 1961. Her obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on December 31, 1961 and is transcribed below:

Martha Roman

Mrs. Martha D. Roman, 48, of 2432 Rosewood Ave., died yesterday in Mercy Hospital.

A lifelong Toledo resident, she was a member of the 14th Ward Oldtimers Auxiliary.

Surviving are her husband, Casper, daughters, Mrs. Bernadine Kajfasz, Mrs. Patricia Augustyniak, Mrs. Rosemary Leady, Mrs. Diana Mumford, and Kathleen, all of Toledo, and Mrs. Marcia Garcia, Findlay; sisters Mrs. Irene Plenzler and Mrs. Alice Gutowski, both of Toledo; brothers, Roman Sieja, Toledo; Edmund Sieja, Burbank, Calif., and Norman Sieja, Sylvania and 14 grandchildren.

The body is in the Sujkowski Mortuary. Services will be Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ann’s Church with burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Casper passed away in 1968. His obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on June 16, 1968 and is transcribed below:

ROMAN–CASPER V., age 65, of 2031 Evansdale. Widower of the late Martha; dearest father of Mrs. Bernadine Kajfasz, Mrs. Patricia Augustyniak, Mrs. Rosemary Leady, Mrs. Marcia Garcia, Mrs. Diane Schmidt, Mrs. Kathleen Relily; brother of Mrs. Bernice Jaskowiak, Mrs. Alice King, Mrs. Stella Mitchell, Dorothy Borkowski, Henry and Daniel Roman, all of Toledo; also survived by 20 grandchildren. Funeral Thursday, 8:30 a.m., Sujkowski & Son, 1629 Nebraska. Requiem High Mass, St. Ann’s Church, 10 a.m. Interment Calvary. Recitation of Rosary Wednesday, 8 p.m.

As always, if you know anything about Martha or Casper, please leave a comment here and I’ll follow up.

When I began to first research my great-grandparents, Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak, things just didn’t seem to stack up right. There are a number of Przybylskis in the Toledo area, and it seemed several of them married into the Plenzler family. However, I could not put my finger on all of the children Andrew and Frances had. Originally, I had located these offspring. Then while searching through baptismal records, I had located Marianna Przybylski. Correspondence between myself and John Plenzler indicated that Andrew and Frances had two other sons: John and Joseph.

However, John and Joseph remained rather elusive. Joseph though was hiding right beneath  my nose and I didn’t realize it until reading my grandfather’s (John Plenzler) baptismal record. Sometimes a little insomnia is all it takes–not being able to sleep, I was reviewing data on my mother’s family. And voila. There Joseph appeared, bright as daylight. He was baptized the same day, by the same priest as my grandfather John Plenzler was baptized.

Joseph was born February 18, 1885 and baptized February 22. See record #20 here.  The record is transcribed below:

Record #20
Nomen Infantis: Joseph
Parentes: Andreas Przybyla, Francisca Rochowiak
Patrini: Majher Nowicki, Michaelina Osinska
Nati: 18 Februarii
Bapt: 22 Februarii
Nomran Sacrdotis: Rev. M. F. Orzechowski

Note that the family’s last name here is listed as Przybyla, not Przybylski.

Joseph married a woman named Rose and they resided at 507 Pulaski Street per the 1920 census. The 1930 census places the Joseph Przybylski family at 1625 Belmont Avenue.

Per the 1930 census, Joseph and Rose had four children:

  • Virginia
  • Richard
  • Alvine (Alvina?)
  • Dorothy

Joseph passed away on July 8, 1937.  He was 51 per his Ohio Death certificate. His obituary was published in the Toledo News-Bee on July 9 and is transcribed below:

Joseph Przybylski

Joseph Przybylski died Thursday in his home at 1517 Pinewood Ave.

He leaves his wife, Rose; three daughters, Mrs. Virginia Napierala and Misses Eleanor and Dorothy, a son, Richard; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Erdman, Mrs. Dorothy Sieja, Mrs. Netti Plenzler, and Mrs. Eva Hejnicki; a brother, Frank, all of Toledo, and another brother, John, Detroit.

Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the residence at and 9 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be in Calvary.

This obituary proves the existence of another sibling named John. The existence of yet another sibling, named Dorothy will need to be investigated. His daughter, Dorothy, could not have been married at his death. She was only two years old at the time of the 1930 census. However, Joseph did have a sibling named Victoria who had married Frank Sieja. So it is possible the name is simply misprinted in the obituary.

Joseph was buried from St. Stanislaus parish in Calvary Cemetery on July 12, 1937. The church death record is transcribed below:

Record of Interments
Date of Death and Burial: D. July 8th, B. July 12th
Name of Person Interred: Przybylski, Joseph
Place of Birth: Poland
Age: 51y
Disease: Heart
Priest: John A. Labuzenski (sp?)
Cemetery: Calvary

Note that the place of birth is incorrect as there is a record of his birth in Toledo, Ohio through St. Anthony’s Parish that reflects both his date of birth and date of baptism.

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

No.: 38869
Name: Joseph Przybylski
Residence: 1517 Palmwood
Age: 51
Cause of Death: Unknown
Date of Interment: July 13
Grave: 100
Range or Lot: 10
Section: 40
Undertaker: F. Czglosz
Remarks:

Research to continue to locate John and verify the possibility of yet another Przybylski sibling named Dorothy.

Wladyslaw and Helena Mierzejewski

Wladyslaw and Helena Mierzejewski (grandparents)

Joe and Celia Starzynski

Joe and Celia Starzynski--Ciocia and Uncle Joe

Anastasia Plenzler

Anastasia Plenzler--grandmother

John Plenzler

John Plenzler--grandfather

Joseph and Josephine Plenzler

Joseph and Josephine Plenzler--great-uncle/great-aunt

Martin and Minnie Plenzler

Martin and Minnie Plenzler--great-uncle/great-aunt

John and Theofila Mierzejewski

John and Theofila Mierzejewski--great-uncle/great-aunt

Konstanty and Stefania Mierzejewski

Konstanty and Stefania Mierzejewski (have not yet determined relationship)

.

Stanislaus Przybylski

Stanislaus Przybylski--great-uncle

Frank and Victoria Sieja--great-aunt/great-uncle

Frank and Victoria Sieja

Edna Plenzler (m. Daniel Sieja, m. Stanley Jankowski)

Edna Plenzler (m. Daniel Sieja, m. Stanley Jankowski), daughter Martin K. Plenzler

Daughters of Daniel and Edna (Plenzler) Sieja--Susan, Kathleen, Nancy

Daughters of Daniel and Edna (Plenzler) Sieja--Susan, Kathleen, Nancy

Daniel Sieja, first husband of Edna Plenzler, father of Kathleen, Susan, Nancy

Daniel Sieja, first husband of Edna Plenzler, father of Kathleen, Susan, Nancy

Victoria was the daughter of Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak. She was born December 18, 1882 and baptized at St. Anthony’s on December 19, 1882.

Frank Sieja was born September 28, 1883 to Valentine and Mary Sieja and was baptized at St. Anthony’s on September 30, 1883.

Before their marriage, Victoria was employed as a sorter for H. Rosen, a junk dealer on Erie Street in Toledo — somewhat remarkably for a 15-year-old, she was listed in the 1897 Polk Directory for Toledo with her employment and as a border of Frances Przybylski (wid Andrew) at 1637 Vance Street.

Frank and Victoria were married in St. Anthony’s parish on September 25, 1905. Their marriage produced 10 children:

I was unable to locate Norman’s baptismal data.

Irene had married Clemence Plenzler. Clemence was the son of Martin Plenzler and Minnie Machowiak. My mother worked with Irene at the F. W. Woolworth department store in downtown Toledo for many years.

Daniel had married Edna Plenzler. Edna was the daughter of Martin Plenzler and Minnie Machowiak. Coincidentally, Edna and Daniel were born just days apart — Edna on April 16, 1911 and Daniel on April 18, 1911 — and they were baptized on the same day.

Leonard did not survive childhood and passed away due to infantile paralysis on August 3, 1927. His interment record through St. Anthony’s parish is transcribed below:

Date of death and burial: Aug. 3 – Aug. 5 1927
Name of person interred: Leonard Sieja
Place of birth: Toledo
Age: 5
Disease: Paralysis
Priest: F. S. Legowski
Cemetery: Calvary

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

No. 28654
Name: Leonard Sieja
Residence: 1451 Avondale
Age: 4
Cause of death: Infantile paralysis
Date of interment: Aug. 5
Grave: 1560
Range or Lot: 13
Grave: 30
Undertaker: F. J. Czelgosz

The Sieja family lived at 1465 Belmont per the 1910 census and 1920 census.

Per the 1930 census, the family was living at 1451 Avondale. Son Roman was married and living with the family with his wife and daughter.

Victoria passed away October 20, 1937 due to a cerebral hemorrhage. She was buried through St. Anthony’s parish on October 23, 1937. Her burial record through the parish is transcribed below:

Date of death and burial: Oct. 20, Oct. 23
Name of person interred: Victoria Sieja
Place of birth: Toledo
Age: 55
Priest: F. S. Legowski
Cemetery: Calvary
Remarks: Stroke

Victoria was buried at Calvary Cemetery. Her burial record is transcribed below:

No. 38021
Name: Victoria Sieja
Residence: 1451 Avondale
Age: 53
Cause of death: Apoplexy
Date of interment: Oct. 23
Grave: 414
Range or lot: 5
Section: 40
Undertaker: F. J. Czologosz

Frank Sieja passed away May 29, 1958 at home and was buried through Nativity parish. From the notation on the church’s burial record, it appears Frank re-married after Victoria’s death. Frank’s burial record from Nativity is transcribed below:

No. 13
Name of deceased: Frank Sieja
Residence: 1050 Indiana
Age: 75
Parents, Wife or Husband: Wife
Date of death: May 29, 1958
Sacraments: At home.
Priest: A. J. Lakizciski (sp?)
Place and date of burial: May 31, 1958, Calvary
Remarks: Jadgozinski

Frank was buried at Calvary Cemetery. His burial record is transcribed below:

No. 59279
Name: Frank Sieja
Residence: 1050 Indiana
Age: 73
Cause of death: Pending
Date of interment: May 31
Grave: 413
Lot or range: 5
Section: 40
Funeral director: A.A. Jadgozinski
Remarks: R669

Andrew and Frances are my mother’s maternal grandparents, my great-grandparents.

Andrew and Frances were married about 1873, in a Catholic parish in Chometowo; and I’m going to work with a contact in the near future in order to obtain a copy of their marriage record. There is some discrepancy with Frances’ maiden name. A record abstract that I  located for Andrew’s and Frances’ marriage lists Frances’ last name as Prochowiak.

The marriage abstract information that I was able to locate indicates that Andrew’s father was Valentinus and his mother was Josepha. Frances’ father was listed as Adalbertus and her mother listed as Marianna.

Chometowo is in northwestern Poland and was previously part of Germany prior to 1945.

Andrew and Frances arrived in the US sometime about 1880 and seemed to have settled directly into the St. Anthony parish neighborhood. Their first child, Frank, was born in Germany on May 17, 1876.

Their second child was likely Rose. Her death certificate states her birth as June 16, 1883; however, her marriage record to Kasper Koralewski from St. Anthony’s parish in 1900 indicates she was was born about 1880.

A 1892 city directory for Toledo lists Andrew as living on Vance Street. (I do not know who the other Andrew Przybylski on Blum Street is.)

Five more children were born to Andrew and Frances:

Adam died at about six months of age on October 9, 1893 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery on October 10. His death record through St. Anthony’s is transcribed below:

Date of death 9 Oct 1893, date of burial 10 Oc 1893, Adam Przybylski, fil. leg. Andrew Przybylski et Franscae Przybylski, 5 mos. nescitur, Calvary

I’ve transcribed his burial record below:

Adam Przybylski
1637 Vance Street
Age 5 months
White male
Disease: Intestinal Derangement
Date of decease: 8 Oct.
Date of Burial: 10 Oct.
Buried Grave 6, Lot 133, Section 30.

About six months after Adam passed away, Andrew died. His death was also recorded through St. Anthony’s death registry and is transcribed below:

Andreas Przybylski, maritus Fransicae Pryzbylski, 51 amorium, sepultus in Calvaria.

Andrew also was buried at Calvary Cemetery. His burial record is transcribed below:

Andrew Przybylski
1637 Vance St.
Age 50 years, 10 months.
Disease: Jaundice.
Died 26 January 1894.
Buried 28 January 1894.
Buried Grave 4, Lot 176, Section 30

Frances does not seem to have remarried and remained in the home at 1637 Vance Street for a number of years per an 1897 Toledo city directory, the 1910 census (which also indicates that Anastasia and her first husband, Stanley Lawecki, were living here as well), and the 1920 census (which also indicates that she was living with her daughter, Eva and her husband, Stanley Hejnicki and their son, Leonard).

Frances also lost two other children before she had passed away:

  • Rose, who passed away in 1916 from tuberculosis.
  • Stanislaw, who passed away in 1919 after an accidental amputation in an industrial incident.

Frances passed away on May 12, 1922 in Toledo. Her residence on the death certificate is listed as Frank Seija’s (husband of her daughter, Victoria). She is buried in Calvary Cemetery.

Frances Przybylski
1451 Avondale
Age 62
Cause of death: Cirrhosis of Liver
Date of Interment May 15, 1922.
Grave 2602, Range or Lot 17, Grave 3.
Undertaker: Czolgosz.

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

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