Sorry folks, I’ve been away. The extended absence over the Christmas holidays and the busy-ness that ensued afterwards to keep up with work and other obligations (stuff piles up when you ignore it) kept me away.

But I want to point out something quite interesting that was contributed to this blog by the Rev. Thomas Extejt. He kindly identified a photo of Frank Plenzler and Sophia Szymanowski. His post states:

Dear Donna:
The wedding picture in your November ’11 blog is definitely my great-aunt, Sophia Szymanowski Plenzler, and her new husband, Frank Plenzler. I confirmed this with an older cousin who lives in Florida. Uncle Frank was a genius at carpentry, and incredibly strong for a little wiry man. Aunt Sophie loved everybody. I spent many happy hours at their house at 1240 Campbell St.

I wanted to put his response on the landing page of this blog since it was originally placed on the “About me” page–where it might be a bit obscure to others who I know visit here.

My New Year resolution is of course, to return and post as much as possible! Winter is here and I’m content to stay inside were it is warm and dry and untangle mysteries.

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.

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

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

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.

Charles was my mother’s paternal uncle. He was born to Joseph Plenzler and Eva Dauer on February 19, 1889 and was baptized in St. Anthony’s parish on February 24, 1889. The family resided at 1541 Avondale per the 1900 and 1910 census.

Charles was named and baptized either Casmier or Kaiser, depending upon the source. Census records list him as Kaiser and his baptismal record reflects Casmier.

Charles married Constance Baranek sometime shortly before 1920. They resided for a while at 1688 Avondale with Constance’s (or Cora’s) family per the 1920 census.

Constance was my mother’s Confirmation sponsor. Mom was confirmed May 6, 1937.

By 1942, per Charles’ World War II draft registration card, he and Constance were residing at 1018 Brown Avenue.

Charles passed away November 11, 1960 at the age of 71. His obituary reads:

Charles Plenzler

Charles (Casper) Plenzler, 71, of 1018 Brown Ave., died Friday in S. Vincent’s Hospital.

Mr. Plenzler was born in Toledo. He was a maintenance man at the Collard Lumber Co., retiring six years ago. He was a veteran of the Mexican border campaign.

Surviving are his wife, Constance; daughter, Mrs. John Taylor, Maumee; sisters, Mrs. Sophia Szymanowski, Mary Plenzler; brothers, Robert, Frank, and Leo, all of Toledo, and four grandchildren.

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

Charles is buried at Calvary Cemetery:

No. 62013
Name: Charles F. Plenzler
Residence: St. Vincent’s Hosp.
Age: 71, Cause of death: Cancersomatosis (?)
Date of interment: Nov. 15.
Grave 11, Ranger or Lot 18, Section 43
Funeral Director: W. K. Sujkowski

Constance passed away September 17, 1983. Her obituary reads:

Mrs. Constance G. Plenzler, 88, formerly of West John Street, Maumee, died Saturday in Monclova Care Center, where she had been five years. She was the widow of Charles F. Plenzler. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Joan Taylor, and a brother, James Baranek. Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in Boyer-VanWormer-Scott Mortuary, where the body will be after 7 tonight.

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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