Walter was my uncle, my father’s older brother. Walter was born in 1910; however, I do not have an exact date of birth. He was born in Poland; although his obituary states he was a Toledo native.
Walter arrived in the US with his parents, Walter and Helen, in 1923 at the age of about 13. I do not have much information about Walter’s early life in the US other than he married Helen Ceglarski. When the family first arrived here, they lived at 1763 Buckingham with Jan Mierzejewski (whom I believe to be my great-uncle). Walter Sr. and his family (Helen, Walter Jr., Celia, and Edward) eventually moved to Woodstock and then to Evesham (right behind St. Hyacinth’s parish).
Helen and Walter had three children: Thomas, Richard, and Eugenia. After their marriage, they had moved to Waverly Avenue and had change their last name to Myers. Helen’s and Walter’s daughter, Eugenia (Jeannie) lived and raised their family in the house on Waverly, so I grew up with their children and remember the residence on Waverly quite well. We lived within walking or biking distance of each other.
Helen Ceglarski’s parents were Anthony and Maggie. Anthony and Maggie owned the home on Waverly and seemed to have passed the house on through the generations to Helen and then to Jeannie. Per the 1920 census, Anthony and Maggie arrived in the US with their first daughter, Stella, in 1906. Helen was born in the US about 1911.
I have no pictures of Walter Jr.; however, I do have a few photos of his wife, Helen. Both pictures are taken with my dad’s sister, Celia. It seems as if they were great pals.
Helen and Celia #1. Helen is seated on the tricycle and Celia is pushing the baby carriage. (I guess they were rather playful!)
Helen and Celia #2. Helen and Celia are at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Helen is in the floral print dress, Celia is in the dark suit.
Walter Myers passed away on February 6, 1959. His obituary reads:
Walter Myers, 49, of 605 Waverly Ave., died of a heart attack yesterday at his home.
A Toledo native, Mr. Myers was a painter. He had been employed at Champion Spark Plug Co. 33 years.
Surviving are his wife, Helen; daughter, Mrs. Eugenia Mruzek; sons, Richard and Thomas; mother, Mrs. Helen Mierzejewski; brother, Edward; sister, Mrs. Celia Starzynski, and three grandchildren, all of Toledo.
The body is in the Sujkowski Mortuary. Services will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. in St. Hyacinth’s Church with burial at Calvary Cemetery.
Helen Myers passed away August 19, 1983. Helen’s obituary reads:
Mrs. Helen Myers, 72, of Waverly Avenue, died Friday in St. Luke’s Hospital. She worked 20 years as a machine operator at Champion Spark Plug Co., retiring in 1965. She was the widow of Walter Myers. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Jean Mruzek, and sons, Richard and Thomas. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Hyacinth Church. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Sujkowski Mortuary, where the body will be after 7 tonight.