Finally! I’ve confirmed that John Mierzejewski is a sibling to my grandmother, Helena. Thanks to a piece of information I could not locate–an obituary from the Toledo Blade via Garret–I have a piece of the puzzle.

Here is a transcription of the obituary (it can’t be scanned, poor quality and Google archives does NOT have this):

J. M. Mierzejewski

John M. Mierzejewski, dietitian’s helper in Riverside Hospital, died yesterday in the hospital after a short illness. He was 52.

Survivors are his wife, Theofila, sons, Corporal Milton, Romulus Field, Mich., and Leonard, Toledo; daughters, Mrs. Helen Abrass, Mrs. Frances Lubinski, Mrs. Lillian Gawronski, and Virginia; brother, Wladyslaw; sister, Mrs. Helen Mierzejewski and five grandchildren, all Toledo.

Services will be 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Sujkowski Funeral Home and at 9 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

John died December 30, 1945.

Some trivia: Milton was nicknamed “Mackie.” I remember my father talking about him, but did not know how they were related. Dad simply called him “his cousin.”

John and his wife, Theofila, had seven children, one of whom is still living:

  • Helen (1913-2004) (m. Joseph Abrass)
  • Frances (1916-2009) (m. Joseph Lubinski)
  • Lillian (1918-2005) (m. Thadeusz Gawronski)
  • John (1921-1920)
  • Milton (1923-1987) (m. Stephanie Nowak)
  • Virginia (1927- ) (m. Donald Jezak)
  • Leonard (1929-1994) (m. Jeanne Trudell)

More updates later.