Recently, I processed a large group of photos from Calvary that had a concentration of those who died from influenza. Noting that they had all died in 1918, I thought perhaps I had stumbled on an epidemic, and I did. I heard prior that there was a Spanish flu epidemic in Toledo in 1918, but hadn’t bothered to learn much about it until confronted with it. When looking up the deaths, many of the causes were listed as “La Grippe”–the term for the influenza that was epidemic in Toledo during the latter part of 1918.

While trying to verify some of these deaths, I’d come across the story below, published in the Toledo News-Bee November 7, 1918 that discussed what seems to be a city-wide quarantine imposed on citizens. As usual, I’ve transcribed the story and included the scan. There may be some genealogical tidbits for someone here. There is a mention of a person named Rose Koralewski. I am unsure of who this lady may be (she is not my grand aunt–that Rose died in 1916). I thought to include it here because I’ve noticed some queries hitting this blog for Koralewski and was thinking perhaps it might be useful to someone.

Here is the transcription, image of scan below.

Toledo News-Bee, November 7, 1918

Influenza Ban is Lifted

All Business Is Resumed; Schools Open Monday

The resumption of all business on Thursday thru the lifting of the influenza quarantine ban, was marked by more than usual activity. Moving picture houses and saloons did especially well, tho the happiness of the saloonists was marred a bit by the news that the state has “gone dry.”

All over the city patrons were able to get their “eyeopeners” in saloons before the sun came up. Street cars carried thousands to work before 8:00. Movie houses were filled before noon.

Theatres Crowded.

The Empire and Keith’s had big houses Thursday afternoon.

The closing order will be entirely lifted on Monday when public, private, and parochial schools will re-open.

On Thursday, 69 additional influenza cases, making a total of 5476, were reported. There were 11 deaths from influenza, making a total of 238, one from pneumonia, making a total of 125.

The Death List.

These were the influenza deaths on Thursday:

La Doria D. Thornburgh, 27, 2324 Fulton; Florence Maltman, 32, 2219 Michigan, Municipal Hospital; Heromin Reznerowicz, 4, 1762 Tecumseh; Jozef Baginski, 1, 40 Pearl, Edward A. Bolton, 36, 707 Western, St. Vincent’s Hospital; Irene Szymanski, 5, 1676 Vance; Rose Koralewski, 48, 526 Pulaski; Audrey M. Ragen, 2, 1323 Utah, Ora Bishop, 22, 1743 Huron, Mercy Hospital, Agatha Canton, 42, 3353 Maplewood, St. Vincent’s Hospital; Joseph Katafiasz, 39, 1110 Tecumseh.

From pneumonia: Ralph Baither, 10, 529 Wabash.

Influenza Ban is Lifted, Toledo News-Bee, November 7, 1918

Influenza Ban is Lifted, Toledo News-Bee, November 7, 1918

Still working on that backlog of Calvary photos that I have. Today’s photos are names within my family tree but I have not made any connections.

George and Lucy Mielcarek, Calvary Cemetery

George and Lucy Mielcarek, Calvary Cemetery

Father George
1865 – 1945
Mother Lucy
1868 – 1962
Grave: 337, Range or Lot: 13, Section: 41

Magdalena Koralewski, Calvary Cemetery

Magdalena Koralewski, Calvary Cemetery

Droga Matka
Magdalena Koralewski
1872 – 1919
Grave: 117, Lot: 4, Section: 43

Aloizy Lawecki, Calvary Cemetery

Aloizy Lawecki, Calvary Cemetery

Aloizy Lawecki
1914 – 1921
Grave: 17, Range or Lot: 1, Section: 32

Teofila Kempski Mruk, Calvary Cemetery

Teofila Kempski Mruk, Calvary Cemetery

Teofila Kempski Mruk
Grave: 2841, Range or Lot: 23, Section: 32

Per death certificate, Teofila’s father’s name was PRUCHNIAK.

A few gravestones from Calvary Cemetery again. None of these are directly tied to my family.

John Lawecki, World War I Veteran

John Lawecki, World War I Veteran, Died Aug. 10, 1921, Age 26

John Lawecki’s gravestone transcription:
World War Veteran
Meuse Argonne, Verdun
Army of Occupation
Died Aug. 10, 1921 Age 26

John’s burial record through Calvary reads:
No. 23038
Name: John Lawecki
Residence: 1417 Nebraska
Age: 28
Cause of Death: Thrombosis
Date of Interment: Aug. 13
Grave: 1823
Range or Lot: 12
Section: 3
Undertaker: W.J. Sujkowski

Casimir F. Koralewski 1890 - 1975

Casimir Koralewski 1890 - 1975

Casimir Koralewski’s grave is located here: Grave: S-1/2, Range or Lot: 21, Section 34

Beloved Daughter, Cecelia Lewandowski 1910 - 1911

Beloved Daughter, Cecelia Lewandowski 1910 - 1911

Cecelia Lewandowski’s grave is located here: Grave: 1283, Lot: 21, Section: 28

Took more photos at Calvary yesterday. Some good finds this time–including great-grandparents: Andrew Przybylski and Eva and Joseph  Plenzler. Click each photo to download a full-sized, high-resolution copy.

Joseph and Eva (Dauer) Plenzler

Joseph and Eva Plenzler graves

Joseph and Eva Plenzler

Joseph and Eva are buried together at Calvary Cemetery. Grave location is:

No. of Grave: 25 and 26
No. of Lot: 112/115
No. of Section: 8

Below are individual photos of each gravestone. Note much of the detail is worn away as they have been there nearly 100 years.

Joseph Plenzler

Joseph Plenzler grave

Joseph Plenzler grave

Eva Plenzler

Eva Plenzler grave

Eva Plenzler grave

Andrew Przybylski

Andrew’s burial location in Calvary is:

Grave 4
Lot 176
Section 30

I have not yet located his wife, Frances’, grave. They are not buried together.

Andrew Przybylski grave

Andrew Przybylski grave

Michael Mruk (and also see here). I did not yet locate his wife, Margaretha’s grave. (They were not buried together, and it seems as if Michael remarried after her death.)

Michael Mruk grave

Michael Mruk grave

Casper Koralewski. Casper was the spouse of Rose Przybylski. He and Rose are not buried together, and I have not yet located Rose’s grave. Casper’s grave location is:

Grave: 2647
Range or Lot: 17
Section: 32

Casper Koralewski grave

Casper Koralewski grave

Walter (Wladyslaw) and Bernice (Bronislawa) Mierzejewski and daughter, Sophia

Walter was my grandmother, Helena Mierzejewski’s, brother. Burial location for Walter, Bernice, and his daughter and son-in-law Walter Owczarczak is as follows:

Grave: N-1/2, E-1/2
Range or Lot: 215
Section: 42

Walter and Bernice

Walter (Wladyslaw) and Bernice (Bronislawa) Mierzejewski grave

Walter (Wladyslaw) and Bernice (Bronislawa) Mierzejewski grave

Sophie and Walter

Walter and Sophie Owczarzak grave

Walter and Sophie Oczarzak grave

Robert and Mary Plenzler

Bob and Mary Plenzler were siblings, each never married. They are buried together. Grave location is:

Grave: 5
Range or Lot: 193
Section: 44

Note that this grave is difficult to locate. The stone is quite sunk. Its location faces Parkside Blvd., adjacent to the Monastery.

Robert and Mary Plenzler grave

Robert and Mary Plenzler grave

Stanley Hejnicki

Stanley was the husband of Eva Przybylski. Stanley and Eva are not buried together and I have not yet located Eva’s grave. Burial location for Stanley is:

Grave: 2825
Range or Lot: 22
Section: 32

Stanley Hejnicki grave

Stanley Hejnicki grave

And lastly, I stumbled on the grave of Joseph and Helen Abrass. Helen was the daughter of Jan (John) Mierzejewski and his wife, Theofila (also see here).

Grave location is:

Grave: N-1/2, E-1/2
Range or Lot: 119
Section: 42

Joseph and Helen Abrass grave

Joseph and Helen Abrass grave

Emerentia is my first cousin, once removed through Rose Przybylski and her husband, Casper Koralewski. She was the youngest of eight children born to Rose and Casper.

Born June 17, 1914 per her baptismal record from St. Anthony’s parish, she was just two years old when her mother, Rose, passed away. The 1930 census places her living with her father, Casper, at 1531 Vance Street. Emerentia married Edmund Filipski on July 25, 1942 per a notation on her baptismal record. Edmund was the son of John Filipski and Mary Kajtaniak.

A Toledo News-Bee article dated February 9, 1938 mentions Edmund, who was a welterweight boxer. The article is transcribed below:

Crown 8 Champs Tonight 30 Still In ‘Gloves’ Classic

22 Bouts Listed in Field House
3-Night Windup

By Raleigh Hoover

The ring–called the lonesomest place in the world–will pay off tonight for eight young men who will have earned their reward through sweat, weariness and bruises.

Under the arc-lights in the University of Toledo Field House, champions of the The News-Bee Golden Gloves city amateur boxing tournament will be crowned.

They will be the eight who, of 30 eligibles, survive the semi-finals and finals. Before the last toga is handed out, 22 gruelling battles will have been fought.

All favorites have come through the eliminations and will face their supreme tests tonight.


Heinie Weiss, the heavyweight; Chuck Lyskawa, the middleweight; Ed Filipski, the welterweight; Ambrose Easter, the lightweight; Johnny Walker, the featherweight; and Mose Magdaleno, the bantamweight–each was returned victor in the second elimination series Tuesday night. Each has proved he is the man to beat in his division.

The choice for champions in the light-weight and flyweight divisions is a toss-up.

To the title-winners go the right to represent Toledo in the northestern Ohio district tournament, starting 10 days hence, against champions from six other districts–Lima, Findlay, Fremont, Defiance, Sandusky, and Bellevue. Out of that meet will come eight who go to Chicago to compete in the Tournament of Champions.

About 2750 saw last night’s elimination–25 bouts that produced six knockouts and 15 knockdowns, an evening’s cavalcade of thrills and comedy, slugfest, and boxing skill.


Weiss, the big blond German from the German-American A.C., earned his chance to meet August Schurfeld, Y.M.C.A. red-haired slugger, for the heavyweight title by knocking out Larry Crippen, C.Y.O. southpaw, in the first round.

Heinie lost a close decision to Schurfeld in the finals of the recent Y.M.C.A. tourney, and will be after revenge as well as the championship. he blamed poor condition for his defeat by Schufeld, asserting he had not had an opportunity to train properly.

The fams didn’t have much chance to see if Heinie was in shape last night, for early in the first round the German sank a terrific punch into Crippen’s mid-section and the Central Catholic High School boy dove to the fool and remained there for the full count.


Charles Lyskawa, C.Y.O. middleweight king, once more gave the fans their evening’s spine-chill in his bout with John Morris, C.Y.O. Negro. Chuck, who got off the floor twice in in first elimination bout to come on and win, repeated his specialty of how to win by sheer courage.

After a torrid opening heat, Lyskawa dropped Morris for no count in the second. Chuck is easy to hit with a right hand, however, and the Negro soon had him groggy with several punches of this variety. Early in the third, Morris had Chuck close to a knockdown, but the blond rallied and turned on his punching machine, which operates like and eight-day clock. The final bell wasn’t the only music ringing in Morris’ ears at the end.

George Kerekes’ unorthodox style proved a puzzle to Johnny Walker, but the little C.Y.O. featherweight champion solved it sufficiently to win a clean-cut decision. Johnny boxed with his usual neatness, but the fans gave Kerekes a big hand for his showin.

The veteran Don Landowski, Walker’s chief rival who lost a close match to the blond in the C.Y.O. meet, went into the semi-finals by was of a close decision over spidery Clem Speights, Douglass Center Negro.

Ed Filipski, Athletic Center welterweight, had anything but an easy time of it in his bought with smiling Mickey Horvath, May Coal Club. Filipski, a voracious puncher, took the first two rounds, but the handsome Horvath, the crowd’s favorite, blasted Ed around the ring in the third.

Ambrose Easter’s Sunday punch failed to score a direct hit against Joe Reid, and the knocker-out had to be content with a decision. Ambrose looked sluggish and was unable to comply with his second’s exhortation to “come on and mess it up in there.” Both boys, lightweights, are from Douglass Center.

Alvin Drosdowicz, pale and skinny Newsboys’ flyweight, and Harold Cunningham, Douglass Center Negro, put on a row between Snow White and one of the Seven Dwarfs. Cunningham, tagged as “Paleozoic pete” by the ring-siders, St. Vitus danced and Big Appled his way to the decision.


In a reckless slugging extravaganza, George Graff, DeSales College, and Melvin Mohr, C.Y.O., took turns pounding each other close to a knockout. Each boy came back from the mists several times to batter his opponent to the edge of the black-and-blue horizon. Graff outlasted and won the decision. The are middles.

Harold Knaggs, C.Y.O. middleweight, started out to rush Alex Cerveny, Newsboys, out of the arena, suddenly rushed into a terrific left hook and spent 10 unhurried seconds on the floor.

In the final bout, Paul Bennet, T. U. welterweight, knocked Emergy Horvath, May Coal Club, clear out of the ring and into the ringside spectators’ row in the third round, but the game Horvath climbed right back in and battled toe-to-to with the college boy to the finish. Bennett won by a narrow margin.

Emerentia and Edmund had one child: James, who passed away in 2007. James’ obituary was posted on the Sujkowski Funeral Home website and is transcribed below. A copy of it is located here.

James E. Filipski

James E. “Flipper” Filipski, age 55, of Toledo, passed away suddenly on Monday, November 5, 2007 in the St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. James was born on February 14, 1952 in Toledo to Edmund and Emerence (Koralewski) Filipski. He worked in the body shop for the Jeep Corporation, Willys Parkway for 30 years, retiring in 2006. James was also co-owner of JJ Hulls Incredible Edibles with partner John Hullibarger. A longtime parishioner of Regina Coelia Catholic Church, James was a member of the Sylvania Moose Lodge 1579. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he was a devoted family man and a fantastic cook, known for his pickles and hot peppers. James and his wife Helen were also Hog members and proud owners of a 2002 Harley Davidson Road King.

In addition to his loving wife, Helen (Nonnenmacher-Hiller) Filipski, James is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Hiller; sons, William Hiller Jr. and Keith Hiller; and granddaughter, Kaela Hiller. His parents, Edmund and Emerence preceded him in death.

Family and friends may visit on Friday from 2-8 p.m. in the Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114-128 East Alexis Rd. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. James E. Auth presiding.

Memorial donations may be given to the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, PO Box 163549, Columbus, Oh 43216-3546.

Emerentia passed away on December 6, 1988 and her obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on December 8, 1988. The obituary is transcribed below:

Emerence Filipski

Mrs. Emerence A. Filipski, 74, of Linda Drive, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital. She was employed at the former Heinl’s Green Thumb for five years, retiring in 1976. Prior to that, she worked at the former Craft Master Corp., and Electric Autolite Co., where she was an inspector. Surviving are her huband, Edmund; son, James, and sisters, Mrs. Clara Konczal, Mrs. Florence Kulczak, Mrs. Helen Jeziorski, and Mrs. Perl Birr. Services will be at 10 a.m. in the Regina Coeli Church. The body will be in the Sujkowski Mortuary, Alexis Road, after 4 today. Services by the auxiliary of Przybylski Post, American Legion, will be at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, followed by recitation of the Rosary by the St. Francis Guild and the Altar and Rosary Society of the parish at 7.

Edmund passed away June 23, 1990 and his obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on June 24, 1990. The obituary is transcribed below:

Edmund J. Filipski

Edmund J. Filipski, age 75, of Linda Dr., passed away Saturday, June 23 in the St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Edmund was an inspector for the Electric Autolite Co. for 28 years, during which time he was also a salesman for George L. Folk Appliance. He most recently was a maintenance man for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber co. (Lexington and Delaware) for 20 years, retiring in 1982. A Veteran of WWII, Mr. Filipski was the first command for the American Legion Przybylski Post #642 in 1946 and a member of their burial squad. He also was an active member of the Catholic War Veterans Logsdon-Walla Post #639. Edmund was an amateur boxer between 1930-1938. In 1937 he won the Golden Glove Welterweight Championship in Toledo. he also raced pigeons and was a member of the Greater Toledo Pigeon Club, the Sports man Flying Association and the Elm Pigeon Club.

Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Emerence A. Filipski in December of 1988. Edmund is survived by his son, James E. Filipski and sisters, Mrs. Irene J. Binkowski and Mrs. Dorothy Beakas. Visitation will begin Sunday t 6 PM in the Sujkowski Funeral Home, Northpointe, 114-128 E. Alexis Rd., where the C.W.V. Logsdon-Walla Post #639 will be held Monday at 7 PM followed by Parish Scripture Service at 7:30 PM and American Legion Przybylski Post #642 Services at 8 PM. Funeral Service will begin Tuesday 9:30 AM in the mortuary continuing with the Mass of Christian Burial in Regina Coeli Church at 10 AM. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Graveside military services will be conducted by the Przybylski Post #642 burial squad.

Updated 04.25.2015. See text in strikeout, below.

Rose was the second fourth child of Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak. In an odd way, she fascinated me more than any of the other offspring of Andrew and Frances. Perhaps it was because she raised a brood of girls, like my mom and myself. (But I will admit, mom stopped at 3, I stopped at 4–Rose had 7!) Perhaps it was because it seemed as if she led a fairly difficult life  and passed away quite young–at the age of 35 of tuberculosis.

Rose had 8 children within 14 years. Seven of these children survived to adulthood–the only boy, Daniel, died in infancy.

Rose, as well as her older brother Frank, was noted as having been born in Germany on census records.  Per the 1900 census, she was born in 1880 and arrived here in 1881. However, her death certificate states she was born June 16, 1883 in Germany. I have not yet located any immigration information for Andrew and Frances Przybylski.

Casper was born about 1873 to Piotr Koralewski and Katarzyna Obarska. He arrived in the US at age 18 via Baltimore on the Ship, Weimar, emigrating from Poznanskiego, Poland. The ship arrived in Baltimore on April 22, 1891.

Rose and Casper married February 26, 1900 in St. Anthony’s Parish and had eight children:

By 1910, Rose and Casper were living at 1531 Vance Street, where they were to remain until each passed away. Rose had passed January 21, 1916 from pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 32. She is buried in Calvary Cemetery. The cemetery’s burial record is transcribed below:

No. 16958
Name of deceased: Rose Koralewska
Late residence: 1531 Vance St.
Age: 32 y, 7 mo, 5 d
Color: W
Sex: F
Disease: Tuberculosis
Date of decease: 1/21/1916
Date of interment: 1/24/1916
No. of grave: 802
No. of lot: 6
No. of section: 3
Name of Physician: J. Aftel
Name of Undertaker: W. J. Gasiorowski

The 1920 census for the Koralewski is not accurate for the family in two ways. First, it shows Casper as married when in fact he is widowed. Secondly, and probably most importantly, Emerence is not shown on this census. It is very likely she was being cared for by other family members. This may cause family members to believe that Rose did not have another child after Daniel.

The 1930 census for the Koralewski family is also confusing. It shows only Casper and a daughter, whose name is not clearly written–it appears as if the census taker tried to correct an error and did not do so well. I believe this child to be Emerence. The age listed for this child is approximately 15 and Emerence was born in 1914.

Casper passed away January 12, 1934. Per his burial record, Casper also passed away from pulmonary tuberculosis. I have not been able to locate his death certificate; however, I have located his death through St. Anthony’s Parish death register and his burial record through Calvary Cemetery.

The death record through St. Anthony’s is transcribed below:

Date of death: Jan. 12, 1934
Date of burial: Jan. 16, 1934
Kasper Koralewski
Place of birth: Poland
Age: 60
Priest: A.S. Legowski
Place of burial: Calvary

Casper’s burial record through Calvary is transcribed below:

No. 34518
Name: Kasper Koralewski
Residence: 1531 Vance
Age: 59
Cause of death: Pul. Tuberculosis
Date of interment: Jan. 16
Grave: 2647
Range or Lot: 17
Section: 32
Undertaker: Gasiorowski Bros.