I have more photos from Calvary Cemetery to go through and I worked on them a bit over the holiday weekend. I located Frances Przybylski’s grave photo and cropped it and compressed it for upload.

One thing that just did not strike me immediately–it must have been the fact I was taking photos on an extremely hot day and my brains were fried–was that there is an error on her grave stone. It provides her birth as 1885. Now we all know that can’t be so! I did verify the burial location and this photo was taken in Section3 of Calvary. Transcription of her burial record through Calvary is:

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

So it appears the age was noted appropriately through burial records. So why the error? Did the family not notice this? Or is this the WRONG photo? The burial year is correct and I have poked through the records to try to attempt to see if another Frances Przybylski was buried the same year in the same section, close to each other. (This has happened with my father: another Edward Mierzejewski is buried nearby my father, Edward Mierzejewski, in the same section.) I am going to review the burial records again for 1922 to see if I had photographed the wrong grave or if this indeed an error on the part of the mason. (My bets are on the mason.)

Here is the photo. Should anyone have any insight, please leave a message here. I’ll follow up.

Frances Przybylski grave

Frances Przybylski grave (click to download larger high resolution photo)

I’ve been pondering the marriage record for Adalbertus Rochowiak and Marianna Mazana. Adalbertus and Marianna were the parents of Frances Rochowiak, my great-grandmother. We know that Adalbertus was a widower, age 50 and marrying Marianna who was 27 at the time and they had married in Góra Żnin in 1851. I have also found that Adalbertus’ previous marriage was likely to a Marianna Chlebowska. This marriage occurred in Chometowo in 1832. In the near future, I will obtain that record (I usually like to request several at once via the Poznan Project and am keeping a list). What had me stumped, besides the poor quality of the record image and likely bad eyesight, was the fact that both Adalbertus and Marianna seemed to have the same mother: Marianna Brzykca. A bit of inquiry to the Polish Genius discussion group helped to clear that up. It seems as if the Brzykca name (the feminine adjectival form, the male form is Brzycki) was a relatively common name in a rather small geographic region. A few members of the discussion group provided some very helpful and relevant background information. However, only 66 people in Poland currently use the name now, and they are concentrated in a small area. My great-great grandparents were from Gora Znin, and were married there, and it seems this town as a hotspot for Brzykas. See this map of name distributions: http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/kompletny/brzykca.html — this is the concentration for the feminine form of the name, Brzycka. and compare to this distribution: http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/kompletny/brzykcy.html — this is the concentration for the male form of the name, Brzycki. According to one of my respondents, Bruckner’s etymological dictionary lists the forms of the name Brzyka and Brzyca as alternative names for Millet. (I do not have access to this dictionary nor could I find this listed in my Polish dictionary or in an online lexicon.) Another mentioned that “bryck” is a root word meaning to “frisk, gambol” from Latin. I have no historical distribution data of the name from the mid 1800s when Adalbertus and Marianna were married. But it is reasonable to believe that it was an unusual coincidence that the groom’s mother and bride’s mother had the same last name. This marriage record also provides a bit of insight about Adalbertus and Marianna. Adalbertus is mentioned to be a “mercenarius” or worker for hire. Marianna is mentioned as a “famula” or servant. Having this record reviewed by others was immensely helpful. In addition to providing insight on the Brzycka/Brzycky name, we’ve learned that the Brzycka/Brzycky name is mentioned again on the marriage following Adalbertus’ and Marianna’s. The following record lists a Melchior Bauza marrying a Hedwig Konczal. (There are some Konczals in my family tree, a Przybylski marriage to a Konczal.) The bride’s mother is named as Victoria Brzycka and the marriage was witnessed by an Augustinius Brzycky. How interesting is that? There may be more connections to make from this one record!

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

Obtained and scanned my maternal grandparents’ actual marriage certificate from St. Stanislaus Anthony’s Parish, Toledo, Ohio. Click the image to download a full sized scan.

Church marriage certificate for John Plenzler and Anastasia Przybylski

Church marriage certificate for John Plenzler and Anastasia Przybylski

Found a funeral memory book from my grandmother’s funeral. Not all pages were scanned–there were a few pages for “sermon notes” and a few with just scripture passages. I simply scanned those pages that had relevant genealogical information–names of those who called during visitation, sent flowers, offered masses, etc. Download booklet here.

Recently received a few photos of my grandmother, Anastasia Przybylski Plenzler.

Anastasia Przybylski Plenzler (date of photo unknown)

Anastasia Przybylski Plenzler (date of photo unknown)

Anasatasia Przybylski Plenzler (date unknown)

Anastasia Przybylski Plenzler (date unknown)

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.