Over the weekend, I had a chance to visit St. Hedwig. I had attended a breakfast for the 10th anniversary of the Toledo Polish Genealogical Society and one of the members kindly invited me to visit their library, located in the old St. Hedwig’s school. A few photos below. Admittedly, it’s not in the Kuschwantz–but without Lagrinka and St. Hedwig’s, there would have been no Kuschwantz and St. Anthony’s, St. Stan’s, and other parishes.
September 17, 2012
July 25, 2010
Celia was my father’s sister, the second child born to Wladyslaw and Helena Mierzejewski. Her mother, Helena was an unrelated Mierzejewska when she married Wladyslaw (Walter). Celia was born December 13, 1913 in Gerwaty, Poland.
Celia immigrated to the US with her parents in 1923, at the age of 9, on the S. S. Frederick VIII sailing from Copehagen on February 8 and arriving in New York on February 20. The manifest notes that Wladyslaw (Walter) and Helena are traveling to Toledo to meet a brother, Jan. Jan is a brother to Helena.The address noted is on Boeckingham; however, this is a misspelling or mistranslation. The street is Buckingham, as there are other documents such as my father’s birth certificate that note this address.
The 1930 census shows Celia living with her parents and siblings at 622 Woodstock. She and Joe married sometime after 1930.
Joe was born March 13, 1910 and was baptized the same day in St. Hedwig’s parish as Adam Joseph Starzynski. Joe’s baptismal record is transcribed below:
Name of Person Baptized: Adam Joseph Starzynski
Date and Place of Birth: March 13, 1910
Date of Baptism: March 13, 1910
Father’s Name, Mother’s Maiden Name: Marianus Starzynski, Maria Lewandowski
Sponsors: Ignatius Kiszal, Stanislava Gorska
Priest: L. A. Kuzius (sp?)
His parents were Marion (Maryjan) Starzynski and Mary Lewandowski. Joe was the second of four sons born to Marion and Mary. Somewhere along the way as a child, Joe’s name changed from Adam to Joseph. I always simply knew him as Uncle Joe. The Starzynski family lived on Pearl Street as indicated in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 census records.
Joe and Celia’s marriage produced one child, a daughter named Marcia. They lived at 813 Evesham. My sisters and I knew Celia as “Ciocia.” (Polish for “aunt” or “auntie.”)
Celia worked at Champion Spark Plugs, as did my father, for many years. Joe worked at Kaiser Jeep, the predecessor to Chrysler Jeep.
Celia died suddenly at home on December 21, 1978. Her obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on December 23, 1978 and is transcribed below:
Mrs. Celia Starzynski, 65, of 813 Evesham Ave., died Thursday in her home. She was an employee of the Champion Spark Plug Co., 35 years, retiring in 1970. Surviving are her husband, Joseph, daughter, Mrs. Marcia Zielinski, and brother Edward Mierzejewski Services will be at 1 p.m. today in St. Hyacinth Church (link takes you to the St. Hyacinth death register record). She was buried in Calvary Cemetery. Her burial record is transcribed below:
Name: Celia Starzynski
Address: 813 Evesham
Cause of Death: Bureau Vital Statistics
Date of Interment: 12/23/1978
Range or Lot 130
Funeral Director: Sujkowski
Remarks: Police Sta.
(Note: The Police Station remark is made because Celia died just as the Christmas holidays were occurring. The night she passed away, Thursday December 21st, meant there was a difficult decision to be made–either hold the funeral and bury her on the 23rd of December or wait until after the holidays. While her death was due to natural causes, the report of death was held at the local police station until the death certificate could be issued at the Bureau of Vital Statistics. I wanted to make that clear lest anyone think something criminal happened–if you look closely at the burial records, there are a number of burials listed that way. It was simply due to the timing and government bureaucracy closing down for the holidays.)
Joe passed away April 15, 1989. His obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on April 17, 1989 and is transcribed below:
Joseph A. Starzynski
Joseph A. Starzynski, 79, formerly of Evesham Avenue, died Saturday in Oaks Care Center, Lima, O., where he was a patient four days. He worked 40 years in the trim shop at the former Jeep Corp, retiring in 1969. He was the widower of Celia Starzynski. Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Marcia Zielinski and three grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow in St. Hyacinth Church. The body will be in the Sujkowski Mortuary, Airport Highway, after 2 today, with recitation of the Rosary at 8:30 tonight.
Name: Joseph A. Starzynski
Residence: Form. 813 Evesham
Cause of death: Prov. Death Cert.
Date of interment: 4/18
Grave: E Pt.
Range or Lot: 130
Funeral director: Sujkowski PP
July 11, 2010
I have found Margaretha!
Thanks to input from Judy Stewart, it appears that I’ve located Margaretha in Toledo. She is a sibling to Joseph Plenzler. Margaretha married Michael Mruk and they settled into the neighborhood near Joseph and Eva at 1465 Vance. Per the 1900 census, Margaretha and Michael emigrated to the US in 1884 and 16 children were born to Margaretha, 9 of whom survived per the census.
I have not yet found immigration records for the Mruks; however, through church and census records, I have located these children:
- Tecla, born about 1873
- Stanley, born about 1876
- Mary, born about 1880
- Stanislawa, born April 17, 1885 and baptized April 19, 1885
- Martin, born September 28, 1887 and baptized October 1, 1887*
- Praxida, born January 5, 1890 and baptized January 5, 1890
- Jacob, born July 19, 1892 and baptized July 20, 1892
- Peter, born May 28, 1894 and baptized May 28, 1894
- Joseph, born March 3, 1896 and baptized March 3, 1896
* If you read the entire document that contains Martin Mruk’s baptism record, note that Joseph and Eva had a child baptized during the same period: Stanislaus who was born October 25, 1887 and baptized October 26, 1887. There is a note indicating Stanislaus passed away on May 18, 1888.
Michael Mruk was godfather (or baptism sponsor) to my grandfather, John Plenzler.
Tecla Mruk married John Przybylski and per the 1900 census, she and her family were living next door to her parents at 1461 Vance. (Another Przybylski/Plenzler marriage!)
Mary married John Zielinski. Mary passed away on September 6, 1938 per her Ohio death certificate.
Her death record through St. Anthony’s is transcribed below:
Date of Death and Burial: Feb. 15 – 17
Name of Person Interred: Margaret Mruk
Priest: A.J. Suplicki
Her burial record through Calvary Cemetery is transcribed below:
Name of deceased: Mary Mruk
Place of nativity:
Late residence: 1465 Vance
Disease: Ulcus Vateserilos (?)
Date of Decease: 16 F
Date of Interment: 17 Feb.
Place of Death: Toledo
Married, Single or Widowed: M
No. of Grave: 513
No. of Lot: 11
No. of Section: 28
Name of Physician: 1449
Name of Undertaker: W. Sujka
Name of Parents of Kindred:
Michael Mruk passed away March 27, 1915 per his Ohio Death Certificate. He was interred through St. Hedwig’s Parish and buried at Calvary Cemetery. It appears from reviewing Michael’s death records that he married again after Margaretha’s death, but there is no indication who he married.
Michael’s death record from St. Hedwig’s is transcribed below:
Died 27th March 1915 Michael Mruk
Bur. 29th March 1915 ??? in Europa
67 y 6 m 9 d
Michael’s burial record from Calvary is transcribed below:
Name of Deceased: Michael Mruk
Place of Nativity:
Late Residence: 2903 Higgins
Disease: Chr. Gastritis
Date of Decease: March 27
Date of Interment: March 29
Married, Single or Widowed: M
Place of Death: Toledo
No. of Grave: 941
No. of Lot: 9
No. of Section: 30
Name of Physician: E.J. Henzler
Name of Undertaker: W.J. Sujkowski
Name of Parents or Kindred: