My husband's grandmother was born 6 April 1901, St. Petersburg, Russia. She was baptized 40 years later in Kassel, Germany in refugee camp: Vilhelmina, daughter of Adomas Kisel-Kisko and Liucija Maniusevskaite. Vilhelmina says Adomas died in the St. Petersburg baths when Vilhelmina was 4, leaving her, her two younger sisters (Malia and Bronislava), and Liucija alone.
We believe that Liucija subsequently remarried, possibly to a Kuzmimas, as a family photo shows Malia, Bronislava and her son Stasuke at a gravestone labeled Liucija Kuzmimie... (the rest was obscued with flowers). On the back in Malia's handwriting is written "our mother's grave".
Vilhelmina never wanted to talk about her background, so we don't know much more. We've wondered if there is a Jewish connection.
Vilhelmina married Petras Genys and my mother-in-law, Liudmila Genys was born 19 Nov 1922 in Gelvonai, Vilnius. By then, Petras was an officer in the Lithuanian Army and was soon after promoted to Colonel.The family left Lithuania in 1944 and emigrated to United States 5 years later.
Any information on Vilhelmina's early life, her parents Liucija and Adomas, her sisters Malia and Bronislava, or their families, would be appreciated.