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Descendents of Joseph Strzechowski and wife Mary from Poland

Updated February 20, 2004

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My Paternal GreatGrandparents are Joseph and Mary [Kolodziej]Strzechowski, both born in Kolo, Poland. They had several children, some born in Poland, some in Chicago. Their children's names were Stanley Sr., Minnie, Martha, Vaclav {Joseph Stanton}, Vincent, and Genevieve.Joseph Strzechowski immigrated in the year 1905. Stanley Sr. immigrated from Klodawa, Poland from Rotterdam, Holland on 3/29/1913 on the vessel Rydam which arrived in New York on 4/9/1913. Stanley Sr. married Mary Cislo, daughter of Josephat and Agnes from Lublin, Poland. Agnes maiden name was Slota; she was born in Krasnobrod in 1885. Josephat was born in 1881. Their other children were Lottie {Baronowsky},and Andrew, married first to Emily, and years after her death, to Adeline. When Agnes died of the Flu of 1918 at the age of 33, their youngest daughter Felicia also died. Josephat married another widowed woman (Flu) whose children were Francis, who married Mike Bernotos, one of the other two were Josie, who married a Churak, I am not sure of the other child's name. Francis and Mike were childless. Josie had a daughter named Evangeline whom she lived with in the southern part of the Chicago area. Mary and Stanley Strzechowski had 5 children of their own: Stanley Jr., Dorothy, Virginia, Lawrence, and James. Mary worked for many years as a janitress and became the forelady; she was a member of Local 25. Her sister-in-law, Minnie Y. worked with her for many years. When Minnie could no longer live alone, she lived with Lillian, her daughter, and her husband for quite some time until her husband's mother also became homebound. Minnie was in a nursing home when she died. Stanley Jr. [Army] married twice, first to Dorothy Nillis in 1950 on December 2cd and had two daughters, Sharon and Deborah Ann. Dorothy worked in a neighborhood pizza parlor before the marriage. Their divorce was finalized by the time Sharon was 3 and Deborah was 1/2. He married Eileen Montgomery from Kentucky after about eight years of being divorced. They had four children together: Glenn Allen, Cathleen Gail {died 12/6/68 after being sick before 1 yr.old from an unnamed virus weeks after falling out of bed the first time she rolled over which was more then twice while Sharon was reaching for her diaper to change her], Stacey Marie, and Scott. Stanley Jr. was a member of Southwest Neighbors Against Gangs and had worked as an engineer for the University of Chicago until retirement. Eileen worked in factories and also as a Home Health Aide. She introduced Sharon to the Home Health Aide Training Program of Holy Cross Hospital in 1981. Dorothy married Dr.George Brodmerkel in 1959 who served in the Navy over 19 years and had four children: George III, Christine, Steven, and Jeffrey. They met through a friend while both in college. Sharon lived with them the first year he practiced at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital and watched their first two children; we went to Fort Dix for the majority of the groceries. Virginia married Walter Martishius in 1957 [Navy] and had seven children: Mercedes, Wally, Betsy, Suzy, Tina, Michael and Jim. Walter worked for the Public School System where they moved after they had several children in Chicago. He painted and did repair work to support his family during summer. Virginia did sew their childrens clothing including bridal dresses and bridesmaid dresses. Larry married Sandy Siwek after servicing in the USMC in Viet Nam and had three children: Cheryl, Becky, and Larry Jr. Larry Sr. is retired form the Chicago Police Department. His first job was at a local food store. His wife sewed her mother-in-law shift dresses which she liked to wear. James married Joann Bertucci and had two children: Joy Noel and James Jr.

 
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