Generation No. 1
Born at 2242
Address: 2242 So.
Employer: Chas. H. L. Hommedieu & Sons, Co.
Date at last birthday: 18
Date of birth: 16 Feb. Mon. 1919
Place of birth:
Father's full name:
Mother's full maiden name:
Ridge Funeral Home,
Never attended high
school. Tried to get her GED at
Worked at American Can Co. where her leg was crushed in an accident.
After most of her children
were grown, she worked at
Was very myopic. Had reumatic fever as a child. Had a mastoid and
Got false teeth by age 16 due to all the medications she took as a kid
Loved to dance. Used to dance with her cousin
Friends called her
Wanted to sing in the church choir but her husband refused to let her.
Volunteered at Misericordia
House (a home in
First Communion: May 25, 19294
Medical Information: Had Bone Cancer which they believe originated in her lungs. She never smoked.
Certificate of Baptism from
That JOANNES SLIEPKA child of LUCAS SLIPEKA and ROSALIA CIFRIK born in CHICAGO, ILLINOIS on the 17th day of MAY 1915 was baptized on the 26th day of MAY 1915 according to the rite of the Roman Catholic Church by the Rev. ANDREW MARECAK the sponsors being GEORGIUS OBZIERA and ANNA OBZIERA as appears from the Baptismal Register of this Church.
A Globe Life Whole Life
Insurance policy in the amount of $250 was taken out for
From the Army of the United States Certificate of Service, the following information:
This is to certify that
Army Serial Number: 01 051 784
Aus. Grade: Capt.
Arm or Service: CAC
Date of Relief from Active
Place of Separation:
Color Eyes: Blue
Color Hair: Br
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 160 lbs.
No. of Dependents: 0
Selective Service data:
Local S. S. Board Number: 116
County and State:
Date of Entry or Active
Military Occupational Specialty and No.: Adjutant 2110 AA Gun Unit Comd 1172
Battles and Campaigns: Central Pacific
Wounds Received in Action: None
Service Schools Attended: OCS
Service Outside Continental
Date of Departure:
Reason and Authority for Separation: Reld AD TWX
Continental Service: 4 months 30 days
Foreign Service: 2 years 6 months 19 days
Grammar School: 8 years
High School: 4 years
Kind of Insurance:
How Paid: Allotment
Effective Date of Allotment
Date of Next Premium
Premium Due each month: 6.85
Intention of veteran to: Continue
Remarks: ASR Score
Lapel Button Issued
Signature of Officer Being
Signature of Personnel
Graduation: June 1935, Harrison High School/Chicago, IL
Marriage Notes for
The following are
"I was out to get my
man. That was
They were married at
Movie pictures were taken
outside the church by
The reception was at at Czuchra's Hall at 2256 So.
The following are Gertrude's memories of the reception in her own words:
"After we danced, John took off my veil while they played "Let Me Call You Sweetheart". They put on a apron which was made by Mrs. Virginia Dombrowski and also a bow for my head. Our cake was in a heart-shape and very large."
Gertrudes memories of their honeymoon in her own words:
"Spent our honeymoon at Hot Springs, Arkansas (2 weeks) at St. John's Place. A very nice place. Had a large room, but golly, on our honeymoon sleeping in twin beds. It was fun--------------." (See picture of St. John's Place in marriage scrapbook)
After the honeymoon, in her own words:
"We arrived in Chicago Sept. 16, 1946. Went to our love nest at 2710 West 24th Place. We were very much surprised to find our place in tip-top condition. Thanks to Tony and Mary Pisch and also Rose Sliepka for adjusting the furniture and setting it up in place."
(This was the house that John's father, Lucas, had owned at the time of his death. Tony and Mary Pisch lived upstairs.) In 1951, John and Gertrude bought the house at 5835 South New England Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60638.
Owned the home at 5835 South New England Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60638
From the University of Illinois Circle Campus, Richard J. Daley Library, Chicago Building Permits, Permit Ledgers, Roll #46:
Date of Permit: Aug. 1, 1950
Permit No.: B12727
File No.: 9397
Generation No. 2
2. Michael Nowak, born February 24, 1892 in Nozyczyn, Poland6; died February 07, 1964 in Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., Colorado. He was the son of 4. Joseph Nowak and 5. Agnes Gizder. He married 3. Lucille Wodaj May 21, 1919 in St. Casimir Church, Chicago, Cook, IL7.
3. Lucille Wodaj, born September 17, 1898 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois; died March 10, 1996 in Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., Colorado. She was the daughter of 6. Peter P. Wodaj and 7. Emilia Wiorek.
Notes for Michael Nowak:
It is believed that Michael Novak's mother died when he was a baby and that his father couldn't take care of him. So his father gave him to someone else to raise and ran off leaving him without any knowledge of his background.
He was an auto mechanic according to the 1920 U. S. Census of Chicago.
Last residence: 2003 W. Cucharras, Colorado Springs, Colorado
According to 1920 U.S. Census, Michael immigrated to the U.S. in what looks like 1906. His daughter Evelyn, in a phone conversation 5/14/1999, reported that he and his brother stowed away on a ship. She also reports that he was naturalized and knows that he went to night school to study English and to study for the naturalization test. She also reports that he felt strongly that if you live in this country, you should speak the language. As a result, they only spoke Polish when they didn't want their children to understand or it was Christmas or a birthday.
4/1999: Evelyn Schmidt told to Ann Marie Reinhardt:
Michael worked for Railway Express
Michael's mother was French and German and his father was Polish
Michael immigrated with a brother and they were separated in New York.
Blunt Mortuary Chapel, 8 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado by Rev. John M. Gibbons. Body shipped to Chicago where a Requiem Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Summit, IL. Obituary in The Gazette Telegraph 2/9/1964, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
From the Archives of the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk of Cook County, Illinois, the following entry in the Soundex Index for Naturalization:
Family Name: (Looks like) Nowak
Given Name: Michael
Address: 2242 S. Whipple St.
Certificate No.: P-51134
Title and location of court: Circuit Court, Cook Co., Ill.
Country of birth or allegiance: Poland
When born: Dec. 24, 1891 (differs from birth date given by his wife)
Date and port of arrival in U.S.: November 1907 x
Date of naturalization: Feb. 28, 1924
Name and addresses of witnesses:
-Anna Gosdsiak, 4122 W. 22nd, St.
-Francis Ladsikowski, 1812 S. Troy St.
Copies of the Naturalization records received 4/24/2001 from the Archives of the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk of Cook County, Illinois:
Form 2203, No. 84212 Declaration of Intention dated 27 day of March 1918 (also stamped with the number 750 at the top left):
State of Illinois, County of Cook, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, I, Michael Novak, aged 26 years, occupation Blacksmith do declare on oath that my personal description is: Color white, complexion Light, height 5 feet 7 inches, weight 137 pounds, color of hair brown, color of eyes brown, other visible distinctive marks none. I was born in Nosyczyn Poland Germany on the 24 day of December, anno Domini 1891; I now reside at 1915 S. Albany Ave., Chicago, Ill. I emigrated to the United States of America from Rotterdam, Holland on the vessel Rotterdam; my last foreign residence was Germany; I am not married. It is my bona fied intention to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, and particularly to William II German Emperor, of whom I am now a subject; I arrived at the port of New York, in the state of New York, on or about the 20 day of December, anno Domini 1910; I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy; and it is my intention in good faith to become a citizen of the United States of America and to permanently reside therein: So Help Me God. (Signed by Michael Novak) Subscribed and sworn to before me in the office of the Clerk of said Court at Chicago, Ill., this 27 day of March anno Domini 1918. August W. Miller, Clerk of the Circuit Court, by (signed by J. Perry), Deputy Clerk
Form 2312 Certificate of Arrival--For Naturalization Purposes, U.S. Department of Labor #178, Naturalization Service, Office of Chief Naturalization Examiner at Chicago, Ill. 149-2461. Dated Oct. 31, 1923,
This certificate does not purport to verify the landing or admission of the alien named below, but is issued to enable him to file a petition for naturalization. It is based upon an examination made subsequent to the date of his entry from statements under oath and such pertinent evidence as he has furnished.
Name of alien: Mieczyslaw Korbaczynski (Michael Nowak)
Port of entry: New York, N. Y.
Date of arrival: November, 1907
Manner of arrival: Vessel; name unknown
No record of his arrival could be found for the reason that the immigration authorities were unable to locate it from the information furnished. (Signed by Fr? Schlorf?ldt), Chief Naturalization Examiner.
Petition for Naturalization #51134:
The petition of Michael Nowak c/a Mieczyslaw Korbaczynski hereby and respectfully showeth:
First. My place of residence is: 2242 So. Whipple St., Chicago, Ill.
Second. My occupation is Blacksmith
Third. I was born on the 24 day of Dec. anno Domini 1891 at Nosyczyn, Poland
Fourth. I emigrated to the United States from Rotterdam, Holland, on or about the ---- day of Nov. anno Domini 1907, and arrived in the United States, at the port of New York, N.Y. on the --- day of Nov anno Domini 1907 on the vessel -----------------------------.
Fifth. I declared my intention to become a citizen of the United States on the 27 day of March, anno Domini 1918 at Chicago, Illinois in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Sixth. I am married. My wife's name is Lucille; she was born on the 17 day of Sept., anno Domini, 1898, at Chicago, Illinois. U.S.A. and now resides at with me, Chicago, IL. I have 1 children, and the name, date and place of birth, and place of residence of each of said children is as follows:
Gertrude 16 Feb. 1920, at Chicago, Ill. with me
Seventh. I am not a disbeliever in or opposed to organized government or a member of or affiliated with any organization or body of persons, teaching disbelief in or opposed to organized government. I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy. I am attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States and it is my intention to become a citizen of the United States and to renounce absolutely and forever all allegiances and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, and particularly to The Republic of Poland, of whom at this time I am a subject, and it is my intention to reside permanently in the United States.
Eighth. I am able to speak the English language.
Ninth. I have resided continuously in the United States of America for the term of five years at least, immediately preceeding the date of this petition, to wit, since the ----- day of Nov, anno Domini 1907, and in the State of Illinois, continuously next preceeding the date of this petition since the ---- day of Nov., anno Domini 1907, being a residence within this State of at least one year next preceeding the date of this petition.
Attached hereto and made a part of this petition are my declaration of intention to become a citizen of the United States and the certificate from the Department of Labor, together with my affidavit and the affidavits of the two verifying witnesses, thereto, required by law. Wherefore your petitioner prays that he may be admitted a citizen of the United States of America. (Signed by Michael Nowak)
Affidavits of Petitioner and Witnesses.
Signed by Anna Gozdziak, Housewife, 4122 W. 22nd St., Chicago, IL and Frances Ladzikowski, 1812 S. Troy St., Chicago, IL
Signed by Clifton F. Dunlap, Jr., Deputy Clerk
Passenger Record found on www.ellisislandrecords.org:
Name: Milczyslaw Korbaczynski
Ethnicity: Russia, Polish
Place of Residence: Skolsk, Russia
Date of Arrival: 19 Nov. 1907
Age on Arrival: 20y
Marital Status: S
Ship of Travel: Nieuw Amsterdam
Port of Departure: Rotterdam, South Holland, The Netherlands
From an image of the original manifest of the Nieuw Amsterdam found on www.ellisislandrecords.org:
Under the column headings:
Having a ticket: yes
By whom was passage paid?: himself
Whether in possession of $50 and if less, how much?: $20
Never been in U.S.
Whether going to join a relative or friend: br. i. l. Walenty (looks like) Synoracki (Soundex Code=S562) Syscoracki (Soundex Code=S262) (or maybe) Sczscoracki (Soundex code =S620) Niagara Falls, N.Y. 11th St. N ? 122
Height: 5-4 1/2
Hair Color: brown
Eye Color: blue
Place of birth, country: Russia
City or Town: Skolsk
Death Record from the State Of Colorado received 5/11/2001:
State File No. 2064
Registrar's No.: 119 Dist: 69
Place of Death--County: El Paso, City: Colorado Springs, Length of stay in city: 10 yrs., Street Addr: 2131 North Tejon St. (within city limits)
Usual Residence--State: Colorado, County: El Paso, City: Colorado Springs, Street Addr: 2003 West Cucharras St. (within city limits)
Name of Deceased: Michael Novak aka Michael Nowak
Date of Death: Feb. 7, 1964
Marital Status: Married
Date of Birth: Feb. 24, 1892
Kind of work done during most of working life: Retired Mechanic, Auto
Citizen of what country: USA
Father's Name: Joseph Nowak
Mother's Maiden Name: unknown
Ever in U.S. Armed Forces?: No
Social Security No.: 714-05-5360
Informant: Mrs. Lucille Novak, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Cause of death: Acute Coronary occlusion due to ??? ????????? (can't read) due to Coronary & General atheror????
Other significant conditions contributing to death: Arterioscleorotic hypertension
Was autopsy performed: No
I attended the deceased from 2-6-56 to 2-7-64 and last saw him alive on 2-7-64. Death occurred at 1:50 p.m.
Burial, cremation, removal: Removal
Date: Feb. 10, 1964
Name of Cemetery: Adaldert Cemetery, Location: Chicago, Illinois
Funeral Director: The Blunt Mortuary, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Date Rec'd by local Reg. Feb. 10, 1964
F.D. Lic. 58
Emb. Lic. 455
Reported by Ann Marie Sliepka Reinhardt in a phone conversation 6/17/01, Michael Novak's Railroad Retirement Board # was WA 279767
His employment record as listed by Michael Novak on Form AA-15, Employee's Statement of Compensated Service Rendered prior to January 1, 1937, to Employers under the Railroad Retirement Act of 1937, dated Dec. 15, 1938:
Name of Employer: American Express Co.
Occupation: Blacksmith helper
Dates of Service: July 24, 1913 - Oct. 1915
Dept: Repair Shop
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Dates of Service: Oct. 1915 - Oct. 1917
Dept: Repair Shop
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Dates of Service: Oct. 1917 - Oct. 1918
Dept: Repair Shop
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Name of Employer: American Railway Express Co.
Dates of Service: Oct. 1918 - Feb. 1929
Dept: M. V. R. S.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Name of Employer: Railway Express Agency
Dates of Service: Feb. 1929 - Not Ended
Dept: M. V. R. S.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
From the Railroad Retirement Board Application for Annuity Under the Railroad Retirement Act Form dated January 24, 1946:
Michael Novak at the age of 53 yrs. of 2242 So. Whipple Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, applied for an annuity before the age of 65 due to total and permanent disability due to his eye condition.
At the Polish Genealogical Society of America Library 984 North Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60622, in a book of Polish surnames, found the surname Synoracki. According to the book, there are only 176 total number of people with this name. 73 are from Posen. Could not find Syscoracki or Sczscoracki.
Also from a book of Polish Cities of 1886, Nozczyn statistics are as follows: 18 houses, 25 people, 2 of the Lutheran faith and 256 Catholics. The post office was in Wojcin. The 1886 statistics for Skulsk are as follows: 50 homes, 559 people, (references to a shrine to the Blessed Virgin).
From the 1992 Polish Telephone Directory, the following entry:
Synoracki, Jerzy: os. Bolestawa Chrobrego 11C 22 56 77
Check the Diocese Archive Headquarters for Wloclawek (zip code=87-800) *
Konin (62-500) *
Gniezno (62-200) *
* denotes multi-zipped but if you send to this zip, should get there.
There are 57 Korbaczynski's in Poland. All, with the exception of the people from Zielong Gora, are within the same vicinity. 23 from Konin, 14 from Lodz (next to Konin) 14 from Sieradz (below Konin), 14 from Sieradz (below Konin), 4 from Wroclawskie (above Konin) and 2 from Zielong Gora (further west of Konin).
More About Michael Nowak:
Burial: February 13, 1964, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Illinois/Lot 239 Sec. 18
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Emigration: December 20, 1910
Immigration: November 1907
Naturalization: February 28, 19248
Notes for Lucille Wodaj:
Body shipped to Chicago, waked at Ridge Funeral Home in Chicago. Funeral Mass at St. Daniel the Prophet Church Thursday, March14, 1996 at 9:30 a.m.
Obituary from the March 12, 1996, Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph page B3:
Lucille Novak, 97, a homemaker, died March 10, 1996, in Colorado Springs. The funeral will be in Chicago. Blunt Mortuary is handling arrangements. Mrs. Novak was born Sept. 17, 1898, in Chicago to Peter and Emily Wodaj. She was married to Michael Novak, who is deceased. She is survived by a son, Raymond of Florida and Michigan; a daughter, Evelyn Schmidt of Monument; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Novak had lived in Colorado Springs for 40 years.
From the Railroad Retirement Board Form No. AA-17a (9-61), Application for Widow's or Widower's Insurance Annuity dated Feb. 17, 1964:
Lucille Novak was receiving $44.00 under the Social Security Act based on her own employment and benefits began when she was 62 yrs. old
From the Social Security Application: # 346-24-5799
Name: Lucille NOvak
Addr: 2242 So. Whipple St., Chicago, Illinois
Birth Name: Lucille Woday
Age at Last Birthday: 40
Date of Birth: Sept. 17, 1906
Place of Birth: Chicago, Cook, IL
Father's Name: Peter Woday
Mother's Name Emily Worek
More About Lucille Wodaj:
Burial: March 14, 1996, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Illinois/Lot 239 Sec.18
Marriage Notes for Michael Nowak and Lucille Wodaj:
Lived at 2242 So. Whipple, Chicago, Illinois on the 3rd floor. According to John Sliepka, they lived there until they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
On RRB Form G-91 (5-57), witnesses at the marriage of Michael Novak and Lucya Wodaj on May 21, 1919, in Chicago, Illinois, were: Rozlia Wodaj and Michael Ozmina
From the Real Estate Purchase Agreement dated February 22, 1954, with Mrs. Eveline Vejrostek listed as purchaser: Michael & Lucille Novak's home at 2003 West Cucharras Street, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado was purchased Feb. 23, 1954, for the total price of $4,500.00. $500 earnest money and $4,000 at time of closing.
Children of Michael Nowak and Lucille Wodaj are:
1 i. Gertrude Emily Novak, born February 16, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois; died September 25, 1985 in Mercy Hospital/Chicago, Illinois; married John Steven Sliepka August 31, 1946 in St. Casimir Church at Cermak & Whipple St. in Chicago, Illinois.
ii. Raymond Michael Novak, born April 15, 1926 in Chicago Lying-In Hospital, Chicago, IL9; died August 14, 1999 in Springfield, Michigan10; married (1) Evelyn Marie Mitchell September 22, 1946 in Angola, IN11; born October 01, 1921 in Nichols Hospital, Battle Creek,Calhoun County, MI11; died September 18, 1989 in Community Hospital,Battle Creek, Calhoun, MI11; married (2) Frances Anderson September 19, 1990 in Colorado Springs, CO11; married (3) Betty Christie September 17, 1992 in Kalamazoo, MI11.
Notes for Raymond Michael Novak:
Baptised Raymundus Michael Nowak by Rev. K. S. Kowalski and sponsors were Casimirus Wodaj and Cathrina Ozminkowski. (Source: Certificate of Baptism St. Casimir Church 2226 So. Whipple Street, Chicago, IL page 83 #575)
Joined Army July 31, 1944
Combat Infantryman June 1, 1945
Battle and Campaigns: Ryukys Campaign
Decorations and Citations: Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon with One Bronze Service Star
Wounded in Action: May 17, 1945, Okinawa
Discharged Medically: January 11, 1946
Died at 11:30 p.m.
From the Memorial Card sent me by Ray and Berna Novak, Jr.:
Place and Time of Service: Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, 223 North Bedford Road, Battle Creek, Michigan 49017, Wednesday, August 18, 1999 1:00 pm.
Clergy: Reverend Fr. James O'Leary, St. Joseph Catholic Church
Organist: Ralph Deal
More About Raymond Michael Novak:
Baptism: April 29, 1926, St. Casimir Church, Chicago, Cook, IL12
Burial: Fort Custer National Cemetery, Ross Township, Michigan13
Notes for Evelyn Marie Mitchell:
Social Security No. #371-42-3913
Marriage Notes for Raymond Novak and Evelyn Mitchell:
According to the records of St. Casimir Church, Chicago, IL, Raymond Novak married Evelyn Mitchell May 17, 1947.
iii. Evelyn Novak, born January 08, 1929 in Chicago, Cook, IL14; died July 13, 2000 in Colorado Springs, Colorado; married January 08, 1949 in St. Casimir Church, Chicago, Cook, IL15
Notes for Evelyn Novak:
Baptised Eva Francisca Nowac by Rev. Ladislaus J. Nosal and sponsors were Franciscus Wodaj and Francisca Ladiskowska. (Source: Certificate of Baptism St. Casimir Church 2226 South Whipple Street, Chicago, IL page #31 #214)
Obituary from The Gazette Sunday, July 16, 2000:
EVELYN F. SCHMIDT
Mrs. Schmidt, 71, died July 13, 2000, in Colorado Springs. She was a retired financial adviser for the Air Force Academy.
Mrs. Schmidt was born Jan. 8, 1929, in Chicago to Michael Novak and Lucille Wodaj, who are deceased. She was married May 4, 1972, to Dorman Schmidt.
She is survived by her husband; four sons, Frank Vejrostek, Jim Vejrostek, Ron Vejrostek and Chuck Vejrostek; a daughter Marguerite Gonzalez; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A vigil service will be at 6 p.m. today at Memorial Gardens Chapel, 3825 Airport Road. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Gardens Chapel. Inurnment will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Pikes Peak Funeral and Cremation Service, 3825 Airport Road, 596-7991, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to any local VFW.
More About Evelyn Novak:
Baptism: January 27, 1929, St. Casimir Church, Chicago, Cook, IL16
Generation No. 3
4. Joseph Nowak17. He married 5. Agnes Gizder.
5. Agnes Gizder17.
Child of Joseph Nowak and Agnes Gizder is:
2 i. Michael Nowak, born February 24, 1892 in Nozyczyn, Poland; died February 07, 1964 in Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., Colorado; married Lucille Wodaj May 21, 1919 in St. Casimir Church, Chicago, Cook, IL.
6. Peter P. Wodaj, born July 16, 1859 in Posen, Poland18; died May 20, 1934 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA19,20. He was the son of 12. Joseph Wodaj and 13. Katarzysen Jurek. He married 7. Emilia Wiorek May 04, 1884 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois21.
7. Emilia Wiorek, born September 02, 1859 in Nikolskowo, Posen, Prussia; died December 02, 1935 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois,. She was the daughter of 14. Joannes Wiorek and 15. Catherine Kalicz.
Notes for Peter P. Wodaj:
Laborer for Railroad in 12th census of 1900
Carpenter for the Pullman Car Co. in 13th census of 1910
Laborer for Railroad in 14th U.S. census of 1920
According to 14th U.S. census of 1920, Peter was naturalized in 1891.
According to Edna (daughter of Peter and Martha) in a telephone conversation with JoAnn Czerwinski Fitzgerald 4/1999, Peter was definitely from Germany and worked for the Pullman Works Co.
Found in Chicago & Cook co. Naturalizations an index entry for Peter Woday. Information is as follows:
Address: 1023 Ripley Ave. Chicago, IL
R 29 P-547
Country of Birth of Allegiance: Germany
Date of Naturalization: March 10, 1891
Witness: Anton Kayar 1021 Ripley Ave. Chicago, IL
Date and Port: X
When born: X
From the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk of Cook County Archives, Richard J. Daley Center, Rm. 1113, Chicago, Illinois 60602, received copies of the following documents:
Declaration of Intention:
Peter Wodoy (or could be Woday) renounced allegiance to the Emperor of Germany on the 10th day of February, 1887.
His Final Oath:
On the 10th day of March 1891, before the Honorable S.P. McConnell (Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County), Peter Wodoy of 1023 Ripley Ave. renounced allegiance to the Emperor of Germany with Anton Kayar of 1021 Ripley Ave. as his witness.
From the Pullman News Vol. 1 Chicago, March, 1923 No. 11 pg. 345:
Car Cleaner Peter Woody of the Alton yard, Chicago Western district, will have completed 40 years of Pullman service on Nov. 14. For his first 16 years he worked in the Pennsylvania yards at 16th street, then went to the old Alton yard at Harrison street, made the move to Brighton Park and is yet there. He was born in Germany on July 16, 1859, and came to America in 1883. He struck out for Chicago, secured his Pullman job and has held it ever since. He is married and has five daughters and three sons, all of whom he has educated, and is set to break the Pullman record for the longest stretch for continuous employment.
Listed in June, 1926 issue pg. 67 of The Pullman News under the heading Faithful Servants Pensioned:
Woody, Pete: Car Cleaner (Chicago West); retired May 1, 1926. 42 yrs. of service
Listed in July 1934 issue pg. 34 of The Pullman News under the heading Other Pensioners Who Have Died:
Woody, Pete Cleaner (Chicago West) May 20.
From the Pullman Collection of the Newberry Library, Retired with Pension Files 1916-1980, Individual Pensioner Record Cards Box 43 S-Z:
Name: Woody, Pete
Date of Birth: 7/16/1859
Pensioned account: Disability Age (Disability was circled)
Pension effective: 5/1/1926
Age of retirement: 66 yrs. 9 mos. 15 days
Last occupation: Car Cleaner
Monthly regular pension: 38.40
Annual regular pension: 460.80
Date of Death: May 20, 1934
Remarks: May 1934 pension to widow
Date entered service: 11/14/1883
Years short of retirement age: 3 - 2 - 15
Last Dept: Chgo. West
Av. Mo. wages last 12 months: 91.27
Death Certificate No. #6014618 filed May 23, 1934.
More About Peter P. Wodaj:
Burial: May 24, 1934, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Illinois, Lot 239, Section 18
Immigration: 1883, Came to U.S.
Naturalization: March 10, 1891, Chicago, Cook, IL
Retirement: May 01, 1926, Pullman Car Company22
Notes for Emilia Wiorek:
5/92-Found in LDS 1194610, Baptisms 1853-1886, Catholic Church Records,
Usch(Ujscie), Posen. 1859, entry 91: Baptism of Emilia in Nikolskowo( Nietuszkowo). Sponsors- Peter Kalicz.
Surname is spelled Wiurek (Dots over the U)
6/92-Found in LDS 0585981, Baptisms 1852-1883, Catholic Church Records,
Friedham(Miasteczko), West Prussia, Diocese of Gnesen, Kr. Wirsitz.
1879: Sponsor at baptism of Maria Radke of Grabowo.
St. Adalbert Cemetery Records lists Emily as 74 yrs. old when she died. This does not agree with the 1859 birth date.
Death certificate #6032314 filed Dec. 04, 1935.
In the 1910 federal census of Illinois, Cook, County, Enumeration District 605, Sheet 43a
Emily is listed as having 9 children with 8 living.
More About Emilia Wiorek:
Burial: December 06, 1935, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Ilinois, Lot 239, Sec. 18
Marriage Notes for Peter Wodaj and Emilia Wiorek:
Cook County Marriage record for Peter and Emily #80736 lists them as getting married at St. Francis in Chicago by the Catholic Priest Ferdinand Kalvelage. It looks like Peter was 24 yrs. old and Emily was 22 yrs. old. (Doesn't work out with dates of birth)
St. Francis of Assisi Church 813 W. Roosevelt Rd. Chicago, IL 60608 record of marriage for Peter Woday and Amelia Wioreck lists their witnesses as Alexander D. Schick and Rosalia Wioreck.
Archdiocese of Chicago in a letter of May 10, 1999, reports Rev. Francis Kalvelage was connected to St. Francis of Assisi, 813 W. Roosevelt, Chicago, IL. 60608.
The following are memories of Virginnia Nowaczyk Dombrowski as told to me on 2/28/99:
Peter and Emily lived at 2242 So. Whipple, Chicago, Illinois. It was a 3-story house. Aunt Lill lived on the bottom floor, Aunt Lucille lived on the 3rd floor and Peter and Emily lived on the middle floor. There was a cottage out back: Eventually, Uncle Frank lived in the basement of the cottage and Aunt Kate lived on the first floor.
Virginnia also remembers Peter and Emily's golden anniversary celebration. She remembers having written a little something which the parish nuns translated into Polish for her and which she recited in Polish at the anniversary Mass. She remembers that there was a procession in which the basket of flowers (as seen in the picture in the Scrapbook) was brought up by their daughter Lucille and someone brought up the heart-shaped pillow (also seen in picture). They gave a gold cane with a gold cross on it to Peter as a rememberance of the event. About two weeks later, Peter died of pneumonia and they opened the casket just a little at the cemetery and placed the gold cane with the cross in the casket.
They belonged to St. Casimir's Catholic Church on 22nd and Whipple.
Cook County Recorder of Deeds, Illinois PIN number for the 2242 So. Whipple address is: 16-25-102-021
In Recorder of Deeds Office Room 120: Book: 168-D Page: 100
Legal description of property: 24869815 (Ward)
Address before 1909: 1023 So. Whipple
Children of Peter Wodaj and Emilia Wiorek are:
i. Katherine Wodaj, born February 27, 1886 in Illinois24; died December 29, 195625; married John J. Ozminkowski May 21, 1905 in St. Casimir Church, Chicago, Cook, Illinois26; born 1876 in Rans?, Poland27; died January 10, 195628.
Notes for Katherine Wodaj:
Funeral mass at St. Casimir's Church.
More About Katherine Wodaj:
Burial: December 03, 1956, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Illinois, Lot 239 Section 18
Medical Information: Had a large goiter
Notes for John J. Ozminkowski:
According to St. Casimir Church records, at the time of his marriage, John was living at 999 W. 32nd St. presumably in Chicago.
Funeral chapel at 3054 W. Cermak Rd.,Funeral Mass at St. Casimir's Church. Interred at St. Adalbert's Cemetery.
Chicago Tribune Jan. 11, 1956 obituary lists his address as 2236 S. Sacramento Ave. (Chicago, IL.), and that he is a grandfather of five.
More About John J. Ozminkowski:
Burial: January 14, 1956, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Illinois, Lot 239 Section 18
Marriage Notes for Katherine Wodaj and John Ozminkowski:
From the 1910 Federal Census, Illinois, Cook, Chicago, Enumeration District 605, Sheet 43a:
2242 South Whipple
Ozminkowski, John J. Head, Male White 33, married 5 yrs.
Father and mother born: Russ\Poland
Immigrated 1896, Alien
Type of Industry: Saw? Factory
Ozminkowski, Katherine, wife, female, white, married 5 yrs. 3 children, 3 living
Father and mother born: Ger/Pol
can read and write
Joseph, son 4 yrs. old, born Illinois
Edward, son 2 yrs. old, born Illinois
Frank, son 5/12 yrs. old, born Illinois
ii. Anna Wodaj, born November 25, 1887 in Illinois29; died September 06, 1982 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin30; married Leo Peter Czerwinski October 07, 1908 in St. Casimir Church, Chicago, Cook, Illinois31; born November 28, 1885 in Germany32; died May 01, 1967 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin33.
Notes for Anna Wodaj:
Buried in Wisconsin.
McElravy-Geier Funeral Home Ladysmith, Wisconsin.
4/1999 Jo Ann Czerwinski Fitzgerald told me that is was possible that Anna had a policy with the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America 984 Milwaukee Ave. Chicago (1951 address) taken out Nov. 1905.
4/9/1999 Contacted Polish Roman Catholic Union of America 773-384-3352 spoke with a Delores ext.123 who said if I don't hear from them within a month, I should call them.
Notes for Leo Peter Czerwinski:
McElravy-Geier, Inc. Funeral Home
Marriage Notes for Anna Wodaj and Leo Czerwinski:
Lived in Wisconsin where they had a farm.
Following information from the 13th Census of the U.S. 1910
Illinois, Cook, Tract Loc. 15 Part of Chicago City
Enumeration District 605 Sheet 14
2251 So. Whipple
Czerwinski, Leo P. Head Male White 24
Married 1 yr.
Father and Mother born: Germany/Poland
Yr. of immigration: 1888, Naturalized
Language spoken: English
Type of Industry: Piano Factory
Was working as of April 15, 1910
No. of weeks out of work during 1909: 0
Was able to read and write
Czerwinski, Anna K. wife Female White 22
Married 1 yr. 0 children 0 living
Father and Mother born: Germany/Poland
Language spoken: English
Was able to read and write
iii. Mary Wodaj, born September 27, 1889 in Chicago, IL34; died November 01, 1954 in Chicago, IL35; married Martin Nowaczyk November 25, 1914 in St. Casimir Church, Chicago, Cook, IL36; born November 06, 1887 in Posen, Poland37; died December 24, 1957 in Chicago, IL37.
Notes for Mary Wodaj:
Believed to be buried in South Chicago
Marriage Notes for Mary Wodaj and Martin Nowaczyk:
Found record entry in St. Casimir Church Records (#581) which states that Martin Nowaczyk whose parents were Josef & Maryanna Roformat of 8830 ???? Chicago married Maryanna Wodaj whose parents were Piotr & Emilia Wiorek of 2242 S. Whipple on Nov. 25, 1914. Witnesses were P. Wodaj and M. Nowazyk with Rev. J. Kortowski officiating.
iv. Frank Wodaj, born October 06, 1891 in Chicago, Cook, IL38; died April 20, 197939
Notes for Frank Wodaj:
Funeral Home: Zarzycki Manor Chapels. Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Casimir's Church. Buried in the Wodaj plot in St. Adalbert's Cemetery in Chicago Lot 239 Sec. 18.
According to the 1920 U. S. Census, Frank was a laborer in a factory.
4/99-Found in LDS Cook County Birth Records Index, an entry for a Frank Wodaj born Oct. 6, 1891 #16507. Must verify.
In the 1910 Federal Census, Frank was listed as an apprentice in the electrical business when he was 18.
At http://www.pgsa.org under the Jubilee Books index, the following index entry:
Name: Wodaj, F.
Entry: Holy Name Society List
Parish: St. Casimir
More About Frank Wodaj:
Burial: April 23, 1979, Buried at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Illinois
v. Peter Wodaj, born July 20, 189440; died October 21, 196240; married Martha Nowaczyk; born 1892 in Chicago, IL41; died September 11, 1976 in St. Margaret Mercy Hospital, Dyer, Indiana42.
Notes for Peter Wodaj:
Believed to have died in Indiana.
Virginnia Dombrowski believes Peter died at home on the east side of Chicago(possibly around 110-112th streets).
Wisniewski Funeral Home
Did not find Peter Wodaj's obituary in Chicago Tribune.
More About Peter Wodaj:
Burial: October 24, 1962, Holy Cross Cemetery/Section 13 Lot 1517
Notes for Martha Nowaczyk:
Golich Funeral Home, Ltd. 9725 S. Commercial. Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church at 9:30 a.m.
More About Martha Nowaczyk:
Burial: September 15, 1976, Holy Cross Cemetery/Section 13 Lot 1517
Marriage Notes for Peter Wodaj and Martha Nowaczyk:
A Peter Wodaj was listed in the 1928-1929 Chicago City Directory as a helper and lived in a home at 8503 Burnham St.
vi. Rose Wodaj, born September 23, 1896; died June 199143; married John V. Kaczynski; born November 25, 189144; died March 17, 195945.
Notes for Rose Wodaj:
Information from her obituary Chicago Tribune June 10, 1991:
Funeral from Pomierski & Son Funeral Home 1059 W. 32nd St. (312 927-6424) to St. Barbara Church.
Listed as: mother of Theresa, Wally, Edward and Rose Marie. (Raymond and Jerome already dead?)
grandmother of 24
great-grandmother of 28
great-great-grandmother of 1
From a phone conversation 3/31/2000 with her daughter Theresa the following: Rose spoke German and after marriage to John learned Polish.
Gravestone reads Wife-Mother
Oct. 23, 1896 - June 8, 1991 (Notice different birthdate)
More About Rose Wodaj:
Burial: June 12, 1991, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice,IL/Lot355 Section 47
Notes for John V. Kaczynski:
Also spelled name Kacinski (English) and Kacynski (Polish).
In Polish, John's first name was Waclaw.
Obituary (Chicago Tribune March 19, 1959) lists him as John V. Kacynski beloved husband of Rose, nee Wodaj, dear father of Jerome, Rosemarie, Edward, Wallace, and Theresa: father-in-law of Pat and Judy: brother of Josephine Kryzen. Funeral Saturday, March 21, 9:30 a.m. from funeral home 1059 W. 32nd St. to St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church. Member of Flanders Post No. 734. (It appears that Raymond is already dead by 3/19/1959.)
From his daughter Theresa 3/31/2000 the following: went to school until 11 or 12 yrs. old. Worked in coal mines, farms and steel mills. Received a plaque from Allied Structural Steel Co., Midland Division 1942-1958. He was a WWI veteran and was gassed in the war. He was from Poland and never drove a car.
Gravestone reads: John V. Kacinski
PVT CO A 348 Field Arty
World War I
Nov. 25, 1891 March 17, 1959
Copy of John's Discharge Certificate sent to me by his daughter Terry Zarbock:
Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed
To all Whom it May Concern: Know ye, That
John V. Kacinski 2 271 191 a Private of Battery A, 348th Field Artillery, United States Army, who was inducted on October 6, 1917, at Butte, Montana to serve for the period of the emergency was honorably discharged from the service of the United States on 20 April 1919, by reason of demobilization. At induction gave age and place of birth as: 25 years, 1 month -- Russia. Character: Excellent. Given at the War Department, Washington, D. C., on 7 May 1945. By authority of the Secretary of War:
Also a copy of the letter of Award of Disability Allowance:
United States Veterans Bureau
AWARD OF DISABILITY ALLOWANCE
To: John V. Kacinski Hines, Illinois
2440 S. Whipple St. November 3 1931
Chicago, Illinois. C-1 700 677
In accordance with the second paragraph, Section 200, World War Veterans' Act, 1924, as amended July 3, 1930, you are hereby notified that as a Pvt. Bat. A 348 F.A. who was discharged from the military service of the United States on the 20th day of April, 1919, you are awarded Disability Allowance in the amount of $18.00 from 3-16-31.
The initial payment check, in the amount of $135.29 approved in your favor, is herewith inclosed. If you should change your present address, the Regional Office must be immediately notified. All future communications with reference to this case must bear the Claim Number C-1 700 677 as well as your full name and complete rank and organization.
For the Manager
(Signature of A. Rush)
Regional Adjudication Officer
More About John V. Kaczynski:
Burial: March 21, 1959, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, IL/Lot 355 Section 47
3 vii. Lucille Wodaj, born September 17, 1898 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois; died March 10, 1996 in Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., Colorado; married Michael Nowak May 21, 1919 in St. Casimir Church, Chicago, Cook, IL.
viii. Casimir Wodaj, born June 11, 1901 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois46; died Unknown; married Lillian P. Pinnow; born 190047; died July 10, 196548.
Notes for Casimir Wodaj:
Was a politician. John Sliepka remembers him as a precinct captain.
After the birth of Casimir and Lillian's child, Conrad, Casimir claimed it wasn't his child and left Lill and his family. Virginnia Dombrowski remembers Lill as a good woman who never went out and, apparently, Casimir's own family did not believe him and would not speak to him anymore. Lillian, his first wife, was buried in the Wodaj plot at St. Adalbert's Cemetery in Niles, Illinois.
1928-1929 Chicago City Directory lists Casimir Wodaj as a "shtmtlwkr" (possibly sheet metal worker) living at a home at 2242 S. Whipple.
4/7/1999 Dolores Salaman remembers that her father ran off two weeks after Conrad's birth. They have no idea what happened to him.
4/7/1999 Conrad reports that Casimir may have died circa 1979-1981 based on a genealogical search done by his daughter-in-law at Disney World.
From St. Casimir Parish Certificate of Baptism:
Baptized by: Rev. A. Furman
Sponsors: Francisek Olinski
Checked The Chicago Daily News Almanac and Year Book for the following years and did not find Casimir Wodaj listed as an alderman or ward committeeman: 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938.
More About Casimir Wodaj:
Baptism: June 16, 1901, St. Casimir Church, Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Notes for Lillian P. Pinnow:
Funeral Home: Noworul Memorial Chapels 2658 S. Central Park Ave. Funeral Mass at Blessed Agnes Church. Obituary: Chicago Tribune July 11, 1965.
Cleaned office buildings after her husband left her.
More About Lillian P. Pinnow:
Burial: July 13, 1965, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Illinois
Generation No. 4
12. Joseph Wodaj49, born in Posen, Poland49. He married 13. Katarzysen Jurek.
13. Katarzysen Jurek49, born in Posen, Poland49.
Child of Joseph Wodaj and Katarzysen Jurek is:
6 i. Peter P. Wodaj, born July 16, 1859 in Posen, Poland; died May 20, 1934 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA; married Emilia Wiorek May 04, 1884 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
14. Joannes Wiorek, born March 30, 1835 in Morzewo, Wirsitz, Posen, Prussia; died July 17, 1887 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA. He was the son of Michael Wiorek and Johanna Madry. He married 15. Catherine Kalicz February 03, 1856 in Slomki, Posen, Poland.
15. Catherine Kalicz50, born Abt. January 1832 in Prussia50; died August 29, 190051. She was the daughter of Luvae Kalicz and Marianna Wimczeski.
Notes for Joannes Wiorek:
12/91-Found in LDS 1194679, Catholic Church Records, Kolmar(Chodziez) , Posen,
Marriages 1845/1857. 1856, entry 11: Marriage of Joannes, 22 TO Catherine Kalicz, 24. Parents residence was Nietuczkowo(Nickelskowo-SE o f Usch). Witnesses-Joseph Dastry/Christoper Woft
5/91-Found in Milwaukee LDS records of Cook County Death Index for 1871-1916. ID #11730
7/91-LDS 1030927, Cook County Deaths for 1897. Card #11730.
Born Poland, Nationality-Polish. Died 7/17/1887 in P. M.
2 month resident of Illinois at time of death.
Cause of Death- Sunstroke.
Residence- 682 W. 18th (6th Ward)
Certificate signed by F. J. Novak, MD ,731 W. 18th St.
Burial listed as St Stanislaus Cem, Unable to locate cemetery
by that name, May have been buried thru St Stanislaus Church
(Corner Evergreen and Noble Streets in Chicago) and interrment at St Adalberts Cem in Chicago
6/92-Received copy of John's death certificate from Cook County. Died of
sunstroke. Place of death-682 W. 18, 6th ward. No occupation.
1/97-Found in LDS 1981508, Catholic Church Records, Morzewo, Wiritz(Wyrzysk), Posen, Baptisms 1664/1848. 1835: Baptism of Joannes. Witnesses: Piotr Wiorek/Carolina Rentz
More About Joannes Wiorek:
Baptism: April 03, 1835, Morzewo, Wirsitz, Posen, Prussia
Immigration: April 19, 1887
Notes for Catherine Kalicz:
12/91-Found in LDS 1194679, Catholic Church Records, Kolmar(Chodziez) , Posen, Marriages 1845/1857. 1856, entry 11: Marriage of Catherine Kalicz, 24 to Joannes Wiorek, 22. Parent's residence was Slomki(slas h the "l"). Witnesses-Joseph Dastry/Christoper Woft
5/91-Found in daughter Annie's marriage to John Hazlett:
Annie's Father: John Wiorek
Mother: Katie Collis (not sure of last letter -may be 'n')
Mother's surname later deduced to be Catherine Kalicz
3/99-Note from Myra (MWalnuts@AOL.com) querying possibility of connection
She supplied 1910 census info of 8 children: 5 living at census time. Also DOB and immigration date of 1887 at age 68?
4/2000 - Found in LDS microfilm #1710638, St. Casimir Catholic Church Death Records, page 23, entry #504:
Name: Wiorek, Katarzyna
Death date: Aug. 29, 1900
Burial date: Sept. 1, 1900
Age: 63 yrs.
Cemetery: St. Adalbert
Priest: Rev. A. Furman
Called St. Adalbert Cemetery 4/19/2000 but they have no record of her being buried there.
4/24/2000 Talked to Roman Szabelski of Catholic Cemeteries(708 449-6100 x254), and he referrred me to a Rose Ann at St. Adalbert Cemetery. Rose Ann found the burial record of Catherine Wiorek and the only other information in the record was the burial date and "W630". Catherine was buried in a term grave (considered to be a pauper's grave) and after 25 years, the grave is offered to the family for purchase. The family did not purchase the grave and they buried someone over her. Further the cemetery was resectioned and renumbered subsequenly, so they have no idea where the grave is. Finally, she was not buried next to her husband Joannes, as term graves were buried next to each other by burial date.
More About Catherine Kalicz:
Burial: September 01, 1900, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Ilinois51
Immigration: April 19, 188752
Marriage Notes for Joannes Wiorek and Catherine Kalicz:
Information sent me by Ed Wiorek, 11/5/99:
Johan 60, Catherine 62, Julianna 22 and Marianna 14, arrived Apr. 19, 1887, in Baltimore aboard the SS DANAU. Point of embarkation: Bremen
Children of Joannes Wiorek and Catherine Kalicz are:
i. Johann Wiorek, born February 19, 1857 in Nikolskowo, Posen, Prussia; died June 13, 1904 in Englewood Hosp, Chicago, Cook, Illinois; married Mary Dunczyk November 28, 1883 in St. Adalbert Church, Chicago, Cook, Illinois; born February 1864 in Prussia; died January 02, 1934 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
Notes for Johann Wiorek:
5/91-Name was mentioned in 11 Jun 1900 obituary for Jan Dunczyk in Chicago
Polish language newspaper "Dziennik Chicagoski". This info obtained thru PRODIGY System from Wiliam (Fred) Hoffman in CT.
7/91-Found in 1900 Census for Chicago, Cook County, Ill.
Vol. 65, E.D. #980, Sht. 18, Line 5. Ward 31, dated June 11 , 1900
Residence - 6746 Centre Ave. , Lake Township.
(Film 1243429 and 1240284.)
Immigrated 1881. Naturalized. Could Speak, write and read
English. Married 17 years. Occupation- Tuckpointer. Employed 2 months. Rents Home. Born Feb 1857, In Poland . Husband of Mary.
4/92-Found in LDS 1194610, Baptisms 1853-1886, Catholic Church Records,
Usch(Ujscie), West Prussia. 1857, entry 24: Baptism of Johann in Niko lskowo(Nietuszkowo). Surname is spelled Wiurek (Dots over the U)
6/92-Received copy of John's death certificate. Residence was 6339 S. Halsted. Death caused by fall from scaffold when rope broke while tuckpointing church at corner of Paulina & 48th St. on 5/21/1904. Died 6/13/1904. This church is probably St. Joseph's Church.
8/92-Residence in 1899 was 6525 May St. Address found on birth certificate for son Joseph.
Gravestone at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles, Illinois, reads:
More About Johann Wiorek:
Baptism: February 22, 1857, Nikolskowo, Posen, Prussia
Burial: St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Illinois, Lot 8, Block J, Sec. St. John
Notes for Mary Dunczyk:
5/91-Name found on 1979 death certificate for Joseph J. Wiorek of Chicago.
Name spelled Dunsek on certificate, but spelled Dunczyk in 1900 obituary for Jan Dunczyk of Chicago. Jan (John) Wiorek was mentioned in th e 1900 obit from
Chicago Polish language newspaper "Dziennik Chicagoski".
6/91-Found in Illinois Death Index 1916-1938, Fiche 6016862, at Milwaukee
FHC. Name given as Mari Wiorak. Certificate # 6000227 filed 1/4/1934 in Chicago
7/91-Found in 1900 Census for Chicago, Cook County:
Wife of John Wiorek. Not Naturalized. Immigrated 1881. Could read,
write, and speak English. Mother of 10 kids, 6 living at time of census
6/92-Found in 1920 Cook Co. census:
Vol 63, ED 957, Sht 2, line 78.
Residing at 1448 N. Wood , Chicago, Ill. with children:
Peter, 28; John, 23; Joseph, 20; Agnes, 17
Age 56, Naturalized, born Germany.
12/93-Received Obituary Card for Mary from Nancy Wiorek. Buried from St. Agnes Church. Last residence was 3606 S. California Ave., Chica go. John B. Zielinski, Undertaker. 2153 W. 18th Place, Chicago. Tel. - Canal 1759.
More About Mary Dunczyk:
Burial: January 06, 1934, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, lIlinois, Lot 8, Block J, Sec. St. John
Marriage Notes for Johann Wiorek and Mary Dunczyk:
Copy of Marriage License #77188 sent to me 8/2000 by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository:
Johan Wiorek 25 yrs old to Mary Dunschek 18 yrs. old
Date of License: Nov. 20, 1883
Church: St. Adalbert Church, Chicago, Illinois
7 ii. Emilia Wiorek, born September 02, 1859 in Nikolskowo, Posen, Prussia; died December 02, 1935 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois,; married Peter P. Wodaj May 04, 1884 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
iii. Josephus Wiorek, born February 18, 1862 in Brostowo, Posen, Prussia; died March 01, 1862 in Brostowo, Posen, Prussia.
Notes for Josephus Wiorek:
3/92-Found in LDS 0585981, Baptisms 1850-1883, Catholic Church Records,
Friedham(Miasteczko) West Prussia. Diocese of Gnesen, Kr. Wirsitz. 1862, entry 31: Baptism of Josephus in Brostowo(Brzostowo). Sponsors- J osephus ....?
4/92-Found in LDS 0585982, Deaths 1848-1882, Catholic Church Records,
Friedham(Miasteczko) West Prussia. Diocese of Gnesen, Kr. Wirsitz, 1862, entry 8: Death of Josephus, age 9 days. Cause of death-Weakness
More About Josephus Wiorek:
Baptism: February 20, 1862, Brostowo, Posen, Prussia
Burial: March 04, 1862, Brostowo, Posen, Prussia
iv. Rozalia Wiorek53, born April 24, 1863 in Pozen, Poland54; died April 20, 1930 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois55; married Anthony Kaja September 08, 1885 in St. Adalbert Church, Chicago, Cook, Illinois56; born 185957; died May 191858.
Notes for Rozalia Wiorek:
In a phone conversation with Mary Moss 12/19/99, Mary tells me that Rosalie was born in Pila Posen and immigrated when she was 16 yrs. old. That figures out to be 1879 or 1880.
In an e-mail msg from Mary Moss dated 12/30/99, Mary says Rozalia died either April 20 or 21, 1930. She says the death certificate is hard to read. Also her mother's name is listed as Wiorek.
From the Dziennik Chicagoski, the following obituary translated into English:
To all relatives and acquaintances we report the sad news that our most beloved mother and grandmother the late ROZALJA KAJA (nee Wiorek) after a short but serious illness departed from this world, provided with the Blessed Sacraments, on April 20, 1930, at 4:30 a.m. at an advanced age.
The funeral will take place on Wednesday, April 23, at 10:30 in the morning from the house of bereavement at 4122 W. 22 St. to the church St. Casimir and from there to St. Adalbert's Cemetery.
To this sad ceremony we invite all relatives and friends, we, burdened with deep grief: Anna, Antoni, Jozef Andrzej, Klara, Fr. Michal and Weronika, children; Rosalja Kaja, daughter-in-law; Franciszek Gozdziak, Stanislaw Beczka, sons-in-law; Emilja Wodaj, Juljanna Ozmina, sisters; Piotr Wodaj, Michal Ozmina, brothers-in-law; grandsons & granddaughters, along with the whole family.
(another line presumably lists the funeral director as Jan. J. Frusyna, Rockwell 4838)
More About Rozalia Wiorek:
Burial: St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Ilinois, Lot 17, Block S, Sec. 9
Notes for Anthony Kaja:
In a phone conversation with Mary Moss 12/19/99, Mary tells me that Anthony immigrated from Poland when he was 9 yrs. old.
More About Anthony Kaja:
Burial: May 16, 1918, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Ilinois, Lot 17, Block S, Sec. 9
Marriage Notes for Rozalia Wiorek and Anthony Kaja:
Found in the LDS index of Cook County marriages an entry for Anton Kaja. The date of the license was Sept. 5, 1885. The other information was not legible.
Copy of the Marriage License (#95081) sent to me by Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Northeastern Illinois University 5/10/2000: The People of the State of Illinos, To any Person Legally Authorized to Solemnize Marriage, Greeting: Marriage may be celebrated between Mr. Anton Kaja of Chicago, in the County of Cook and the State of Illinois, of the age of 25 years, and Mrs. Rosa Wiorek of Chicago, in the County of Cook and State of Illinois, of the age of 22 years. Witness: M.W. RYAN, Clerk of the County Court of said Cook County, and the Seal thereof, at my office in Chicago this 5th day of September A.D. 1885 (Signed by M.W. Ryan) I, Rev. John Rad??jewski a Catholic Priest hereby certify that Mr. Anton Kaja and Ms. Rose Wiorek were united in Marriage by me at St. Adalbert Church in the County of Cook and State of Illinois, on the 8th day of September 1885. (Signed by Rev. John Rad??jewski, Pastor of the St. Adalbert Church)
v. Juliana Wiorek, born May 20, 1865 in Brostowo, Wirsitz, Posen, Prussia; died December 27, 193959; married Andries Lewandowski February 11, 1890 in St. Adalbert Church, Chicago, Cook, Illinois60; born Abt. 186561; died September 16, 189161.
Notes for Juliana Wiorek:
3/92-Found in LDS 0585981, Baptisms 1850-1883, Catholic Church Records,
Friedham(Miasteczko), West Prussia. Diocese of Gnesen, Kr. Wirsitz. 1 865, entry 41: Baptism of Juliana in Brostowo(Brzostowo)
According to the 1910 U.S. Census, by 1910, Julia had 10 children, 7 of which were living.
From Dziennik Chicagoski Obituary: Death Date was Dec. 27, 1939, Funeral Home located at 4730 S. Harding Ave. to St. Bruno Church. Sons were Ludwik Lewandowski, Jan, Michal, Aleksander and Wladyslaw; daughter is Franciszka Ladzikowska; daughters-in-laws were Helena Lewandowska, Hester, Jozefina and Stella; son-in-law was Jan Ladzikowski.
Phone conversation with Evelyn Novak Schmidt 5/14/1999, reports that Aunt Julia had a big spinning wheel in her living room which they weren't allowed to touch.
Gravestone reads: Matka
More About Juliana Wiorek:
Baptism: May 21, 1865, Brostowo, Wirsitz, Posen, Prussia
Burial: December 30, 1939, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice IL/Lot 426 Sec. 2262
Notes for Andries Lewandowski:
St. Casimir Church Death records: entry for Lewandowski, Andrzej (entry 20, page 1) died Sept. 16, 1891 and was 26 yrs. old. Also, under cause of death was written "died of tyfus". Cemetery was listed as Wojciecka which I believe is Polish for Adalbert. Called St. Adalbert Cemetery 5/5/2000 and they can find no record of his burial.
More About Andries Lewandowski:
Burial: September 18, 1891, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Ilinois63
Marriage Notes for Juliana Wiorek and Andries Lewandowski:
Copy of Marriage License #149282 sent to me by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository:
Andries Lewandowski 23 yrs. old to Julia Wiorek 23 yrs. old
Clergyman: Rev. John Radziejewski, pastor of St. Adalbert Church
vi. Peter Wiorek, born September 10, 1868 in Nikolskowo, Posen, Prussia; died September 13, 1868 in Nikolskowo, Posen, Prussia.
Notes for Peter Wiorek:
4/92-Found in LDS 1194610, Baptisms 1853-1886, Catholic Church Records,
Usch(Ujscie), Posen. 1868, entry 79: Baptism of Peter in Nikolkowo(Nietuszkowo). Sponsors- Ludwig Kalicz/Michalina Wiurek. Surname is spel led Wiurek (Dots over the U)
4/92-Found in LDS 1194610, Deaths 1846-1892, Catholic Church Records, Usch(Ujscie), Posen. 1868, entry 60: Death of Peter, Age- 3 days. S urname is spelled Wiurek (Dots over the U)
More About Peter Wiorek:
Baptism: September 13, 1868, Nikolskowo, Posen, Prussia
vii. Anne Marianna Wiorek, born September 06, 1872 in Nikolskowo, Posen, Prussia; died Unknown; married John Dell Hazlett October 09, 1893 in Sherman M.E. Ch, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; born Abt. 1868 in Tioga, Pennsylvania, USA; died Unknown.
Notes for Anne Marianna Wiorek:
5/91-Found as Annie Mary in LDS Cook County Marriage Index.
Marriage Info taken From Milwaukee County records at Milwaukee Central
Married Oct 9,1893 at Sherman St Methodist Episcopal Church, Milwaukee
Witnessed by Warren Johnston and Hattie Rebecca Russell, both of Chicago. Married by Rev. James Churm whose residence was 579 9th St, Milwaukee.
Annie's Father: John Wiorek
Mother: Katie Collis (not sure of last letter -may be 'n'
Mother's surname later deduced to Catherine Kalicz
5/92-Found in LDS 1194610, Baptisms 1853-1886, Catholic Church Records,
Usch(Ujscie), West Prussia. 1872, entry 94: Baptism of Anne Marianna in Nikolskowo(Nietuszkowo). Sponsors-Johann Wentland/Marianna Gapinski. Surname is spelled Wiurek (Dots over the U). Deduced to be the Annie Mary found in 5/91
More About Anne Marianna Wiorek:
Baptism: September 15, 1872, Nikolskowo, Posen, Prussia
Notes for John Dell Hazlett:
5/91-Info taken from Marriage Certificate for John and Annie M. Wiorek in
Milwaukee on 10/9/1893. Occupation: Teamster. Residence: 164 Irving Ave. Chicago Ill
1. Certificate of Birth, State of Illinois, Registered No. 7948.).
2. Myra (Sliepka) Walcott.
3. Certificate of Baptism, St. Casimir Church 2226 So. Whipple St. Chicago, IL.
4. Mrs. Dombrowski said that Fr. Kaja was ordained on the day Gertrude Novak made her 1st Communion., According to the Obituary in the New World sent to me by the Archdiocese of Chicago Archives, Fr. Kaja was ordained May 25, 1929.
5. Myra (Sliepka) Walcott.
6. Declaration of Intention #84212 and the Petition for Naturalization of Michael Nowak, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
7. Marriage License #825650 sent from Cook County, Illinois.
8. Naturalization Index card from the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk of Cook County Archives-P51134.
9. Berna Christy Novak and Raymond Michael Novak, Jr. 3/99.
10. Memorial Card sent by Ray and Berna Novak, Jr. 9/8/99.
11. Berna Christy Novak and Raymond Michael Novak, Jr. 3/99.
12. Certificate of Baptism, St. Casimir Church 2226 So. Whipple St. Chicago, IL.
13. Memorial Card sent by Ray and Berna Novak, Jr. 9/8/99.
14. Evelyn Schmidt, phone conversation, 5/15/1999 and Certificate of Baptism.
15. Evelyn Schmidt, phone conversation, 5/15/1999 and St. Casimir Church records.
16. Certificate of Baptism, St. Casimir Church 2226 So. Whipple St. Chicago, IL.
17. Reported to author by Lucille Novak in a phone conversation and on Michael Novak's Railroad Retirement Papers, On the Employee's stmt of compensated service rendered prior to January 1, 1937, form AA-15 and the Application for Annuity Under the Railroad Retirement Act form.
18. Certificate of Death, State of Illinois #14618 informant Frank Wodaj.
19. St. Adalbert Cemetery Records & Our Lady of Tepeyac (old St. Casimir) records.
20. St. Adalbert Cemetery Records & Our Lady of Tepeyac (old St. Casimir) records, St. Casimir's Church changed names to Our Lady of Tepeyac, 2226 So. Whipple Chicago, Il 60623 773-521-8400 earliest sacrament records are from 1891.
21. Cook County Marriage Records Index: Male Peter Wodaj Female Amelia Wiorek #80736 Vol 8 pg. 159.
22. Pullman Retired with Pension Card Files 1916-1980 Box 43 S-Z.
23. 1900 Federal Census of Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
24. St. Adalbert Church Records forwarded to me by Ed Wiorek 5/30/2000.
25. Katherine Ormins's Mass Card.
26. Our Lady of Tepeyac (Old St. Casimir Church) Records, Marriage record of John J. Ozminkowski and Katherine WodajVol. 1, Page 35, Film # 1710638, Item 3.
27. Headstone on grave.
28. Frank Wodaj's mass card.
29. Josephine Ann Czerwinski Fitzgerald 4/99 and St. Adalbert Church Records.
30. Virginnia Dombrowski, Virginnia Dombrowski 3/99.
31. Josephine Ann Czerwinski Fitzgerald 4/99, Also found at LDS Vol. 1, Page 65, Film # 1710638, Item 3.
32. Josephine Ann Czerwinski Fitzgerald 4/99.
33. Virginnia Dombrowski 3/99 and Josephine Ann Czerwinski Fitzgerald 4/99.
34. Mary Wodaj Nowaczyk's Mass Card and St. Adalbert Church Records.
35. Virginnia Dombrowski, Virginnia Dombrowski 3/99.
36. St. Casimir Church Records on LDS Microfilm #1710638, Vol. 2,, Page 84, Film #1710638, Item 4.
37. Virginnia Dombrowski, Virginnia Dombrowski 3/99.
38. LDS Cook County Birth Record Index.
39. Frank Wodaj's mass card.
46. St. Casimir Church Records.
47. Headstone on grave.
49. Certificate of Death, State of
51. St. Casimir Church Records on LDS Microfilm #1710638.
52. 1900 Federal Census of
54. Death certificate information e-mailed to me
55. Obituary in the
56. Cook County Marriage License #95081 sent to
me by IRAD,
57. Headstone on grave.
58. St. Adalbert Cemetery Records.
59. Dziennik Chicagoski Index of Obituaries.
60. St. Adalbert Church Records forwarded to me by Ed Wiorek 5/30/2000 and found on the Polish Genealogical Society of America website: www.pgsa.org,, Marriage Index for Polish Parishes in Chicago through 1915, St. Adalbert Church, Vol. 2, Page 138 Film 1704766, item 2.
61. St. Casimir Church Records on LDS Microfilm #1710638.
63. St. Casimir Church Records on LDS Microfilm #1710638.