Rev. Daniel E. Balcerak

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This prayer card research surprised me with the lack of easily accessible records.

 

Daniel Balcerak was born in Buffalo, New York on January 28, 1911.  His parents were John and Maria (Dondakewska) Balcerak.  He grew up in the Corpus Christi Parish before he entered the priesthood.  He took his first vows on September 15, 1927 after training at Novitiate of St. Anthony of Padua, Friary, Buffalo, NY.  He continued his studies in Poland and was ordained on May 6, 1934, in Cracow, Poland.

His first assignment was at St. Hyacinth Seminary, Granby, MA, where he taught for 11 years.  In 1948 Fr. Daniel was reassigned and served as an assistant pastor at Corpus Christi Parish, Buffalo, NY, serving there until 1954.  He was then appointed  Guardian of St. Hyacinth Seminary, Granby, MA.  On July 24, 1955 he suffered a heart attack.  After the nightly meeting of the the parish priests he went to bed.  Later, found by Fr. Stephen Majewski on the floor of his bedroom.

The first ceremony of Christian Burial was held in the Seminary Chapel of St. Hyacinth, Granby, MA.  A second ceremony was held on July 28, 1955 at his former parish, Corpus Christi Church, Buffalo, NY.  After the service, Fr. Daniel was laid to rest in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Buffalo, NY (Cemetery #2, “New Cemetery,” Circle 3, Line 1, Grave 12).

 

Rev. Daniel E. Balcerak

While he was a priest at Corpus Christi, two of his brothers were also serving with him.

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 19 April 2020), memorial page for Fr Daniel Balcerak (28 Jan 1911–24 Jul 1955), Find a Grave Memorial no. 21466112, citing Saint Stanislaus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 46479851) .
  • Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Gale Research Company; Detroit, Michigan; Accession Number: 220776
  • Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

 

Charles Ronkowski

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August 1894 was the birth of Charles Ronkowski to Polish parents Karole and Matilda Ronkowski.  In 1900 The family lived at 190 Lovejoy Street.  At five years old Charles was the youngest of four siblings: Catherine 20, Matilda 10,  and Martha 8.

In 1905 not much changed for the family.  Everyone was still together.  Martha was not on the 1910 US Census, she would be 18 and may have moved away.  At 16 Charles was a carpenter for the railroad.  The family was still at 190 Lovejoy.

Four years after the census Charles married Agness Spotts on May 25, 1914 in Buffalo, New York.

Charles and Agnes were parents in 1915, Genevieve was 3 months at time of the New York Census.  Three years later on April 7, 1918 Charles left for war.  He was a private in K company in the Seventh Infantry.  He returned on September 29, 1919.

1920 Charles’ family moved back in with his parents.  On August 25, 1921 Charles was stabbed four times near the Broadway Market.  His condition  was not serious.  By 1930 Eugene Poet 8 their nephew was living with them.  His parents were gone, his mom died in 1929 and father died in 1930.  By 1933 they were living on Sherman Street.  No idea about the nephew.  A year later Charles died..

When I followed up on the census information these pieces of information seemed to fit together.  BUT on someone’s family tree on line this information appeared along with things that do not fit with this Charles.  Including a divorce in 1916 from Rose but no children because of a charge of assault against a 15 year old girl.  There is also a Canadian marriage with no record of any travel to Canada.  There is also an article he was a widower when he was placed on probation for the assault.  Another article mentions alimony.  In 1923 a Charles from a different street threw an icepick at his wife.  There is a lot of conflicting information on which Charles is which.

 

 

Sources:

  • Year: 1900; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 9, Erie, New York; Page: 6; Enumeration District: 0071; FHL microfilm: 1241026
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 8, Erie, New York; Roll: T624_942; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 0068; FHL microfilm: 1374955
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 9, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1101; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 72
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0062; FHL microfilm: 2341160
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: E.D. 04; City: Buffalo Ward 09; County: Erie; Page: 7
  • Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 01; Assembly District: 06; City: Buffalo Ward 09; County: Erie; Page: 26
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 15 April 2020), memorial page for Charles J Ronkowski (1894–1934), Find a Grave Memorial no. 128406151, citing Saint Stanislaus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by gravefinderStStans (contributor 47637865) .
  • The National Archives at College Park; College Park, Maryland; Record Group Title: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985; Record Group Number: 92; Roll or Box Number: 366
  • The National Archives at College Park; College Park, Maryland; Record Group Title: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985; Record Group Number: 92; Roll or Box Number: 351
  • https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33192065/stabbed/?xid=637

 

Ignatius Frank Sitek

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Ignatius F. Sitek was born on July 29, 1915 in Buffalo, New York to Polish born parents.

In 1920 Ignatius lived on East Street with parents Joseph 36 and Honorata 26.  He was the second of four children, his siblings were: Walter 7, Bowslaus  2, and newborn Joseph.  Five years later Florence 4 and John 9/12 were now part of the family.  But Joseph had passed in July of 1920.

The family changed between 1925 and 1930.  Florence and John were not with the family.  This may be a mistake of the enumerator as the family ended the page.  They may not have been added properly.  They did reappear on the 1940 US Census with their parents.

Jun 24, 1939 was the day Ignatius married Anna Wackowska.  Eleven months later Ignatius Gregory Sitek was bornon May 9, 1940.  For some none of them appear on the US Census in 1940.  They may have been in the process of moving at the time it was done.  In October of 1940 Ignatius registered for military service.  He was employed at Bethlehem Steele.  The family lived at 9 Clare Street in Buffalo, New York.  There are many easily available records after 1940.

I was able to find a family connection.  Anna, Ignatius’ wife, was the daughter of Stella Gulczewski Wackowski.  Stella is the youngest sister of my great grandmother Joanna Gulczewski Switkowski.

Sources:

  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Death Index
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Birth Index
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 9, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1101; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 72
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Cheektowaga, Erie, New York; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 0377; FHL microfilm: 2341169
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 02; Assembly District: 05; City: Buffalo Ward 09; County: Erie; Page: 38
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Birth Index

Elizabeth Brzozowski

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Elizabeth is a mystery.  I was able to find her birth date of June 12, 1925.  That’s it.  She didn’t exist in paperwork.  I don’t have any idea at all how my family knew her.  I expect it was a friend of my grandmother born in 1921 and my mother may have taken her to the funeral.  Other than that guess I have nothing.

 

 

 

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  • Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File