Stephen J. Oniszczak


Steve Onizchak was born in Buffalo, NY in 1920 to Danial and Rosalia. Both of his parents were born in Poland. In the 1925 New York Census the 2 other members of the family were siblings Elisabeth 7 an Josephine 3.

By 1930 the family was living at 106 Coit Street in Buffalo’s East Side. The house currently looks like an old store front that has been covered to be an extra room. Many of the neighboring homes have been torn down in recent years. The family size increase in the past 5 years. Steve’s siblings were now: Elizabeth 12, Josephine 8, Florence 5, Teresa 2, and newborn John.

Ten years later Stephen was a salesman. I didn’t find where or what he was selling. He was still living with his parents on Coit Street. Elizbeth moved out but the family added 2 more sister. Living with him and his parents were: Josephine 18, Florence 14, Theresa 11, John 10, Anna 8, and Gertrude 3.

A year later he was a Steel Worker at Bliss & Laughlin Co. In November of 1941 he married Angeline Skotarczak in Buffalo. He lister her as next of kin on his draft registration on February 16, 1942. Their son Dennis S Oniszczak was born in February of 1943. He was selected for service September 15, 1943.

Their second son: Ronald G Oniszczak was born April 5, 1947. I can’t be positive with out more records but they may have had a daughter: Patricia born in 1952. I was able to find a record that Stephen was living at 64 Milsom Ave. in Cheektowaga, NY in 1968.

On March 1, 1991 Stephen died, later buried at Saint Adalbert’s Cemetery in Lancaster, NY.

In trying to locate how my family may have known Stephen I found that his father lived at 30 Newton St. in 1918. Many of my family lived on and around Newton St. at that time. Later in 1986 Stephen lived at 64 Milsom Ave. My maternal grandparents lived on Milsom for decades.


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  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 0067; FHL microfilm: 2341160
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