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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Buffalo Evening News, BUFFALO, NEW YORK, Wednesday, May 22, 1918
This isn’t a pray card but a souvenir card to celebrate Fr. Bernarrd I. Sierakowski first year as a priest.
Bernard Sierakowski was born in Buffalo, NY in 1905 to Jan and Katarzyna Sierakowski. They lived at 49 Lombard. In 1910 his siblings were: Stanislaw 13, Michael 11, Frances 9, Edward 7, and infant Regina. Later in 1910 Bernard’s father Jan died.
The family hadn’t changed in 1915. They were still on Lombard St. near Corpus Christi church. Five years later the oldest Stanislaw moved out and Katarzyna’s mom Rose moved in. Bernard was 14 and still in school.
I couldn’t find records from 1930 to 1932 about Bernard. His mom died in 1931. Sometime prior to 1932 Bernard went to Rome to complete his education for the priesthood. He arrived in the Port of New York on August 3, 1932. Four days later he was in Buffalo celebrating his first official mass.
By 1938 he was an assistant pastor at St Columbia Church on 418 North Division St. in Buffalo.
A year or so later he moved to Dunkirk, NY. He was there when he registered for the draft. He listed his sister, Regina Catherine Marsialek, as his next of kin.
He was back in Buffalo as Assistant Pastor at Saint Adalbert Basilica in 1941.
Back to Dunkirk on September 28, 1942 at St Hyacinth Church, After this he moved around the Western New York area churches until his death. His last posting being St. Barbara Church in Lackawanna where he served with his brother, Msgr. Stanislaus J. Sierakowski.
He was buried at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY after his death April 21, 1955.
Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/62886615/bernard-i-sierakowski : accessed 18 October 2021), memorial page for Rev Bernard I Sierakowski (28 Apr 1905–21 Apr 1955), Find a Grave Memorial ID 62886615, citing Saint Stanislaus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Charles Zadora (contributor 47169421) .