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1 (Medical):Beatrice and her husband, Alois, were involved in two retail businesses over the years. From 1971 through 1978 they owned and operated the Oddity Shop, a hobby and craft store, in Union Grove, Wisconsin. From 1985 through 1991 they were the proprietors of the Lincoln Pub, a tavern and dance hall, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. RYNKA, Alois (I143)
2 (Nee Strelka) Mon., June 16, 1997, age 86 years. Dear mother of Kathleen
(James) Ney and Allen (Mary) Bruks. Fond grandmother of Debra (Richard)
Acker, Kelly Lucas, Michelle (Thomas) Masson, Patrick Bruks and Sara
(William) O'Reilly. Sister of Florence (William) Zeman. Also survived by 5
great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Irene was preceded in death
by her husband Alfred in 1975. They were the former owners of Bruks Dry
Cleaning. Visitation at St. Charles Church, 313 Circle Dr., Hartland, WI,
Thurs. 3-5 PM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 5 PM. 
STRELKA, Irene (I112)
3 --Milwaukee Journal, August 9, 1941

Frank Zalewski, 82, of 2630 N Buffum St., was found dead on the floor of his home late Friday afternoon by his son, Joseph, a police officer, who came to visit him. He had been living alone since his wife died two years ago. Death was due to natural causes, according to coroner's assistants.

Mr. Zalewski was born in Germany and came to this country 51 years ago. He worked for the department of public works for 39 years, retiring six years ago. He and his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1935. Funeral services will be held at 8:30 am Monday at the Schramka chapel, 612 E Burleigh st, and at 9 am at St. Casimir's church, with burial in Holy Cross cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph and Frank, jr., and five daughters, Mrs. Angeline Pierzchalski, Mrs. Mary Gierszewski, Mrs. Frances Cybela, Mrs. Helen Stroinski and Mrs. Agnes Walczak.

Obituary, Milwaukee Journal - August 9, 1941

ZALEWSKI, Frank sr., Fri., Aug. 8, aged 82 years. residence, 2630 N. Buffum st., beloved father of Angeline Pierschalski, Mary Gierszewski, Joseph, Frances Cybela, Helen Stroinski, Frank, jr., and Agnes Walczak; also survived by 17 grandchildren. Funeral Monday, 8:30 a.m. from the Schramka Funeral Home, 612 E. Burleigh st. Services St. Casimir's church 9 a.m. Interment Holy Cross cemetery. In state Sat, after 9 p.m. 
ZALEWSKI, Frank J Sr. (I83)
4 ABBR Birth Certificate Source (S22)
5 ABBR Death Certificate Source (S23)
6 ABBR Marriage Certificate Source (S24)
7 ABBR Mary Jane Zalewski Source (S26)
8 ABBR The Zalewski Family Booklet Source (S25)
9 Al and Irene owned and operated Bruk's Syn-tho-nized Dry Cleaners & Tailors on West Center Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. BRUKWITZKI, Alfred E (I113)
10 Anna never marries ZALEWSKI, Anna M (I211)
11 Block 39, Lot 506 BRUKWITZKI, Alfred E (I113)
12 Born at 900 Fratney St., 13th Ward, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin ZALEWSKI, Frank Edward Jr (I85)
13 Burial location: Block 18, Section B, Lot 343

I have a copy of the Coroner's Report. 
CYBELA, Norbert (I147)
14 Burial location: Block 18, Section B, Lot 343, Grave 2 ZALEWSKI, Frances Dorothy (I89)
15 Burial location: Block 2, Section A, Lot 262 North

Obituary, Milwaukee Journal, April 12, 1939

ZALEWSKI, Anna (nee Lindner), Tuesday, Apr. 11, aged 73 years, beloved wife of Frank, fond mother of Angeline Pierzchalski, Mary Gierszewski, Joseph, Frances Cybela, Helen Stroinski, Frank, jr., and Agnes Walczak; sister of John Lindner and Elizabeth Kozlowski; also survived by 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral Friday at 8:30 a.m. in. from the Eugene Schramka Funeral Home, 612 E. Burleigh st. Services at St. Casimir's church at 9 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Member of the Ladies' Rosary society, Third Order of St. Francis, and C.O.F. St. Casimir's court No. 750. 
LINDNER, Anna A (I84)
16 Burial location: Block 2, Section A, Lot 262 North ZALEWSKI, Frank Edward Jr (I85)
17 Burial location: Block 2, Section A, Lot 262 South ZALEWSKI, Martha (I87)
18 Burial location: Block 23, Lot 129, Grave 5 ZALEWSKI, Helen A (I91)
19 Burial location: Block 29, Lot 266 South, Grave 2 ZALEWSKI, Joseph Frank (I183)
20 Burial Location: Block 51, Lot 94, Grave 1 ZALEWSKI, Angeline R (I86)
21 Burial location: Crypt 104, Tier D, Right Side L

He is a retired member of the Milwaukee Fire Department. 
CYBELA, Edwin Gordon Jr (I150)
22 Burial location: Mall 74, Crypt 104, Tier B GIERSZEWSKI, Frank Peter Jr (I133)
23 Burial location: Patio III, Tier B, Crypt 27 ZALEWSKI, Agnes Irene (I90)
24 Changed last name GIERSZEWSKI, Frank Sr (I110)
25 Crypt 104D, Right Side L CYBELA, Edwin Gordon Jr (I150)
26 Crypt 143, Tier-A, Left Side Corridor, Patio-B STANISZEWSKI, Stanley J (I161)
27 Crypt 28, Tier B, Patio III WALCZAK, Chester J (I96)
28 Died of internal injuries CYBELA, Norbert (I147)
29 Frank Zalewski, Sr., his wife Anna, and their two oldest children - Martha and Angeline, emigrated to the US from the Baltic port of Danzig and arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1890. The couple's third child, Mary, was born in Baltimore in March 1891. The family then traveled west to Nebraska and east, from there, to the Polish community in Chicago. By May, 1892, the family had settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

(Research):According to an interview conducted in April 1980 with Frank Gierszewski, Jr, a grandson of Frank and Anna Zalewski. He indicated his grandparents left Poland from the Baltic port of Danzig and entered the United States through the port of Baltimore, Maryland. There is some confusion, however, as to the area of Poland in which Frank and Anna Zalewski resided prior to their emigration to the United States in 1890. During a telephone interview with their granddaughter, Caroline (Walczak) Sullivan, conducted in January 1995, she indicated that Frank and Anna lived somewhere in the province of Poznan -- an area of Poland then under German jurisdiction and known as South Prussia. his would correspond with information supplied on the death certificate and in the newspaper obituary of Frank Zalewski, Sr in 1941. Although neither source mentions Poznan as his place of birth, both list Germany as his country of origin. (Much of western Poland, including Poznan Province, became German territory after the three partitions of Poland at the end of the eighteenth century.)

There is, however, a conflicting story as to the area of Poland from which Frank and Anna originated. During a 1993 telephone interview with another granddaughter, Irene (Zalewski) Lutzenberger, she indicated that her late father had always said his parents came from eastern Poland -- an area then under Russian rule. Irene's father also stated that when his parents entered the United States, their surname was spelled "Salefsky," thereby reflecting the Russian influence. Although no official documents can be found to verify this, it is interesting to note that in the 1934 obituary of another grandchild, Norbert Cybela, the maiden name of Norbert's mother is spelled "Zalesky."

It is hypothetically possible that Frank Zalewski, Sr is, indeed, born and raised in Russian Poland and, at some later point in his life, moved to the German section in which Poznan Province was located. Although traveling across political borders was difficult in 19th-century Europe, to say the least, it was not impossible. In Russian Poland, for example, all debts to the government, including military service in the czar's army, had to be fulfilled before travel documents would be issued and borders would be crossed. Two years of active military service followed by two years in the reserve forces was required of all males when they reached their twentieth birthday. In Frank's case, that would have accounted for the years 1878 through 1882. We know he married Anna Lindner (a German) in January 1885, which means he probably relocated from Russian-held, eastern Poland to the German-held, western area sometime between 1882 and 1884. This, of course, is only speculation but would explain the Russian "sky" ending on the surname.

They attended Church at St. Casimir's Catholic Church in Milwaukee, WI
Located: 2604 N Bremen (On corner on Bremen and E Clarke)

Notes about 900 N Fratney Residence:
Located between 44 Lee and Franklin
New Address after Change: 2448 N Fratney
Frank Zalewski, Edwin Cybela, Michl Ochalek
(rear): Max Stromski and Frank Gierszewski

Notes about 2630 N Buffum Residence:
Located between E Clarke and E Center
Frank Zalewski and Chester Walczak (1931)
Frank Zalewski (1940)

2630A N Buffum Occupants:
Frank Bolet and Carl Gollner (1931)
Frank Zalewski, Jr and Edw Gerth (1940) 
ZALEWSKI, Frank J Sr. (I83)
30 Fri., Mar. 14, 1969 aged 58 years, residence 2438 N. Bartlett av., beloved husband of Kathryn (nee Herkowski), dear father of Mrs. John V. (Patricia Ann) Rauch, Marquette, Mich., grandfather of Frederick, John and Theodore Edward. brother of Joseph, Tampa, Fla., Leo, Jack, Ann Zalewski, Sister M Elmira, S.S.N.D.: also survived by son-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services TUES at 8:15 a.m. from the Schramka Funeral Home, 612 E. Burleigh st. Services SS Peter and Paul church 9 a.m. Interment Holy Cross. Member of Ushers and Holy Name Society, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 49. Holy Name vigil Mon 8 p.m. Visitation Monday 4 p.m. ZALEWSKI, Edward Robert (I212)
31 From WWI registration: "little finger of the left hand bent" ZALEWSKI, Andrzej John (I9)
32 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. MORAN, D.A. (I193)
33 He is a retired member of the Milwaukee Fire Department. CYBELA, Irvin (I145)
34 ZALEWSKI, Angeline R (I86)
35 In 1942, Frank Giersch, Sr was employed at the Schiltz Brewery warehouse on North 66th and West State Streets in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He and eleven of his co-workers were killed when the warehouse building collapsed on top of them. GIERSZEWSKI, Frank Sr (I110)
36 In the Sheboygan Press, June 10, 1937, Chester is quoted in an article critical of the Milwaukee Gas Light Company. Chester is the vice-president of Gas and Byproducts Coke Workers C.I.O.

DEATH: Chester's obituary appeared in the 12 Dec 1991 edition of the Chicago Tribune.

BIOGRAPHY: Chester was an international representative of the Gas and Coke Workers Union C.I.O., citied by the Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, IL, in an article about a Milwaukee strike dated 6 Oct 1949. 
WALCZAK, Chester J (I96)
37 Joseph F Zalewski served in the US Army Infantry during America's involvement in World War I (1917-1918). He fought with the Allied Expeditionary Forces in France during several major battles (according to his sister, Mary (Zalewski) Giersch). Unfortunately, his military records were destroyed in a fire in 1973 at the National Personnel Records Center - St Louis, Missouri (according to a reply to a 1994 inquiry submitted by Michael Rynka - the grandson of Mary (Zalewski) Giersch). After the war, Joseph returned to Milwaukee where he served with distinction on that city's municipal police force until his retirement.

He was a Milwaukee City Police Officer for 33 years. 
ZALEWSKI, Joseph Frank (I183)
38 Last name transcribed from a badly scanned obituary. May be Ziorniak, too. ZIARNIAK, Harriet Helen (I230)
39 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F69
40 Mary Jane Zalewski (nee Corrigan), formerly of Cedarburg, was reunited with her beloved husband Richard on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. For the past 7 years she had been a resident at Clement Manor in Greenfield. She was 85 years old. Mary Jane, the daughter of Maurice and Agnes Braatz Corrigan, was born in Ashland, WI, on April 27, 1926, and grew up in Iron Mountain/Kingsford, Michigan. She moved to Milwaukee after High School where she was employed at the Weyenburg Shoe Company. On October 11, 1947 she married Richard Zalewski and the couple moved to Cedarburg in 1955. During their 51 years of marriage, Mary Jane and Richard raised 3 children - Mark (Evonne) Zalewski of Greendale, John (Sharon) Zalewski of Saukville, and Barbara (James) Johnson of Bayside. She is further survived by seven grandchildren; Wendy (Greg) Serafin, Michael (Stephanie Yakobina) Zalewski, Eric (Jaime) Zalewski, Brian (Darcy) Zalewski and Joel (Ali) Zalewski, Lauren and Rebecca Johnson. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren; Zach and Connor Serafin and Aaron, Adam and Aerissa Zalewski, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Mary Jane loved to celebrate her Irish Heritage and was very close to her twin brother Tom, younger brother George, and sisters, Shirley and Patricia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard. A devoted wife and mother, Mary Jane also worked part-time at the Cedarburg Red Owl, Montgomery Ward, and Coffee Pot Restaurant - where she brightened the days of everyone she met. Mary Jane was a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church for many years, belonging to the Women's Guild and the St. Ann's Society. She also enjoyed doing crafts, especially crocheting, quilting, knitting, and other needle work.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 17th at 12 PM at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church North, 1375 Covered Bridge Road in Cedarburg with Father Dan Janasik officiating. Mary Jane will be laid to rest next to her husband Richard in St. Francis Borgia Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 17th at the CHURCH from 10 AM until 12 PM. 
CORRIGAN, Mary Jane (I93)
41 now 2448 N Fratney ZALEWSKI, Frank J Sr. (I83)
42 Obituary, May 2, 1941

ZALEWSKI, Emily (nee Troka), Thursday, May 1, aged 45 years, residence 2553 N. Richards st., beloved wife of Joseph, fond mother of Irene, Richard and Robert. daughter of Joseph and Clara Troka, sister of Roman and Leo Troka and Sister M. Clarentine, Michigan City, Ind. Funeral Mon., 8:30 a.m. from the Schramka Funeral home, 612 E. Burleigh st. Services at St. Casimir's church at 9 a.m. Interment Holy Cross. Member of the Ladies' Rosary sodality and the Polish National Alliance. In State Fri. after 6 p.m. 
TROKA, Emily M (I184)
43 Plot: Block 16, Lot 338, Grave 2 ZALEWSKI, Marianna (I88)
44 Plot: Block 17B, Lot 278, Grave 1 BATACHEWSKI, Augusta (I341)
45 Plot: Block 17B, Lot 278, Grave 2 ZALEWSKI, Severin (I335)
46 Plot: Block 17B, Lot 278, Grave 3 ZALEWSKI, Emily Frances (I344)
47 Plot: Block 17B, Lot 630, Grave 4 BRUKWITZKI, Isabelle (I345)
48 Plot: Block 17B, Lot 830, Grave 1 MUELLER, Catherine A (I346)
49 Plot: Block 17B, Lot 830, Grave 2 ZALEWSKI, Frank K (I326)
50 Plot: Block 18B, Lot 343, Grave 3 ZALEWSKI, Frances Dorothy (I89)

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