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Frank J ZALEWSKI, Sr.[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

Male 1858 - 1941  (82 years)


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  • Name Frank J ZALEWSKI 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 4 Sep 1858  German Poland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1884  Gottschalk, Graudenz, Westpreussen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Immigration 23 Nov 1889  Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Residence Between 1890 and 1898  Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Between 1899 and 1907  [5, 12
    Residence Between 1899 and 1922  Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 12, 13
    Naturalization 1902  [13
    Occupation 1905  [6
    Naturalization 20 Apr 1906  Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Census 1910  Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation 1910  [2
    Residence 1930  Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence Between 1931 and 1941  Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    FamilySearch ID 9KXV-ZCZ 
    Died 8 Aug 1941  Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • --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.
    Age 82 years 
    Buried Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Address:
    Holy Cross Cemetery 
    • Plot: Block 2A, Lot 262N, Grave 3
    Frank J Zalewski, Sr (1858 - 1941) - Find A Grave Memorial
    Frank J Zalewski, Sr (1858 - 1941) - Find A Grave Memorial
    Person ID I83  The Zalewski Project Tree
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2017 

    DNA Tests  2 people have linked a DNA test to Frank J ZALEWSKI, Sr. 

    Father Unknown ZALEWSKI 
    Mother Unknown UNKNOWN 
    Family ID F78  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna A LINDNER,   b. 15 Aug 1865, Schwenten, Graudenz, Westpreussen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1939, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 2 Nov 1884  Schwenten, Graudenz, Westpreussen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Children 
    +1. Martha ZALEWSKI,   b. 10 Sep 1885, Schwenten, Graudenz, Westpreussen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1930, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     2. Angeline R ZALEWSKI,   b. 5 Jul 1887, Schwenten, Graudenz, Westpreussen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1960, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     3. Elisabeth ZALEWSKI,   b. 9 Apr 1889, Schwenten, Graudenz, Westpreussen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1889 and 1900, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Marianna ZALEWSKI,   b. 22 Mar 1891, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1945, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +5. Joseph Frank ZALEWSKI,   b. 21 May 1893, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1981, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +6. Frances Dorothy ZALEWSKI,   b. 15 Apr 1895, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1965, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +7. Helen A ZALEWSKI,   b. 24 Sep 1897, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1974, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     8. Frank Edward ZALEWSKI, Jr,   b. 6 Nov 1899, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1976, Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +9. Agnes Irene ZALEWSKI,   b. 17 Jan 1902, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1989, Cedarburg, Ozaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F36  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Frank & Anna Zalewski Family
    Frank & Anna Zalewski Family
    The Frank & Anna Zalewski family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in about June 1907. The photo looks to be taken during either the first communion or confirmation of Joseph (far right) as he is holding a candle and is close to the right age at the time.



    Back Row:

    Francis (Zalewski) Cybela – 15 Apr 1895 – 18 Jul 1965

    Mary (Zalewski) Gierzsewski/Giersch – 22 Mar 1891 – 27 Feb 1945

    Martha (Zalewski) Strelka – 10 Sep 1885 – 23 Nov 1930

    Angeline (Zalewski) Pierzchalski – Jul 1887 – 17 Mar 1960

    Joseph Zalewski – 21 May 1893 – 15 Aug 1981



    Front Row:

    Helen (Zalewski) Stroinski – 24 Sep 1897 – 1 Mar 1974

    Anna (Lindner) Zalewski – 27 Nov 1865 – 11 Apr 1939

    Agnes (Zalewski) Walczak – 17 Jan 1902 – 29 Jan 1989

    Frank Zalewski, Sr – 4 Sep 1858 – 8 Aug 1941

    Frank Zalewski, Jr – 6 Nov 1899 – 2 Nov 1976

    Headstones
    Zalewski Family Headstone
    Zalewski Family Headstone
    Frank, Anna (Lindner), and Frank Jr.

  • Notes 
    • 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
      Occupants:
      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
      Occupants:
      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)

  • Sources 
    1. [S25] The Zalewski Family Booklet.

    2. [S41] 1910 US Census, Ward 13, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin; 133; Sheet 12B; H.176 F.251; Frank J Zalewski; 5 February 2010.

    3. [S42] 1930 US Census, Ward 13, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin; 40-156; Sheet 1A; H. 6 F. 8; Frank Zalewski; 3 February 2010.

    4. [S34] 1920 US Census, Ward 13, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin; 157; Sheet 22B; H. 144 F. 441; Frank Zalewski; 5 February 2010.

    5. [S35] 1900 US Census, Ward 14, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin; 113; Sheet 17B; h.215 f.312; Frank Zalewski; 1 March 2010.

    6. [S43] 1905 Wisconsin State Census, Frank Zalewski; Houshold 565, 5th Precint, 13th Ward, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin.

    7. [S74] 1940 US Census, Ward 13, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 72-288; Sheet 8A; Household 172; Frank Zalewski; 2 April 2012.

    8. [S42] 1930 US Census, Ward 13, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin; 40-156; Sheet 1A; H.6 F.8; Frank Zalewski; 3 February 2010.

    9. [S70] Swiete/Schwenten Kirchenbuch, 1733-1929, Marriages; 1884; Franz Salewski & Anna Lindner, 2 Nov 1884.
      Listed as living in Gottschalk on Marriage record.

    10. [S102] Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1964, November 1889 - Ship Weser - Page 5 of 8.

    11. [S88] U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes (1791-1992), Franz Zalewski; Microfilm Serial: M1285; Microfilm Roll: 182.

    12. [S22] Birth Certificate, County: Milwaukee; Reel: DEL; Record: SEQ 932.
      Son Frank Jr's Birth Certificate

    13. [S34] 1920 US Census, Ward 13, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin; 157; Sheet 22B; H.144 F.441; Frank Zalewski; 5 February 2010.

    14. [S76] Find-A-Grave Entry, 2 April 2017; https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=41&GSvcid=75564&GRid=5182190&.

    15. [S70] Swiete/Schwenten Kirchenbuch, 1733-1929, Marriages; 1884; Franz Salewski & Anna Lindner, 2 Nov 1884.