Every year until I was in high school, my family would make the twelve-hour drive to Buffalo, New York to visit my maternal grandparents, Tom and Janice (Zielinski) Kuznicki. We would stay for a week or two at a time, and my sister and I would beg my grandmother to tell us stories the entire … More Janice & Joyce
Halloween is my favorite time of the year; growing up, my sister and I would dress as princesses or superheroes–we even had a brief vampire phase in elementary school–and brave the cool weather to go trick-or-treating with our dad. We’d make the long trek around the neighborhood, argue over who had the most candy and … More Grandpa’s a Ghost!
Thaddeus Kuznicki and Gertrude Szwejbka were married on Wednesday, March 8, 1946 at St. Hyacinth’s Church in Dunkirk, New York. “The bride wore a gown of white nylon check, with a fingertip-length tulle veil. She carried a bouquet of white roses and lillies of the valley. The maid of honor, Miss Angeline Kuznicki, wore aquamarine … More Simply Meant to Be
Wuerstle’s Tavern is often at the center of my grandfather’s story. Gramps was having a drink at the bar when John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960; when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963; when Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot and killed in 1968; and when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in … More Golden Anniversary
Thomas Walter Marczynski was born on December 26, 1878 in Poland to Jozef Ludwig and Theresa Katherine (Bonczak) Marczynski. He and his older siblings–Gertrude (b. 1858), Mary (b. 1865), Franciszka (b. 1868) and Casimir (b. 1871)–left for the United States at the turn-of-the-century, and they all worked for the railroad in Dunkirk, New York. Three … More The Marczynski Ten
The patron saint of Poland is Saint Hedwig of Silesia. The Marczynski family lived at 17 St. Hedwig’s Avenue in Dunkirk, New York, attended St. Hedwig’s Roman Catholic Church and studied at St. Hedwig’s Catholic School; naturally, Casimir and Mary named their third daughter Hedwig. Hedwig Adrianna Marczynski was born on July 10, 1913 in … More A Shower Bouquet of Roses