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St. Adalbert Cemetery & Maryhill Cemetery
Chicago, Illinois

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St. Adalbert Cemetery Entrance


Map showing the location of the graves of our SZTORC - STORTZ - STORC, MICEK and OPELLA families. Andrew and Thomas STORTZ were first cousins of my grandfather Stanislaus GALUS; Mary, Michael and Louis OPELLA were cousins of my grandmother Martha KUDRON GALUS line; the STORC, MICEK and GONSOWSKI families are relatives of my cousin Roman Witek.
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St. Adalbert Map

Tomasz STORTZ headstone Tomasz STORTZ
born 10 Dec 1882
Leki Gorne, Poland
(Łęki Górne, Poland)
died 20 Mar 1956
Chicago, Illinois, USA





Antonina STORTZ
nee OCHAL
born 1887
Poland
died 9 May 1962
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Antonina STORTZ headstone
Jozef STORTZ headstone Józef STORTZ, son
1906 - 1936
Tomasz STORTZ was my first cousin twice removed; he was a first cousin of my grandfather, Stanislaus GALUS. Tomasz was born in Leki Gorne / Łęki Górne, Galicia, Poland on 10 Dec 1882, house 132. He was a son of Adalbert SZTORC and Anna nee WACHA. According to the 1910 U.S. census for Illinois, Tomasz immigrated in 1900. He married Antonina OCHAL, daughter of Joannis OCHAL and Anna nee ZAGIELLO, of Brzeziny, powiat Ropczyce, Galicia, Poland, on 29 May 1905 in St. John Cantius Church, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Tomasz and Antonina were the parents of Joseph, Stella / Estelle (married John PASKO), Frank (married Helen), Leo Peter (married Rose), Janie / Jennie (married Frank CHOLEWA), Thomas (married Mabel), Frances (married Mieczyslaw / Mitchell BIALASZEWICZ), and Theresa (married Walter GLOWACZ).

Tomasz was a brother of Andrew STORTZ, see below.
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Andrew STORTZ headstone Andrew STORTZ
born 13 Aug 1886
Leki Gorne, Poland
(Łęki Górne, Poland)
died Apr 1973
Chicago, Illinois, USA





Catherine STORTZ
nee KUDLA
born 1892
Poland
died 22 Feb 1947
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Catherine STORTZ headstone
Andrew STORTZ was my first cousin twice removed; he was a first cousin of my grandfather, Stanislaus GALUS. Andrew was born in Leki Gorne / Łęki Górne, Galicia, Poland on 13 Aug 1886, house 136. He was a son of Adalbert SZTORC and Anna nee WACHA. According to the 1910 U.S. census for Illinois, Andrew immigrated in 1906. He married Catharine KUDLA, daughter of Stanislaus KUDLA and Antonina nee MARCZANKA on 30 Jul 1912 in St. John Cantius Church, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Andrew and Catherine were the parents of Adela Antonina (married Matt WOJCIK) (see tombstones below), Leokadja / Lillia (married Ferdinand SOLIWODA), Stella / Estella (married Vernon TREBICK), Peter, Stanley and Walter.

Andrew was a brother of Tomasz STORTZ, see above.
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Matt and Adeline STORTZ WOJCIK tombstone
Adeline STORTZ WOJCIK headstone Adeline WOJCIK
nee STORTZ
born 9 May 1913
Chicago, Illinois
died 9 May 1998



Matt WOJCIK
born 26 July 1915

died abt 25 June 1978
Chicago, Illinois
Matt WOJCIK headstone
Adeline / Adela Antonina was a daughter of Andrew SZTORC / STORTZ and Catherine nee KUDLA. She married Matt J. WOJCIK. According to Matt's obituary, he was survived by his wife and a daughter Joan.
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Mary OPELLA and son Michael - headstone Michael OPELLA
born 22 Mar 1922
Nebraska
died about 23 Mar 1984
Chicago, Illinois
Mary OPELLA
nee SOKOL
born 1 March 1888
Leki Gorne, Poland
(Łęki Górne, Poland)
died about 5 Jan 1969
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Louis OPELLA headstone Louis OPELLA
born _______
Nebraska
died about 5 Aug 1967
Chicago, Illinois
Marianna (Mary) SOKOL OPELLA was my first cousin twice removed. She was a first cousin of my grandmother, Martha KUDRON GALUS. Marianna was born in Leki Gorne / Łęki Górne, Galicia, Poland, house 351. She was a daughter of Ludwig SOKOL and Anna nee KUDRON. According to the 1900 U.S. Nebaska census the SOKOL family immigrated to Nebraska around 1897. Marianna married Michael OPELA on 4 May 1903 in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Krakow, Nance County, Nebraska. I do not know when the OPELLA family moved to Chicago. In the 1930 census they were enumerated in Columbus, Platte County,Nebraska. I have not found when or where Mary's husband Michael died.
Following is an extract of Mary's obituary from the Chicago Tribune, which lists all of her children:
Chicago Tribune Historical Archive - http://tinyurl.com/8q58y
5 January 1969, Chicago Tribune (IL)
Mary OPELLA, nee SOKOL
wife of the late Michael
mother of Joseph [Charlotte,] Edward [Sebe], Michael, Leonard, Valerie [Louis] Szewczyk, Helen [Marvin] Weisenfluh, Loretta [Edwin] Slowick, Irene [Harry] Valasek, the late John, Phillip, Louis, and Minnie
sister of John [Minnie] Sokol of Nebraska
mother-in- law of Sophie and the late Anna
Funeral Monday, 9:15 a.m., from Casey-Laskowski Funeral Home, to St. Mark church. Interment St. Adalbert.
Michael and Louis OPELLA were sons of Michael and Mary SOKOL OPELLA. Michael's obituary was in the 23 March 1984 Chicago Tribune; Louis obituary was in the 5 August 1967 Chicago Tribune.

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Franciszek STORC headstone Franciszek STORC
born 5 July 1885
Leki Gorne, Poland
(Łęki Górne, Poland)
died 22 April 1950
Chicago, Illinois, USA





Joanna STORC
nee PLEBANEK
born 1885
Szynwald, Poland
(Szynwałd, Poland)
died 28 Jan 1963
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Joanna STORC headstone
Joseph J. STORC headstone Joseph J. STORC
born 29 Oct 1914
Chicago, Illinois
died 13 Sep 1987
Chicago, Illinois
Stephanie S. GONSOWSKI headstone Stephanie S. GONSOWSKI
nee STORC
born 17 Nov 1919
Illinois
died 30 Nov 2003
Chicago, Illinois
Edward A. STORC headstone Edward A.. STORC
born 24 Sep 1923
Chicago, Illinois
died 11 Jan 1982
Chicago, Illinois
Franciszek SZTORC / STORC was a granduncle of my cousin Roman Witek, brother of Roman's grandfather, Józef SZTORC. Franciszek was born 2 July 1885 in Leki Gorne / Łęki Górne, Galicia, Poland, house 285, a son of Paulus SZTORC and Agnes nee STANIEC. Frank immigrated to the United States in October 1909. On 21 February 1911 he married Joanna nee PLEBANEK, daughter of Jakob PLEBANEK and Rozalia nee CZUBA, at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago, Illinois. Frank and Joanna were the parents of: Sophia (married Joseph ZMUDA), Joseph (married Stella GORKA), Mary (married Frank FILIPOWSKI), Stephania (married Edwin GONSOWSKI), and Edward. Frank's brother John also immigrated to the U.S. about 1913 (see below); his sister Anna immigrated about 1906/1908.

Photos of Joseph and Edward's headstones by Joanne Filipowski Hogan, June 2005.
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Jan STORC headstone Jan STORC
born 8 June 1893
Leki Gorne, Poland
(Łęki Górne, Poland)
died 21 October 1954
Chicago, Illinois, USA





Katarzyna STORC
nee BURDELIK
born 1896
Poland
died 1983
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Katarzyna STORC headstone
Jan SZTORC \ STORC was a granduncle of my cousin Roman Witek, brother of Roman's grandfather, Józef SZTORC. Jan was born 8 June 1893 in Leki Gorne / Łęki Górne, Galicia, Poland, house 285, a son of Paulus SZTORC and Agnes nee STANIEC. According to the 1930 U.S. Illinois census, John immigrated to the United States in 1913. He married Katarzyna nee BURDELIK about 1916. John and Katherine were the parents of: Theodore (Teddy), Bernice (married John BURDELIK), and Loretta (married Tadeusz WALCZAK). John's brother Frank also immigrated to the U.S. in 1909 (see above); his sister Anna immigrated about 1906/1908.

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Rudolf MICEK and Anna nee SZTORC

Franciszek and Jan SZTORC / STORC had a sister Anna who immigrated to the United States about 1906/1908. Anna was born 16 February 1888 in Leki Gorne / Łęki Górne, Galicia, Poland, house 285, a daughter of Paulus SZTORC and Agnes nee STANIEC. She married Rudolf MICEK on 19 September 1911 at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago, Illinois.

Rudolf's obituary from the Dziennik Chicagoski (http://pgsa.org/dzien9029.htm) indicates he died 5 July 1939. He was living at 2313 N. Monitor Avenue. Burial was on the 8 of July from St. Jacob Church to St. Adalbert cemetery in the family plot. He was survived by his wife Marianna and children, Wladislaw, Stefania, Józef, Józefina, and Czeslaw; son-in-law, Jan Sobota; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jan and Katarzyna Storc, Franciszek and Joanna Storc, Pawel, Stefania Pinkos.

A young woman who lives in Chicago found my webpage while looking for her SZTORC family. She offered to photograph headstones of my folks who are buried at St. Adalbert Cemetery. When she sent several of the photographs, she wrote:

Sadly, Rudolf Micek was buried in a pauper's grave. His family didn't purchase the site after the 25 year period, and somebody else is on top of him, and he has no headstone. Which then also leaves me with no information on Anna. I did look her up on the computer and didn't find her, but when I go again, I will have the office staff check their computers for me. As a side note, he is in the same section as Stephania Gonsowski.

As of the posting of this page, I have not found Anna's death date or burial place; I was hoping that Robyn would find Anna's information when she visited St. Adalbert's. We will see what transpires. Zobaczymy....

Rudolf and Anna SZTORC MICEK's daughter Stephania married Jan / John SOBOTA (see below). John's obituary indicated he was buried at Maryhill Cemetery, which is just a short distance to the north of St. Adalbert's Cemetery. Stephania's tombstone is at Maryhill Cemetery, but there is no death date on it.

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Maryhill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois

Stephany Micek Sobota headstone Stephany SOBOTA
nee MICEK
born 21 Nov 1915
Chicago, Illinois, USA
died 23 Dec 1998
Chicago, Illinois, USA






John SOBOTA
born 8 June 1911

died 26 May 1978

John SOBOTA headstone
Stephany SOBOTA nee MICEK was a daughter of Rudolf and Anna SZTORC MICEK. She married Jan / John SOBOTA, son of Albert SOBOTA and Victoria BIALEK. According to John's obituary, he was survived by his wife and a son, John M. The online Social Security Death Index gives Stephany's death date as 23 Dec 1998.

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Created 28 May 2005 - Updated 13 November 2008 by Marge Galus Sandlier

Unless otherwise noted, photos were taken by Robyn NYKAZA, May 2005 and March 2006

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