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S: Wasilewski/Nicholson Family

1: The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:6

3: Our Family History | Anthony John Wasilewski and Sophia Deszka February 1911 Cleveland, Ohio

4: Taken in Detroit, MI approx. 1925 From the Left - Frank, Stanley, Henry, Grandpa, John, Helen, Grandma, Anastasia, Cecilia | Anthony arrived on February 29, 1908 on the S.S. Amerika sailing from Hamburg, Germany to New York He was raised in Raczki Poland, which in 1908 was part of Russia. He sailed with his cousin Stansilaw Kowalewski who was a tailor. The two cousins were ages 21 and 20 when they sailed. | Stanley, John, Grandpa Cecilia, Grandma, Helen, Anastasia, Henry and Frank

5: On the 1920 Census taken in Cleveland Ohio | 1920 & 1930 U.S. Census' 1920 Cleveland 1930 Wyandotte In 1920 G.P. states that G.M. was from Poland in 1930 & elsewhere he states she is from Czechoslovakia. 1920 Census Mom is referred to as "Nettie" | Small picture on right - Uncle John was laid out at home in the coffin. You can see his head wrapped with bandages. Mom told us that right before the accident he switched places with the other guy in the back seat who survived.

6: S.S. Amerika

7: Numbers 4 & 5 are Grandpa and his cousin Stan. It is hard tracking someone because they use different spellings of their names and you really need to have an idea as to where they are from. I have used Trip Advisor and made some good friends on this site. Ken, from Poland, who now lives in Dallas, has been a help to me in tracking down where Grandpa was from. From what I have already been told, the church parish in Raczki was bombed during the war and no archives survived. However.... Al & I will be making a trip to Raczki, Poland in May 2012. We hope to not only see the country and village that they were from but, hopefully, meet some of our Polish and Czech ancestors. We will update you on our adventure and what we find!

8: Not much is known about Grandma. She obviously knew Grandpa's family to be able to give names of siblings for his Obit. She names a brother Peter and two sisters - Marion and Mary. Her maiden name - Drezka is sometimes spelled Deszka. Both are found in NE Poland where Grandpa was from. | The write up in the Wyandotte paper states: "An elderly Wyandotte woman who was severely burned as she tended a fire in an alley near her home Sept. 25 died Monday at Wyandotte General Hospital. Despite efforts of a neighbor who heard her screams and rushed to aid her, she was admitted to WGH with severe burns from her neck to thighs. Police said that the neighbor wrapped her in a blanket and put the fire out, which burned her clothing off". She is buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Sec A, Lot 218, # 3, 4, 5, with Grandpa and John. | Aunt Eleanor (Uncle Hanks wife), Mom, Helen and Grandma

9: Mother | Father | Grand Father | Grand Mother | Anastasia Natalie Sophia Wasilewski | Delbert Earl Nicholson | Sophia Drezka | Anthony John Wasilewski | Darlene Patricia Kathleen Linda Pamela Debra | Linda May Buetzer Grand Mother Edgar Curtis Nicholson Grand Father | ______ m ______ Frances Zylinfki m Anton Wasilewski Estella Freed m Christian Buetzer Margaret Roberts m Dawson Nicholson

10: Pat outside her family home in Wyandotte Bottom left - night out with the girls Pat, Helen, Verna and ?

11: Anastasia Natalie "Pat" Sophia Wasilewski Nicholson was born May 21, 1919 and died January 19, 1981 Pat, also referred to as "Nettie", on one of the U.S. Census', was born in Ohio. She spent most of her life and died in Wyandotte, MI. Pat never finished high school but instead went to Cosmetology School. Because of severe allergies she was not able to work much in this field. Pat met and married the man of her dreams, Delbert "Red" Nicholson. They married on August 13, 1938 She birthed 6 children - all girls. Pat was a devoted, caring and attentive Mother. She had a heart attack and passed away at Wyandotte General Hospital. Mom is buried at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Cemetery, Brownstown, MI. Section 3, Lot 47, Grave 2 and 3 (with her husband) | Top - Grandma and Pat Left - Pat & Darlene Right - Aunt Helen, Aunt Mary, Darlene, Pat and Aunt DoDo

12: Delbert and his best friend | Delbert | Delbert "Red" Earl Nicholson born August 27, 1915 - died August 7, 1979 from Acute Monocytic Leukemia. Red was a hard working man that raised a family of 6 children on a crane operator wages. He worked in a steel mill in Ecorse. He was raised on a farm in Missouri and came to Detroit to find work. There he met Pat and they had 41 years together.

13: Delbert, taken May 17, 1936 | Elven, Galetha, Delbert | Red and his pride and joy | Delbert "Red" Earl Nicholson born August 27, 1915 - died August 7, 1979, from Acute Monocytic Leukemia. He had red hair and freckles growing up - hence the name "Red". He was raised on a farm in Missouri and came to Detroit to find work. What he found in addition to work was his life's partner - Pat. They were married for 41 years. Dad was a hard working man that raised a family of 6 children on a crane operator wages. He worked for Great Lakes Steel Mill in Ecorse. They were frugal with their money and we kids were never found wanting for anything. He was a good husband and an attentive father.



16: Darlene Enna Nicholson m. Leslie Gene Venier B - 12/22/39 B - 4/6/33 D - 2/13/06 | Renee Lynn Venier Stephen Delbert Venier Leanne Marie B - 4/3/60 B - 2/21/61 B - 2/ | Dave Behnke Stacy Weick Dale m m m | Myles Venier Rebecca Venier | Mandy Springborn Jennifer B - 3/8/81 B - 1/ | Clyde Picklo Michael m m | ++++++++++ | Clyde "CJ" Picklo II Noah Picklo Hailey Picklo

17: Darlene Nicholson Venier m. Joel Levigne Johnson Jr B - 12/22/39 4/8/33 - 2/13/2006 | Mezza Jason Negus m Springborn Sheri Springborn 23/82 B - 8/8/83 | Springborn Venier 18/63 | Jeffrey Jerome Johnson Joel Levigne Johnson III B - 1/3/67 B - 12/18/70 | Dawn Smith Deb Woodard m m | Cayla Smith Audrey Johnson | Ella Marie Miller | ++++++++++ | ++++++++++ | ++++++++++ | Olivia Negus Jason Negus Jr Hunter Negus Alyssa Negus

20: Patricia Ann Nicholson m David Hancock B - 4/27/41 B - 8/8/41 D - 5/23/2008 | Christopher Kimberly Dawn Megan Hancock Hancock Hancock Hancock B - 8/27/66 B - 8/3/68 B - 4/25/72 B - 3/5/75 | Susan Fowler Mike Courville Keith Carnill m m m | Daniel Alexandria Sydney Christian Emma

22: Kathleen Nicholson m Ronald Merlin Linville B - 5/26/43 B - 12/2/42 | Curtis R. Kerry-Ann Ronald M. Tracy Lynn Linville Linville Linville Linville B - 4/30/63 B - 9/7/64 B - 11/29/65 B - 2/14/70 D - 5/1964 | Keith Bencik Gina Manzo Timothy Snider m m | Kiefer Chelsea Johnny Jacob Bencik Linville Linville Snider B-8/2002 B-1/7/86 B-4/21/85 B-1/10/2001 | Jody Megan Henson m | Aubrey Jadyn

24: Linda Marie Nicholson m Jerry Lee Hall B - 3/6/50 11/26/46 | Brian Keith Hall Heather Lynn Hall B - 12/17/72 B - 8/23/74 | Elizabeth Rinaldi Thomas Klinek m m | Amelia Wyatt Colin Abigail Mason Hall Hall Klinek Klinek Klinek B-5/14/02 B-8/24/04 B-1/23/98 B-8/29/04 B-12/6/05

26: Pamela Nicholson m Albert Henry Bartschmid III B - 12/3/53 B - 2/23/54 | Rebecca Ann Albert Henry Kyle Thomas Bartschmid Bartschmid IV Bartschmid B-3/19/81 B-1/27/83 B-4/3/87 | Charles Michael Falgout Erin Kristine Heitman m m | Payton Ashley Albert Henry Falgout Bartschmid V B-10/15/10 B-9/28/10

28: Debra Nicholson m Randy Lively B - 9/23/60 B-10/13/60 | Nicholas Lively B - 4/18/81 | Debra Nicholson Lively & B - 9/23/60 | Stephanie B - 5/ | Candice Gary | Trinity Lively Shaynah B- 3/7/04 B - 1/

29: Randall Schlaufman B - 10/16/60 | Debra Nicholson Lively m Scott McCray B - 9/23/60 B - 9/10/64 | Nicholson 21/84 | Scott Nicholson B - 6/25/87 | Davidson | Davidson 7/03 | Rickie | Lian Nicholson B - 7/7/08

30: It was a joy to put this book together. Until you have done something like this you cannot understand how, in giving, you receive so much. I have been able to learn more about my family by being in contact with them to gather information. I have also been able to put names with faces, many of whom I have not yet met. I will continue to delve into the past to hopefully find more of our ancestors. It is up to the next generation to continue on with our legacy adding information as it is gathered and sharing with all. I would like to thank all who helped make this memory book possible. I would like to especially thank Irene Olesko Schnotala and Leanne Venier Springborn for getting many pictures to me. Without the pictures it would just be a boring book. May all of you enjoy.... | My apologies for any omissions, misspellings or errors. None were deliberate. This book was complied by Pamela Nicholson Bartschmid November, 2011

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