Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 6 of 6

Josephine Sanders with her family

Our mother’s [Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky] body was sent to Dubuque for burial. I went with Aunt Norma – our mother’s wish. Our dad [Jack Strelesky] and Eunice, Alice and Herb went to Grandma Sanders [Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders]. The flu epidemic was so bad everything was closed – schools, churches, department stores and all public buildings – theaters too. People were not allowed to gather. I often wonder if our mother even had a funeral mass. There was a graveside service. This took place in Feb. It was so cold that the priest conducting the services told the men … [Read more...]

Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 3 of 6

(l-r) back: Jack and Herbert Strelesky, Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders, and Irene Sanders; front: Eunice, Marjorie and Alice Strelesky

One Christmas Aunt Norma spent with us. There were a lot of letters going back and forth between Alice Strelesky and Dubuque, so Alice knew Aunt Norma was there. When her box was opened there was a present for Grandma, Irene, Eunice and me but nothing for Aunt Norma. A.N. cried. In the early years Aunt Norma was very good to Herb and Alice. Alice could have put something in her box if it were only a little remembrance from the 10¢ store. I remember how bad I felt for Aunt Norma. Grandpa and Grandma Sanders [Ernest Vincent and Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders] each … [Read more...]

Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 2 of 6

Alvin and Irene Sanders (siblings)

Before Vatican II the day before Christmas was a day of fast and abstance [sic, abstinence]so Christmas Eve for supper we had oyster stew. Then came Christmas Eve. The sheet was taken down between the living room (parlor as it was called) and dining room and we saw the Christmas tree for the first time. Uncle Frank [Sanders] and his family and Uncle Al [Sanders] and family arrived and Grandma [Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders] and Irene [Sanders] had gifts for everyone. A gift or two was held back for Eunice and me so we’d have something to open, too. There was lots … [Read more...]

Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 1 of 6

Marjorie Strelesky

This is part one of six journal entries that I have for Marjorie Strelesky, the sister of my paternal grandmother Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap. ------ Feb. 26, 1993 Today is my 74th birthday and I think this is a good time to start this journal. It will be about my thoughts, perhaps opinions, and memories – some good, some bad.  I decided to do this about Christmas time, but never got started until today. Like I’ve said to fallen away Catholics I meet in my hospital work, “It is later than you think.” I’d like to start with my earliest Christmas and … [Read more...]

Obituary: Gary George Lightcap

Gary Lightcap

Gary George Lightcap was the infant son of my grandparents, Wally and Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, and older brother of my dad. Gary was born on April 7, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, and died on April 23, 1946. He passed at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, one of several babies who died due to an illness that spread through the nursery. He is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery, next to his grandparents John Joseph and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky. Transcription of obituary: GARY GEORGE LIGHTCAP Funeral services for Gary George Lightcap, 1250 W. Fifth street, … [Read more...]

Marriage: Eunice Strelesky and Albert Lightcap

Eunice Strelesky and Albert Lightcap marriage celebration

Eunice Strelesky and Albert Lightcap are my grandparents, and figuring out their correct marriage date has been challenging. Both my dad and Uncle Bill told me that their parents married in December 1935.  I used that date since, as their sons, they should know. Then I stumbled upon an announcement published April 14, 1936, in The Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) saying they married January 4, 1936.  Aha! December 1935 or January 1936 - close enough.  I assumed that Dad and Uncle Bill had been mistaken.  Odd that BOTH of them remembered the wrong date, but … [Read more...]

Obituary: Albert Wallace “Wally” Lightcap

Albert Wallace Lightcap

My grandfather, Albert Wallace Lightcap, was born in McIntosh, South Dakota on September 15, 1914 to Ernest and Henrietta (Doose) Lightcap.  He had one brother, Paul.  Wally died in Dubuque, Iowa in 1975. He married Eunice Strelesky in 1936.  Together they had seven boys: Tom, Bill, Ted, Gary, Greg, Jack, and Joel.  Gary died in infancy. His obituary was published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) on November 16, 1975. Transcription of obituary: Entered Into Eternal Rest Thursday, Nov. 13, 1975 A.W. Lightcap Services for A.W. “Wally” … [Read more...]

New Header – Sheridan, Wyoming 1909

sheridanWyoming1909

I updated the header.  This Library of Congress image is the town of Sheridan, Wyoming in 1909. My grandmother, Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, was born here in 1914.  Her sister, Marjorie Strelesky, was born there in 1919.  My great-grandmother Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky and her unborn child died in Sheridan during the Spanish flu pandemic in 1920. … [Read more...]

Obituary: Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap

Eunice Strelesky

Eunice StreleskyEunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, daughter of John Joseph "Jack" and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on December 21, 1915, and died on November 15, 1998, in Dubuque, Iowa.   The picture at the left is her 1933 high school graduation. My grandmother's obituary was published November 18, 1998, in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), page 6C.  The obituary incorrectly states that my grandparents married in 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa.  They actually married on March 17, 1936, at St. Mary's Church in Freeport, … [Read more...]

Obituary: John Joseph Strelesky

John Joseph Strelesky

Up until now, I've really been focused on sharing obituaries from my mom's side of the family.  Probably because I know much more about that side of my family than my dad's.  However, today I'm going to share my great-grandfather's obituary.  Jack Strelesky was my grandmother's father. I know next to nothing about this side of my family.  Jack was born in Mineral Point Wisconsin and had a bunch of brothers and sisters: Agnes, Rose, Mary, Amelia, Lavinia, Albert, James Alexander (or Alexander James). Researching this side of the family has been challenging because … [Read more...]

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