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 4 of 6

(l-r) Alice, Jack, Marjorie, Eunice and Herb Strelesky

The Final Story of Shep, the dog This is a story my dad told me when the family lived in Omaha.  Eunice and I weren’t born yet. The family had a collie dog called “Shep.” Poor Shep, as all living things do, left this world. Our dad [Jack Strelesky] told our mother he would get rid of the dog. Dad was a taxidermist and had a shop in the low rent district of Omaha. He thought the family – Herb, Alice, and our mother [Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky] – would like old Shep made into a fur rug. He skinned old Shep for the “pickle barrel” to cure him for … [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: Marjorie Strelesky

Marjorie Strelesky

Marjorie Strelesky was the daughter of John Strelesky and Ernestine Sanders.  She was a sister of my grandmother, Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap.  Marjorie was born in Sheridan, Sheridan Co, Wyoming, February 26, 1919.  She died January 15, 2001, in Cedar Rapids, Linn Co, Iowa. Interment made at Cedar Memorial Mausoleum. Her obituary published in The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City) on Tuesday, January 16, 2001 . Transcription of obituary: Marjorie Strelesky , 81, of Silver Pines Assisted Living Community, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Mercy Medical Center … [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: Marjorie Strelesky

Obituary: Marjorie Strelesky

Here is the obituary of Marjorie Strelesky, my grandmother's sister.  This was published in The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City)  on Tuesday, January 16, 2001. Transcription of obituary: Marjorie Strelesky , 81, of Silver Pines Assisted Living Community, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Mercy Medical Center after a long illness. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home, where a wake service, conducted by Roseann Hayek, begins at 3 p.m. Entombment: Cedar Memorial Mausoleum. Surviving are seven nephews, a niece and two … [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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