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: Alvin E. Sanders

Alvin Sanders

Alvin Sanders, brother of my great-grandmother Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, was born on March 12, 1896, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa. His parents were Ernest Vincent Sanders and Mary Francis Josephine Uhlrich. Alvin married Genevieve M Duccini about 1928. They had six children: Alvin, Richard, Thomas, Mary Margaret, Alice, and John. Alvin died August 25, 1956, in Racine, Racine Co, Wisconsin. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Racine. His obituary appeared in the Racine Journal Times on August 25, 1956. Transcription of obituary: SANDERS, ALVIN … [Read more...]

Funeral: Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders

Funeral: Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders

Mary Francis Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders, my gg-grandmother,  died in Dubuque, Iowa, on January 12, 1935.  Josephine, born September 28, 1859 in Rock Island, Illinois, was the oldest of eight children.  Her parents were Francis Joseph and Theresa (Heid) Uhlrich. Josephine married Ernest Vincent Sanders on October 28, 1886, in Jo Daviess County, Illinois.  They had eight children, four of whom preceded her in death including my great-grandmother Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky.  Ernest died in 1928.  Funeral services for Josephine were held on Monday, January 14, 1935, … [Read more...]

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