When the family moved from Dubuque to Omaha our mother [Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky] was very homesick and lonely for the Sanders family. Grandma Sanders [Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders], her mother, sent … Continue reading Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 5 of 6
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 … Continue reading Obituary: Marjorie Strelesky
My great-grandmother, Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, died of pneumonia, following an attack of influenza, during the Spanish flu pandemic. She was pregnant when she died in Sheridan, Wyoming, on February 5, … Continue reading Death: Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky
When Jack Strelesky lived in Sheridan, Wyoming, he ran a taxidermy shop. On April 6, 1917, fire damaged the shop. An article discussing the fire ran in the Wyoming State Tribune-Cheyenne State Leader on April 6, 1917.
Transcription of article:
Taxidermist’s Shop Damaged By Fire
Sheridan, Wyo., April 6 – Damage to the extent of about a hundred dollars was caused by a fire which started in the loft of the building on East Fourth street, occupied by the taxidermy shop of J.J. Strelesky last night. It was discovered shortly before 9 o’clock and an alarm turned in. The blaze was soon brought under control after the arrival of the department. The principal damage was done to rugs and hides stored in the loft. It is supposed that the fire originated from a spark from the chimney igniting a rug which had been cleaned with gasoline during the day.
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 … Continue reading New Header – Sheridan, Wyoming 1909
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 cousins.
She was born Feb. 26, 1919, in Sheridan, Wyo., to John and Ernestine Sanders Strelesky . She had been a hair dresser in Bellevue, Wash., and Cedar Rapids for many years. In Cedar Rapids, she was co-owner of LeMar Beauty Salon. Marjorie graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. She formerly was a member of St. Louise Catholic Church in Bellevue.
A memorial fund has been established.
Eunice (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, Illinois.
Transcription of document:
Eunice I. Lightcap, 82, 2720 Pleasant View, formerly of 3151 Hillcrest Road, died at 9:36 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998, at Mercy Health Center St. Joseph’s Unit
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Lightcap worked at the former Stampfer’s department store and later at Armstrong’s department store and was a volunteer at The Finley Hospital for many years.
She was born on Dec. 22, 1915, at Sheridan, Wyo., daughter of John and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky . She married Wally Lightcap on 1935, in Dubuque; he died in 1975.
She was a member of The Finley Hospital Auxiliary and St. Anthony’s Parish and its rosary society.
Surviving are six sons, Tom (Mary Catherine) Lightcap, Ted (Sharon) Lightcap and Joel Lightcap, all of Dubuque, William (Veva) Lightcap, of Arcadia, Calif., Jack (Denise) Lightcap, of Portland, Ore., and Gregory (Linda) Lightcap, of Portage, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marjorie Strelesky , of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Gary, in 1946, a sister, Alice Humphrey; and a brother, Herbert.