Joseph A. (1854 - 1945)
Surnames: Lesniewski, Graikowski, Jasinek
----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 2/08/1945
Lesniewski, Joseph A. (5 FEB 1854 - 31 JAN 1945)
Joseph A. Lesniewski, 91, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital at Chippewa Falls, Jan. 31, 1945.
Mr. Lesniewski was born in Poland on Feb. 5, 1854 and emigrated to America in 1880, settling in Antrim, Pa., where he resided for nearly 14 years working in coal mines. From there he came with his family to Thorp (Clark Co., Wis.) 50 years ago and settled on his well known farm 2 miles east of Thorp. Eventually he retired from farming and during the last few years he resided with his children and at a hotel in the village. The 18th of January he went to the Chippewa Falls hospital as a rest patient where January the 29th, due to old age he became ill and died on Jan. 31. He was both physically and mentally active up to the time of his death, and frequently seen upon the streets of Thorp.
Mr. Lesniewski is survived by 5 sons, John E. of Whitewater, Wis.; Joseph J. of St. Paul, Minn.; Adam J. and Anthony F. of Thorp and Michael E. of Milwaukee; also by two daughters, Mrs. Josephine Graikowski and Mrs. Edna Jasinek, both of Thorp. He is also survived by 27 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Monday, Feb. 5 from St. Hedwig’s Church. The mass was said by Father Francis Piekarski at the main altar and Rev. Michael Polak of Stanley, Wis., and Rev. Jerome Kamla of Junction, at the side altars. Interment was made in St. Hedwig’s Cemetery. The pallbearers were 4 grandsons, John T. Graikowski, Michael Graikowski Jr., Stanley Graikowski and Frank Jasinek Jr., and two great-grandsons, Chester Rogalski and Celestian Wiater.
The following persons from out of town attended the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lesniewski and daughter of St. Paul; John Lesniewski of Whitewater, Wis.; Michael Lesniewski of Milwaukee, Wis.; Stanley Graikowski and Celestian Wiater of Chicago, Ill.; Lt. Stanley Jasinek and wife of Ft. Meade, Md.; John Lesniewski Jr., Redsville, Wis.; Kathryn Lesniewski and Mrs. Frank Kulwiec of Medford, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Anton Raczykowski of Lublin, Wis.; Mrs. Lena Kotecki of Gilman, Wis.
Lesniewski, Joseph A. (1854 - 1945)
Contact: Beth Perry-Wattleworth
This would be my great great grandfather. His daughter Josephine Lesniewski Graikowski married my grandfather Mike Graikowski Sr. Their son, Stanley Graikowski married Elizabeth Overman and they had seven children Doris (Woodstock, Illinois) 0 children, Alice (Wooodstock, Illinois)8 children, Gerald (St. Charles, Illinois) 2 children, Arthur (Chanhassen, Minnesota) 2 children, Elaine (Denmark, Wisconsin) 4 children, Daniel (John Day, Oregon) 1 child and Phyllis 3 children (Janesville, Wisconsin) all still living in the cities listed - 2008. My mother Elaine will be 70 next month. Stanley remarried after Elizabeth died an early death in her 40s, but there were no children from that marriage. I am looking for the cities or regions that the Lesniewski's or Graikowski's came from in Poland.
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