Categories: Cieplice, Jarosław, Galicja, Austria emigrants to the United States of America | Cieplice, Jarosław, Galicja, Austria | Des Lacs, North Dakota | Ladysmith, Wisconsin | Riverside Cemetery, Ladysmith, Wisconsin.
Anna Mann, and her ancestry is documented in the Greek Catholic Orthodox Church records in Cieplice. Greek Orthodox faith in Galicia implies Anna and her ancestors were of Rusyn/Ruthenian ethnicity.
Anna Mann married Albert Sonczalla. They had the following children:
Albert died 27 Mar 1933.
Anna Sonczalla had a nonmarital relationship with Frank Sweeney which resulted in the birth of child:
"She was 5'2" and kind of hefty in her later years. You must remember, she was 42 or so when I was born. As a young woman she had dark auburn natural curly hair. When she cut it off she kept long curls of it in a trunk. One time when she took them out I pinned them to my tow head and went dancing around the yard with my "long hair." My mom was an attractive woman. She had a straight Roman nose and brown eyes.
"I imagine she spoke Polish when my brothers and sisters were little but by the time I came along she had forgotten much of the Polish and spoke a very broken English. She was so very honest and really very funny (without trying to be funny). Because of her broken English and the language barrier, she would call Mickey Rooney "Macaroni," Dinah Shore "Dinosaur" and she would often say "Makes no marre difference" (rolling her r's) which translated to combining the two phrases "it makes no difference" and "it doesn't matter."
"When I was in high jr. high and high school my friends loved to come by after school just to talk to her and hear her talk. They loved her as she was a very pleasant person with a great sense of humor. When Fran would come home from Chicago and tell mom a new joke, my mom (being always conscious of truth versus non-truth) would say at the punch line of the joke - "Ahhh! That's not true!" Then we'd have to tell her - "Mamma - it's a joke!" :-)
"Mom and I would ride the Soo Line train to Chicago nearly every spring to Franny's in Chicago, as mom was trying to find a doctor who could help her with her breast-cancer. Spending the summers in Chicago Fran would take us to a restaurant sometimes and we'd have a big meal. When mom got older her appetite waned and Fran was always trying to get her to eat more than a llittle chicken. One day after our eating out venture and Fran's exhorting her to eat she said, "Ahhhh! I ate last Tuesday!" meaning she was still full from that big meal we had a few days earlier. She kept us laughing all the time. Some winters I would stay with neighboring farm families while she went alone. However, when I was older and could read, I would help her find her way around Chicago and to the hospital. She could write her name but she could not read.
"I don't know that mom had a hobby but she did do a quite a bit of sewing. I have a set of pillowcases that she did embroidery on. She did have an old Singer pedal sewing machine on the farm. Her favorite singers were the Ink Spots and Nat King Cole. She enjoyed going to the free shows in Bruce on Wednesday nights where everyone from adjoining communities would bring a blanket and sit on the grass to watch a good western.
"She did a lot of hard work all her life on the farm. She thought she had large hands because she "worked like a man" all her life. She told me that when she was 8 years old and lived in Poland, she was a "shepherdess" of sorts but not with sheep but with cows. I think she took care of cows somewhere in Germany.
"I understand mom was raised in a Greek or Russian Orthodox church family (I thought in Poland) and only attended the Roman Catholic Church in this country since there was no Greek church in Wiscosnin. She was very religious in her heart but did not believe all the Catholic doctrine. We would attend Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Ladysmith, some. She was considered a faithful R. Catholic at her death.
"When I was about 11 years old, (1945) Fran was finally able to get mom into Cook County Hospital in Chicago and they did a mastectomy on one side. Her breast cancer was arrested as after 5 years there was no recurrence. She had lived in pain with it for many years.
"My mom was a very sweet, wonderful person who wished the best for everyone. We always enjoyed her good cooking and she had a garden even when she was older and would do canning. She was a thrifty person. She would say, "It's only a penny, but you'll need that penny to buy that loaf of bread." Rosie Sonczalla-Ekman 
Naturalized under husband Albert Sonczalla. 
1915 Census: Ward County, ND 
1920 Census: Tolgen, Ward County, ND pg. 6A (Sonczilla, Albert; HH) 
1930 Census: Thornapple, Rusk County, WI pg. 4B 
1940 Census: Thornapple, Rusk County, WI pg. 3B (with mother) 
Buried: Riverside Cemetery in Ladysmith. (No headstone: She is buried in between surnames Revak and Rasmussen: BL13, 00, 004, 06-0) 
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