Richard Zalewski

Richard Joseph Zalewski (1921 - 1999)

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Richard Joseph Zalewski
Born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Father of [private son (1940s - unknown)], and [private daughter (1960s - unknown)]
Died in Cedarburg, Ozaukee, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Aug 2011
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Biography

Richard was born on 9 Dec 1921 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Joseph & Emily (TROKA) ZALEWSKI.[1][2] He was the 2nd child of three after his older sister Irene and before his younger brother Robert. The family was living at 826 Bremen St in Milwaukee at the time.[1] His middle name was actually Melvin at birth, but it was changed to Joseph a bit later on.

US Navy

In October 1940, Richard joined the US Navy. He was stationed in Pensacola, Florida in Spring 1941 as an Aviation Support Equipment Technician when his mother suddenly passed away on 1 May 1941 of a stroke. The story goes that he could not afford the trip home for her funeral and just happened to find a $20 bill on the ground that he was able to use for his ride home. There are letters in the family collection that his mother wrote to him in April 1941, so these would be the last words he had from her, which is probably why he kept them.

During most of World War II, Richard was stationed with the US Navy in Hilo, Hawaii where he was a Aviation Machinist’s Mate, 3rd Class. They were responsible for “maintaining aircraft engines and their related systems, including the induction, cooling, fuel, oil, compression, combustion, turbine, gas turbine compressor, exhaust and propeller systems” and many other things.

Milwaukee

When Richard returned from the war, a young woman named Mary Jane CORRIGAN was living with her aunt and uncle, Edy & Ethel (CORRIGAN) STRELKA in Milwaukee. Edy Strelka was Richard’s first cousin, so Richard and Mary Jane met and after some time were married on 11 October 1947 at St. Gall’s Church in Milwaukee.

The family lived in Milwaukee where their first two children were born. In about 1955, the family moved north to the “suburbs” in Cedarburg, Ozaukee, Wisconsin where they lived for the rest of their lives and had one more child.

Richard worked with the US Postal Service in Milwaukee for many years, retiring in 1978. On 18 April 1999, Richard passed away from a quick bout with Pancreatic Cancer.[3] He is buried at St. Francis Borgia Cemetery in Cedarburg.[4][2]

Sources

  • Brian Zalewski, firsthand knowledge
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed with a 23andMe test match between John Zalewski and GK, 3rd cousin. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: "2nd to 3rd Cousin based on 1.76% DNA shared across 6 segments."
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed with a MYHeritage test match between John Zalewski and P.K., first cousins once removed. Predicted relationship from MyHeritage: "1st cousin once removed - 2nd cousin based on 5.5% DNA shared across 16 segments."
  1. 1.0 1.1 The Milwaukee Journal, "Birth Record," birth annoucements, The Milwaukee Journal, 12 December 1921, Son to Joseph F. Zalewski - 826 Bremen St; online images, GenealogyBank (accessed 19 March 2011).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Social Security Administration, "U.S. Social Security Death Index," database, Ancestry, Inc., Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693 : accessed 21 July 2009), Richard J Zalewski, 393-14-1023, WI Before 1951.
  3. Richard Zalewski, Death Certificate, Ozaukee County, Vol 65, Page 56.
  4. Find A Grave: Memorial #5182185, Richard J Zalewski


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