(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – First Grandchild

Baby Lubas with grandparents, Joseph and Zofia Mirota

Baby Lubas with his grandparents, Joseph and Zofia Mirota, Readington Township, New Jersey – 1935.

Baby Lubas, with his mother, Genevieve Mirota Lubas, and grandmothers, Zofia Mirota and Mary Lubas - 1935

Baby Lubas, with his mother, Genevieve Mirota Lubas, and grandmothers, Zofia Mirota and Mary Lubas – 1935

Grandchildren are such a joy and a blessing. My Polish grandmother, with her hands resting on her daughter’s shoulders, was called Bapcia. I’m not sure what Mary Lubas was called, but you can see she is beaming, too. Paternal grandparents, John and Mary Lubas, were from Montgomery Township, Somerset County, New Jersey. All four grandparents were born in Poland. Polish grandparents would often say, “Daj mi buzi (die mee boo-zhee)” meaning, give me a kiss!

Steve and Jean Pucilowski, Genevieve Mirota Lubas, and Zofia Szczerba Mirota holding her first grandchild.

Steve and Jean Pucilowski, Genevieve Mirota Lubas, and Zofia Szczerba Mirota holding her first grandchild.

Proud auntie, Mary Mirota, and uncle, Frank Lubas - 1935

Proud auntie, Mary Mirota, and uncle, Frank Lubas – 1935

I’m so lucky, because I’m enjoying my grandchildren right now, too! Wordless Wednesday is a blogging prompt suggested by GeneaBloggers.

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Six Word Saturday – 13 June 2015

I like to wear hats, too!

Maude Elizabeth Eisenberger

Maude Elizabeth Eisenberger

Photographer - Simon & Murnane, York, Pennsylvania - Maude Eisenberger

Photographer – Simon & Murnane, York, Pennsylvania “At the Bridge” – Maude E. Eisenberger

Maude Eisenberger Stewart, with her daughter, Evelyn

Maude Eisenberger Stewart, with her daughter, Evelyn

Today I’m remembering Maude E. Eisenberger Stewart (1894-1983). She was a feisty but loving lady. I enjoy her stylish sense of fashion, and devotion to hat wearing! When she was a young mother, she would pay a neighbor to make most of her children’s clothing. Maude enjoyed picking out the fabrics and patterns. She was a great seamstress, but she liked to help out others. Her daughter, Evelyn, remembered that her mom often made sandwiches for the poor and homeless people near where they lived in Kingston, New Jersey. How nice to be remembered for acts of kindness!

When you have time, take a look at Cat’s blog at Show My Face. Happy Saturday!

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Honoring Those That Died For Freedom

Brittany American Cemetery in France

Brittany American Cemetery in France

On Memorial Day Weekend here in the United States we remember those that served and died for freedom. A few years back while in France, I went to the Brittany American Cemetery to honor my uncle, John Doran, by visiting his grave. It is very sobering to see the rows and rows of simple white grave markers of these heroes. Although I felt a great sadness, the cemetery was also a peaceful place. Many of the local French residents sponsor a grave and come to pay their respects. There are over 218,000 individuals buried or memorialized at American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) cemeteries. If you go to their website there is a link to search for ABMC burials. http://www.abmc.gov/about-us

Private First Class John J. Doran, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, Co. K. John landed on D-day, was wonded on June 9, and returned to duty to engage in the assaults upon St. Lo and Brest. He was killed in Brest, August 30, 1944.

Private First Class John J. Doran, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, Co. K. He landed on D-day, was wounded on June 9, and returned to duty to engage in the assaults upon St. Lo and Brest. He was killed in Brest, France on August 30, 1944.

After visiting the Brittany American Cemetery, I found out that my late aunt’s first husband, Paul Mitak, was also buried there. Here’s a photo of his cousin Paul paying his respects at the grave. As you can see, the residents of France remember the old meaning of Memorial Day – Decoration Day.

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September 26, 1944 - Front page of the Whitehouse Review, Whitehouse Station, NJ.

September 26, 1944 – Front page of the Whitehouse Review, Whitehouse Station, NJ.

This weekend is a reminder to me to honor those brave men and women that died while serving our country, and also to pray for peace. If you see a veteran holding a donation can while handing out poppies, please remember to make a donation and take a poppy. I was glad to pin a poppy to my purse at my local hardware store today. My thoughts and prayers are with all those that have lost a loved one to war.

Brittany American Cemetery - Honoring John J. Doran

Brittany American Cemetery – Honoring John J. Doran

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