This beautiful wedding portrait was taken in Chicago, Illinois, and is thought to be from the wedding of Ann M. Rozenek and Bernard J. Piatek. The bride is absolutely beautiful, and her wedding dress is gorgeous! Like many of our family’s photographs it isn’t identified – by name or date. It is a large photograph, in an 11″ by 14″ folder. George Daniel Stafford was a noted Chicago photographer from the first half of the 20th century. From what research I’ve done, I would estimate this wedding to have been circa 1940.
Ann M. Rozenek (1917-2005) was the daughter of Jan and Sophie Satkiewicz Rozenek. Her brother, Paul, died during World War Two while fighting overseas in 1944. In his obituary. Ann was married to Bernard Piatek, with one son. Bernard J. Piatek (1916-1996) and his wife, Ann, are listed in the 1940 Federal Census for Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, as married, living with his parents, without any children. They are both buried in the Saint Adalbert Roman Catholic Cemetery, Niles, Cook County, Illinois.
Our family has a series of photographs of Ann Rozenek Piatek, from when she was a child, until she was a grandmother. It is thought our families were somehow related back in Bruśnik, Poland.
Wedding Wednesday is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers, to help with family research. Below is a photo from 1930, of a younger Ann with her beloved brother, Paul Rozenek, also taken in Chicago.