Tombstone Tuesday – Walter Sikora, 1922-1963

Sikora – Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, New Jersey. Photo copyright Genealogy Sisters.

Walter Sikora was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1922 and he died there on April 26th, 1963. He was buried on April 30th, 1963. Walter, also called Fiddles, was only 41 years old. His wife, Margaret Doran Sikora is also buried in this plot at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, Bergen County, New Jersey. Margaret was buried there June 4th, 1967.  Margaret, also called Margie, was only 45 years old when she passed on.

Walter’s parents were Bronislaw “Benjamin” Sikora (1895-1947) and Julia Centarska Sikora (1894-1951). His parents had emigrated from Poland around 1913. Walter’s siblings were: Andrew, Joseph, Genevieve “Jennie”, and Mary Adele. Joseph died as a young child. Walter’s parents, and his siblings and their spouses, are all buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Holy Cross Cemetery has a good online search. When you visit the cemetery there is a place to check in the office for where your loved ones graves are located. The office staff gives you a map to find the correct area. There is also a link online if you want to submit a genealogy form. There are close to 130,000 internments in the cemetery and mausoleum, so getting the map first really helps as you drive around.

Walter’s brother Andrew married Adele Kwiatowski. His sister Mary Adele married Joseph Zigo, and his sister Jenny married Stanley Zalewski. They all lived near or in the Newark area of New Jersey.

These two photographs were taken at the Sikora apartment in the Ironbound section of Newark. On the back is printed “This is a Kodacolor Print” taken the week of April 23, 1951. Handwritten, “Andy & Adele, Easter Sunday – March 25, 1951. These two photos are really starting to fade. I love Walter’s joy and smile as he holds the baby.

Walter and Margaret Sikora, and son, with family  – Photo copyright Genealogy Sisters.

Andy & Adele Sikora with their baby – 1951

This is the funeral prayer card saved by my family. I love the artwork on front of this card. St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church is located on Barbara Street in Newark.

Tombstone Tuesday is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers. From the website and Facebook page there will be changes there in the near future. The Geneabloggers Facebook page will be called Abundant Genealogy, starting June 1st, and the webpage will also be changing. Many thanks to Thomas MacEntee for all he has done for the blogging community!

Copyright 2017 by Maryann Barnes and Genealogy Sisters.


About Maryann Barnes

I live in Virginia and enjoy meandering walks back into the past. I also enjoy old photographs and sharing family research.
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6 Responses to Tombstone Tuesday – Walter Sikora, 1922-1963

  1. That is a lovely funeral prayer card. 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    How sad. Do you know the cause of the deaths? They both died so young—especially for the 1960s.

    • Amy, I know my uncle Water died without any warning of a heart attack. If I remember right, my aunt Margie had cancer. The funerals were very sad. My cousin had to get back from Vietnam for his mom’s funeral. Tragic, all around.

  3. says:

    trying to set up trip to Maine and will probably be in Belfast area on July 14, 15, 16 – let me know if we can meet for lunch.

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