1.  Joseph (Jozef) Jan Anton von der Dressel called Dressel

     *Mar 17, 1897 Przasnysz, Mazovia, Poland: Roman Catholic

       May 29, 1984, age 87, Chicago, IL. USA

       buried:  Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles IL. USA

       x Oct. 24, 1923, age 26, St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, IL. USA

       to Boyar Zofia Veronica Pelagia Janowicz, from the clan Radwan, called Sophie Janowicz

       Daughter of the Boyar Dominick Radwan Janowicz and his wife the princess Antonia Tomkow Woynek

       Tomkowicz called Topacz Woynek Tomkiewicz

       Nov. 11, 1979 Chicago, IL, USA: Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery Niles, IL USA





Uzu and Zosia

































1897: Mar: 16, Przasnysz, Mazovia, Poland, birth; Rom. Cath.

Click here to see Joseph’s birth record


1897: He was raised in a town house in Przasnysz,


1906: Poland which belonged to his grandmother Marianna Grudzinski Sczpanski nee Cybulski.   His family occupied an apartment in this house which had a large garden. He attended the grammar school in Przasnysz which was only for children of property owners.   He was a quiet, healthy, good looking child. He was particularly devoted to his mother, devotion that would last all his life.


1902: his father immigrated to Chicago.   After this Joe became very helpful to his mother with the younger children.  He took this responsibility quite seriously.


1906: Joe, his mother, younger brother, sister and he left Przasnysz to join their father in Chicago.  He remembered the journey to America as very long, confusing, difficult and tiring.  In Chicago he attended Koscusko public school, contrary to his mother's wishes.  But his father thought this would be the quickest way for him to learn English.  Because he was not able to speak English he was demoted to a lower grade in which he was the tallest boy, these handicaps caused him many hardships among the American children.  Nor was he comfortable with the Polish children, “they had funny last names, spoke funny Polish, and ate funny food" He learned English very quickly.  As an adult he spoke excellent English without a trace of an accent.  At the age of twelve, due to his father’s financial reverses in the shoe business and his mother’s illness Joe was taken out of school to his great pleasure and asked to work to help support the family.  He immediately found a job as an apprentice in a cigar shop.    It is here he developed the nasty habit of smoking cigars which he persisted in doing on a daily basis the rest of his life.  His weekly wages which he was contributing to the family was not enough.  So he found a second full time job which he did after completing the hour schedule of the cigar shop.   He worked in a tire shop as an apprentice vulcanizer.  He kept this back breaking routine for the next three years.  By the end of this period, his mother's health improved, the children were older, and his mother's business was making some money.  At the age of 17 he purchased the Tire Business from his employer who wished to retire.  His down payment was the winnings he saved from his betting on the horse races.


1917: He was drafted into the Army.   He sold his business for a profit, which he gave to his mother.  All the pay he earned in the service was sent to his family in Chicago.  His departure for the Army was a traumatic experience for the entire family, especially his mother.


1919:  When he returned 18 months later, it was a most happy occasion for the family and it was celebrated accordingly.   He was in the army approximately two years, served in France with the Military Police, awarded two medals.  After his discharge, with a loan of $500 from Ciocia  B ?, his mother's half sister he organized the Continental Tire and Supply Co, which still exists today.   During his ownership the business consisted of a store for car accessories, a garage to repair cars, a gasoline station, and a shop to repair and vulcanize tires.  He sold wholesale truck and passenger tires to Commercial Accounts and to smaller dealers and sold retail to the public.  He also provided tire maintenance service to Commercial accounts and to the public which included flat repair, vulcanizing.  He subcontracted his tire recapping work.




Continental Tire and Supply Co. 1919



1920: his friend Edward Janowicz introduced him to his sister Zosia, who he then began to court.  At first Zosia was totally uninterested but her mother and her brother encouraged her in this relationship and Joe was persistent.


1923: Oct. 24, St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, IL USA,

 Joe, at age 26 married Noble Zofia Pelagia Janowicz Radwan, called Sophie Janowicz.


Click here to see Joseph’s marriage certificate



1923: Oct. 25 ?, Dzinik Chigagoski (The Polish Daily Chicago Paper), Chicago, IL. A description of their wedding and reception appeared; A translation of the article follows;


1926: Joe purchased the property at 1322 N. Ashland Ave. where he then had the existing structure torn down and he built a two-story in back of which he built a large garage.   On the first floor he re-established his company and used the garage as a work area.


1930:  He leased the gasoline station on the corner of Ashland and Baunance.  During the great depression, although business was greatly reduced, his company was able to survive in contrast to many Polish businesses.   But he was not able to make the mortgage payments on the large corner lot he purchased in the Edgebrook area on which he intended to build a big house for his family.   For many years after his marriage Joe invited his entire family for Christmas dinner and for breaking of the Lentil fast on the Saturday before Easter.   However, as the family grew in membership the Ashland Ave. house was not large enough to accommodate all these people.


1939:  at the beginning of the Second World War, he leased the property next door and converted it into a vulcanizing and repair shop.  The main building was then used primarily for auto accessories and for an office.   In the middle 1952:  he expanded the main building into household appliances, hardware and extensive auto supplies.   During the war the business prospered and it was necessary for him to take a partner, Earl Brink, to assist him in the operations of the company.   During this time he also became very interested in investing in the stock market.   He was convinced it was a much easier way to make a living.   In 19? his partner’s share of the company was sold to Joe's son in law, Gy van Calbergh.


19??:  Joe was a self-centered and egotistical man. Because of this egotism (and perhaps growing senility) he cooperated and allowed himself to be influenced by his daughter Adrianne to disregard the originally agreement he made with his wife for the distribution of the Dressel estate after his death. In his own mind he considered himself to be a "great" husband, father, and grandfather, humanitarian. He was not. But, he was a devoted son to his mother and a good brother to his siblings.  



19??: he also sold his portion to Gy. but stayed on with the company in an advisory capacity. Due to the city's economic renewal program,        the property on Ashland had to be sold by eminent domain to the City of Chicago to be torn down and made into a parking lot.  The               destruction of his buildings was difficult for him to accept.


19??:  At this time Joe chose to completely retire and live with his oldest daughter Leonarda van Calberg and her family.  The van Calberg's        converted their T.V. room, which overlooked their garden into a bedroom for him.  


1984:  May 29, Chicago, IL USA

Joe died at age 87 from stroke. He was buried in the Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles IL. USA

Click here to see Joseph’s death certificate


Joe was a handsome man by every ones standard.  At the time of his marriage he was 5 ft. 11in. tall, weighted 160 lb. he had blond hair which soon turned to gray, and good blue eyes, fair complexion, and well proportioned. Through out his life he maintained a good figure.  Joe did not inherit his grandfather's or fathers interest in dressing well.


Joe like his parents was not socially active in the Polish community.  He did financially support Polish causes.



wife:  Zofia Pelagia Janowicz Radwan, called as Sophie (Zosia) Janowicz

          * Dec. 20, 1901, Chicago, IL. USA: Rom. Cath.

          Nov. 11, 1979, age 78, Chicago, IL. USA


































































1901: Dec. 20, Chicago, Il., USA, born; Rom. Cath.


       Zosia was the seventh and last child of Dominick Janowicz Radwan, and his wife Antonia, nee the Princess (Kniaszouna) Tomkiewicz Tomkowicz   

      The Janowicz are the Polish branch of an old noble Lithwanian family from Dukedom  of Samogitia. The Tomkiewicz are the Polish branch of an ancient princely (Kniaszowie) Lithwanian family from the Dukedom of Samogitia.


Zosia "s father immigrated to New Jersey, USA in  188? for economic reasons. In 18?? her mother at the age of 16 was raped by a band of roving Tatars which resulted in her mother becoming pregnant. Zosia grandfather Prince Andjei Tomkiewicz decided that her mother should accompanied his brother the Rev. Stanislalus  Prince Tomkiewicz, who was being sent by his Bishop to work with the Polish people living in New Jersey, USA. And after the birth of the child she should return to Poland.   The baby girl died at birth.   A few weeks latter she accidentally met her cousin Dominick Janowicz and a few moths latter, contrary to the advice her uncle she married Dominick.


Her father was a successful Chicago business man who retired at the age of 48.   Zosia had a comfortable childhood in the Chicago Polish community.   Her parents had a beautiful apartment which had well designed contemporary as well as period furniture, a collection of rather large oil paintings of mountain scenes and city landscapes, piano, collections of books and oriental rugs.   Zosia and her brother were always very well dressed as the pictures from their childhood indicate.   Zosia completed her grammar and attended high school at Holy Family Academy, a private Catholic school for girls, which was run by the Polish Sisters of Nazareth.


1916:  She had to leave school in order to take care of her mother who was ill and who insisted that she be cared for only by her daughter.   After her mother recovered, she worked for a short time before her marriage in the office of the Montgomery Ward Co. Before her marriage Zosia was a "Flapper" she loved to dance, knew all the latest songs which she could sing accompanied at the piano by her sister Stacia. On Sunday afternoons she would attend dances with her cousins, but be home in time for Joe’s Sunday visits.


1923: Zosia married Joe Dressel at age 22.


1923:  Zosia was a house wife all her married life. She managed her household 1979:  very well which consisted of her husband, three children, her mother, for several years her sister in laws, Ann and Bena, and various help.   


Most of her life she was a thin delicate person. She was not a beauty but she was attractive, charming and elegant.  At the time of her marriage she was 5ft. 5in., weighed 110 lb., and had brown hair, a fair complexion and truly lovely blue eyes. She loved new clothes and costume jewelry.  At the time of her death she had over 50 pair of shoes and eleven large boxes of costume jewelry. Another hobby was writing poetry.


All her life she had a devotion to the "Little Saint Theresia" because she fervently believed that it was through the saint's intersession that her son walked again after an accident in which    his legs were broken and the doctors were uncertain whether he would ever be able to walk again.


1979: Nov. 11, Chicago, IL., USA, at age 78, Zosia died of lung cancer, she was buried in the Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, IL USA.


Zosia never smoked in her life but throughout her marriage was subjected to her husband's habitual cigar smoking. This was without question the prime cause of her cancer infection.


The property and money in her estate were left to her husband Joe, her stocks  were divided equally among her children, her diamond jewelry was left to her daughter Adrianne with the conditions that Adrianne as the future executor of the Dressel estate would distribute the Dressel estate after the death of her husband, as originally agreed between herself and her husband between their three children ( this was not done) and that after Adrianne's death the jewelry would be left to her son and elder daughter or their estates.   Most of her other jewelry was left to her son because it was originally given to her by him over the years, her costume jewelry was divided among family, friends and donated to several charitable organizations, her mink coat was left to her only granddaughter Mania van Calbergh, but was also kept by her daughter Adrianne. Her poetry was given to her son before her death for his family archive.


Joe and Zosia had three children, one boy and two girls. See XX1.1-3.





2.  Eugenia Genowefa von der Dressel called Dreszel

     * July 22, 1898 Przasnysz, Poland: Roman Catholic

      July 23, 1899, age1, Przasnysz, Poland

      buried: Cybulski family crypt, parish cemetery, Przasnysz Poland.




1898: July 22, Przasnysz, Poland

      birth; Rom. Cath.


1899: July 23,  Przasnysz, Poland

       Eugenia died at age 1 and was buried in the Cybulski family crypt, parish cemetery, Przasnysz, Poland.





3.  Kazimierz Jan (Kazu, Casmir, Mike), von der Dressel Dreszel called Dressel

     * Jan. 13, 1900 Przasnysz, Mazovia, Poland: Roman Catholic

     Dec. 27, 1976, Chicago, Il., USA:  Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, IL USA

     x ?, 1923 Five Holy Martyrs Church, Chicago, IL USA

     to Katarzyna Margozata Kopczynska ? called Catherine Margaret Kopczynski  





Mike and Kasia























1900: Jan. 13, Przasnysz, Mazovia, Poland;

       birth; Rom. Cath.


1900: He spent a pleasant early childhood with his family in Przasnysz, 1906: Poland. (see his brother's biography XXVIII.1, dates 1897-1906)


1906: Mike immigrated to USA with his family.   He attended St. Stanislaus Kostka grammar and college (high school). Mike was bi-lingual. He spoke Polish beautifully and his English showed no trace of any accent.   During his school years he helped his father with the shoe business.  Mike gave a great deal of attention to his younger sisters and brother. In the evenings he would entertain them with games, and by playing the harmonica, which he did very well.    After leaving school since he had no interest in the shoe business his father arranged for him to become an apprentice machinist.   During his free time he worked as a salesman for his older brother.   After his marriage he did sales work for his brother Joe on a full time bases.


1923: Five Holy Martyrs Church, Chicago, Il., USA 

       Mike at age 23 married Noble Katarzyna Margozata Kopczynska ? called 

       Catherine Margaret Kopczynski  



1929:  In cooperation with his oldest brother. Joe, he opened his own tire 1934:  shop on ???? N. Milwaukee Ave. It was called Quality Tire and Supply Co. Unfortunately; the business had to be closed because of the great depression.


 1933:  Mike and his wife, purchased a comfortable Chicago style bungalow in the district.


1934:  Mike returned to his old profession as a master

19??:  machinist and worked for the International Harvester Corp. in Melrose Park, Il. until his retirement.


1940:  Mike sold his property at a good profit and purchased a new house and larger house on the Northwest side of Chicago.


1976:  Dec. 27, 1976, Chicago, Il., USA

       Mike died at age 76 from stomach cancer and was buried in the Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Il., USA

Mike estate was distributed among his three children. (?)


All his life Mike was a baseball fan, he had great enjoyment in playing cards with his family and friends and he was a brilliant checker player. Mike was a devoted, loving husband and a successful father.


 Mike was a distinguished and good looking man.   He had courtly manners.   At the time of his marriage he was 5 ft. 11 in., weighed about 170 lbs. his complexion was fair, he had brown-blond hair and clear blue eyes.   He is remembered as a "gentle and good man".




       wife:  Noble Katarzyna (Kasia) Margozata Kopczynska called Cathrine Margaret  Kopczynski












1905:  Oct. 20,  Orient, Pa., USA;

              birth: Rom. Cath.


1911: Kasia attended the local catholic Grammar and High School


1922: After graduation she worked in an office until her marriage.


1923: Kasia married at age 18.    


1923: After her marriage, she worked sporadically in the restaurant 1972: industry in various capacities until her retirement.


1976:  Mar. 18, Chicago, Il. USA

Kasia died at age 71 of bone cancer and was buried in the Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Il. USA


Kasia was the oldest of the seven children born to Wawzenicz (Lawrence) Kopczynski and Julianna Walkowiak. The Kopczynskis are the Gora-Sznin branch of an old Polish noble family from Greater (western) Poland.  The Walkowiaks are a Polish family from the znan-Ruszetze-Kzenia area.       

Walzenicz and his wife immigrated to USA in approximately 1903 for economic reasons.  They first went to Orient Pa., and came to Chicago in 1904.


Kasia always was handsome woman.  At her marriage she was said to be "Theatrically beautiful".  She was 5 ft. 7 in., weighed 132 lb., her complexion was fair, she had brown hair balanced with simply lovely green eyes. She had a strong determined personality and the ability to express herself very clearly.   Her hobby was cooking and baking Mike and Kasia had four children, one boy and three daughters. see XXI.4-7.




4.  Stefania von der Dressel Dreszel Dryszel called Stefanie (Stefka) Dressel Dryszel

     * Aug. 31, 1901 Przasnysz, Poland: Roman Catholic

     Sept. 19, 1966, Chicago, IL USA: Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles IL USA

     x ? 1920 St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, IL USA

     to Jozef Dryszel, her 3rd cousin, see XXVII.16





Stefka and Jozef





































For pictures and biographical information click here





1901: Aug. 31, Przasnysz, Poland

      birth; Rom. Cath.


x age 19,  St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, Il., USA


1901:   Stefka had a very pleasant childhood. She lived with her family in an apartment of her grandmother's (Grudzinski Sczpanski nee Cybulski)

        townhouse in the middle of Przasnysz,.  see her brother's Joe's  biography XXVIII.1 date 1896-1906 for a description of this house and         period


1906:   Stefka immigrated with her mother and brothers to the United States to join their father in Chicago.


1907:   She attended St. Stanislaus Kostka grammar. While attending school she began assisting her mother in designing and sewing children and women's clothing and continued to do so until her marriage.


1920:   St.Stanilaus Kostka Church, Chicago, Il., USA

        Stefka at age 19 married Jozef Dryszel, her 3rd cousin, see XXVII.16


1920:   After her marriage she was employed as master seamstress in a furniture shop.   She worked in this profession until her retirement.


1924:   With the help of her older brother she purchased a charming cottage on Marion Court situated in one of the largest gardens in Polonia.   It even has a children's swimming pool.   She was deeply devoted to her husband who was chronically ill and was deeply affected by his early death.   She was 39 years of age when he died.   Although she had several opportunities to remarry, she never did.


194?:  After her son's marriage she sold her cottage and decided to live with her younger sister Anna and her brother in law Casey Luczak.


1966:  Aug. 31, Chicago, IL

       On the day she retired at the age of sixty five she had a stroke.


1966:  Sept. 19, 1966, Chicago, Il., USA

       Stefka died at age 65. She was buried in the Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Il., USA


Stefka was a kind, generous and strong person. She always kept a good figure.   At the time of her marriage she was 5 ft. 5 in., weighed 135 lb., had blue eyes and brown hair. She inherited the Dressel Polish nose.     She was not a beautiful woman but she had good "Polish" face.   Her hobby was gardening.


With assistance of her older brother, Joe, she invested her money wisely in stock market. Her estate was divided equally among her children.

Stefka and Joe had two children, one boy and one girl. See XXI. 6 -7.




5.  Anna von der Dressel called Dressel also called: Ciocia, Annie, Anza, Wilson, Auntie

     * Apr. 24, 1910 Chicago IL USA: Roman Catholic

     x Nov. 30, 1932 St. Sylvester Church, Chicago IL USA

     to Casmir Luczak; Boss, Casey, Ace




Annie and the Boss
































1910: Apr. 24, Chicago, Il., USA

      birth; Rom. Cath.


1910-  Anna as a child was called Andza, latter named Annie by her brother Mike.


1916:   Annie attended St. Stanislaus Kostka grammar school.


1922:   When Annie was 12 years of age, was given the chore to rise at 6:00 AM to go to the grocery store to buy fresh meats and other foods for her mother to make lunches for her brothers.   Many times her brother Mike would invite her to go for early morning bicycle rides before he went to work. This was a great adventure for Annie.   Once, they had an accident which gave Anna a bump on her forehead.  She and Casmir were afraid to go home; they were both terrified as to what their mother would say.  They solved the problem by rearranging Anna's hair so that bangs would cover her bruise. After that she wore bangs for years.


1924: At Annie grammar school graduation she received the school's Outstanding Student award. After her mother’s death during that same year, she took  over the management of the family household, she was the little mother.  Latter that year, age 14, she took her first fulltime job. She worked six days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Her weekly salary was $7.00.


1925: At the age of 15, because of her impressive work she was asked by a neighbor to work in his grocery store for $10.00 an hour.  The store was located on Leavitt street approximately three miles from where she lived.  To save money she walked back and forth from work each day.


Anna had a particularly beautiful voice in the evenings she would sing for her family.  This was especially enjoyed by her father.


       Later that year Stacia Urban, (Zosia Dressel's sister) found Annie a better job in her friend’s "Mary Lou Candy Shop" which was located on Milwaukee and Lawrence avenues. She worked six days a week from 11:00 am to 8:00 and earned $15.00.


1928:  Annie began working for the Arcless Co. which was later called the Mercoid Co. located on Belmont and Tripp streets.   Annie now earned $26 a week. She worked there until her marriage. 


1932:  Nov. 30, St. Sylvester Church, Chicago, Il, USA

       Annie married at age 22 Casmir Luczak




Anna is 5 ft. 4 in. tall; weights 112 lb. has a fair complexion, brown hair and lovely blue/gray eyes. Annie inherited the classical Dressel nose. Of all the women in the XXVIII generation Anna has the most noble appearance. Her hobbies are baking and cooking.


Anna "would like to be remembered as a sincere, honest person who was compassionate and understanding" She felt that the most important contribution in her life was "bringing three children into the world and raising them to the best of her ability" Anna remembers her mother as a woman whose children were first and foremost in her life.   She recalls her father as a diligent worker.    She considers her children "all very ambitious and aggressive" and enjoyed an "extraordinary close relationship not only as relatives but as friends" with her brothers and sisters.




Casey’s mother’s coat of arms





hus:  Casey Casimir Stephen (Casey, "the Boss") Luczak

      lived: 1911-

      Founder and owner of the Luczak Construction Co.


    Casey is the second youngest of 14 brothers and sisters.   His father was General Joseph Luczak; his mother was Julia nee Iwinski.   The Luczak family is of Polish origin. After coming to USA in 18?  General Luczak founded the Luczak Plastering Co. which is still in existence.    The Iwinski are an old Polish noble family.   Casey attended Wenselaus grammar school, Lane Technical High School and the Chicago Technical College for two years.     



1911: New York

      birth: Rom.Cath.

19??: Casey moved with his parents to Chicago Il.


1924: Graduated St. Wensellaus grammar school


1928: Graduated Lane Technical High School


1930: Graduated Chicago Technical College


1929: Played professional baseball with the Springfield Cardinals



1932:  Casey married Annie Dressel at age 21


1934: Casey Founded the Luczak Construction Company, which he headed until his retirement.


1972:  Casey retired, but continued to be active in the construction field for special limited projects.


Casey was an "Dashing and Exciting" young man. At 25 he was 6’ 1” tall, 175 lb., fair complexioned, black hair and brown eyes. His hobby is "Sports". Through the years he received numerous awards in bowling and golf.


Casey believes "that there is no short cut to success. Hard work, smartly applied, still prevails".   He wishes to be remembered that he "did the best I could when I could".   In his profession he was gifted with the ability to literally perform all functions of his trade in the construction industry, and he was able to lead by example.   He is also very proud of the fact that he maintained excellent relationships with all his most numerous brother and sister in laws, through his life, a truly remarkable achievement.







Anna and Casey had four children, one boy and three girls











1. Casmir Robert (Casey) Luczak, B.S., Citadel Military Academy

    * May 25, 1938, Chicago IL USA: Roman Catholic

    mar:age ?, date, place

    to: age  , Marylyn  Smith; Scotch Irish, Rel?

div: date, place


    founder and owner, Luczak and Associates, Dallas, Texas
















2.  Marilyn Krutz B.A. Mundelein College, Chicago IL

     born:  May 6, 1943, Chicago, Il.; Rom. Cath.

     mar: age ? , date,       Chicago, Il.;Rom. Cath.

     to: Dennis Krutz, age ?; German origin; Lutheran;


     Retired school teacher, housewife;







3.  Dr. Barbara Ann Mc Farland B.A. Un. of ? M. Un. of , Phd. Un of ? , autor [4], founder and Director of the ? Clinic, Cincinnati, Ohio

     born: Aug. 9, 1947, Chicago, Il.; Rom. Cath.

     x1:  age  , date   place

     to: Thomans Ryan, age ?; Rom. Cath.; Irish origin; bank  official

     div: date; place

     x2: age; date; place?

     to: James Lynch; age?; Rel?; Origin?; prof?

     div:  date; place  

     x3: age date; place

     to: Mc Farland; age; rel; origin; prof.





1.  Casey Daniel Ryan

    * Sept. 13, 1966 Chicago IL: Rom. Catholic









2.  Nicole Luczak

    * Aug. 18, 1967, Columbus, Ohio: Rom. Catholic

    x Rick Lindholm







3.   Craig Luczak

     * Nov. 12, 1970, Dallas, Texas: Rom. Catholic






4.  Todd Krutz 

     * Jan. 22, 1973: Rom. Catholic





5.  Chad Krutz

    * Nov. 2, 1978 Chicago IL: Rom. Catholic











1. Abigail Lindholm

2. Thomas Christopher Lindholm

    * Sept. 10 1996




Abby and Tommy





6.   Boleslaus Constantin (William) von der Dressel

      * Nov. 9, 1912 Chicago IL USA: Roman Catholic

      Nov. 30 1941 Chicago, IL: Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles IL USA

      Master Machinist









                                                               Bena and Billie






l912: Nov. 9, Chicago, Il. USA

      birth: Rom. Cath.


1912:  Boleslaus as a child was called "Bolek", when a young man "Billy",

       when a man "Jerry".


1920:  He graduated from St. Stanislaus Kostka grammar school.


1924:  As a young man he worked for his older brother in the tire shop, latter as an attendant in his brother's gasoline station on Ashland and Bauance streets.


1929:  After the death of his father he lived with his brother Mike and his family and latter he lived with his sister Anna and her family


1932:  During the Great Depression he became an apprentice machinist. After 1941:  training he was employed by the Mercoid Corp. of Chicago. He worked there until he died.


1941:  Nov. 30, Chicago, IL

       Jerry died from a brain tumor at the age of 29. He was buried next to his father in the Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles IL USA


Jerry was a good looking man, well proportioned, 5 ft. 10 in. in height, 160 lb., fair complexion, brown hair, blue eyes.   He was a quiet, soft spoken and kind man. With the help of his older brother he invested some money in the stock market.   His estate was divided between his brother and sisters.   His older brother Joe declined participation.   Stacia Urban said, "He died before he Blossomed".




7.  Sabina Helena (Bena) von der Dressel Kozlowski

     * Feb. 9, 1913 Chicago, IL USA: Roman Catholic

     x  June 12, 1937, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago, IL USA

     to Noble Stanislaus (Stanly) Kozlowski




Bena and Staczu



























1913: Feb. 9, Chicago, Il., USA

      birth; Rom. Cath.


1913:  Sabina is usually called Bena, her husband called her Sally and 1929:  her children on occasion call her Binski.  Bena was a premature child.   No one thought she could survive.   She did. Bena is a survivor.   She was the baby of the family.   She was very protected and she loved it. Bena was never the scholarly type.  "Life was too short."


1929:  After the death of her father Bena lived with her oldest brother Joe and his family on Ashland Ave.


19??:   Bena worked at the ? Corp




1932:  After the marriage of her sister Anna, Bena went to live with her.


1937: June 12, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago, Il., USA

      Bena married Noble Stanley Kozlowski


19??:  After her marriage Bena became a housewife and mother


19??:  Bena and her husband Stazu purchased a large comfortable house on the northwest side of Chicago.


1955:  After the tragic death of her husband which deeply affected the entire family, Bena maintained her house and raised her children.


19??:  She returned to work and took employment with the Illinois  Bell Telephone Co. in food distribution.


19??:  The cafeteria which was in her area of responsibility, received a National for excellency which pleased her very much.


19??:  Bena retired, sold her house and moved into her son's house in  Carol who has her house in near by Arlington Heights. Bena has many        operas, soap operas, cooking; knitting jig saw puzzles and shopping.


At 22 years of age Bena had a gorgeous figure, 5 ft. 6 in tall, weighed 125 lb. fair complexion, brown hair and blue eyes.   She inherited the "Polish" Dressel nose.


Bena believes, "that it doesn’t pay to plan too far in advance.   It is better to take life one day at a time.   I thank God for each day that He gives to me and I try to enjoy each day."   She would like to be remembered "for helping people and giving my friends and family good advice."    She believed the most important accomplishment in her business career was "serving and satisfying her customers and working twenty years so that I could receive a retirement pension and health insurance.”   Her most important contribution to life was, "having my children and raising them to be good citizens." She remembers her mother as kind and good and that she would take her to the movies and the ice cream parlor.   Bena was 9 years of age when she died.    She remembers her father as being generous and kind.    She is very proud of her children, "I worked hard to educate them and give to them more then what I had.   I am happy that they are now on their own and able to support themselves and help heir families.   Now, they help me and that makes me happy."



7a.  Stanislaus (Stanly) Kozlowski (n1)

       lived: 1913-194?

       founder and owner: North Shore Tire Co., Chicago, IL

The coat of arms Poraj is attributed to the Kozlowski family






Stazu was the son of Wladislaus Kozlowski and Alexandera Kozlowski nee  ??

The Kozlowski are an old Polish Roman Catholic family and the ? are ?.




1913:  Mar. 7,  Chicago, Il. USA

       birth; Rom. Cath.

       Stanly was called Stazu or Stas by his family and friends.


1927: He graduated from Holy Trinity Grammar School


1931: He graduated from Holy Trinity High School.


1932:  Stazu joined the ???


1934:  He returned home with an interest in the automobile accessory business.


1934:  For six years he worked as a most successful salesman or his future 1940:  brother in law, Joe Dressel.


1937:  At age 24 he married his "Sally" (Sabena).


1940: He founded the North Shore Tire Co.   He was the north side distributor for Goodrich truck and passenger tire.   He also provided various tire services to commercial truck accounts.  He was a successful business man.


194?: Apr. ? , Chicago, IL.,USA

Stazu died tragically. His death deeply affected his immediate and extended family.


Stazu looked like a movie star.   At the time of his marriage he was 5 ft. 9 in tall, weighed 150 lb., olive complexion, he had dark brown hair and brown eyes.   Stazu loved to play cards with his friends.


He strongly believed that one could never get rich by working for someone else.   The only way to get ahead was to work for yourself.


Stazu loved his wife and children.   He died for them.   His estate was left to Bena.













1.  Carol Kozlowski-Kusek, B.S. nursing

     born: Sept.5, 1940, Chicago, Il., USA; Rom. Cath.       

     mar:  age 22, Oct. 27, 1962, Church ?  Chicago, Il., USA

     to:   Tom Kusek,  B.S. Uni. of ?, 195??

               Sales Mamager ? Co.




Carol and Tom












2.  Friedrich Kozlowski, B.S Uni. of ?


     mar:              Chicago, IL





Freddie and Marty








Wife:  Marty                B.S. Uni.

        daughter of        and   both of Irish extraction





(n1)  the name of the Kozlowski coat of arms is not remembered, since there are several Polish noble families with the Kozlowski name, only research in Poland could now provide the family herb name. 









1.  Conrad F. von der Dressel called Dreszel, legally changed to Driscoe

     lived: 1905-1972



Connie and Helen









1905:  Conrad was called Connie by all who knew him.  From early childhood he demonstrated an amazing mechanical ability


1912:  Shortly after his father's tragic death he moved with his mother and brother to Evanston, IL. A suburb of Chicago, where his mother felt her family would have more opportunities.


1917: Left Ascension of Our Lord grammar school in the 6 grade at age 12 in order to assist his mother financially.


1917: Due to his extraordinary  mechanical ability he never had any 1972: difficulty finding work.  He was one of the very few members of his immediate group that was employed through out the great depression he only one who owned a car.  He was always most generous with using his car to help all members of the family.   Connie worked as a master mechanic or machinist throughout his working career.”   There was no machine or motor that he could not repair".   Through out his adult life Connie was chronically ill.   However, in spite of this handicap he was highly respected as a "good, solid, hard working and honest employee" and he tried very hard to be a good husband and father.


1927:  May 27, Holy Trinity Church, Chicago, IL USA

       Connie at age 22 married Noble Helen Dlugosz.


1927: ?  Connie legally changed his family name from Dreszel to Driscoe because he thought it sounded much more American.


1954: ? Chicago, IL USA

        Helen divorced Connie but they continued to live together.   The divorce was a legal accommodation for estate purposes.


1972:  Mar. 8, 1972, Chicago, IL USA

       Connie died at age 67 from a heart attack.   He was buried in the Driscoe Family Plot, St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Niles, Il., USA.


Connie was a good looking man.   He resembled his cousin Joe Dressel. At the time of his marriage he was 5 ft. 9 in. tall, weighed 180 lb., had a fair complexion, blue eyes and blond hair.   He loved to work in a garden, and did so at every opportunity.



8a.  Noble Helena Maria Dlugosz known as Helen Marie Dlugosz

       * June 4, 1905, Borek-Stary, Ostatnia Poczta Tyczyn, Rzeszow, Poland: Rom. Cath. 

       † 1992, age 87, Rochester, New York



Helen was the daughter of Jan Dlugosz and Katarina Pasciak.   The Dlugosz are a Roman Catholic family of the Borek-Stary branch of an old Polish noble family.  The Pasciak are a Roman Catholic family of Polish origin.  Jan Dlugosz immigrated to USA in 1907 for economic reasons.  He and his wife were quite diligent and in a short time became property owners in Chicago IL.




1905: June 4,  Borek-Stary, Ostatnia Poczta Tyczyn, Rzeszow, Poland 

       birth; Rom. Cath. 


1917: Helen graduated from Holy Trinity Grammar School

In the first grade at Holy Trinity grammar school Helen met her future husband. It was then that they decided to get married when they grew up. Even after Connie and his family moved to the suburbs they kept contact with each other which was quite difficult to do under the circumstances at that time.


1925: Helen was employed all her working career with the Chicago Rawhide Co. 1970:  as a packer until her retirement.


1972: After the death of her husband she lived for a short time with her sister in Florida and then with her son in Medinah, IL, She then decided in 1980 to live with her daughter in Rochester New York.


1992:  ???? Rochester, New York

       Helen died at age 87 from heart attack.


Helen was always an attractive woman.   She had a strong personality and a strong will. At the time of her marriage she was 5 ft. 3 in tall, weighed 175 lbs, had fair complexion and gray eyes.   She had a beautiful classical profile.   Helen's hobby was doing crafts.   She continued to do this until her failing eyesight made this work too difficult.


Connie and Helen had three children. See XXVI.9, 10, 11 ?




2.  ???????? von der Droessel Dreszel called Matthew Driscoe

     * Jan. 1, 1907 Chicago, IL USA: Rom. Cath.

     x Aug. 1, 1938, age 31, St. Jerome Church, Chicago, IL USA     

     to Nellie Elizabeth Suing







1907: Jan. 1,  Chicago, Il., USA

      birth; Rom. Cath.

      Mathew was called Mickey or Matt since childhood.


1913:  Matt attended the Ascension of Our Lord grammar school in Evanston, IL.


1917:  Until he completed the fourth grade.  After that he simply was not interested in going to school.  His mother, step father nor pastor could do anything to persuade him to return to classes.   He wanted his freedom.   He was always a most independent and free spirit.


1922:  At age 15 Matt ran away from home.   He rode the box cars until the railroad police threw him off somewhere in Colorado. Since he only had a half a dollar in his pocket he took a job as a field worker on a sugar beet farm.  After four months he left his job to go to warmer California. In those days he considered himself to be quarrelsome, impolite and a tough guy.


1923:  San Francisco, California

       Matt found a job in a German bakery, this employment lasted 8 months.  He then worked in a restaurant where vodka was served illegally as a waiter.    He soon promoted himself to a vodka dealer. He found his new occupation hazardous and exciting. He earned a lot of money but he lost it playing poker and betting on horses.


1924: At 19 he decided to return to Evanston.  There he began to drive for the Nelson Cab Co.


1927:  After a few years he changed to the Checker and Yellow Cab Co. For excitement he joined the National Guard but when he found it too dull  for his taste, he left.


1932:  When prohibition ended he opened a tavern in Chicago, on ??? street.   He specialized in serving vodka and organizing dice games. He had three bar tenders working for him. 


1938, Aug. 1, St. Jerome Church, Chicago, Il., USA

      Matt at age 31 married Nellie Elizabeth Suing


1939: At the beginning of World War II he organized the Red Top

       Cab. Co. in Evanston Il., When he sold the business after the World War II it consisted of three cabs and two drivers.   He remained in the cab business in various capacities until his retirement.


1972:  At the age of 65 he decided to travel, the first place he went to was San Diego, California to visit his daughter Fran. He and his wife found the area to be quite attractive and decided to purchase two houses which were offered to him at a good price. One he bought to live in the other he acquired for additional income.   Matt enjoys his retirement very much and keeps himself busy with his many interests and hobbies. Occasionally he takes on a property improvement project but his great love is attending the dog races in Mexico and the horse races in Los Angeles which to his great delight adds to his income.


 Matt was always a big man.  At the time of his marriage he was 5 ft. 9 in tall, weighted 220 lbs. fair complexion, brown hair, green eyes. He inherited the Dressel Polish nose.   Now, he is a distinguished pateriatic ? looking man.


Matt would like to be remembered as a good father and as "just plain Matt" He considers being able to send his children to college as the most important accomplishment of his working career.   He remembers his family as never being too close, independent, hard working and that they all accomplished their goals.



9a.  Nellie Elizabeth Suing

       * Oct. 21, 1909, Suing Farm Hartington, Nebraska, USA: Rom. Cath

       x age 29





Nellie is the daughter of Clemens Suing and Maria Elizabeth Uhing.  The fifth child of eight children.  The Suing are a Rom. Cath. family of German origin from Nusbeck in the former Dukedom of Oldenburg.   Nelli's grandfather Clemens left Oldenburg with his wife and small daughters in 1867.  "Upon arrival in the United States, they landed in Boston.   From there they continued by ship south, around Florida, to the Mississippi River, went up the Mississippi River, then up the Missouri River to a point near the present Yanton, South Dakota. Clemens homesteaded in the prairie about ten miles  north of Hartington, Nebraska, area.    He built a log and sod house on his homestead.   Until they were able to produce vegetables and livestock on  their farm, they lived on native prairie vegetation and antelope". (n?)


The Uhing are also a Rom. Cath. family of German origin from

Nusbeck in the former Dukedom of Oldenburg.





1909: Oct. 21, Suing Farm Hartington, Nebraska, USA

      birth; Rom. Cath;

      Nellie was born on her father's farm.  She has very pleasant childhood memories of living and playing on her father's large farm.


1917: She graduated from the Hartington grammar school.


1918: Nellie was only able to attend one year of high school in Hartington because she was needed to help at home.   Nellie also earned extra money by taking care of small children.


1928:  These were years of drought and hail storms, which resulted in very 1933:  poor crop harvests for feeding livestock, this resulted in serious financial difficulties for Nellie parents and relatives.  This period is known locally as the "time of Crisis", (n?).


1933: As did many of her relatives Nellie, had to leave the farm.   She went to Chicago and joined her friends who had previously come to the "big city" to look for work.   She soon found a job as a housekeeper because of her experience in helping her mother manage a large household, with children and her pleasant personality.   She retained that job until the time of her marriage to Matt.


1937:  Nellie's father as well as other relatives sold or abandoned their

       Properties in Nebraska and purchased farms in the Lebanon, Oregon area where the climate and land offered better opportunities for farmers. Nellie and Matt during the early years of their marriage made trips to Oregon, Nebraska, and other areas of the nation to visit their relatives and sight see.


1938:  Nellie at age 29 married Matt.


1959:  After the children were grown, Nellie went back to work, from this time to her retirement she worked for A. R. Barnes Co ., in Skokie Il., as a master book binder.


1972:  After her retirement she immediately began to enjoy and exercise her life long desire to paint. Her nature paintings and landscapes

decorate many walls in her home and in the homes of her friends and relatives. Nellie also does beautiful crocheting and knitting work.  


At the time of her marriage Nellie was 5ft. 3in tall, weighted 190 lb., fair complexion, brown hair and gray eyes.   Nellie personality is described as "quiet gentle", and she never argues. She is an excellent and thrifty housekeeper and is known to perform miracles in her household management.


Matt and Nellie had two children, one boy and one girl, see XX. ?and?





(n1)   this information was obtained from the manuscript called    ?, written

by   ? in 19??. For additional information regarding the Suing family copies of the manuscript can be found in the ? libraries.










1.  Stefan von der Dressel called Dreszel

     * Nov. 12, 1912, Chorzele, Poland: Rom. Cath.

     † 1980, Ostrlenka, Poland

     x 1945

     to Noble Eugenia Wisniewski











1912: Nov. 12, Chorzele, Poland

      birth; Rom. Cath.


1912: Stefan was called ? .


1918: When he was six years of age his father died during the War I and he clearly realized that he would become the sole support of his mother.


1920: Because of the War he was not able to begin grammar school until the age of eight years.  He was only allowed to complete six grades.


1927: He started to learn a trade. His mother apprenticed him to a Jew named Fisk who lived in Chorzele who was a cabinet maker.  Here Stephan served his apprenticeship for four years.


1931:  Stephan opened his own shop and was soon able to provide for himself and his ailing mother to whom he became most devoted.  After her death in 1933, he worked and lived for himself, not knowing what fate had in store for him.


1939: April, he was inducted into the army serving as an aide to the border guards in Chorzele until Sept. 1, 1939.  With the outbreak of WWII, his regiment was sent to Rozana, where he was commended for his bravery.  There his regiment was incorporated into a section of the Polish Air Force under the command of Col. Chmura.  He participated in the fierce battle for the defense of Rozana, but his regiment was overpowered by the Nazis and was taken prisoners. Stefan and his companions were taken to a prison camp in Allenstein, East Prussia.  He stayed in this camp until the end of 1939.  He was then taken to a very prosperous estate in the village of Stanberk. Here he was ordered to give up his loyalty to Poland and claim German citizenship and be known as a "Folkdeutchen".  (This was offered to him because of his obvious German name).


1940: August, however, even though he was under severe pressure and threatened with dire consequences, he refused to obey this command. As punishment he and other Poles who also refused to accept German citizenship were sent to a concentration camp near Dzialdownie, It was a known fact that the camp was strict and rigorous and was called "Black Flag".



1940: November; the prisoners who had a trade were selected for transfer to (Met Getehen), East Prussia.  Here in groups of six the prisoners worked at their trade.  The camp was managed by the "Hitler Youth" organization.  Many prisoners, although not having a trade signed up just to avoid staying at Dzialdowie.   Except for Stefan, no one in his group was a cabinet maker but under his guidance and their hard work they were able to get by the not too demanding inspections.  Every Saturday, for some unknown reason, the prisoners were beaten.   Stefan soon realized that if he stood last in line, those who were      administrating the beatings would be tired and he would suffer less pain.  He and his group were eventually freed from these beatings.  One of the German soldiers would give them bread secretly; this was greatly appreciated, being fed very poorly.  Stefan remain in this camp for 3 years


1943: December; Stefan and 4 other prisoners planned to escape.  To escape from this camp would be very difficult.  Witness the fact three American Pilots tired their luck, at it. They had maps and yet after two weeks were returned to the camp, severely beaten.   In spite of all these problems they still planned the escape. It was the duty of all prisoners to inform the managers of the camp of any escapes.   The prisoners promised the escapes to hold back any alarm until they reached the forest which was 1000 meters away.   But as they reached half-way to their destination, they heard the alarm; they knew they had been reported immediately. A few of prisoners were able to cross the highway but   Stefan's friend Rajmontowski of Chorzele, having slowed down, was captured, and as he latter related, he was beaten unconscious.  But because of the light snowfall we were able to continue faster. Food was scarce, one loaf of bread and one kilogram of bacon was all that the prisoners had. The cold wintry weather persisted, temperatures were around 15 c to 25 c but the Polestar was visible and helped them to see in the dark. The escapes traveled by night and slept in barns, covered by hay and straw.   During the day, stealing food was risky, but they were able to do so on two occasions. When removing some milk from cans they added water so the owners would not see the amount missing. One night they were found by a farmer who spoke to them in Polish and asked them who they were and then told them to wait. After, what seemed a very long time he did return with hot coffee and milk and bread with lard, truly a feast they stayed there till night fall. The man who helped them was also a prisoner, a former teacher from Lodz. He was working as servant for a German farmer.  He in turn communicated with other prisoners and planned to help them continue their escape. Before we left that night, the teacher and his friends provided them with food and led them to an area  in the forest where they could light a fire and warm themselves. Some of the escapes became weak and ill, so they stayed in that area for two weeks. Forged documents were given to them, although limiting them to certain areas.   They traveled on foot, always expecting to be captured by the Nazis and trying to make sure not to be detected by the dogs.

       Neither could they ask for directions for fear of revealing their presence.   Not until they came within 10 kilometers of Chorzele did they    feel free to move around in the dark.   Before they reached Chorzele, they met three other escaped prisoners living in the forest, one was      from Krzynowlogie Malei, the second from Ciechanowa, and the third from Plonsk.

      Stefan could not remain in Chorzele fearing capture by the Nazis.   He remained in hiding 3 kilometers from Chorzele. Friends were able to provide him with job using his skills as a master cabinet maker from an employer in Chorzele.   In this area he was safe and no longer had to hide underground.  But he was not able to return to his house in Chorzele until after the Liberation.


1945:  There he became reacquainted with a pretty girl he knew before the outbreak of WWII and soon married her.


1946: Stefan reestablished himself in cabinet making and expanded his work to include house remolding.


1949: To augment his income he took a job in a large automobile factory.  Chorzele was not a prosperous town, most of the young people would leave for other places as soon as they could. Chorzele became of town of senior citizens.


1955; Circumstances were now such in Poland that he was again able to support his family with his cabinet making and remolding business.


1968: June, a great fire destroyed much of Chorzele including the greater part of his shop and supplies.   It was difficult starting all over again, supplies and tools were almost impossible to buy or find.   In 1972 he began to work for an institution that provided help to the citizens of Chorzele and Przasnysz and at the same time continuing with his own work on a part time basis.


1980: April, Stefan retired, with his pension and the income of rent from his two apartment houses.     


1981: Feb; Stefan visited a doctor who not being familiar with his illness and treated him for, what seemed to him to be rheumatism.   In truth, Stefan had cancer of the prostrate gland.


1980: Ostrlenka, Poland

      Stefan died at age ?? from cancer.



10a.  Noble Eugenia Wisniewski

         *1922: Aug. 8, Rembielin-Chorzele, Poland: Rom. Cath.


       Eugenia is the daughter of ? Wisniewski and his wife Ejma Wisniewski nee Ejma  ?The Wisniewski and the ? are Roman Catholic families of old Polish noble origin who settled in the Chorzele area in the 17th century and became burgers.   






1922: "My father was a shoemaker and because he was the sole provider of his family he also worked as a road builder.  My mother managed the home and took care of her three children.   Earning a good income and with the help of the family enabled my father to build acquire a large lot in Chorzele and build a comfortable brick house.  My parents were also able to save money which unfortunately became worthless due to the war.


1929: At the age of 7 I entered grammar school in Orzelech.  I finished the required seven grades and until the outbreak of WWII, I lived with my parents, helping with the housework and shopping.


1939: Because of the dangers of the war, we tired to escape from Chorzele.   We made our way to the Narew and then to the Burg rivers, here  we came to a halt, learning, that we had come to the fighting front.   It was then my father decided to weal our way back to Chorzele. After two months of walking, trying all directions, we reached our town and finally our house.   We found all our belongings had been stolen and the building was damaged from enemy bombings. We all suffered difficulties, but managed to survive the winter.


1940:  In the spring, the mayor of Chorzele had to choose 30 girls from our town to be sent to Germany to work. I was one of the girls chosen. The entire group was taken by horse drawn wagons from Chorzele. I can still hear the screams of our mothers as the wagons left for Przasnysz. There, we were rated according to our appearances. From the group ten were chosen to go to East Prussia.   Firstly, we went then to Mlawa, and then we traveled by train to Elblag, then to Koenigsberg.   Here, rich Germans were waiting for us, we were to be their servants.   I was sent   to the home of a building contractor, Emil Meyer. His wife originally came from Poznan, Poland, thus I was able to speak to her in Polish but when her husband was present we were not permitted to speak in Polish.  They owned a three story apartment house. My responsibility was to clean and keep orderly all living quarters.   The owner’s wife assumed all responsibility of feeding the tenants; however, in assisting her in her work I was able to learn many things.

My mother, worrying about me, sent to me 60 chicken eggs each month.  Frau Meyer took the eggs and used them to bake various cakes, which I of course would also be allowed to eat.   She also gave to me ration stamps allowing me to purchase cakes and cookies from a store, she herself was unable to eat sweets because had diabetes.   I never complained about my work, since I had more freedom than did my girl friends in this region with the Germans.


1943: A wounded lieutenant was brought to us from Stalingrad.   I do not remember his name.   I had to help him with his washing, shaving etc. Because the Nazi army was in retreat from Stalingrad, I was told to lower the window shades every evening for fear of bombing by the Russian Air Force.


      I lived in Koenigsburg four years. I was able to leave at this time due to bargain my mother had made with those in power.   My mother was ailing; my two brothers were sent to the region of Mazur to work.   That was the reason she gave to bargain for my release. She convinced the       authorities to replace me with another girl. For this she gave them a cow and many bolts of material from which suits could be made.   Jadwiga       Ladzinski was sent to replace me, upon her arrival, I was release.   I arrived in Chorzele late autumn in 1943. In a short time I was put to work in a hospital which was located in a school in Chorzele.   We received the wounded from the front lines. My duties were to bathe the wounded, keep the living quarters clean and help the doctors.   Eventually, the hospital was closed and I was finally set free.


1945:  I married Stefan, whom I had known and admired for a long time.  


1955:  I became ill with a blood clot to the brain. I was treated by a doctor in Chorzele receiving many injections. After receiving one of the    injections I was to lie down for thirty minutes, but due to an oversight I stood up immediately and left the hospital.   In a few minutes I collapsed on the street and was instantly taken to the hospital in Przasnysz.   I spent a month there.   My health did not improve at all, not even, was I able to sit up in bed.   It was then my husband decided to have me transferred to another hospital where I could be seen by other specialists.   He went to Warsaw, to visit his cousin

       Jerzy Dreszel, who knew Dr. Zarski and him in turn, admitted me to a hospital in Pruszkowie for neurological tests.   After three months of treatment and rehabilitation my health vastly improved, and after thorough examination by specialists I was permitted to return to my home. The following year I was confined to a Sanitarium in Ciechcinka for one month.   I was finally cured but I was left paralyzed on the side of my body.   At first I found it difficult to get back to the usual routine in living.   We hired girls to help with the house work and taking care of the children, but had problems finding someone who would be good for that kind of work.   In time I became accustomed to my limitations and   was able to maneuver my body in such a way that I was capable of doing many things at home.   After the children had grown, we no longer had to seek help from others.


In 1976: I obtained a position as a Supervisor, working for an organization that teaches self-reliance to invalids in Przasnysz, where I am still employed.  It is a great pleasure for me that I can still be useful to my self, my family, others, and work in the Chorzele area." s2




(n1)  The source for this information is from a report written in Aug. 1986.  by Stefan's son in law Zdzislaw Orzechoski who obtain this material from Stefan, Stefan's wife, a fellow prisoner named Raymontowski.                 


(n2) this information was obtained from a letter written by Eugenis Dreszel nee Wisneiwski. Nov. 11, 1986.










1.  Maria von der Droessel called Dreszel

     * Dec. 8, 1950, Ostroleka, Poland: Rom. Cath.




2.  Krystyna von der Dressel called Christina Dreszel Cacharani

     * Apr. 3, 1954, Ostroleka, Poland: Rom. Cath.

     x 1990, City Hall, Brooklyn, New York, USA

     to Lucio Cacharani


     Owner of the ?????? Cleaning Shop, Brooklyn, New York














Krystyna’s residence







Recent paintings by Krystyna





1954:  Apr. 3, Ostroleka, Poland

       birth; Rom. Cath.


1990: City Hall, Brooklyn, New York, USA

         Christiana married at age ? Lucio Cacharani, partner of ? , Brooklyn, New York


1991: ? Church, Brooklyn, New York, USA                               

         Christina and Lucia were remarried in a Catholic Church


1991: Christina and her husband bought out their partner and became sole owner of the ???? Shop


1991: Christina and Lucia took a trip to Paraguay in order for Lucia to introduce Krystyna and his son to his family.



12a.  Lucio Cacharani

         * Oct. 19, 1966, Huan, Oruro, Bolivia: Rom. Cath.



  Son of Leonardo Cacharani, ? and his wife the late Asunta Cacharani nee Eugenio, housewife ?. The Cacharani and the Eugenio are Roman Catholic families of Inca origins.   His grandfather was a multi decorated "freedom fighter", who served in the Bolivian army from 1932 to 1936 in the war against Paraguay.









1966: Oct. 19, Huan, Oruro, Bolivia

      birth, Rom. Cath.

      Lucio is the youngest of three children.


1980: Graduated from a private elementary school in Huan,


1980: Attended three years of High School in Huan, Paraguay, South America     


1985: Graduated High School in Santa Cruz, Paraguay, South America

      Lucio is bilingual, he speaks Guechva Spanish and English. After




1989: After graduation he lived in Argentina four years where he worked as a       ?      


1987: Lucio immigrated to Mexico.


1987: Dec. 8, he immigrated to he USA. He settled in New York, where he quickly found work as a  tailor apprentice. 


1989: Lucio became a partner  in the ??? shop


1992: Krystyna and Lucia bought out their partner and became sole owner of the shop.


Lucio, at the time of his marriage was 130 lb.  was 5 ft. 9 in., had black hair, black eyes, and olive complexion. 





1.  John Richard Cacharani

     born: Nov. 15, 1989, Brooklyn, New York, USA; Rom. Cath.






John is called Janucz by his parents.   At birth he weighed 8 lb. and is a very happy and well behaved baby.   He has very dark hair and eyes and is of fair complexion.  May 13, 1990, he was baptized at Our Lady of Czenstochowa, Brooklyn, New York.  His god parents were Joseph Dressel, the family senior, and Pauline? nee Jarney, granddaughter of Eugenia ? nee Dreszel.


Edward Cacharani









1.  Jadwiga von der Dressel called Dryszel

     * 1926, Chorzele, Poland: Rom. Cath.

     † 1929, Chorzele, Poland




2.  Franciszek von der Dressel called Dryszel

     * 1928, Chozele, Poland

     †1948, age 20, Warsaw, Poland




3.  Jerzy Wiktor von der Dressel called Dryszel

    * May 21, 1925, Chorzele, Poland: Rom. Cath.

    Sept. 13, 1980, age 55, Warsaw, Poland

buried: Warsaw, Poland

    x Apr. 24, 1952, age 27, ?

    to Maria Jadwiga Konski.



Jerzy and Maria







1927:   "Jerzy's childhood and young adulthood were spent in dire circumstances.   His father died when Jerzy was only 2 years of age.   His mother was left alone with him and his six month old brother Franciszek. Lack of funds forced her to take her children to Miedzyles and leave them with  her parents while she went to Warsaw to seek employment.  Her parents were poor farmers and Jerzy shared a room with many members of the family.   At a very early age he had to help in the household, feeding and milking the cows, and gathering the wheat in the fields.


1932:  Jerzy attended elementary school in the village of Dzierzgowo.   Because his grandparents lacked money he walked bare footed and not until the winter season was he given shoes, first worn by his cousins. The care of his younger brother Francizek was also his responsibility. Taking care of his chores first caused him to study late into the night by candle light.  Naphtha was very expensive and lamps lit by oil were used sparingly.  Electricity was not introduced into the village until 1960.  Difficulties not withstanding, Jerzy was an exceptional student.


1937: He and his brother were able to go to Warsaw to live with their mother.  They shared a one room apartment on the Elektoraney 18 Street. Jerzy attended a school in Warsaw but his clothing was of such poor quality and  his manners different  from the other children he was often teased and at times threatened with beatings.   Hard work on the farm made him physically fit and he quickly proved to the others he was able to protect himself, he was never threatened again.  Also given the distinction of being the smartest student in his class helped be accepted and left alone. He was a quite boy but would not let anyone push him around.  He graduated from elementary school with top honors.


1939: Jerzy and his brother returned to the farm during vacation to help with the work in the fields.  WWII began and they were stranded in the village.   As the fighting acme closer, he and his brother, uncle, aunt and two of their children were able to escape from the Nazis.  For a few weeks they were able to avoid capture.   When returning to Miedzylasia they found their uncle's house was burned out and were unable to save anything.   They were able to rent a very small room in a cottage in the village. They had to sleep on the floor.   Jerzy could not at this tine return to Warsaw, being now under the control of the Nazis, as was Chorzele and Miedzyisia.  Not until the end of 1939 did he and his brother receive a pass to return to Warsaw.


1940:  Jerzy began to study mechanics in a Trade School and was also forced to work in the railroad repair shop in Pruszkowie.   He had to travel many miles by train to reach his assignments.   During the war the railroad was of great importance to the Nazi command, keeping Jerzy and other workers very busy.  He would very often work all night and then attend school early in the morning.   When he returned home completely exhausted his mother would cry at the sight of him.  Working conditions were of a military discipline, negligence or laziness on the part of the worker would immediately transfer him to a concentration camp for reeducation.   This happened to one of his co-workers.  However, Jerzy was fortunately recognized as having talent toward mechanics while working in Pruszkowie.   At this time Elektoalna Street was included into a Jewish Ghetto by the Nazis. Jerzy, his brother and mother were forced to move to Brzesla Street, a section in Warsaw inhabited by criminals and alcoholics.


   Jerzy, even though exhausted, was still interested in many things and was an avid reader.   It was at this time that many people were preparing for the Warsaw up-rising. A bottle filled with benzene was exploded on one of the streets but the up-rising was squelched very quickly.   Jerzy was captured by the Nazi sent to Pruszkowie, the same area where he had worked. From there he other Poles was taken by truck to Germany. The trip lasted a few days.


1940: Autumn was hard to bear; the Germans did not feed their prisoners during the entire trip.   After arriving in Germany he worked for a time on farms, later as a mechanic in the factories in Mannheim, Hanover, and Colon.


1945: He worked as a laborer, repairing the bombed out buildings and built new bomb shelters.  At this time, while in Colon, he narrowly missed being killed by bombs falling into the streets, destroying one section of the city.  Before the end of the war he was taken to Erfurt.  When the fighting was getting close the Nazis locked Jerzy and many other prisoners in one of the homes in the area.  They all suffered from hunger, often having fights among themselves for food.   Jerzy being the only Pole, among French and Yugoslavian prisoners put him in a very uncomfortable position of being a minority of one.

He witnessed the arrival of the British and American soldiers. After the fighting and the shooting had stopped he was sent to a camp for displaced persons in the area of Erfurt where he served as a guard, at the main gate. The region of Erfurt, was first liberated by the British and American soldiers and then turned over to the Russian army of Occupation.


Latter In 1945 he returned to his home in Warsaw. On the return trip, when stepping down from the truck he fell and for a few hours he was unconscious, not even remembering his name.


1946: Jerzy found employment as an electrician in a Polish Radio Station. While working he kept on studying to complete his general education which was interrupted by the war. Latter he worked for a Mr. Kasprza, an owner of a Radio Store, where he also met his future wife Marie. Here, he learned of different electrical and electronic components.   Being considered a linguist, speaking Russian and German fluently, he was then given a scholarship to Germany to continue his studies in the electronic trade.   He advanced very quickly, was put in charge of a section, and then becoming a technologist taking part in the development of inventions for new electronic components, which pleased him very much. Through out this period he took care of his mother and younger brother who were both frequently seriously very ill.   The death of his brother complicated his mother's condition because she so grieved for the loss of her youngest son.


1950:   Jerzy was a tall, very good looking young man.  He was of a quiet nature.  His intelligence, good humor, and ability to converse, and good manners brought him a lot of attention from the girls he met.   When he began to visit the parents of his betrothed Marie, his future father in law, who had returned from a concentration camp in Siberia, thought surly, Jerzy, was some agents come to kill him.   He could not believe someone so "wonderful" would be interested in his daughter.   But interested Jerzy was and he married Marie.


1952: Apr. 24, where?

      Jerzy married at age 27 Maria Jadwiga Konski.


      After the wedding they lived with his mother in a small two room apartment on Brzesky Street. The death of their first child, a girl, affected both of them deeply. The birth of Jerzy's son, at the age of 30, the same age his father had at his birth, pleased the young family very much and was taken as a good omen.


1961:  Jerzy moved his family to a 5 room apartment which he occupied until his death.


Jerzy was considered to be a very good worker and a natural leader among his fellow associates.   His avid desire to learn more prompted him to enroll in the Warsaw College of Engineering while still working.   He completed the courses and at the age of ? he obtained a degree in Engineering. The ability to learn various theories opened the doors for him to greater advancement.   He was transferred to the "Planning Department" but soon decided this was not for him, not enough of activity.   Jerzy then went to work for a large TV manufacturing company which had just been built.   This was the first company in Poland to produce transistors.  Jerzy put all his efforts and knowledge into his job, a position he loved passionately.   His experience in the field of electronics was of great value to him, promoting him to department Supervisor.   At the age of ? he became the Production Manager  of the factory, 3rd most important office in the company. He had control of three thousand workers who were very qualified.   During this period the company became the most important transistor manufacturer in that part of Europe. Many visitors from foreign countries came to visit his department. On one occasion representatives from France were visiting the plant, their interpreter was unable to translate the more intricate terms into French.   Luckily, for Jerzy another visitor was fluent in German and he and Jerzy were able to discuss the most complicated phases of production.   He was offered many times, a very high position in the Ministry for the Study of Mechanics, but always refused, feeling the position was not for him, too much paper work, not enough action.


19??:  Jerzy, now, was considered the most experienced and best production manager in Poland.  Television sets were one of the first products to be manufactured in a Socialist country that had an immediate demand from Western markets; Jerzy received credit for playing an important role in this accomplishment.  His expertise was requested by many countries, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Soviet Union, German Democratic Union, German Federal Union, (he was invited to consult in factories were he worked as a slave laborer during the war), Austria, France, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Siam and Japan.

He was a very demanding task-master but also fair and rewarding workers for their good performances.  Helping his employees with their personal problems was greatly appreciated.   They were truly loyal to him.   Employees also noticed his constant visits and inspections of the work places, which in several instances, prevented major accidents.


   Privately, he was considered a very friendly person who enjoyed parties.   He was a very good dancer and liked being in the company of other people. He was a very punctual man, demanding that the other members on the Board of Directors to also be punctual.  To his employees tardiness brought stiff fines, compliance brought rewards, such as a visit to one of the better restaurants in Warsaw.   This activity in the factory was known as the "Dryszel Rewards".   His work did not dim his responsibilities toward his family.   He was a very attentive husband and father. He took his don on fishing trips, read to him from books from his library, and sang songs to him.   Jerzy was always very pleasant, inquisitive, but never keyed up. He was a man under control, never becoming angry.   He was also a man to keep his thoughts to himself. He never brought his work problems home, and tried not to display his authority at home.    When he did give an order at home, it had to be carried out quickly. At home, being a born mechanic, he was able to repair many things from replacing faucets to repairing TV sets.   In his spare time he enjoyed tinkering with things, he also read many books about WWII.   Astronomy also was of interest to him, with great anticipation he awaited the first signs of the Columbia comet, and unfortunately he died a few weeks before the actual sighting.   He had hoped his son would follow in his foot steps and become a "technician", but it was not to be.   Jerzy enjoyed viewing films about the war, science fiction westerns and thought John Wayne was the best of actors.   In his later years he began listening to symphonic music and acquired a large collection of records. He also enjoyed shooting at the rifle range.   He did not like to hunt, disliking it very much, preferring sharp shooting as a sport.  Jerzy is an individualist, choosing his own paths to work, avoiding conformity of the masses, such as Sunday walks with the entire family. He was by nature a skeptic, not naive, and did not trust anyone readily. At the end of his ? year of life, Poland was  again undergoing a great crisis among the laborers.   Materials to be used in the production of electrical energy were scarce, causing a stoppage in the manufacturing of his TV sets.   His job was to insure the continuance of production, a great undertaking for any man.   He was forced to spend many hours in the work-shops, causing him to become nervous and tense, although never showing his anxieties and fears.


   He also found time to start on his life time dream, to have a house on his own lot.  He drew the plans, accumulated the necessary lumber, sectioned off an area for the garden.   He showed great talent for carpentry, inheriting it from his father.   He began to build the house, but did not live to finish his dream house.   During the labor difficulties in September of 1980, Jerzy listened to the talks among the workers and was fearful of dire consequences, should a major strike occur.   He felt television played an integral part in the life of the Pole, their talks made him nervous.  In time he was able to convince them of the importance of TV to everyone and a strike was called off.   The end of September gave him a chance to relax.


1980: Sept. 13, with his wife Maria he attended a wedding of the daughter of his friend and the godfather to his son.   After a fast Polish dance, he suffered a massive stroke and died instantly. His death was an incredible shock to his family and many friends at the wedding.   It was difficult for everyone to believe how could such a robust, tall, handsome, healthy, most popular man, an honored guest die so suddenly.   The wedding ended in silence.


Jerzy never spoke of death, but once when listening to a composition by Bach he expressed a wish that it be played during his funeral, his wish was granted. His funeral was attended by hundreds of people.   Family, friends, and Government Officials arrived from many sections of Poland. His eulogy spoke of the love and respect people had for him, this he earned for himself.   Family and friends remembered the things he did for them, helping cousins with their education, obtaining positions for Maria and Krystyna Dreszel, getting a room in a hospital, obtaining the services of Specialists for the wife of Stephan Dryszel, and so on.   It was the wish of his wife that he be buried in the cemetery nearest his home.   His death was attributed to extremely high blood pressure and job tension.   He never discussed his health problems, but his secretary was aware of them.   She spoke of his many attacks, of his sitting near an open window, breathing deeply and waiting for a slowing down of his rapid heart beat, in other words he grossly neglected his health, his early death could of been prevented.


In his career he accumulated many honors and received many medals, including the Silver and Gold Cross of Merit, the Freedom Medal, and the Medal of Valor he received for his bravery during the war.


Jerzy at the time of his marriage was over 6ft tall, had fair complexion weighted 160 lb., black hair, green eyes, carried himself proudly and by all standards a handsome man. s1 (Dec., 1986)      (did he have a will)        


Jerzy death at the age of ? was truly a tragedy not only for his family but for Poland.   It is painful to think what he could have accomplished in the Poland of 1990, with his intelligence, experience and abilities, had he but lived.




14a  Maria Jadwiga Konski

        * Jan. 4, 1926, Wolominie, Poland: Rom. Cath.



The coat of arms Brochwicz II is attributed to the Konski (Kątski) family



         Daughter of Andrzej Konski, policeman, and his wife Zofia Konski, nee Baranow, housewife, (born in Orenburg, Russia, immigrated to Poland in 1918). The Konski are a Roman Catholic family of Polish origin.   The Baranow are a ? family of ? origin.




1926: Jan. 4, Wolominie, Poland

      birth; Rom. Cath.


1939:  Maria spent her childhood in Wolomiinie.   There, she graduated from elementary school.. She was a very active and lively young          girl and had many friends. At the outbreak of WW II, the Konski house was demolished by bombs dropped from enemy airplanes. They considered themselves fortunate to be alive, only by running away from their house as soon as the bombardment began and hiding in ditches along the roads.   The family made their way to nearby Kobylki, to the house of Maria's paternal grandparents.


1940:  After the fall of Poland Maria attended High School for one year in secret.   Later the Nazis permitted children to attend one of two schools, one for tailoring and one for business, the latter being the most popular, although the most difficult, for acceptance.   Maria, always a good student was accepted but was only able to obtain a "limited diploma".   During the occupation students were not permitted to attend school for a full term, thus limiting their education.


1945:  Maria started to work, but she still studied privately.


1947: Maria was able to obtain a "full diploma" thus completing her education. By profession she is an Economist and for many years worked in various companies.   While working and studying Maria found time to enjoy herself at parties and meeting people.       She was a very pleasant person, liked to dance and was a lively girl. She never lacked companions. At the age of 15 she met Jerzy Dryszel.   After a few weeks she knew he was the man she wanted to marry. After their marriage seven years latter the young couple lived on Bozeskij Street ? in Warsaw with Jerzy's mother. After the successful birth of her second child, Maria took a three year leave of absence from her work to take care of her son. During this period she spent a lot of time with her parents in Kobylce. (Why)  She was a very devoted mother, although too protective of her child, isolating him from other children.


1961:  The whole family moved to a new four room apartment in Warsaw.  Maria was very happy in her marriage, enjoyed housework, and was proud of her husband's successes and the development of her son Andrzej.


1980: Sept 13, Her happiness came to an abrupt stop 1980 with the unexpected death of her husband. This was a great shock to her. Her son's wedding later that year brought back painful memories to her and soon afterwards she became ill and depressed. She retired from her position and engulfed herself with the garden work on her property and with the help of her son completed her husband's dream house, slowly she regained her courage.


1985: With the birth of her first grandchild, her life became fuller.   She loves her grandson very much and is a very attentive grandmother, happy to be with him. But she soon had to face the fact, that with the birth of Marcin, her son and his new family would soon leave because of the lack of space, and that she would be alone.   Since the death of her husband she has grown nervous, but never remains angry.


         Maria has a good character; she loves to cook delicious food and loves to eat delicious food. She enjoys canning food and storing it          for the winter. She is a excellent seamstress and makes beautiful clothing for her grandchild. At the time of her marriage she weighed 110 lb., 5ft. 3in., was of fair complexion, had dark brown hair and brown eyes. s2 Nov.,1986  












1.  Helen von der Droessel called Helen Dryszel Balicki

     * Nov. 11, 1920, Chicago, IL USA: Rom. Cath.

     Dec. 19, 1971, age 51, Downers Grove, IL USA

     buried: Holy Angles Cemetery,????? IL USA

     x Oct. 11, 1941, age 21, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago, IL

     to Noble Chester Balicki


















1920: Nov. 11, Chicago, Il., USA

      birth; Rom. Cath.


 Helen was called Helcia by her family. She was raised in her parent’s charming cottage on Marion Ct. in Chicago.   Helcia was an obedient and helpful child.


1934: Helscha graduated from Anderson grammar school.


1938: She graduated from Josephenus High school? , after which she took college courses in office management at Loyola University.


1939: She found employment as a secretary.


1941: Oct. 11, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago, Il.

Helscha married at age 21 Noble Chester Balicki, (n1)

After her marriage she continued working as a secretary, because of the War.


1945:  After her husband returned from active duty in Africa, Helscha retired and became a housewife.


1949:  Helcia and her husband purchased, with the help of her mother, a lovely bungalow in Downeres Grove, Il. She lived there the rest of her life.


1971: Dec. 19, Downers Grove, Il., USA

      Helscha died at age 51 from a heart attack and was buried next to her husband in Holy Angles Cemetery,????? Ill. ., USA. Her estate was equally divided between her daughters. 


Helcia was pretty. She was gentle and warm hearted. At her marriage she weighed 100lb. was 5ft. 2in., had blond hair, blue eyes, and a fair complexion.


Helcia loved to cook and when she had time she wrote poetry. She was devoted to her husband. His premature death was very difficult for her to understand and accept, and certainly contributed to her early death. 




16a.  Chester Balicki

         * 1918

         † 1969, age 50

         Railroad engineer

The coat of arms Topar is attributed to the Balicki family









Chester was adopted by his step-father Balicki his mother's second husband. Mars. Balicki was born ?. The Balicki were a Rom. Cath. noble         family of Polish origin. The ? were a Rom. Cath. noble family of Polish origin. Both his parents were born in Poland and immigrated to USA.



1918: ???????

      birth; Rom. Cath.

      Chester was called Chet by almost everyone who knew him


1932: Chet graduated from ? grammar school


1936: He graduated from ? High School


1944: Chet was drafted into the army and served until the end of the war.

      After his discharge he returned to work for the ?  rail road as an engineer.   He continued in this capacity until his illness.


1969: ? IL USA.

      Chet died at age 50 from cancer after a long illness.


Chet was a good looking man.   At the time of his marriage he was 6ft. 1in.tall, weighed 185 lb. had brown eyes, black curly hair, and a fair complexion.


His hobbies were photography and making home movies.   He won several prizes for his pictures.   After a long illness Chet died form cancer. His estate was left to Helcia.


Helcia and Chet had two daughters and four grandchildren, one boy and three girls;





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     born: ?; Rom. Cath.

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2.  Joseph Edward von der Dressel, called Edward Dryszel

     * Apr. 15, 1924 Chicago, IL USA

     Jan. 18, 1994 St. Adalbert Cemetery Rosholt, Wisconsin


     to Noble Theresa Ostrowski

          daughter of Franczcek Ostrowski and wife Apolonia nee Rekowski     


     Master Machinist


















Texas Ed








1924: Apr. 15, Chicago, Il., USA

      birth; Rom.Cath.

      Joseph is called Edzu by his family and Eddie or Ed by his friends.

      Edzu did not use the name Joseph because his mother thought that there were too many Josephs in the family, and another "Joe" would cause too much confusion. Edzu was raised in his parent’s picturesque cottage which was surrounded by a large garden.


1938: He graduated from Andersen Public grammar school.


1941: After completing two and one-half years of High School at Crane. Edzu

      decided, to his mother's great disappointment and sorrow  that he rather work than go to school.


1945: After working at various jobs, he was employed by Foote Gear and Machine Co., in Downers Grove, Il. He began as an clean up boy and ended his working career, thirty years latter as a master machinist.  Edzu was active in organizing and working with the? union which looked after the right and needs of his fellow employees.


1957:  St. Adalbert's Church Rosholt, Wisconsin, USA

       Edzu married at age 23 the girl of his dreams. His aunt Zosia Dressel, said at the time of his marriage," that in all her life she never saw a man so in love with his wife as Edzu was with his Tessie".     


1959:  With the financial help of his mother, Edzu purchased a 3 bedroom farm house situated on 2 .5 acres of land on the banks of the ? creek, outside of Lisle, Il., a suburb of Chicago.   There he raised his family, horses, dogs, cats and many pets. The only negative aspect of living on the banks of the ? creek was that occasionally there were Spring floods, which caused  much damage and confusion, and taught the family to work together, very quickly. At the beginning Edzu raised some crops on his land for his table, his friends and for fun. However, as the years progressed and his area became more populated he allowed his land to return to a prairie state in order to accommodate

       all the small wild animals that still tried to live in the  neighborhood. Edzu created his own little "creature preserve"




5516 River rd. Lisle IL


19??:  Due to a   ? condition Edzu had to take a early retirement

       This then gave to him the time to pursue his hobbies which are; singing country songs while accompanying him on the guitar, and wood carving.     Edzu is enjoying his retirement.


At the time of his marriage, Edzu was 6ft. tall, weighted 185 lb. fair complexion, brown hair and blue eyes, a good looking man.

Edzu would like to be remembered; by his friends as a "good guy", by his children as a "good father", and by his grandchildren as a "good grandpa".


He considers his three children to be the most important contribution of his

life to society. And he thinks that his mother, father, spouse, children,

grandchildren, sister, and relatives should be remembered as all "wonderful".


Edzu firmly believes that the greatest honor and award he received in his life was that God gave to him his wife, Tessie.




2a.  Noble Theresa Ostrowski-Slepowron     

       * Sept. 28, 1927, Rosholt, Wisconsin, USA: Rom. Cath.

       x age 20








She is the daughter of Frank Ostrowski and Pauline Rekowski. The Ostrowski are an old Polish noble Roman Catholic family from the provience of ?. They belong to the ? clan (herb). Tes's grandparents Andrej and Maria Ostrowski, note, immigrated to USA, after their marriage in 1885 and settled in Wisconsin where they purchased a farm. The Rekowski are an old Polish noble Roman Catholic family from the Gdiansko area (East Prussia). They belong to the ? clan (herb). Tes's grandfather Frank (use the Polish) Rekowski immigrated to the USA in approximately 1890 and settled in Wisconsin where he purchased a farm.



1927: Sept. 28, Rosholt, Wisconsin, USA; Rom. Cath.

      birth: Rom.Cath.

      Theresa is called Tess by her family and friends. Tess is the ? child of ? children. She was born on her father's farm which was called the          Ostrowski farm. Her early childhood memmories of are a combination of pleasant country life and hard work.


1939: Tess grduated from ???? Grammar School


1943:  She graduated from ////ttended the Simonis, St. Adalbert and the

       the Twin Lake Schools in her county. Tess has natural leadership abilities. This was demonstrated as a Girl Scout Leader during her              adolescence.


1944:  After leaving school she helped her father on his farm until her marriage.


1957:  Tess at age 20 married Edzu.

       With marriage Tess became a housewife and mother for which vocation she was well prepared.  Tess always tried to impress upon her          children the importance of education. She and Edzu were particularly pleased with their daughter’s outstanding achievements in and their             graduation from college with top honors.   



Edzu and Tess had three children, one boy and two girls, and ? grandchildren,  ? boys and ? girls, see XXIX.?







1. Jadwiga von der Dressel called Dryszel





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2.  Alfred von der Dressel called Dryszel

     * Jan. 30, 1933, Chorzele, Poland


Alfred died at age ?. He was buried in the ? Cemetery, ???. He left his estate to his mother.






3.  Ryszard von der Dressel called Dryszel

     * July 17, 1928, Chorzele, Poland: Rom. Cath.

     Aug. 8, 1984, at 56, ?, Poland

     buried: the Dryszel crypt, parish cemetery, Chorzele, Poland

     x 1951, Willenberg, Poland

     to Irene Filipowicz




1928: July 17, Chorzele, Poland

      birth; Rom. Cath.


      Ryszard began his elementary schooling in Chorzele, but due to WWII was not permitted to complete it. Chorzele was under Nazi occupation and the Polish children of the town were not permitted to attend school. Not until after the war ended were they able to return and then only in the evenings. During the day he studied under the tutorship of Stefan Malkowski, a tailor in Chorzele who was a friend of the Dryszel family. Ryszard' family was not wealthy, and he was expected to help with family expenses by doing odd jobs.


1946: after completing his basic education his parents enrolled him in a private school directed by Bronislawa Korzeniakowa, but he still continued his studies with the tailor.   He remained there until 1948, when the school, as all other private schools in Poland was closed.   Ryszard transferred to the College of Pedagogue in Szczytnie.  A year latter the college was moved to Lizbark, and Ryszard continued his education.


1951: March 12,He was a very good student and graduated with honors.  Now, he felt was the time to seriously think of his personal life.


1951:   ???    Willenberg, Poland

      Ryszard at age ?  married Irene Filipowicz whom he had met five years previously while attending school in Chorzele.  They had a beautiful            traditional Polish wedding..


1951: Sept. Ryszard obtained a position as a elementary school history teacher in Jezioronach near Olsztyn.  In that same year he became a

      member of the PZPR. Ryszard did very well, having great skills as a teacher and was extremely well liked by his students.


1952: He was offered the position of Principal of the school, which then consisted of more than 360 pupils.   The position also included a small      apartment in the school.  This was important to him since his family began to grow.  His first son Andrzej was born in May, 1952.


     Ryszard soon became known as an organizer and became involved in many community organizations. He founded the Mutual Aide Society in Jezioronach and a short time latter became the Supervisor of that organization.


1959: Because of his many community and political activities he decided to give up the Principal ship, become a staff member again, and concentrate on his community activities.


1960: His resignation was accepted with regret, and he returned to teaching, an act that caused great dissention among his fellow educators.  In his place a woman teacher was hired from the outside instead of promoting someone from the ranks as was expected.  Her only qualification was that she had good connections in the area.   This appointment caused a great upheaval among the other teachers, claiming the Board of Trustees was not considered in the decision.   They protested and presented a petition claiming the hiring was not in accordance with the local school board rules.

     This petition was also mailed to all the other local school boards in the district.  This petition was signed by 13 out of 17 teachers; the names included Ryszard and his wife Irena.  The reaction by the District Authorities was swift, inspectors arrived at the school and unexpectedly Ryszard was accused of starting a "rebellion", he did not deny it.   He strongly felt that the new appointment should be made from the ranks and outside politics should not interfere. As a punishment he and three other teachers were forbidden to teach in any schools located in Jesioranach, only in small schools in small villages. This was not agreed to by Ryszard considering his family and his accomplishments. He also felt the punishment was unfair nor would he accept the alternative of teaching in a small village.   He was then released from the Board of Education.  Basically the entire situation was political.  During this time the area politics changed.   His friends were no longer in positions help. To provide for his family he accepted a position as a bureaucrat in a local government office, but always dreamed of returning to teaching.


1964: After being promised a good teaching position, he resigned his office job.   However, in the last moment he was again told that he could only teach in obscure village schools.   He refused again and was unemployed for six months. He was considered to be a political liability.   The political situation again changed and the PZPR County Committee in Biskup, of which he was always an active member, was finally able to help him.


1965: He was appointed Head Master of the evening school in Jezioronach, where employed persons who wished, were able to complete their education.


1967: Ryszard decided to continue his studies to obtain a advanced degree in Education. He attended by day the Teachers College in Olystyn. He majored in History and Citizenship.


He completed his studies in 1969. While still teaching he continued his association with the Mutual Aid Society. Although delayed, Ryszard, finally received the recognition he deserved.


1977: He received the Gold Cross Medal for Service to Poland because Ryszard had a special love for children,


1978:  He convinced his wife Irene to direct with him a Home for Children which was to open in Jezioronach.  In Poland these types of homes were very popular in housing orphans and children abandoned by their parents.  One stipulation, 6 to 8 children were placed in each home and the elected parents had to reside with them.  Ryszard and Irene received the permit and so began a new life.


Because the house needed remolding and furnishing, the home was not opened until 1980, and the first child, a girl named Eva was accepted. In time 7 more children of various ages were enrolled, all living in harmony with each other. Ryszard and Irene were the children's Mama and Tata and their own children were also included in the home, thus giving all the children a sense of belonging to a family. In the area of Olstyn there were five of these types of homes. The largest one was directed by Ryszard and Irene. Their home was considered the proto type and was most often visited by politicians, educations, social workers, reporters, and photographers from all over Poland as well as foreign countries.


   All the loving care and good management did take its toll, especially on Ryszard's health. In 1972 he suffered a stroke and could not speak for a few days and spent two weeks in a hospital in Olystyn.


In 1975 the tragic death of his oldest son Andrzej was a deep emotional shock and greatly contributed to his failing health. High blood pressure and severe pains in his legs caused a stay in 1980 in a hospital in Olystyn.


His health deteriorated steadily and in 1981 was considered an invalid and forced to retire. In 1982 he again was hospitalized in Szczytyn and then transported to Olystyn, where veins from his legs were removed. This enabled him to walk better for only a short while.


In July 1984 he again suffered s severe attack of embolism, blood clots in both legs.   Once again surgery was performed to alleviate clotting, but death was inevitable.


1984: Aug. 8, ?, Poland

Ryszard died at 56 and was buried in the Dryszel crypt, parish cemetery, Chorzele, Poland. He left his estate to his wife.


   Although Ryszard was frequently in great pain he never lost his courage, for this he was greatly admired.   He was a happy man and had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed being with people, was very spontaneous and generous, once when relatives came to visit him from Chorzele and became ill with colds, Ryszard refused to let them return by bus and at his expense sent them back to Chorzele by taxi. At times he would be quick to argue, but also quick to make up. In his lifetime he took little time for relaxation. His hobby was photography; he loved to take pictures of ancestral homes in the area.


   At the time of his marriage Ryszard was 5ft 9 in, weighed 130 lb, had dark blond hair, blue eyes and was fair complexion.




20a.  Noble Irena Filipowicz

         * June 12, 1930, Chorzele, Poland: Rom. Cath.

         x age 27



       Irena is the daughter of Franciszek Filipowicz,? and his wife Leonarda Filipowicz,? nee Lazicki.  The Filipowicz and the Lazicki are Roman             Catholic families of old Polish noble origin who lived in Mazovia for generations.





   Irena attended elementary school in Chorzele. At the outbreak of WWII all education for Polish children was forbidden by the Nazis. Irena, however, was able to attend secret classes organized by the parents of the town.


1945: she entered the School for General Education in Szczytyn.


1949: she graduated and continued her education at the College of Pedagogue in Lidzbark.

One of her fellow students was her future husband Ryszard.


1951: She graduated and was immediately granted a teaching position in Jezioranach where Ryszard also taught.   Just like her husband she fought the unfairness of hiring an outsider to replace Ryszard as principal.   The authorities felt, however, she was not one of the organizers of the rebellion and permitted her to teach in the school. Irena was an excellent teacher, well liked by her pupils.   Her specialty was basic education and teaching the Polish language.


1957: Irena married Ryszard at age 27.     


1965: She decided to continue her education and at the Teacher’s College in Olystyn in Polish Philological.


1967: She went to higher and more difficult studies.  Her dedication to her work won for her, three times, the award of "curator".


1969: She was awarded the Silver Medal of Warmia ? and Mazur.


1974: She received her degree as "Magistrate"


1976: She was awarded the Gold Cross for meritorious service.


1978: She was promoted to the position of Director of the Kindergarten School in Jezioranach,


1979: July, she resigned that position to accept with Ryszard the joint directorship of the Jezioranach Home For Children. Under Irena and Ryszard supervision the Home functioned with great success.


1984:  She was awarded the Polish Service Medal for her 40 years of dedication to Polish children.


1985: She was granted the highest honor of all, "The Heart of the Mother Medal"


1984: After the death of her husband and because of her health she request permission to retire. It was not an easy decision to make. But she realized that she really had accomplished much in her life, but now it was time to leave and she could do so with good feelings. Irena still keeps in contact with most of her foster children and acts as a consultant to the new administration at the Children's Home. Irena possess attributes in her character, those so very necessary to deal with children.   She is of a very pleasant nature, has a very good sense of humor and is known for her compatibility and understanding.


At the time of her marriage, Irena was 5ft. 5 in. in height, weighed 110 lb., had fair complexion, blond hair, and blue eyes. s2


Ryszard and Irena had three children, two boys and one girl, see XXI ?_?. 

and four grandchildren, ? boys and ? girls, see XXII ?-?.







1.  Ludwig Stanislaw

     * Aug 25 1927 (Przasnysz)





End of the XXV generation