von der DRESSEL called DRESSEL

1924 - 2011


Leonarda was called Lallie by her immediate family and Lee by her friends.

Lallie was born in 1924, IL, Roman Catholic

1930: Lallie attended St. Stanislaus Kostka grammar school until the fourth grade, she then was transferred to Holy Family Academy, a school for girls taught by the Sisters of Nazareth.

1934:  There she completed her grammar and High School education. In 1942 she 1942:  graduated.   Unfortunately, she was not encouraged by the Sisters or her father to attend college which was a mistake. One reason given was the War. Instead, being very patriotic, she immediately found work in the office of a factory that did war work. This did not satisfy her feeling for duty to her country.

1944: she enlisted in the U. S. Navy. Lallie is the first woman in the history of the Dressel family to actively serve her country during the time of war.  During her Navy time she worked in the naval hospital at Shoemacker, Calf. in the nursing department.

While working at the hospital, she met her future husband, a marine sergeant who was seriously wounded and to whom she gave much of her free time to assist his recovery.

1946: May, Lallie was honorably discharged with the rank of HA 2nd. For her service she was awarded "the Honorable Service Lapel Medal, and the Honorable Discharge Medal

1946: Oct. 12, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago, Ill, USA: Lallie married at age 22 Maurice van Calbergh.

After her marriage Lallie dedicated her life to her husband and children. She is very active in the social and cultural activities of her parish.

Lallie was instrumental in arranging and encouraging her four sons to attend college at private Catholic Universities. Her daughter was not interested in continuing her education after High School Both Lallie and Gi made significant sacrifices in their life styles in order that their sons would complete and have Catholic college educations.

1990: Lallie began to do volunteer work in the "soup kitchen" of St. Stanislaus KostkaChurch which distributes food on a daily basis to the poor.

Lallie does not like to do house work.   Her hobbies are cooking and reading.   The most important philosophical thought in her life is, “Believe in the Lord, thy God".   She would want her family and friends to remember her as having loved, "each and every one", and that she and her husband did the best they could.   She considers her children to be the most important accomplishment of her life.

At the time of marriage Lallie weighed 138 lb. was 5 ft. 7 in. height, had gray-blue eyes and brunette hair, a handsome woman by all accounts.

2011: Sep. 1, Lallie died at the age of 87




XXVI.1a Husband of Lallie:



1925 -
owner and president
of the Continental Tire and Supply Co.1968-1982



Maurice is called Gy or Morry by his family and friends.

Maurice is the son of George van Calbergh, a successful Jackson, Michigan business man and his wife Sylvia van Calbergh nee Radez, a housewife.

The van Calberghs are among the oldest Roman Catholic patrician families of Rousselaere, West Vlanderenthe, Belgium.  The Radezes are an old Roman Catholic patrician family from Brussels, Belgium. George and his wife emigrated to USA in 1923 for economic reasons.

Born: 1925, Michigan, Roman Catholic

194?:  Immediately, after high school graduation in great patriotic enthusiasm, Gy enlisted in the US Marine Corps.

194?   He was severely wounded in the battle of ? . During his military service he was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.  At his discharge he held the rank of Staff Sergeant.

1946: Gy married Lallie at age 21.

After his marriage he was employed by his father in law in the Dressel family business, Continental Tire and Supply Co.

In 1964 he purchased half of the business.

In 1968 he purchased the other half.

In 1982 he sold the business to his youngest son Mark and retired.

All his life Gy was and has been an ardent hunter and fisherman.  At the time of his marriage Gy weighed 180 lb., was 5ft.10 in. in height, had blue eyes and blond hair.

Lallie and Gy have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.




photograph taken in front of one of the van Calbergh family's
factories in Meenen, Belgium, 1947





von der DRESSEL called DRESSEL

XXVIth Hereditary Head of the Dressel family

1927 -


Joseph is called Joseph by most of his family but Joe by everyone else.


1927: Joseph was born in IL, Roman Catholic

1933:  attended St. Stanislaus Kostka parochial School, Chicago, Il.

1941:  attended Wells Public High School, Chicago, IL

1943:  when Joseph transferred, he was a candidate for school president, and the newly appointed Editor of the school newspaper.

1944-45:  attended Quigley Prep., Chicago, IL

1945: Sept. 27, Joseph joined the army immediately after his 18th birth day and served in the American Occupational Forces Special Services Department in Vienna, Austria. In 1946 he was sent to the Vatican to represent the American Army Service Man at the canonization of Mother Cabrini.  For this assignment he was assigned an army sedan and his own chauffer to drive him to Rome.   He was discharged with the rank of a T5. In 1947 he was the first American student to return to the Jesuit Seminary, Cannisianum in Innsbruck, Austria.   He was appointed to the Seminary by the Chief of Chaplans of the American Armed Services.  During his student days in Innsbruck he kept his contacts with Special Services and the C.I.C. Because of these contacts and his American passport it was easy for him to receive permission to cross the various political and military borders without having himself or his luggage searched. Therefore he was able to assist the Jesuits and his fellow students in the difficult and confusing times after the war by bringing mail, packages and supplies from Germany to Austria.. He also served as a courier to the Vatican by bringing reports and documents from East German Catholic parishes.

1949: During his last visit with Pope Pius XII? he received the silver Pius XII medal.  In addition to his work at the University of Innsbruck, during his vacations he was tutored in music and Baroque art in Vienna, Renaissance Art in Rome.



1950:   Joseph completed the required philosophy courses but for the good of the Church he decided not to continue in Theology. He decided to leave Innsbruck, Austria and he returned to Chicago.

1951: Sep. Joseph enrolled at Loyola University as a full time student in business administration.   Latter that year he joined his father's company, Continental Tire and Supply Co, as a salesman, but continued his studies at Loyola.

1952:   Nov. 8, Chicago, Il. USA At the age of 25 Joseph married the Imperial Countess Maria Theresa von Wimpffen at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, the Dressel parish church.


1954:    With the financial help of his father he purchased his first real estate property and from that time until 1968, on a part time bases, he acquired and developed other properties.   In 1974 he founded "Kenmore Properties" as a holding company for his real estate.   In 1986 in cooperation with his attorney, Robert Carrane, he co founded "North Continental Properties" a brokerage company connected to the Carrane legal firm.  He served as a vice-president 0f this company until 1992.

1955: After being a spectacularly unsuccessful salesman he began a eighteen year career of working for non for profit organization as a volunteer and or a paid employee depending on the circumstances. Institution for which he worked were, assistant director National Conference of Christians and Jews, assistant to the director, Tuberculosis Research Institution, University of Illinois, consultant Chicago Chamber Music, consultant Roman. Catholic Union of America, assistant to the director of McCormick Place, was the administrative assistant to the chairman of the Auditorium Theatre Council, from 1967 to 1972. He consulted in the raising funds to complete the restoration of this world renowned theatre and after its restoration he organized and developed its programs. His last public service work was as the first Director of the Copenicus Foundation,1972-73..
He coordinated the organization of the Foundation: by-lws, 1st membership meeting, election of Board of Directors, election of officers. Developed the activities program of the proposed Copernicus Civic and Cultural Center, and outlined its fund raising Programs.

1957:  Joseph graduated from Loyola University, Chicago, with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

1960:  Joseph completed the course requirements for a Masters in Industrial Relations, but because of a disagreement at his oral exams as to the quality and nature of the questions being asked, he did not accept the degree.

1968:  From this date, Joseph concentrated his efforts toward the development of his real estate interests and as a broker and real estate developer.

1976: May 30, Charterhouse of the Transfiguration, Arlington, Vermont, USA Joseph received the Grand Cross of the Ernestine House Order of Saxony from the Duchess Clara von Saxon-Meiningen for his devoted friendship to her, her son Prince Frederick, with whom he attended college, who is now a monk at the Carthusian monastery in Vermont, and her daughter Regina von Austria, Archduchess of Austria.   He was very pleased to receive this Order because it continued at least a 800 hundred year tradition of the Dressel family's friendship and service to the Dukes, Duchesses, and Princes of Saxony.

Joseph Dressel, 1996
1996: Joe during his tour of Poland and Lithuania

1996: Andrzej Dryszel (XXVI.15) article about Joseph Dressel (XXVI.2) visit to Poland and Lithuania in 1996.


1988: July 12, Joseph was proclaimed an honorary citizen of the city of Üebigau, Saxony, by the Burgemeister and the town councilors.


Since childhood Joseph was interested in the history and genealogy of his family.  He began collecting information and things at the age of ten. In 1946 he commissioned the Austrian historian Jozef Pilnacek to write the history of the Dressels. No family history up to this time was known.  In 1986 he commissioned Prof. Dr. Grygier to update Pilnacek's work by writing the history of the Dressels in East Prussia.   The material from East Prussia was not available to Pilnacek.  He also hired the German historian Eckart von Sttuterheim., an expert on Saxon families to coordinate the material available on the Dressel family when they lived in Saxony.   Prof. Dr. Walaczek was hired to coordinate the material on the Dressel presence in Poland and edit Grygier's manuscript.   All this material was used to produce this book, which he hopes as the head of the family will add "quality and give insight” to the lives of his relatives. 

Joseph is an ardent eclectic art and antique collector. His book of poetry on the nature of God which he began in 1946 and which he has revised many times will be published after his death.      

At the time of his marriage he was 6ft.tall blond, blue eyed, weighed 140 lbs. Joseph inherited the Polish version of the Dressel nose which unfortunately was misshapen in a 1960 auto accident. He now has a modified version.

The most difficult thing in his life was the premature birth and subsequent death of his first son.  This affected him more than anything else in his life.





Wife of Joseph:

Wimpffen Coat of Arms


1929 -
heiress; landowner, Hungary; property owner, USA


“Das Wimpffen Steinhaus”
The Wimpffen Stone House build about 1200 in Bad Wimpffen, Germany

Kainberg Castle
Theresa's birth place

Kainberg Castle, 2005

Maria Theresa is called either Thereserl or Teresa by her family and friends

Teresa is the daughter of the Imperial Count George von Wimpffen and his wife the Imperial Countess Jacquline von Wimpffen nee Countess Zichy.   The Wimpffens are the Roman Catholic Hungarian Austrian branch of a very old German noble family who were created Imperial Counts by the Austrian Emperor in 1797. The Zichys are among the oldest and most famous of the Roman Catholic noble families of Hungary.   They were created Counts by the Austrian Emperior in 1747.




1929: Teresa was born in Austria, Roman. Catholic..

"When I was three years of age my family moved from Kainberg Castle to Fahrafeld Castle and I lived there until the Castle was burned to the ground by the villagers to please the Russians toward the end of the war. During the summertime, the family would go the Ercsi Castle in Hungary. My first few years of schooling were done at home with tutors and I finished my schooling in Budapest at St. Mergit. In 1944, the family left Hungary.

“The happiest years of my childhood were spent in Hungary because everybody (twenty cousins between the ages of 6 and 14) was together and played in the Castle's beautiful garden with its fig bushes, cherry trees, and strawberry patches. To this day, Ercsi castle has the most beautiful memories for me. Everyone lived in various sections of castle, which was very long and had many wings but for meals, all got together, being served by the servants whom everyone adored and many of whom had been with the family for generations.

Christmas was always spent at Fahrafeld Castle with a beautiful tree. Scaffolding three levels high would be built around the tree days before Christmas Eve. The servants would work during this time decorating each branch individually according to blueprints from the base of the branch to its tip with fruit, chocolates, candies, ornaments, and candles. My father in all his best finery and the servants would stand near the illuminated candles with buckets of water, just in case. In war time there were no toys available so my mother hand made beautiful ones for us which were put under the tree.

1945: we were forced to leave Fahrafeld Castle at Eastertime because the Russians were coming and a big battle was expected near Fahrafeld Castle. It is at this time that our Castle was burned by the villagers. We fled to the Schladming alps in the American Zone. The flight there was horrible. We had to abandon the wagons that contained valuable antique furniture, paintings, collections of porcelain services, silver, etc. When the Russians were near the small children were hidden under the leaves in the forest, sometimes in holes that were camouflaged. We traveled by night. It was very difficult for my mother, we did not know where my father was. Our party consisted of nine brothers and sisters, ages ? to ?, ? servants, and one of our Hungarian estate managers with his family of four. We stayed in Schladming two months. The authorities wanted us to return to Hungary because they considered us to be Hungarian, but because we were aristocrats, that were not possible, Hungary was now controlled by the Russians. Instead we fled higher into the Alps and hid underneath Dachstein. We stayed there until the end of August. One day, my Aunt Hedi found us, and we all went back to Kainberg Castle where I was born. All the cousins came together at this time and we lived in the castle in great confusion. There were over 60 people?. We stayed there a little more than a year. Then, my family moved into a villa which was two miles from the castle.

I continued my schooling at Innsbruck in 1945. There I finished two more years of high-school, and enrolled at the Gartenbau College from which I graduated.

After my father's release from the communist prison and the fact that he would be arrested if we returned to Fahrafeld Castle, our only chance was to go to America. Since our properties were confiscated we qualified as "Displaced Persons". Ten of us came to Chicago in August, 1951. Two of my sisters remained in Europe one in England and one in Austria. Through friends my father was able to purchase a large old house on Magnolia street with no money down and very reasonable monthly mortgage payments.

1951: I received a degree in Horticulture, from the Gartenbau College, Innsbruck, Austria.

1952: at age 23 I married Joseph Dressel who I met several years previously in Innsbruck during my school days. The premature birth and subsequent death of my first son, the premature birth and associated problems with my second son, and the early medical problems with my third son was very difficult for me to understand and accept. My sons are now beautiful, well, and loving.

I was never able make a complete adjustment to living in America. My life here has been safe and comfortable. I never had to be afraid that someone wanted to kill me because I was a countess. Nobody cared. I always lived in charming houses or apartments, often very close to the beaches and the park which I love so much, I have an interesting husband, and those beautiful Great Danes were always with me, but my heart and soul remains in the lovely parks, gardens, and quiet halls of my father's castles in Europe".

1994, Nov 22: Malta Palace, Rome, Italy

At the time of her marriage she was 5ft. 6in. tall, weighted 110 lb., had brown eyes, brown hair. The society in Innsbruck conside red her to be one of the most classically beautiful countesses in Austria. Her hobbies are flowers, plants and her gardens.

Portraits: In 1950 the sculptor ? did a ceramic bust entitled, "The Beautiful Contessa"; It is in a private collection in Innsbruck, Austria; In 1954, Baroness Clara Wimpffen did a formal 3/4 length portrait, Dressel collection; In 1966 Dwight Berry did a full length and head portraits, Dressel collection. In 1986, Richard Sawicki did a head portrait, now housed in private collection in California.





von der DRESSEL called DRESSEL


1932 - 19??
high fashion model;


Adrianna is called either Adrianna or Adrianne by her family and friends.


1932: Aug. 5, Adrianne was born in Chicago, Il; Roman Catholic

1950: Adrianne graduated from Holy Family Academy where she completed her grammar and high school education.

1951: She attended Rosary college in River Forest, IL., for one year but because of her attitudes, behavior, and grades, she was not invited to return.

Adrianne also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago during special summer programs over a three year period.

1952: From the documented evidence available, descriptions, portraits, and photographs, Adrianne must be considered one of the most beautiful women to appear in Dressel history.   She is exceptionally photogenic and is endowed with a most pleasing, witty, and clever personality. Since she was not interested in continuing her education Adrianne became a professional photographic fashion model and soon developed a national reputation.

1953: June 20, at age 21, Adrianne married Edward Grabowski in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago, Il.

1965: Chicago, Il., USA Her marriage to Edward Grabowski was annulled (civil)

19??: Nov. ?, in a civil ceremony at the Drake Hotel, Chicago, Il. Adrianne married at age ? Hans Graff.

1982: Adrianne was legally separated from Hans Graff

19??: Adrianne retired from her modeling career to become a "housewife" although she does not do any  housework or cook and devoted herself to active participation in her hobbies, painting, sailing, tennis, traveling, and above all buying and trading on the stock market.    

19??: She served on the Board of Directors of St. Joseph Hospital for two years, did volunteer work for Marta Washington Hospital, and for the Anti Cruelty Society.

1990;? It was announced in the newspapers that Adrianne would come out of retirement and resume her modeling career.

1992: It was announced in the newspapers that Adrianne donated the remodeling costs of the Anti Cruelty Cat adoption Center in Chicago.

199?: After Hand Graff was diagnosed to have cancer, he returned to Adrianne's Oakdale town house, where he remained until he died under Adrianne's diligent and dramatic care.

199? Adrianne was diagnosed with Lou Gerhig disease and this conclusion was confirmed at the Mayo Clinic.

199? After Adrianne visited several hospitals and saw how people die with Lou Gerig disease, she decided, that when she no longer was able to walk to her second floor bedroom and when she could no longer swallow without difficulty, she would overdose. She decided that life, after that point, would have no quality. Adrianne had the courage, and the will, to carry out her decision.

199? Sept. ?., Adranne died in St. Joseph”s Hospital.

Adrianne left a substantial amount of money to St. Joseph’s Hospital for Aids research; St. Lukes Church on Michigan Ave.; and established The Adrianne Dressel Graff Cat Adoption Center at the Anti Cruelty Society in Chicago, Il.; her residual heir was her nephew Jan Dressel

Adrianne completed the questionnaire sent to her as follows:

"I want to be remembered when I am dead, that I lived every minute.
My parents were kind and loving - my sister kind and supportive - my brother generousity to me as a child, especially at at Easter time, , My grandmother "Babcia" devoted affection My childhood memories are filled with love and tenderness, a good foundation for a healthy adult life.”

199? Mo. Yr. Adrianne died tragically from the Lu Gerrig disisase She was creamated and her ashes were spread over the graves of her parents and grandparents.




1st. Husband of Adrienne:




Grabowski Coat of Arms called Dołęga

*The Grabowski Family claim to have the right to title Cont, but I did not see any document nor that I do any research.

1928 - 1960?
part owner of the Alliance Printing Co


Edward was called Ed by everyone

Son of Chester Grabowski, founder and part owner: Alliance Printing Co. and his wife Victoria Grabowski nee Giercynski from the Lubicz clan. The Grabowskis and the Giercynskis are Roman Catholic families of old Polish noble origin. They came to the USA at beginning of 1900. 


1928: July 21, Chicago, Il., USA. birth; Roman Catholic

1953: Ed married Adrianne at age 25

1982:  Chicago, Il., USA Ed died at age 52 from a stroke after shoveling snow.



2nd Husband of Adrienne:




???? - 1992
founder and president of the Cinegraff Corp., captain in the German Luftwaffe


Johann was called Hans by everyone.

Son of  ? Graff, Austrian Diplomat, and his wife ? Graf nee ? They were members of Roman Catholic patrician families of old Vienna, Austria.


19??: Nov. 14, Hans was born in Vienna, Austria; Roman Catholic

19??:  Hans attended private schools in Austria.

1940:  Hans was a much decorated officer in the German Luftwaffe

1945: He worked for the American army in film production, While in Vienna, Hans piloted the last plane to leave Stalingrad before it fell to the Russians.

1947:  1st marriage to ? Vienna, Austria

1950:  arrived in Chicago, Il., USA

1951:   Hans founded the Cinegraff Corporation in Chicago, which went on to produce prize winning industrial movies

1952: Hans divorced his first wife.

1953: Hans married at age ?? Adrianne

1992: Chicago, Il., US Hans died at age ? from cancer and was cremated, his ashes were spread across Lake Michigan,.across the Dressel burial plot, and in the Vienna woods.

Note: Until his death his was president of Cinegraff Corp., however as a hobby he greatly enjoyed being a (character) model and doing (character) commercials.









1926 -


1926: Irene was born in IL, Rom. Cath

Irene's active childhood included being a Girl Scout Leader for several years.

1943: She graduated from Carl Schurz High School, Chicago, IL. because of the War she did not consider attending college but took employment with the Co ? to help the "war effort".

1948: Irene married William Robert Beckley at age 23 in St. Stephen’s Church, Chicago, Il., USA

At the time of her marriage she was 5ft.10in tall, weighed 130 lb, had fair complexion, brown hair and brown eyes.

After her marriage she became a housewife and moved with her husband to New Jersey where he was employed.

1983:  After her husband's premature death she became a secretary at the Roche Biomedical Co., Raritan, New Jersey.

Cake decorating, sewing, crafts, and swimming are Irene's hobbies and interests which she energetically pursues.

Of her parents and husband she writes, “My parents were loving, thoughtful, kind and generous, hard working too. They taught my sisters and brother to have the same way of life, as I have.   My husband Bob, was the same way and that is why I married him.   He brought happiness to both my children and me.   He was an electrical engineer and was well known in that field.   Many of his ideas were adapted and used."





Husband of Irene:



Picture will be inserted upon receipt
1921 - 1983
senior electrical engineer and inventor


William was called Bob by his family and friends.

Son of Glen Beckley and his wife Margaret Beckley nee Hartin, housewife.  The Beckley are a Protestant family of German Dutch origin.  The Hartin are a Protestant family of Irish French origin.


born Nov. 8, 1929 Des Moines, Iowa, USA; Protestant

1940: Bob graduated from Bay City Central High.

1941: Attended Art Institute of Chicago.

1942: In Sept. of 1942 he was drafted into the USA Air Force. He worked overseas (where) in radio communication.

1946: Bob was discharged with the rank of Technical Sergeant. He was awarded the EAME Theatre Ribbon, five Bronze Stars, American Theatre Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, and the WW II Victory Medal.

1948: Bob married Irene at age 27.

At the time of his marriage, Bob was 5ft 11in tall, A truly nice looking man, he weighed 130 lb. had fair complexion blond hair and blue eyes.

19??: Bob was employed by the Bell Labs-Western Electric Corp., Whippany, New 1982:  Jersey.   He was the Senior Electrical Engineer in charge of the electrical and power design divisions.

1983: June 22, (where) New Jersey ?

Unexpectedly Bob died at age 62 of a heart attack and was buried in St. Peters' Cemetery.   His estate was left to his wife.

Irene and Bob had five daughters and ? grand children.



Irene and Bob's Children:






Phyllis with Norbie
1927 -
head nurse; property owner


Phyllis does not have a nick name among her family and friends, but her grandchildren call her Moo.


1927: Phyllis was born in IL, Roman Catholic

1945: Phyllis graduated from Carl Schurz High School, Chicago Illinois

1946: She volunteered to work among the Indians in the west for approximately a year.

1948: She fulfilled her childhood desire to become a nurse by graduating from the Cook County School of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois in 1948.   After graduation she worked for Cook County Hospital for several years.

1950: Phyllis married Norbert Stanczak at age the ? Church, Chicago, IL

At the time of her marriage at the age of ? Phyllis was 5ft 81\2in tall, weighed 130 lb., had fair complexion, brown hair and green eyes.

1951: After she and her husband purchased their first house in the suburbs Phyllis transferred to the Northwest Community Hospital, ???, Illinois, where she served as ???? for ?? years.

19??: Phyllis was offered the position of ??? which she held with singular success until she suffered a ???

19??. By the sheer power of her will against all odds and predictions she survived her stroke.   After her recovery she retired from nursing and became a housewife.

Phyllis writes, "I've agonized over writing my philosophy and my contribution to life. They make me feel like a braggart. oh, here goes -

I’m a survivor! Imagine being suddenly knocked from orbit, by a debilitating accident to the brain. As a registered nurse I knew what my prognosis was.   I saw too many people confined to wheelchairs - All hope gone! (No never - .)

That's why I admire my aunt Ann.   She's a tiny little lady, full of courage.   After the hypterectory operation and especially the ?x to her  knee, she bounced back to living. Aunt Bena is a survivor too. After the tragic death of her husband, she decided - no wallowing in self pity. My children need me.   My contribution to life ? I taught my children to be honest, fair and to take care of themselves physically - lots of first aid thrown in free."

Phyllis spends her free time "reading, knitting, gardening, swimming, and walking (not jogging) until your legs feel as though they don’t belong to you."

Phyllis is one of the most outstanding personalities documented in the 900 year Dressel traditions and history. She epitomizes the Dressel sense for survival and their gentle sense of nobility in attaining it.



XXVI.5a Husband of Phyllis:



Norbie with Phyllis

1927 - 1990?


Norbert was called Norb by his family and friends

Son of ? Stanczak, ?  and his wife ? Stanczak nee ?  ,  housewife.   The Stanczak are a Roman Catholic family of Polish origin who came to the USA in ?  he ? are of Roman Catholic family of old Polish noble origin, they came to the USA in ?.


1927:   Chicago, Il., Rom Cath.







von der DRESSEL called DRESSEL


1928 -
retail store manager; property owner


Geraldine is called Geri by her friends and family.


1928: Geri was born in IL, Roman Catholic

1946: She graduated from Carl Schurz High School.

Geri was an active teenager

1947: Geri attended Wright Junior College

During her working career Geri was employed in various retail businesses.

1949: Sep. 17, Geri married Joseph Robert Stangel at age 21., St. Ladislaus, Chicago, IL USA

At the time of her marriage at the age of 21, Geri was 5ft 9in tall, weighed 135 lb., was of medium complexion, and had brown hair and brown eyes.

19??:  At the time of her retirement she was the manager of Dinkel's in Chicago, Il.,

19??: Geri cared for both of her parents, who had cancer, on a daily basis until they died.

1985: Geri and her husband moved to Three Lakes, Wisconsin where they purchased a beautiful retirement house on several acres of land on the shore of lake ?.





XXVI.6a Husband of Geraldine:


1925 - 2005
master carpenter


Son of Joseph Stangel, ? and his wife Rose Stangel nee Graf, housewife.  The Stangels are the Hungarian branch of a Roman Catholic family of German origin who immigrated to Hungary during the 18th century.  The Graf are a Roman Catholic family of Austrian origin.  The Stangels and the Grafs immigrated to the USA at the beginning of the 20th century.

Joseph is called Joe by his family and friends.


1925: Feb 3. Joe was born in Chicago, IL USA; religion?

Born Feb. 3,1925, Chicago, IL USA; Roman Catholic

1943: June, Joe graduated from Lane Technical High School. A month later he was drafted into the USA Seabees.

1943-46: He served with distintion for three years.

1949: Joe married Geri at age 24. At the time of his marriage Joe was 6ft 2in., weighed 140 lb., was fair complexioned, had light brown hair and blue eyes.

1985: At his retirement Joe was the Head Carpenter for Bernhard
Woodworks Co., Northbrook, Il.

1990: Joe was diagnosed as having cancer. Since then he has led a very quiet life under the daily care of Geri.

2005, June 5, Joe died at the age of 80.






called DRESSEL


1938 -
senior systems analyst, Science Research Associates


Casmir is called Sonny by his immediate family and Casey by his friends.

1938: Casmir was born in IL, Roman Catholic

1954:  Sonny graduated from Weber, a Catholic high school, Chicago, IL

1956: Graduated from Wright Junior college.

1960: June 4, St Tarcissus, Chicago, Il., USA

Casey married at age 22, Camille Patricia Fitzgerald

Sonny at the time of his marriage was 6ft. in tall, weighed 160 lb., had fair complexion, brown hair, and blue eyes.

1961: He enlisted in the USA army, worked in the military police section in Fort Leonard Wood Mo.

1965: Casey was discharged as a Specialist 4.

His army experience qualified him to work in computers.

1966: He was employed by the Science Research Associates, Chicago, IL he is still employed by this corporation as the Senior Systems Analyst.

19??: Casey received the corporation's highest recognition, the "Outstanding Achievement Award for Occupation Service."

19??: He and his wife purchased their first house in Chicago  where they lived for ? years.

19??: Casey and Camille bought a large beautiful house in Barrington, Il., on the edge of a forest.

1993: Casey took advantage of an early retirement offer from his company. Now in his free timeand went into the ? business.

In his free time he does serious bowling and golfing.






Wife of Casey:



Fitzgerald Clan Coat of Arms



1940 -
administrative assistant


Daughter of Walter Fitzgerald, Superintendent of the Forest Preserve of Chicago, and his wife Camille Costanzo, housewife.   The Fitzgerald’s are an ancient noble Roman Catholic family of Irish origin who came to the USA in ??. The Costanzo are a Roman Catholic family of Italian origin who came to USA in the ???.

1940: Camille was born in IL, Roman Catholic

1958: Camille graduated from Alvernia Catholic high school.      

x 1960: Camille at age 20 married Casey.

At the time of her marriage Camille was 5ft. 1in., tall, weighted 120 lb., had fair complexion, blond hair and blue eyes.

After her marriage she was a housewife.

1984:?  When her children were growing Camille returned to office work.   She has been employed by the Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc, Schaumburg, IL as an Administrative Assistant.

Her hobbies are reading, cooking, baking, and bowling.

Sonny and Camille have three children, two boys and one girl.


Children of Camille:







1928 - 19??



born Dec. 27, 1928 Chicago, IL USA; Roman Catholic

† Mar. 9, 19?? Chicago, IL USA

19??: Mar. 9, Chicago, IL USA

Henriette died at age ? and was buried at St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Niles, Il. USA ?






1930 -
business executive, supervisor of quality control

Born in 1931


Conrad is called Chris by his friends and King by his sons

1930: Conrad was born in IL, Roman Catholic

x Apr. 7, 1952, age 22, Holy Trinity Church, Chicago, IL USA 

to Eleanor Wikos

1930: Eleanor born in IL

1949, Chris graduated as an honor student from Holy Trinity High School, Chicago, Il.,

1951: he joined the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

He was awarded the following honors ???

1952: Apr. 7, Holy Trinity Church, Chicago, IL USA

Chris at age 22 married Eleanor Wikos.

At the time of his marriage at the age of 22, he was 6ft. tall, weighed 215,lb. fair complexioned, had brown hair and blue eyes.

1953: He was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal. ( did he serve in Korea??)   ( ask him about what he meant about the wrong career and the waste of a lot of years.) He was awarded the ???

19??: He joined the staff of the Chicago Rawhide Mfg. Co. as a ???. Chris is now the Supervisor of Quality Control.

His hobbies are fishing, boating, camping in his Motor home with members of his family.

Chris's philosophy of life is to "live each day to its fullest, for its gone forever, to get as much enjoyment from life as possible."  His greatest contributions to life are his sons. He recalls his parents and grandparents as loving, hardworking, and who sacrificed for their children. Chris wants to be remembered as having treated his family equally and honestly. His sons say that he will be remembered as the man who had two of everything.



Wife of Conrad:

Eleanore with her Motor Home camping at Shelbyville Illinois, 1995

Daughter of Louis Wikos, musician and his wife Victoria Wikos nee Koczor.   The Wikos and Koczor Roman Catholic families of Polish origin who immigrated to USA at the beginning of the 20 th century

Eleanore is called Ellie by her family and friends.

1931: Ellie was born in IL, Roman Catholic

1949: She attended Wells High School in Chicago IL

1952: Ellie at age 21 married Chris.

At the time of her marriage at the age of 21 Ellie was 5ft. 2in., weighed 175 lb., was of fair complexion,  had brown hair and brown eyes.

1963: Ellie is a mail clerk for CR Industries in Elgin, IL, she has been employed by the company for more than twenty years.

Ellie is "just happy to be still alive, having a nice family, and not having such a hard life like my mother had." She is pleased that her working career helped to acquire good houses, cars, boats, and motor homes. She feels that being a wife and a mother is her most important contribution to life.

Ellie joins her husband in his hobbies but her private ones are crocheting and shopping.

Chris and Ellie had two sons see XXVII.7 and XXVII.8





1935 - ?
vice president of Lenhardt & Tucker, Inc., Rochester, New York


Geraldine is called Gerry by her family and friends.

1935: Born in IL, Roman Catholic

x July 30, 1955, age 19, Holy Trinity Church, Chicago, IL USA

to Earl R. Howarth, Jr.

1953: She graduated from Holy Family Academy, Chicago, Il.

1955: July 30, Holy Trinity Church, Chicago, IL USA

Jerry at age 20 married Earl R. Howarth, Jr.

At the time of her marriage Gerry was 5ft. 6in. tall, weighed 130 lb., was fair complexioned, had blonde hair and blue eyes.

1971: Gerry was employed the Lenhardt & Tucker, Inc., Rochester, New York

19??: She continued her education at Monroe Community College, Rochester, New York.

1972: For more than twenty years she has been active in the Rochester Garden Club and the Mothers Circle of St. Pius X Church, in Rochester, New York.

1984: Gerry became the vice president of Lenhardt & Tucker, Inc., Rochester, New York.

Gerry would like to be remembered "as being an honest responsible person who loved her family very much, being proud of her Polish Heritage, being the best wife, mother and grandmother she could, and doing everything to make them proud of being a part of the family."

The most important accomplishment of her working career was her promotion to vice president of the company for whom she is employed.

Her family is the most important contribution she has made to life.  Gerry is "most proud of my grandparents who came to this country and became US citizens. They were hard working people who had many obstacles to overcome upon arriving in a strange country. The most difficult obstacle I think was the language.  They came to this county not expecting the schools to cater to their language or heritage. The Polish people started their own schools which were private. They were a people who did for each other and stuck together."



Husband of Gerry:



Earl's picture will be inserted here when we receive it.
1933 -
supervisor, Eastman Kodak Co.


Son of Earl R. Howarth, Sr., retired Homebuilder and his wife Agnes Howarth nee Grant, bookkeeper.   The Howarth’s are a Baptist family of English origin who came to USA in ???? for ??? reasons. The Grants are a Presbyterian family of Scottish origin belonging to the Grant clan. They came to USA in ??? for ???? reasons.

Earl is called Ray by his family and friends.

1933: Born in New York, Roman Catholic

1951: Ray graduated from the Edison Technical High School in Rochester, New York.

1952: During the Korean War he served both with the US Navy and the US marines.

1956: In Korea he was stationed one mile from the DMZ line by the Freedom Gate Bridge.

1955: Ray married at age 22.

At the time of his marriage at the age of 22, Ray was 6ft. 2 in. tall, weighed 195 lb., was fair complexioned, had blond hair and blue eyes.

1956: Ray was discharged with the rank of 3rd class petty officer. He was awarded the Good Conduct, Korean Occupational and Pacific Occupational medals.

1955: Graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester New York

19??:  Ray was employed the Eastman Kodak Co. Rochester New York as a Supervisor, a position of which he is very proud.

His hobbies are golfing and bowling.

Ray wants to be remembered by his descendants as having been a good husband, good father and loving grandfather. And considers being married since 1955 his greatest contribution to life.   

Gerry and Ray have two children and two grandchildren.










1942 -
executive secretary


Frances is called Fran by her family and friends.

Born 1942, Roman Catholic
mar. 1965 to Luis Velasquez
mar.2 1976

to Richard Romero
Born 1942, Roman Catholic

Fran started her career as a secretary in 1958 working part-time for an audio-visual company in Evanston, Illinois while attending Evanston Township High School.  After graduation in 1960, she attended Kendall College in Evanston, Illinois while working at Evanston Hospital.

After a semester at Kendall College she put college aside for a while and worked as a secretary in a bank in Evanston, Illinois.

Fran loved ballroom dancing and would go to the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago twice a week to dance.

In 1962 Fran began working for an engineering company located on the Chicago River near Chicago’s “Loop”, as a private secretary.  During this time she completed the Patricia Stevens Executive Secretary School in Chicago, Illinois.

In 1964, Fran left Illinois to marry her future husband who established Colens Contact Lens Laboratory in San Diego, California.  She has never regretted the decision to move to the west coast.  San Diego was the place she wanted to finish college, raise children, travel, work, retire and grow a garden.

At age 23, Fran married Luis Velazquez in San Diego California and had two children:  Angel Lorraine Velazquez (1966) and Luis Francisco Velazquez (1967). 

1968: Fran and Luis divorced.

At the time of her marriage Fran was 5ft. 6in., weighed 140 lb., ruddy complexioned, brown hair and hazel eyes.

1970: she began working for the County of San Diego as an  Administrative Secretary for the Probation Department, Mental Health Department and, the Public Works Department where she retired in June 2002.

1976:  at age 34, Fran married Richard Romero. in San Diego, CA

1977: She earned an AA in Liberal Arts from San Diego City College, San Diego, CA.

1981: She obtained a BA in German Literature from San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.

1989: Fran divorced Richard Romero.

Around this time, Fran developed Rheumatoid Arthritis, which became so severe it hampered many of her activities.

2002: Fran retired


As a child through adulthood Fran has always liked to read extensively and watch movies. She likes to cook and has a large collection of cookbooks.  She has traveled to Europe and Mexico, and visited almost all 50 states.  Her love of photography (recently digital photography) occupies much of her free time.  She loves working in the San Diego sunshine in her garden.  But most of all she enjoys the company of her family and friends.




XXVI.11a 1st. husband of Fran:


coat of arms attributed to the Velasquez family


born: dd/mm/yyyy
founder and owner of the Velasquez Glass Co.


XXVI.11b 2nd. husband of Fran:


Coat of arms attributed to the Romero family


yyyy - yyyy








1944 -


Robert is called Robert by his immediate family and Bob by his friends.

Born 1944 in IL, Roman  Catholic

1962: Graduated High School

1962: Robert attended the University of Michigan

196?: Robert was drafted into the US Army.  He served in Intelligence Section and was in Vietnam for ? years. Prior to going to Vietnam, he had to learn the Vietnamese language.

196?:  Robert was honorable discharged and  was awarded the ?? for his service in Vietnam and was discharged with the rank of ?

196?:  He was employed by Dun and Bradstreet in Chicago as a ? It is here that he met his future wife.

1971: Just before He was married, Robert accepted a job as a "Sky Marshal" and was stationed in New Orleans. After 2 weeks on duty there, "they sent me on Temporary Duty (TDY) to Los Angeles, where I flew for about 4 months on Continental and Western Airlines. Most of my flights were to Honolulu.   I managed to get a permanent transfer to L.A.   We stayed there until the Sky Marshal program was phased out."

1971: Nov. 13, Chicago, Il., USA Robert at age 27 married Paula.

1973: June, Robert accepted a job as Investigator for the Civil Service Commission in Washington, D.C. and moved with his wife to that city.

Both Robert and Paula began attending evening class at the University of Maryland and both of them plan to continue their studies until they have earned their degrees.

1974: Robert and Paula bought a comfortable, four bedroom, 19 year old house for $38,500 which probably sold for $17,000 when it was built.  Both Robert and Paula enjoyed and had fun fixing it up.   

197?: Robert finished his degree requirements at the University of Maryland earning a BS, his major was Business Management.

1988: ? Robert and Paula separated.




Wife of Robert:



Demkowicz coat of Arms Called Leliwa


1947: Paula was born.

1971: Paula at age 24 married Robert Driscoe

Robert and Paula had one daughter.


Daughter of Robert and Paula:








1950 -


Tadeusz is called Tadek by his family and friends.  He spent his childhood in Chorzele.

Born 1950 in Poland, Roman Catholic

1957: "Tadek had to repeat grades 3 and 6 due to lack of interest in his studies.  Constant pleading by his parents fell on deaf ears, causing for them great problems.  Self-discipline was not to his liking, he preferred loitering after school with his friends. Homework was not turned as required because he refused to concentrate.   He ran away from home a few times because he resented authority at home and at school.  He wasted many opportunities for advanced schooling - being young and foolish."

1964: Through a miracle by God and to everyone’s surprise he graduated from elementary school.  Tadek showed interest only in physical fitness.

1967: He entered the school for farming and agriculture and completed his studies to everyone’s amazement including his own.  At this time he became involved in the sport of weight-lifting and was accepted in the L       Z S  Orgyc ?- soon becoming the best in his category.  He was employed in a Dairy in Chorzele even though he did not like cows.

He greatly enjoyed companionship, was very popular, admired by all the girls who all thought that he was most handsome, strong and decisive.

1971: Tadek was inducted into the Polish Army, serving in the Artillery Division.  Tadek was considered to be a very good soldier, serving honorably and rated very highly as a gunner, being the best in his regiment and winning the most medals. He excelled in weight-lifting and twice won the title of "master" in his regiment.

1973: Spring, he was honorable discharged from the army with the rank of corporal and with a record number of medals and trophies.

1973: he returned to Chorzele but soon decided there were no longer any prospects for a better life for him there. He left, not planning to go anywhere in particular. With the money he had for travel, he purchased a ticket for the southern most town the money could buy.   This brought him to a place called Tych ? , and there he immediately found a job in the construction industry but soon left it to work in an automobile factory.   After a short while he left that job to go to Bielska Biala where he hoped he would find a much better job.   He accepted a position with a Transport Co. as truck driver of heavy building materials, delivering them to building contractors.   He is well organized, works very hard and consequently earns more money.   Delivering and keeping track of all the various inventories of supplies keeps his interest

1977: March 19, Bielska Biala, Poland

Tadek at age 27 married Noble Kaziemiera Oslawski, who had just recently met, fell desperately in love, married her, and their first child Janusz was born all in record time.  Now it became apparent that Tadek’s 2 room basement apartment, located on the outskirts of Bielska Biala was too small.

At the time of his marriage at the age of 27, Tadek was 5ft 11in tall, weighed 185 lb., had fair complexion, brown eyes, and dark brown hair. Every one agreed, and by all standards he was a handsome young man. n1

1980: Tadek continued his competitive athletic activities with great success.   He established his life time records of 90 kg in weightlifting, 170 kg in throwing, and 145 kg in tossing heavy weights.

1981: Tadek was able to work a minor Polish miracle and obtain a 4 room new condominium for his growing family.

1983: His body told him it was time to quit competitive sports and enjoy the sports for recreation and as a spectator.   

1984: In his free time, after he reduced his sports activities, Tadek concentrated his talents in improving his apartment.  He decorated the walls, and floors of his condo with beautiful wood (parquet) inlayed original patterns which he designed, built and installed by himself. His apartment became a local showplace and his work was copied by many of his neighbors.  He now had the reputation of being an original interior Folk Artist.  His other hobby besides weight lifting is fishing.

Tadek has an optimistic attitude toward life and is proud of his accomplishments in spite of the fact of being an uninterested student.   He is pleased, that coming from a small town with nothing, he was able, by his work, to own his own comfortable apartment, good furniture, a colored TV, an automatic washer and drier, etc.  He is an energetic man, likes active people, especially those who can make their own decisions but above all, he lives and works for his family. At times he is quick tempered, but never holds grudges.   On the average he is rather quiet and sincere.




Wife of Tadeusz:

Osławski Coat of arms Called Kos

1952 -
School Teacher


Kaziemiera is called Kazia by her family and friends.
Daughter of ? Oslawski, school teacher and his wife Mariana ?,
The Oslawski and and the ? are Roman . Catholic. families of Polish noble origin. They have lived in Mazovia, Poland for centuries.

1952: Kazi was born in Poland, Roman Catholic.

1968: Kaziemiera graduated from the Kutnie College of Commerce. Kutnie, being a small town, did not offer many opportunities for active young people.

1969: She decided to travel to Bielsko-Biala which was considered to be a place of "opportunity". There she was able to find work in various retail stores and meet her future husband.

1977: Kaziemiera at age 25 married Tadek.
At the time of her marriage, at the age of 25, she was 5ft 3in tall, weighed 130 lb. had fair complexion, dark-blond hair and gray eyes." n2

Even though her three children were born by caesarean section, Kazi never took a maternity leave, feeling she should also help provide financially for her family. However, she never allowed her working career to interfere with proper raising of her children. Her working hours were always coordinated with her husbands, so that the child would always be supervised.

1988: She is currently working in a Sports Store, called "Tramp".

Kazi’s marriage is a happy one. She is a quiet woman, gentle, even tempered, and very frugal. She is also considered an excellent house-keeper.

Tadek and Kazi have three children, two boys and one girl. 

Children of Tadek and Kazi:




1953 -
grammar school principal


1953: Bozena was born in Poland, Roman Catholic. "From birth she was most lovingly taken care of by her mother.  But at 8 months her mother suffered a stroke and was partially paralyzed.  She was then taken care of by her father and maternal grandmother.

1958: Bozena attended a pre-school, and because her father was unable to take her to school she walked a very long distance by herself.   Bozena was a good student even then, leaned very quickly and showed talent toward recitation and acted in various rolls in the children theatre.   She learned to read and write very easily.

1960: She entered Elementary school and was privately instructed in Catholic catechism.  She was a very bright and gifted student, had many friends and was a very lively and happy girl.

1968: She was accepted into the Liceum school ? of General Studies. There she majored in "Humanities".

1972: She received her diploma and became a teacher in a pre-school.   Simultaneously, she attended an advanced college for teachers, wanting to improve her qualifications, her major was radio and television teaching and Bozena completed these graduate courses with high honors. She was then requested to give courses to the teachers in her school district in methods to be used in using radio and television as teaching aids.   Bozena pioneered the idea of using radio and television to augment the education of children who lived in her school areas small towns and villages. She organized a system that gave school credits to children participating in her programs.

1975: July 30, Chorzele Parish Church, Chorzele, Poland

Bozena married Zdzislaw Orzechowski.  At the time of her marriage at the age of 23, she was 5 ft. 5in. tall, weighed 110 lb., had fair complexion, dark brown hair and brown eyes.

1979: She was made Principal of the grammar school in Opalenc, a town next to Chorzele. She was the youngest person ever so appointed. Shortly, after this promotion, she was told by the school authorities that she would have to remove the crucifixes from her school rooms.  To refuse would bring her into political difficulties, and her dismissal under such circumstances would result in her replacement being, certainly be anti-catholic, anti-religious, a situation, she could not accept for her children.  Being a clever girl, she secretly organized the parents to protest against this order, and then convinced the authorities that she would loose her edibility in the community, if she took down the crucifixes.  None of the district school officials offered to do this, all having been threatened, including their wives, by the local people.  The matter was dropped but the parents never forgot Bozena.

Besides her job and raising her daughter, Bozena loved to work in the large garden of the house she inherited from her grandmother.   There she grows flowers for her home, and fruits and vegetables which she cans for her family, an art she also inherited from her grandmother.   Since her husband must spend a great deal of time away from home because of his work, Bozena and her daughter live with her mother in an old picturesque house her grandfather's Kazimierz Dreszel built in the middle town.   In the future she plans to move into her new house which is in the suburbs of Chorzele.    

1999 Bozena with the help of her cousin Joseph Dressel immigrated to Springfield, New York. For a few months she lived with her Aunt Sabena Jankowski., her father's sister's daughter for a few months, then she found her own apartment. She quickly found employment cleaning apartments took courses to learn the English language.

Bozena is a quiet and sincere person. She enjoys life, has an optimistic attitude toward living, and certainly not lacking in intelligence is able to cope quite well." n1




Husband of Bozena:

orzechowski Coat of Arms Called Rogala

1945 -
agricultural engineer


Son of ? Orzechowski and his wife ? Orzechowski nee ? , housewife.

The Orzechowskis and the ? are Roman Catholic families of old Polish Mazovian noble origin. ?

1945: Zdzislaw was born in Poland, Roman Catholic.

1975: Zdzislaw at age 30 married Bozena.

1980: He converted to become an Adventist.

19??; Bozena and Zdzislaw were divorced.


Daughter of Bozena and Zdislaw:





lawyer, editor; property owner


1955: Andrzej was born in Poland, Roman Catholic.

"Being an only child Andrzej did not attend school until the age of six.  This created a problem, causing him to be an unassuming, very quiet and introverted child. He was a very stout boy, wore glasses.  He had no close friends at school or any playmates. He was an average student and caused no problems."

1969: Andrzej entered High School in Warsaw.  In time developed an interest in Military history.

1970: He tried to enter the University of Warsaw, hoping to follow a career in Civil and Criminal Law but found out, to his dismay, that acceptance as a lawyer was limited only to those who had the proper political connections.

1975?:  He then decided in 1977 to enter a two year program in Journalism also at the University of Warsaw while still studying law. Persistence in studying both law and journalism proved to be advantageous to him eventually.

1977?: He received his Law Degree and was highly praised for his thesis, " Protection of Victims of  Assault and Battery".   His professors urged him to continue his studies to obtain a Doctorate, but he refused to get involved in what would be deep and intensive study.   While attending the school of Journalism he met Miroslawa, who latter became his wife.

1979: He was granted a position as assistant editor.

1980: Was chosen as editor of the "Economics of Poland" publication.

1980: October 4, Andrzej married, at age 25, Miroslawa Chmielewski in Warsaw, Poland.

Since his father had died suddenly just three weeks before his marriage (which was a great shock to him). Out of respect for his father the wedding was performed in a very subdued manner.

At the time of his marriage at the age of 25, Andrzej was 6ft 2in tall, weighed 160lb., had fair complexion, gray-green eyes, and dark blond hair. n1

Andrzej and his wife lived in a four-room condominium with his mother.  This was not a very pleasant arrangement.  Toward the end of 1980 he became a member of the NSZZ (Solidarity).  Andrzej published articles became appreciated by many to be of value and consequence.  The Courier has now become a very popular newspaper. This popularity caused trouble for Andrzej and his fellow journalists.  He was watched, secretly, by the Department of Verifications (Russian Police) and his position was threatened but after a thorough investigation he was retained for three more months.

1982: February, he was once again investigated and was released from his position permanently.  

He and his wife rented a small apartment closer to the Catholic newspaper "Lad" where he now had a position as a reporter of various events.   Many of his articles were also published in the Courier and won many accolades for his good work.

1984: He became a secretary to the Minister of Materials.

Now with their combined incomes, Andrzej and Miroslawa hoped to buy a house, but his wife became pregnant and to prevent another miscarriage she was forced to remain in bed for the full term in the hospital.   Andrzej was now the sole supporter of his family and after repeated rent increases, which he could no longer handle, he and his little family moved back to live with his mother.

As a reporter he covered the visits of Pope John Paul II in Poland, Miss Polonis Concert, Kurt Waldheim, President of Austria’s State visit, Leonard Cohen concerts, etc. As a representative of the Courier he traveled to Yugoslavia, Austria, and Czechoslovakia.

1987: He made a tour of America and Canada as a guest of his cousin Joseph Dressel.

1988: He was awarded the ? Medal by the Minister of ? for ? .

1989: He and his wife were able to purchase a 3 bedroom condominium.


Andrzej with Leonarda Dressel van Calberg XXVI.1 in Chicago
during his tour of the United States in 1992.



19??: Andrzej ran for a seat in the Polish Parliament in the ??? party. Although he had the highest number of votes in his party, the party was not strong enough to win the election.

Andrzej is a dignified and quiet person and is at ease when in contact with other people. Lack of self-confidence causes frustrations, then he is vulnerable and easily becomes the butt of the jokes of others. He is also very pessimistic and quite disorganized in his personal life. His ideas create nervous tensions among his friends, causing arguments, but to those very close to him, he is considered very gentle and jovial. Andrzej has high blood pressure, catches cold easily. He loves the stories of Jack London, enjoys skiing and riding horses in steeple-chases." n1




Wife of Andrzej:

Chmielewski Coat of Arms Called ?

1955 -
professor at the University of Warsaw


Miroslawa is called Mirgusia by everyone.

Daughter of Witold Chmielewski and his wife Helena Chmielewski nee Grabowski. (her mother was a member of the Protestant von Wendt family who immigrated to Przasnysz, Poland in ???). n2  The Chmielewski and the Grabowski are Roman Catholic families of old Polish nobility.


1955: Mirgusia was born in Poland, Roman Catholic

1960: Even as a young child she showed great promise.   At the age of five she taught herself to read newspapers meant for adults.   Mirgusia matured much sooner than other children of her age and became bored with them.   She had 2 brothers and was the youngest of the three children.   Because her parents were not wealthy they were not able to care for three children.  Mirusia was sent to live with her grandparents in Przasnysz before reaching the age of six.

1966: Normally children do not enter school until the age of seven, but her aunt convinced the principal to accept her at mid term.  To no ones surprise she did very well and even caught up to her class by the end of the school year. Through all her years of schooling she was rated very highly, considered above average in all her subjects.   Mirgusia was a very happy, intelligent, and active child and enjoyed companionship of other children.  At a very early age she joined the Girl Scouts and helped arrange various activities for which she won many promotions and awards.  It was at this time that her ability to learn other languages very easily became apparent especially German. I

1973: She was accepted at the University of Warsaw, her major was languages and her minor was "Diplomatic Studies in Journalism".

1775: Mirgusia at age ? married Andrzej.

At her marriage at the age of she was 163 cm tall, weighed ? lb., had blond hair, blue eyes.  There is no one who has ever seen Mirgusia who did not think that she was very beautiful." n3

1977: She graduated with a very high scholastic record.  Although her position as a translator for the Municipality of Warsaw brought great praise, she still felt her talents were not being used and appreciated to her own satisfaction. Mirusia became a television correspondent in the German language for various groups from several countries (name them)

1985: Being a very intelligent person she does not relish the idea of becoming a lay back person. Since 1985 she has written a series of articles for the Polish Courier, covering household management, cosmetics manufactured from various fruits and vegetables.

1988: She accepted the position of correspondent and photo reporter with the Polish Press Agency. She worked mainly with the countries that dealt with Germany.   As with other reporters Mirusia was also investigated by the "Office of Verification" and was cleared.

After suffering through two miscarriages Mirusia decided to place herself in the care of a obstetrician in the very beginning of her 3rd pregnancy. To reach full term she was ordered to remain in bed until the child was born. After three months of medical at home she was confined to the hospital - receiving intra venous feeding to sustain her. After repeated injections in both arms bruising and swelling prevailed. After long a nervous anticipation, a son, was born via cesarean section.   After Mirgusa had given birth to Marcinek she was put on a furlough without pay. Her hopes and dreams were now all wrapped up in her son and considers   his birth the greatest blessing of her life. She is considered a very loving mother, and thus inclined to pamper her child.

Mirgusia favors music written by Brahms and constantly dreams of owning a house of her own.


Children of Andrzej and Mirgusia






1949 - 1997
occupation, property owner


Edward James was called Edie by his family and friends

Son of John Louis Russo and his wife Barbara Ann Andrick nee Booker


1949: Jun: 30, Edie was born in Chicago, IL USA; Rom. Cath.

19??: Edie at age ? married Debbie Ann Russo at St. ? in Chicago, Il.?

1997: April 10, Edie died in ???



XXVI.16a Wife of Edward:




yyyy - yyyy
house wife, property owner


Deborah Ann is called Debbie by everyone.


.19??, MO. DA.,

19??, Debbie married Edie at age ?

199?: She converted to the ????? Church?


Children of Edward and Deborah






1953 -
housewife, property owner


Susan is called Sue by her family and friends.

1953: Sue was born in IL, Roman Catholic.

1971: She graduated high school from the Benet Academy in Lisle, Il. and was listed in Who's Who In American High School Students

1974: she graduated cum laude with a BA from Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, Il.

1974: Dec. 28, Sue at age 21 married William John Berg in St. Joan of Arc Church, Lisle, Il.,
At the time of her marriage Sue was 5ft. 4in. in height, weighed 130 lb., fair complexioned, had brown hair and brown eyes.

Susan loves horses. She is an excellent rider and has had horses most of hr life. She loves the classical guitar, and she loves to garden.

"I cherish personal freedoms. I hate city life and love rural life. Family life is most important. Children come before a career".

"My parents are simple, hardworking people. They don't put on any airs to impress anyone. If you like them - fine; if you don’t, that's not their problem"




Husband of Susan:



Big John
1945 -
master auto mechanic; property owner


William John is called Big John by his family and friends.

Big John is the son of William John Berg, accountant, and his wife Ruth Berg nee MacLaren, housewife. The Bergs are a Catholic family of German origin, they came to the USA in ?????. The MacLarens are a Baptist family of English/Irish origin, they came to the USA in ?????, they belong to the ? Clan.

1945: William was born in IL, Roman  Catholic

1967:  Big John was a sergeant in the USA Marine Corps. He was a helicopter crew Chief during the Viet Nam War and received the citation for bravery under fire.

1974:  Big John at age ? married Sue.   At the time of his marriage at the age of 29, Big John was 6ft. 4in. tall, weighed 250 lb., was fair complexioned, had brown hair and brown eyes.

19??:  Big John is currently the Fleet Manager for the Meade Electric Co.,  Joliet, IL. He has been with the company since 19??.

1987:  His hobby is the restoration of Antique Cars especially Model A and T Fords.  Big John was elected  president of the Salt Creek Chapter of Model A Ford Club of America.  He has 7 ? cars in his collection

According to Sue, "John will tackle problems most people won't touch.  He raised our house; put an addition that will double its size.  He is doing it all himself, from plans to completion.  Nothing is done with a loan - he does it we can afford it. While he didn’t do exceptionally well in school, he is a fantastic at problem solving, he is creative, imaginative, and a mechanical genius. Besides the fact that he is my husband, I admire him greatly as a person.  He is loving, honest and hard working."

Sue and John have two children


Children of Sue and John:




1956 -
chief accountant


1956: Joanny was born in IL, Roman Catholic.

1974: Joan graduated from Benet Academy high school, in Lisle, Il., and was listed in Who's Who of High School.

1978: she graduated cum laude from Illinois Benedictine College, Lisle, Il
During college she won a Illinois State Scholarship for scholastic achievement.

1980: She is the Results Associate for the AT&T Corporation Network Systems, Lisle, Il. She has been working with this company since 19??

1982: Nov. 12, Joanny at age 26 married Gary Parker in, St. Joan of Arc Church in Lisle, Il.,
At the time of her marriage Joan was 5ft 5 1/2 in., fair complexioned, had blond hair and blue eyes.

Joan hobbies are gardening, walking and model railroads.

In her biography notes she writes, "I feel the most important contribution I've done in my life is the birth of my son, Gary Francis. If I bring any other children into this world I will feel the same about them also."---"I feel my parents are the best parents any one could have ever had. They are the most caring, most giving, most unselfish people, I have ever known in my life. I can only hope some day I will be like them in some way."



XXVI.18a Husband of Joan:


Gary Parker
1958 -
musician and composer of country music


1958: Gary was born in Tennessee, member of the Church of Christ

Son of Billy W. Parker, engineer, and his wife Jo Ann Parker, nee Daughtry, housewife.   The Parkers are a family belonging to the Church of  Christ, they are of German, American Indian, and Welsh origin. They came to USA in ?????. The Doughtrys are a family belonging to the Church of  Christ, they are of American Indian and Irish origin. They came to the USA in ?????.

1977: Gary graduated from Wheaton-Warrenville High school.

Although he gives his profession as "Househusband", with the title of "Boss of Parker and Parker Co.", he is a gifted composer.   His published songs are; ???, his recordings are; ???, his albums are:  ????. Gary recently appeared as a Special Guest Star on the annual "Grand Masters Fiddler Championship" which was held in Nashville Tenn.  His hobbies are weight lifting, jogging, target shooting, photography  and guitar playing.

1982: Gary at age 24 married Joan.     

At the time of his marriage at the age of 24, Gary was 5ft. 10in., weighed 260 lb., olive complexioned, dark brown hair and brown eyes.


Children of Gary and Joan:






1951 - 1975



1951; August 12, Andzu was born in Jeziorany, Poland: Roman Catholic.

1975, Andzu died at age 24 in Jeziorany, Poland from causes that have never been clear during a skiing holiday in the Polish Alps. He was buried in the Dressel crypt in Chorzele, Poland.





1954 - 199?
master weaver, property owner



1954: Bogdan was born in Poland, Roman Catholic.

mar: age?



XXVI.20a Wife of Bogdan:


gorski coat of arms called Nalecz

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occupation ?


Bogdan and Anetta have two children.


Children of Bogdan and ?






1960 -



1960: Anna was born in Poland, Roman Catholic

19??, mo? da?Anna married Krzysztof Napiwodski*

*Some heraldists believe that the original spelling of Napiwodski was Napiwojski.



XXVI.21a Husband of Anna






Children of Anna and Krzysztof:







GIRL? von der DRESSEL called DRESSEL


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GIRL? von der DRESSEL called DRESSEL


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GIRL? von der DRESSEL called DRESSEL


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GIRL? von der DRESSEL called DRESSEL


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GIRL? von der DRESSEL called DRESSEL


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19?? -



1968: Born in Illinois

19??: Married Dana Soukal in ?

2005: Living in Michigan


XXVI.27a Wife of Denis:




19?? -


Dana is the daughter of ? Soukal, of Czech extraction, and ? Soukal nee ?, of Polish and Lithuanian extraction. They are florists from the South side of Chicago.


????: NN? born in ?

????: Married Denis in ?


Children of Denis and Dana:


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