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As far as I knew growing up, my dad had three brothers and three sisters, and he was the youngest of his siblings. It wasn’t until I started paying attention to our visits at Saint Stanislaus Cemetery and asking questions about family history that I learned he had an older brother Eugeniusz who died young, and a younger sister Ryta who died as a baby.

These were the children of Antoni Maciejewski (1883-1936) and Marya Szczepańska (1887-1951):

Soon after their brother Anthony Maciejewski enlisted in the Army 28 March 1941, 15 year old Eugeniusz Maciejewski became ill. I was told it was a intestinal infection, peritonitis, from a perforated gastric ulcer that was the cause of his death.

1941 death certificate, Eugene Maciejewski, Buffalo, New York

A death notice was printed 9 April 1941 in Dziennik dla Wszystkich,“Everybody’s Daily,” the Buffalo, New York, Polish daily newspaper from 1911 to 1957.

On Thursday, the 3rd of April, at 3:15 in the afternoon, he said goodbye to this world after a short and serious illness, blessed with the sacraments, my beloved son and our brother,

In holy remembrance of
Eugeniusz Maciejewski

   The late Eugeniusz was born in Buffalo, N.Y. He belonged to the Society of the Holy Child Jesus of the parish and to the Eucharistic Crusade. He was 15 years old at the time of his death.

Funeral services will be on Monday, April 7th at 9:30 a.m. from the house of mourning at 80 Strauss Street, to Saint Stanislaus Church at 10:00 a.m., and then on to St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Cemetery.

  For this sad ritual family and friends are invited in mourning.

Marja (Szczepańska) mama; Zofja, Cecylja, Franciszek, Bernard, Imelda, Antoni, Jan, sisters and brothers; Telesfor Malinowski, Edward Lewandowski, brothers-in-law, Anna, Władysława, sisters-in-law, Weronika Maciejewska, grandmother.

The funeral involved the community, and an article was published 11 April 1941 in Dziennik dla Wszystkich.

Dziennik dla Wszystkich [Everybody’s Daily], Buffalo, New York, 11 April 1941, Page 11

From a Mourning Card

From the Funeral of the late Eugeniusz

Eugeniusz Maciejewski, who died last Thursday, April 3rd, after a short but serious illness of only two days, was laid to rest in the presence of many close family members, relatives, friends, acquaintances and school children.
Eugeniusz Maciejewski was a student at St. Stanislaus School, where he was preparing to graduate in June, and looked forward to receiving his diploma with unspeakable joy.
The coffin with the corpse was carried by the deceased’s friends, whom he had won over with his kind embrace and gentle disposition. We were: Eugeniusz Dolata, Emil Jagiełło, Franciszek Kwaśniewski, Jerzy Pełczyński, Robert Falka, Edmund Jagiełło, Bolesław Derenda, and Henryk Łuczak. All the school children, together with their sisters and teachers, formed a line where the funeral procession went to the church.
It was a very emotional moment which will remain indelibly etched in the memory of both the family and the school children.
Eugene died in his prime, aged only 15, but it was God’s will, God gave and God took. May the light of eternity shine on his soul.

Dziennik dla Wszystkich [Everybody’s Daily], Buffalo, New York, 11 April 1941, Page 11

The funeral stone in Section FF of Saint Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga is prefaced “Drogi Syn,” which means “Dear Son.”

Saint Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga, New York, FindaGrave photograph courtesy of colorsflashing

Eugeniusz‘ death was hard on the whole family. Only 13 when his brother died, my father John was the last remaining child at home. In 1941, both his brother Frank and his wife Anna and his sister Imelda and her husband Edward were expecting babies. When their boys were born, they were named after their uncle:

  • Eugene Charles was born 6-Aug-41.
  • Edward Eugene was born 31-Dec-41.


Comments on: "Eugeniusz Maciejewski, 1925-1941" (2)

  1. […] Eugeniusz Maciejewski, 1925-1941 […]


  2. […] United States Army 28 Mar 1941, and so did many of his cousins and their friends. Their 15 year old brother Eugene died soon after, on 7 Apr 1941. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on 7 Dec 1941, and the United States […]


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