JOURNEY TO RECLAIM MY HERITAGE
UNCLE JOHN PIECHOWIAK JR. AND FAMILY
On each of my visits to Bay City, Michigan I visited a grave enscribed FLOYD PIECHOWIAK. I had a suspicion that this might be my first cousin Floyd son of John and Tillie Piechowiak, but I did not follow it up for five years.
During the spring of 2003, I decided to request a death certificate from the state of Michigan to see, if in fact, this Floyd was my first cousin. Within a few weeks the verification came.
I called the funeral home that handled the funeral. They supplied me all the information they had on record for Floyd's funeral. This included survivors. I was able to contact one of the survivors, who wishes not to be mentioned within this site. She was able to supply me not only the first pictures of Floyd, but also those of his parents, sister and brother.
I am now able to state the following information and place pictures. I sincerely thank the person who made this possible!
John PIECHOWIAK Jr. born June 11, 1892, to John and Frances Piechowiak. He married Tillie MINDYKOWSKI in 1913. They had 3 children; Alice, Floyd and Edward, who died days before his 1st birthday. John worked throughout his career with Michigan Central Railroad. To avoid layoffs he moved back and forth between Bay City and Detroit. Tillie passed away February 12, 1961. John passed away September 25, 1967. They are buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, MI.
John's registration for the draft during W.W.I. At this time he was 26, had served four years in the Navy, was married to Tillie and they'd had their three children.
Uncle John in his Naval uniform in 1907 at age 17.
John's W.W.II draft registration. Though required to register for the draft for W.W.I and W.W.II, he was not drafted.
Picture of Uncle John with his family in 1918. Left to right is: First Cousin Edward, age two who passed away not long after this photo; Uncle John; First Cosuin Alice, age three; Aunt Tillie and First Cousin Floyd, age one.
Cousin Floyd, age three...follows his Father's footsteps; Cousin Alice, age five taken in 1920.
John's grave at Mt. Olivet Cemetary in Hamtramick, MI
Tillie's grave at Mt. Olivet Cemetary in Hamtramick, MI
Cousin Floyd, age five; Cousin Alice, age seven and Aunt Tillie taken in 1922.
Cousin Floyd as an altar boy at age twelve in 1929.
Floyd served his country during W.W.II in the U.S. Army. He returned to the Detroit area after the war to begin his working career. His first marriage ended in divorce but he later remarried. Neither marriage produced children. He eventually made his way to Bad Axe, Michigan where he passed away in 1996 at age seventy-nine. He was laid to rest in Bay City, MI, where he was born.
Cousin Floyd at a celebration in 1983 at age sixty-three.
Alice married Thaddeus "Ted" BUDA. They had three children; Marsha, Mary Lou and Sue. Alice died June 19, 1966 due to cancer. Ted (born 5/8/1915) passed away just weeks later on August 2, 1966, due to an accident. To date I have been unable to make contact with any of Alice's children.
Cousin Alice in 1937 at age twenty-two; about the time of her marriage to Ted.