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  1. Tekla WEGERA: Birth: 29 NOV 1918 in Zadnysz�wka, Western UKRAINE. Death: 2 FEB 1931 in FRANCE

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  3. Daria WEGERA: Birth: 9 JAN 1924 in Zadnysz�wka, Western UKRAINE. Death: 2 JUN 2002

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Notes
a. Note:   Letter from Joanne Litus, second wife of TEKLA's son, MICHAEL, dated February 28, 1971: "Mike has 2 sisters older than himself in Europe yet. They were married and had children."
  But one puzzling thing is else. My grandmather have a photo young girl from Fracne - Solauge, and she told me that this girl it was a daughter Marysi , and Marysia it is a sister [daughter] of Tekla who lived in France. I send you photo this girl mayby you know her,or you hear about her something. My grandmather know her , becaus sister (Maria J�zefina) my grandmather lived in Franc for few year and she know her very good. I 'm not sure that my grandmather say good , mayby Marysia was cousin of Tekla? --e-mail, Mikolaj Karasi�ski, July 14, 2006
  I would like to know whether you are aware of the fact that Tekla had also a daughter Marysia, who lives in France And to whom my granmother's sister used to go. My grandmother is certain, that Tekla had daughter in France also though lack on it proofs. --e-mail, Mikolaj Karasi�ski, July 18, 2006
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 e-mail from Anna's daughter, Olga (Wegera) Fiorentino, August __, 2008:
  e-mail from Anna's daughter, Olga (Wegera) Fiorentino, August 22, 2008:
 Anna Litus born 7 04 1900; and Wegera Semko the 15 04 1892 has Lozowka Poland and deceased the 24 08 1964; Marie [married] in 1917a Zadnieszowka; I n' do not have the exact date.
 Can you say to me; why Walter; Stephen; Were Rose and Michael born has Podwoloczyska? whereas my mother m' qu' said; she lived in the house of grandmother; Zadnieszowka d' has; or it left for France. thank you Olga
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 Marilyn Hansen (daughter of Stephen Litus) wrote me of her family memories in August 2006: "As to Tekla's girls, I know that two daughters were left behind when Tekla and Andrew came over. One of the girls had an illness, probably tuberculosis which was common at that time. The other girl stayed behind because she had a sweetheart. Andrew died of cancer in Canada, leaving Tekla with four children, Walter, Stephen, Michael, and Rose. During their stay in Montreal, they lived in a Ukrainian neighborhood and it was there that Tekla met Adam Geniuk.
  Wilene's note: Assuming the information I was given in 1971 that son Michael was 9 weeks old when he arrived in Canada which suggests that the family arrived there in late November or early December of 1913, and also consider that Marysia was age 12 and her sister Aleksandra was age 10 at the time.
  "I have a memory of being told that Tekla and her kids returned to Europe and that Adam sent for her to come back. Sounds kind of far fetched to me. What did she use for money? They were very poor. Probably, she moved to another area of Canada and he courted her and eventually won her over. Anyway, they married and had Frank, Olga, and Peter.
  "Shortly after WWII, I can remember my mom and Grandma Grace packing up boxes of clothing to send to Europe. I don't know which sister they were for, but they did mention that the Russians would check all packages and take what they wanted before releasing them. I heard that one of the girls had married a Jewish man before the war and the couple were taken to a German work camp. So many people were lost at that time. I don't know of any communication besides the clothing packages.
  "It sounds reasonable to me that Tekla would be upset that her daughter wanted to stay behind because of a sweetheart. They were trying to escape the grinding poverty and here they faced a young girl who did not want to leave.
  "Newspapers were used to pad the boxes and wrap the clothing items. Mom also used butcher paper, but newspaper was already there and available. Butcher paper had to be bought and nobody had any spare money in those days."
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 Wilene's scenario surrounding what may have happened: Tekla (and Andrew?) had enough money for her (their) passage plus the 4 youngest children, and left the 2 older girls with relatives until she (they) could come back for them later. In addition to the money for their passage across the Atlantic, they also needed funds to travel from the town where they lived to a port city, and additional funds for staying in that city, probably for a period of time, until they could sail for North America. Obviously several years passed once they were in Canada. We know that Aleksandra married in 1919 when she, too, was age 16, and we know that Tekla married Adam Geniuk, July 16, 1916, which is 2-1/2 years after Tekla and the 4 children arrived in Montreal (according to the information given to me in 1971). So if it is true that Tekla went back for the 2 oldest girls, it would likely have been after she married Adam, at which time she would have been better able to afford the trip financially (at least presumably).
  Does it make any sense that a girl, age 10, would even have the option of having a sweetheart, let alone staying behind when the rest of her family was leaving the country? Therefore, Marilyn's memory of Tekla and the children returning to Europe may well be correct because that's the scenario that makes sense, and also works with Nicholas' grandmother's memory and her sister's, too.
  Then also consider the idea of the Internment of Ukrainians in Canada 1914-1920. Whether the Litus / Geniuk family became involved in that or not, they surely would have been scared to death of the possibility of becoming involved, so Tekla and the kids got out for their own safety.
  It is totally logical that one of the two girls, likely Marysia, married a Jew (I suspect that Mazur, Aleksandra's married name, is Ukranian or Polish, but I don't know that as a fact). The town of Podwoloczyka / Podvolochisk where Walter, Stephen, Rose, and Michael were born, was primarily a Jewish town. And this marriage would explain why Marysia moved to France, likely in the late 1930s, or certainly the early 1940s, for their own safety. [The Jewish connection proved to be incorrect after we connected with Anna's daughter, Olga, in August 2008, and also learned that Tekla's eldest daughter was Anna, not Marysia or Maria.]
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 Note Anna's name in the following:
 1924 June, TEKLA GENIUK, age 38, race or ethnicity, Ruthenian,* last residence, 15 Gravel St., Montreal, arrived in the U.S. from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on the G. T. R. [Grand Trunk Railroad]. Accompanying Tekla and listed on the same page were Walter Litus age 18, a cap blocker by occupation, Stephen Litus age 16, also a cap blocker by occupation, Rosie Litus age 14, and Michael Litus age 11. Listed on a separate page were Frank Geniuk age 8, Olga Geniuk age 5, and Pete Geniuk age 2. Following Walter's name in the column for name and complete address of nearest relative in country whence alien came: sister Anne Ogera [sic; should read Wegera], Wolczyck, Galicia, Poland. Final destination, Chicago, IL. A column headed "Head-Tax Status" for each alien age 16 and over lists a certificate number: Walter 174671, Stephen 174672, and Tekla 174673. --from two separate page images, List or Manifest of Alien Passengers Applying for Admission, in Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956 (Ancestry.com)
 *According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Ruthenians were a Slavic people from Southern Russia, Galicia and Bukowina in Austria, and North-eastern Hungary. (from a Google search)
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 17/03/03
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  Pierre would be Peter, and Olga and Peter were Tekla's two youngest children. However, Peter enlisted in the Navy in 1942, and Olga had been married for a year by then.
  Brothers Walter and Michael Litus and their half-brother Frank Geniuk all made their living with the accordian, and Walter owned and operated a music school in Chicago for many years. Since the 1942 newspaper article includes both the Litus and the Geniuk names, could it pertain to these three brothers and their music? The newspaper article was obviously family related and important enough for Tekla to mail it to her daughter in France, and she probably mailed another copy of it to her daughter in Poland as well. Do any family members in the U.S. still have a copy of this article? (Marilyn Hansen wrote in August 2006 that she has no knowledge of this 1942 article.)
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