Sorting My Ancestors into Hogwarts Houses

Sorting My Ancestors into Hogwarts Houses

You can tell a lot about a person by the house they’re sorted into at Hogwarts, or so I've been told. Back in December, I sorted my family members--Gramps, Grandma, Mom and Aunt Holly--into Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Slytherin, respectively, and I've decided to sort the previous generation of Kuznicki's and Zielinski's this month. There's [...]

A Local Hero: Michael Tofil Defends Liberty Ships

A Local Hero: Michael Tofil Defends Liberty Ships

Wednesday, December 13, 1941 Michael Tofil was born on August 30, 1926 in Dunkirk, New York to Stanley and Salomea (Kuznicki) Tofil, the eighth of thirteen children. He had eight brothers (Peter, George, Thomas, Joseph, Francis, Leo, Lorence and Anthony) and four sisters (Sophie, Mary, Genevieve and Joan), and the family owned and operated Tofil's [...]

A Shower Bouquet of Roses

A Shower Bouquet of Roses

St. Hedwig's Roman Catholic Church The patron saint of Poland is Saint Hedwig of Silesia. The Marczynski family lived at 17 St. Hedwig's Avenue in Dunkirk, New York, attended St. Hedwig's Roman Catholic Church and studied at St. Hedwig's Catholic School; naturally, Casimir and Mary named their third daughter Hedwig. Hedwig Adrianna Marczynski was born [...]