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Emma Marie Jugniska Bensel
Birth: Aug. 3, 1889, Poland
Death: Dec. 21, 1981
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA

Emma Jugniska was born on August 03, 1889* in Czerwinsk nad Wisla (near Warsaw), Poland. Her parents were Carl & Justina Jugniski. Although they lived in Poland, they were part of the large German diaspora living there. The size of the Jugniski family is not known exactly; although we know that Emma had at least 2 older sisters - Susanna and Bertha. It's also distinctly possible that Carl Jugniski may have been a step father; at this time very little is known definitively.

Emma's early life in Poland is also a mystery. However, at the age of 22 on August 9, 1911 Emma arrived at Ellis Island in New York harbor. She traveled alone, and cried for much of the trip. Upon arrival in America, she was afraid her swollen and puffy eyes would be mistaken for an infectious disease, and she would be sent back to Poland. But with the help and encouragement of an nice elderly man who looked after her, she managed to pull herself together and made it through the customs and inspections process.

Emma's passenger ship record states that she was destined for the town of Bristol, Connecticut where her brother-in-law Michael Karo was living. This is believed to be the husband of her oldest sister Susanna. Emma made it to Connecticut, where she met her future husband Adolf Bensel, another German emigree from Poland. They married on January 04, 1913 in the town of Bristol. Together they had 2 children:

Arthur - born 1913
Dorothy - born 1917

At some point after Dorothy was born, the Bensel family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Life was good at first - the Bensels owned a home and a car. Things took a turn for the worse, especially during the Depression when Adolph lost his job. Emma took a job as a cleaning lady in an apartment complex, and the family was able to live in a modest apartment there.

In the late 1930's the Bensels moved to Detroit to look for work. Daughter Dorothy got married and stayed in Detroit, but son Arthur returned to Cleveland. On February 3, 1941 Adolph Bensel received his naturalization certificate. In years past, this naturalization would have applied to Emma as well, but that was not the case here. Emma remained a resident alien for the rest of her life, and had to carry a "green card".

In 1950, Adolf saw his younger half-brother Rudolf Harbart for the first time in 40 years - after he and his family emigrated following the end of World War II. A similar reunion followed 2 years later when half-sister Lydia Harbart and family emigrated to the US. It is not known whether Emma had the opportunity to see any of her family again after moving away from Connecticut.

Adolph and Emma ended up staying in Detroit until 1970, when racial unrest in the city (and their daughter's retirement move to northern Michigan) spurred them to sell their home and return to Cleveland, where son Arthur was still living.

Adolph and Emma celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on January 4, 1978. Adolf died the next year on April 03, 1979 in Westlake, Ohio. Emma lived another 2 years - she died on December 21, 1981, also in Westlake. They are buried together in Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chesterland, Ohio.

*NOTE - for some reason, Emma's headstone incorrectly shows her birth year as 1890. Her death certificate shows the correct year 1889.

Family links: 
  Adolph Bensel (1893 - 1979)*
  Arthur Bensel (1913 - 1982)*
  Dorothy Ruth Bensel Heft (1917 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
Western Reserve Memorial Gardens
Geauga County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Temple Garden, Lot 438-C
Created by: Jon H.
Record added: Jan 13, 2013
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