Nov. 5, 1983 Hamden New Haven County Connecticut, USA
Frances (name changed from Paranka) was born to Grigori & Anastasia Wakula in in 1889, in what was once known as Austria-Hungary, but is now known as the Ukraine. She had several brothers and sisters.
Frances and her older sister Anna immigrated to America, arriving at the port of N.Y.C. in 1905. The plan was to have the girls in the family leave Europe first, and the brothers would continue to save for the passage money to have themselves and parents follow. History and fate deemed otherwise; at the time of her arrival in America she and her sister had no idea they would never again see the family they left behind. Historical events of the Russian Revolution and the Holodomor, Stalin's genocide through starvation of the Ukrainians during 1932-1933 wiped-out most of her remaining family. The brutality of Communist Russia had removed hope of her remaining family to escape. She never saw what little was left of her remaining family trapped in the Soviet Union again.
A few years after arriving, she married my grandfather Klemens Stempowicz,a Pole who immigrated from Russia. They had 2 children; a daughter Mary born 1921 who died at birth and a son Lee, my father who was born in 1923. I am her granddaughter Jean and, and I had her 2 great-grandchildren; Jaime Lee and Jared Matthew.
My grandmother resided in New Haven, Conn.They owned a restaurant together, "The New York Restaurant" for many years in New Haven, Conn. -The Babka bread she baked & intricately designed Ukrainian Easter Eggs she made are a wonderful tradition she passed on to us from "the old country"- She would be pleased to know the tradition has been carried on to her great-grandchildren. Her death was peaceful; of old age.
Frances & Klemens' names are inscribed on the Wall of Honor at the Immigration Museum, Ellis Island, NY,NY.
How wonderful to read the tributes Frances's Grand daughter has left brought back memories of my grand parents who came from Austria-Hungary in the early 1900 hundreds. I know how precious Grandmothers are. I shell never forget mine. God's Blessings. -
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