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Afton Sterankovich
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Birth: Jun. 15, 1889, Poland
Death: Oct. 9, 1957
Wood River
Madison County
Illinois, USA

Afton Sterankovich was born in Wysowa, Poland. He immigrated to the US in 1905 to work as a coal miner in Glen Carbon Ill. He soon married Eva Sawka and they had five children. Afton was disabled in a mine accident in 1923 and soon became consumed by "white lightning" and became abusive toward his wife. Shortly thereafter he was involved in a fatal shooting in his home and was convicted of murder and sent to prison. The conviction was overturned by the Illinois Supreme Court on the basis of probable self-defense. But, after more than a year in prison he was found to have gone insane and was sent to the State Mental Hospital in Alton where he spent all his remaining days. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Eva Sawka Sterankovich (1890 - 1928)*
 
 Children:
  Kay Helen Sterankovich Ehret (1914 - 1994)*
  John F. Anderson (1917 - 1988)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Alton Mental Health Center Cemetery
Alton
Madison County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: rmehret
Record added: Apr 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89047975
Afton Sterankovich
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Afton Sterankovich
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