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Andrzej Marcin Balis
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Birth: Nov. 1, 1900
Chrzanow, Poland
Death: Nov. 22, 1985
Chrzanow, Poland

Andrzej Baliś was born in Chrzanów to Piotr Baliś I and Antonina née Oczkowska. In 1919-1920 he was fighting in the Polish-Soviet war. In the 1920s and 1930s he was working for "Fablok" in Chrzanów, the first locomotive factory in Poland. In 1924 he married Stefania née Oczkowska of Chrzanów who bore him 3 children: son Marian (born and died in 1925) and daughters Eugenia (1926-1990) and Irena (born 1931). He played in
the Fablok Band and in 1936 he participated with the band in the dedication ceremony of the Polish transatlantic ship the "Batory" in Gdynia. We can find a reminiscence of him in Maria Ruszkiewicz's book "The Wax Candle" (»Woskowa świeca«) in the description of the national holiday, 3rd of May, celebrated in Chrzanów before WW2:

"[...] After leaving the church a cortčge is formed to walk through the most beautiful street of Chrzanów, Henry Avenue. The cortčge is led by the marching band of the Locomotive Factory. At its rear, next to a drum adorned with flowers, our cousin Andrzej Baliś is playing clash cymbals, the instrument which is most suitable for his indefatigable nature. The quiet town is being filled with the multiplying echo of rhythmic, sharp sound coming from a pair of bronze cymbals [...]".

Following German-Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939 he took part in combat and was captured by invading Soviet troops. He managed, however, to flee and returned home. His house was confiscated by Germans in c. 1940 and the family found themselves in hard realities of Nazi occupation. His wife Stefania passed away in 1944. He himself died in Chrzanów over 40 years later.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Piotr Balis (1872 - 1955)
  Antonina Oczkowska Balis (1873 - 1957)
 
 Spouse:
  Stefania Oczkowska Balis (1905 - 1944)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jan Piotr Balis (1898 - 1965)*
  Andrzej Marcin Balis (1900 - 1985)
  Franciszek Jozef Balis (1903 - 1963)*
  Piotr Balis (1905 - 1988)*
  Ludwik Balis (1907 - 1979)*
  Agnieszka Baliś Brozek (1909 - 1990)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Chrzanów Parish Cemetery
Chrzanow
Malopolskie, Poland
Plot: KW. 29
 
Created by: Mariusz Paździora
Record added: Oct 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22478648
Andrzej Marcin Balis
Added by: Mariusz Paździora
 
Andrzej Marcin Balis
Added by: Mariusz Paździora
 
Andrzej Marcin Balis
Added by: Mariusz Paździora
 
 
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Rest in peace.
- Mariusz Paździora
 Added: Oct. 27, 2007
 
 
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