|Birth: ||Jul. 16, 1891|
|Death: ||Apr. 22, 1978|
Anna Alice Szczebak, nee Rychlak, was born in 1891 in the rural community of Rzeszow, in southeastern Poland during a period when it was known as the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. While living in Poland, as a young teenager, she worked on various farms both in Southeastern Poland, and Germany where she learned to speak five languages, Polish, Ukrainian, Czech, German and finally English when she came to the United States.
She immigrated to the United States, as did her sister, Mary, and was sixteen years old when she arrived. Later, she met Jan 'John' Adamczyk, in New Haven, Connecticut. They married, changed their surname to Adamski and eventually moved to Springfield, Massachusetts where they raised five children, Frank, John, Anna, Marie and Anthony 'Tony', who later retired as a Captain with the Springfield Fire Department.
Anna and John lived in numerous areas of the North end of Springfield Massachusetts, including Allendale Street, Bell Street, Butler Street, and ultimately residing on Chestnut Street, on the corner of Patton Street, diagonally across the street from Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.
After her husband, a drop forge worker, died in a tragic fall in 1931, and having five minor children, she refused to go onto Relief, the precursor to Welfare, but instead worked six days a week cleaning the homes of local business executives.
Her son, Frank, died in her arms in 1938 after breaking his neck in a diving accident, having survived the accident but succumbing to pneumonia while hospitalized.
In the 1950's she met and married Josef 'Joe' Szczebak from Lowell, Massachusetts. They moved into the first floor of the two-family home of her son, Anthony, his wife Mary, and their children, located on Somerset Street in Springfield, Massachusetts.
She was not only a hard working woman, but also very religious saying the Rosary daily and attending Mass at Holy Name Church in the Forest Park section of Springfield.
While living on Somerset Street, before her son bought his first car, and to save bus fare, she would regularly walk from her home to Chicopee, Massachusetts to visit her friends, a distance of over six miles one way.
Her grandson, Frank, was fortunate enough to be asked by his dad to move downstairs to live with her when she was in her seventies, keeping her company and making sure nothing happened to her.
While living with her, he was often regaled at the dinner table with stories of her youth, struggles in Poland and her early days in the United States inculcating in him the virtues of hard work, self-reliance and love of family.
Anna wanted more than anything to become a United States citizen and finally realized that dream after mastering American history and the English language passing the citizen test and becoming a naturalized citizen in the 1940.
Predeceasing her was her first husband, John Adamski, and her second husband, Josef Szczebak, her sons Frank and John and her daughter, Marie. At the time of her passing she was survived by her daughter Anna, and her husband, Mickey Michaliszyn, and her son Anthony 'Tony' and his wife, Mary.
She was also survived by her loving grandchildren, Leonard, Robert, and Marc St. George, John Adamski, Barbara, Carol, and Judy Michaliszyn, and Karen, and Frank Adamski, along with numerous great-grand children.
People of Anna's character, self reliance, work ethic, and love of God and family contribute much to humanity and are sorely missed when gone.
Jozef Szczebak (1885 - 1961)*
John Adamski (1889 - 1931)*
John G. Adamski (1910 - 1965)*
Frank Adamski (1912 - 1938)*
Anna Adamski Michaliszyn (1914 - 2002)*
Marie Adamski St. George (1918 - 1975)*
Saint Stanislaus Cemetery
Created by: Frank R. Adamski
Record added: Feb 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84444814