|Birth: ||Apr., 1913, USA|
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 1934|
Mary Bregovy is known as "Resurrection Mary" - a ghost that haunts the Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois and is sometimes seen in the area.
Mary Bregovy was buried in her favorite orchid-colored dress and is believed to lie in an unmarked grave next to her mother Mary Bregovy (1888 - 1922).
I did genealogy research and found the following: Mary was the oldest child of Mary and Kanty Bregovy. They were Slovakians that emigrated to America in 1902 and were naturalized as U.S. citizens in 1918. Kanty was a laborer in the Swift Co. packing house. At the time of her death, Mary's siblings were John, Charles, Andrew, Vera and Frankie. Mary's natural mother died in 1922. By 1930, Kanty had remarried to Margaret, a Polish immigrant.
Father: Kanty Bregovy: Aug 7, 1883 - Aug 1974, Chicago
Mother: Mary Bregovy: 1888 - 1922, Chicago
John A. Bregovy: married Helen Hanik, Sept. 17, 1931
Brother: Charles T. Bregovy: Feb. 13, 1911 to Mar. 23, 1990
Brother: Frankie Bregovy: Dec. 26, 1918 to Apr. 7, 1986
Possible uncle: Stephen Bregovy: born Dec. 1881, also worked at Swift Co.
Another person believed to be "Resurrection Mary is Ona Norkus. I created a Find-A-Grave memorial for her, too. Lastly, another girl named Mary Miskowski could also be the ghost. She was a girl killed crossing the street on Halloween night 1930.
The following information is provided by SuprMyStiE:
This cemetery is home to a well known ghost story. It's the story of Resurrection Mary. Her name is Mary Bregovy, a young Polish girl that was killed in a car accident in 1934 while going home from a dance at the O'Henry Ballroom, now the Willowbrook Ballroom. Her ghost makes appearances all along the cemetery roads and at the Willowbrook Ballroom. She has been known to dance with men at the ballroom and ask them for a ride home only to disappear from their cars as they pass the cemetery. She been seen hitchhiking on the nearby roads by many creditable witnesses. A taxi cab driver saw young girl walking one evening in 1989 and picked her up. The two of them were talking and driving but as the cab passed Resurrection Cemetery the girl, (Mary), disappeared from the front seat of the cab.
In the summer of 1976, the Justice police received a phone call from a man who said that he saw a girl locked in the cemetery after hours. It was 10:30 PM when Sergeant Pat Homa responded to the call. Homa shined his flashlight through the cemetery bars into the darkened burial grounds. He didn't find any girl. He did find two of the bars on the gate were bent apart at a weird angle. They appeared have been bent apart by human hands. After a closer examination, imbedded in the metal were the impressions of small handprints. On the surface of the green patina of the bronze were scorch marks that looked very much like skin texture. Metallurgist experts could not explain how the bars were bent. Officials had the bars cut off and sent them away to be straightened. The bars were gone for over two and a half years. They were finally reinstalled in the gates in the early 1980's. The same bars were put back, but are refitted upside down.
Message from Tony Walczak, "...the little story about Mary's parents does not seem to match official documentation from 1934... The father being named Kanty doesn't seem correct either. In Polish (which the Bregovy's were not) Kanty is sort of a nickname that always follows the name Jan or I guess in english John. It has to do with a Saint from the town of Cantius. So unless he gave his name to the census as just Kanty, that does not match Mary's father's name on record in 1934. That story about the stone that says Mary Bregovy on it and it being the mother has just sort of gained momentum over the years. It does not match original death certificate information provided at the time Mary was killed. Bregovy was not an uncommon name in the Chicago area. Did you notice the township is not listed as Chicago for this woman who was supposed to be Mary's mom? It would have been Chicago where the rest of the family lived. Mary was supposedly buried in a term grave. Although you seem to hear that story about other girls who are said to be Resurrection Mary. After a certain amount of time, somebody would have purchased the plot again and someone else would have been buried I believe above the original body. There used to be a marker for Mary's grave. I believe it was white. It was mysteriously removed many years ago. Maybe because of all the unwanted activity around it because people believed she was Resurrection Mary. More likely though, the plot was sold again and the marker had to be removed. I doubt term graves are allowed anymore. It was very common in the depression era, especially with poor families."
Mary Bregovy (1888 - 1922)
Resurrection Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleums
Maintained by: Researcher
Originally Created by: venusblue
Record added: Jun 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19720716