Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Diane Rawa Bronakowski (#47878828)
 member for 4 years, 5 months
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links
I'm a newer member to FindaGrave but I have used this website since 2007. I became aware of this website when I started working on a family tree for a family reunion. I had a large number of photos due to my research and thought one of these days when I have time, I should upload them to FindaGrave. Since I have retired, I now have time and thus I became an official member. I am willing to transfer memorials as long as they are not related to me, but do so thru the "edit" process and explain your reason for transfer. This saves time looking up the memorial and your member ID. Most of the memorials I have added are at Trinity Cemetery, an old Catholic cemetery in Erie. Keep in mind there are many headstones at Trinity that are not readable.

If you have updates to memorials, explain the updates. I don't arbitrarily accept updates without some verification. I am always willing to do research and have done so with a number of people/members (you know who you are). It's exciting and challenging.

And please, if you find errors please let me know. I do my best to have accurate info, but I am human and we all make mistakes. My direct family lines are Madura, Stempka, Rawa, and Delinski.

God Bless!
 Contact: Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 9,354 Memorials Added
 • 9,508 Memorials Managed
 • 40 Memorials/Week
 • 9,508 Photos
 • 108 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 142 Virtual Flowers
 • 3 Virtual Cemeteries
 • 12 Friends
Search Contributor's Records

First NameLast Name

Virtual Cemeteries
Civil War Veterans (44)
Duplicates (8)
Homicides/Suicides (82)
Find A Grave Friends
Bill and Bunny, Carl Bibeau, David Laughlin, Edie, Emery Metzler, glenda (contrib..., Greg, L Ferree, Rich Vance, Roberta Donley ..., Sandra Walczak, Sue Mueller
Messages left for Diane Rawa Bron... (219)[Leave Message]
Lori and Kowalski
RE: Found my Buscia's grave - Erie Pa
Hello Diane -

Those MUST be the Rozeneks of 19th Street - my Uncle (Bill, my Godfather) and my Cio-Cia Helen - my Mom's older sister.

They lived at 636 E. 19th Street, about 5 houses east of the Polish Falcons (on Ash. St.) That house was my Mom's childhood home. She and her brother and sisters all attended Holy Trinity church and school.

Bill and Helen had 6 children - Billy, Barbara, Betty, Carl, Nancy and Kathy.

I believe Kathy (never married) is still alive and living in Erie.

Unfortunately, I lost touch with that branch of my family long, long ago.

I have done some research on my OTHER 3 Grandparents - Kowalski, Ostrowski, my Dad's parents, and Valentine (Walenty) Slowikowski, my Mom's Dad. I traced their arrivals through Ellis Island and found a bit about THEIR parents and places of birth. I do NOT have burial or grave records, though I know Dzia-dzia Kowalski and Buscia Ostrowski are buried in Calvary in Erie.

I would enjoy sharing some of this info with you if it would help you to fill-in slots in your research.

Please contact me via this message board.

Thank you again SO much for your diligence, and for taking the time to respond to me.

Joe Kowalski
Added by Lori and Kowalski on Dec 05, 2016 7:53 PM
Lori and Kowalski
Found my Buscia's grave - Erie Pa
Hello Diana - Thanks for your effort in this initiative. Through 'Find A Grave', I have located my grandmother's grave in Trinity Cemetery in Erie (Millcreek Twsp) PA.
(Zofia Rudzka Slowikowski, d. 1932)

More importantly, I obtained some (missing, to me) info on her dates of birth and death and the names of her parents and siblings.

I've traced all of my grandparents save her, through their arrivals at Ellis Island from Poland. With the data that I have found in your profile, I may now be able to get some traction. (perhaps looking-into other ports of entry).

One bit of data to add - she had a FOURTH child, actually the 3rd oldest - Helen(a). Her married name was Rozenek (aka Raznek). She died in Erie in ~ 1985. I do not know in which cemetery she is buried - perhaps Calvary.

Thanks again so much for your passionate effort to track-down, organize and make available, this info.

"We are ALL from somewhere else - it's so heartwarming to know from where..."

Thank you again.

Joe Kowalski, State College, PA

Added by Lori and Kowalski on Nov 29, 2016 10:11 PM
Michael Stephens
Schriefer Schrufer
Diane, you had created a memorial for John Schrufer (118071431). I had created a memorial for him prior to that (107809046) by the alternate spelling of his name, Schriefer. Not sure what to do about the duplicate.
Added by Michael Stephens on Nov 16, 2016 2:46 PM
Judith Smith Magons
David S O'Maley
Thanks so much for pointing out the error in David's first name on Anna's bio. I know where "Clarence" came from...Anna's son-in-law. And thanks for the marriage cert. date, which I did not have. I gather that was from Erie County, PA? With much appreciation, Judy in Ohio
Added by Judith Smith Magons on Oct 23, 2016 3:15 PM
Robin Slater Boyd
RE: Jennie Zamierowski
LOL Didn't know why your first message just said Jennie. Oops I still like to post Erie because someone may be looking for her when you are long gone.
Added by Robin Slater Boyd on Oct 05, 2016 6:08 PM
Debbie Dabrowski
re: Issac Lunger
Thank you so much for the transfer Diane! Really appreciate it.
Added by Debbie Dabrowski on Oct 05, 2016 8:22 AM
Marsha Adkison
RE: Aldine Dickey Gensheimer
Thank You!
Added by Marsha Adkison on Sep 16, 2016 9:14 PM
Mary Hershey
More info on Mary HERSHEY, daughter of Benjamin...

It has been almost 4 months since I built Benjamin Hershey's Family Tree. I am not a direct line, though we have common linkages in a couple Trees. So many of the PA Germans from Lancaster circa 1830 intermarried and lived in Fairview, Mill Creek, McKean, and Summit Twps.

In fact, my gggrt grandparents, Jacob and Anna RIPLEY, who were family friends of the Hersheys, are buried in the Hershey Neighborhood Cemetery with Benjamin's family.

By 1850, these church and family members were buried on corner of Heidler and Mill Fair Roads at Salem Evangelical Church Cem, later to be Weis Libray Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) til a second merger and it is now Weis Library United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In putting together the main framework of the Hershey Family, the information comes from page 124 in the 1884 History of Erie CO, Bio sketches. Mary Hershey married L. Brubecker. In further searching, his name is Levi.

Hope that helps, Elaine R
Added by egrug on Sep 13, 2016 7:17 PM
RE: Gomer Leroy Williams Trinity Cemetery
Wow! That is very interesting! Gomer and Stella (called Sally) were my husband's grandparents. Thanks for the information. I have seen Gomer and Stella's marriage record from N.Y. Incredible that Gomer had a child with the sister.
Added by Jean on Aug 04, 2016 11:57 AM
Gomer Leroy Williams Trinity Cemetery
Trinity Cemetery - Gomer Leroy Williams 1939-1941. Parents are listed as Gomer Leroy Williams and Josephine Pietrowski, but Gomer Leroy was married to the sister - Stella. Just wondering why Josephine is listed as the mother?
Added by Jean on Aug 03, 2016 7:38 PM
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service