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R Sloma (#47469262)
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Born 1964 in Syracuse, N.Y. Grew up on the "West End," and attended Sacred Heart Church and School. Moved with parents to Lakeland in 1983 while attending college. Attended Sacred Heart Grammar School (1969-1978), Fowler High School (1978-1982), LeMoyne College (1982-1984)/Syracuse Univ. Army ROTC (commissioned in USAR 1984), SUNY Oswego (1984-1987). Masters Degree from the Univ. at Albany in 1998. Served in U.S. Army Reserve (1982-1988), U.S. Army Active Duty (1988-1995), and New York Army National Guard (1995-2013). Served assignments in Vicenza, Italy, Indianapolis, Ind., Fargo, N.D., and Albany, N.Y.
Retired from the National Guard and currently an Archivist with the New York State Archives.
I am particularly interested in documenting the burials in the Geddes Sacred Heart Cemetery as part of a larger historical & genealogical project. During high school I worked at the Geddes Sacred Heart Cemetery and I worked at Myrtle Hill Cemetery while in college.
A member of Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) Post 14, E. Jablonowski (Find A Grave ) in Syracuse.
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Loren Bender
Witold Urbanowicz
Rich thank for the information on where he was buried. Have a great day! Loren
Added by Loren Bender on Jan 15, 2013 1:54 PM
Jan Bos from Nijmegen, Holland
Pfc John J. Kotas
Pfc John J. Kotas was a soldier of Company C 16th Infantry Regiment 1st Infantry Division, participating in the invasion of southern Sicily in July 1943 (operation Husky). D-Day was 10 July 1943.
He was killed on 5 August 1943.
He was buried in the temporary American Cemetery GELA in plot-grave E-56-665.
Date of burial was 10 August 1943.

After the war his remains were repatriated and buried in a cemetery in the United States.

I am writing a book about the temporary cemetery GELA, and also want to include information and the picture you took of his grave, of course you will be credited.

You will be notified when the book will be finished next year.

If you are related, perhaps you may have information/documentation or his picture and/or training in North Africa prior to the Sicily invasion, any information is more than welcome

Thank you

Jan Bos
Nijmegen, Holland
Added by Jan Bos from Nijmegen, Ho... on Jul 20, 2012 12:00 PM
Frank K.
A week late, but nevertheless.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY fellow graver.
Added by Frank K. on Jun 24, 2012 9:48 AM
Polish home
Spent about 3 hours at the polish home sorting through the books. Made several piles:

1. Ready to be cataloged
2. Need to be stamped ( new stamp has to be ordered)
3. Need bookcovers, stamping, etc.
4. Need to be mended or trashed
5. childrens titles
6. american titles with no Polish infor ( bonsai, growing roses)
7. more appropriate for pamphlet file

Gave Rob a list of supplies needed for mending, book covers.

Computer was there but internet connection not done.

I gave Rob a list for his homework....can't proceed until he gets his homework done. LOL

So when will you join us for dinner. I was too busy and tired to go back for dinner tonight.

Added by af on Nov 05, 2011 5:04 PM
I just added a photo, obit and memorial for a Jan Rutkowski.
Added by af on Nov 04, 2011 3:14 PM
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Dear Mr. Sloma,
I found your name by following some other contributor links. I was intrigued to discover you have some interest and history with Sacred Heart Cemetery. I spoke with the groundskeeper and went and visited the rectory a few months ago. First of all, the cemetery is in great condition--the man does a wonderful job. However, he has no burial records prior to the 1980's. I was able to get some information from the secretary at the church, which is a whole other story. The ledgers are arranged according to year of death--there is no computerized cross reference system (at least that is what I was told) There is also no info as to "section or plot" number. (the secretary said "if they're your relatives, you oughta know where they are.") There is however, a wealth of little notations and other stuff written in the lines next to the standard burial info. This is the type of material that needs to be scanned/transcribed before it is lost. If you should ever by chance get any cooperation from the rectory, let me know and I can volunteer some time for transcription.
Added by clevelandpole on Nov 02, 2011 3:33 PM
RE: Sacred Heart Cemetery Syr & Lakeland
Since you worked there maybe you can get more help that I have been able too. When I call I am given the runaround and an interrogation.(Why are you asking, are you related, why do you need to know, etc.) The groundskeppers answering machine is full and he never empties it, so I just wander hoping to find the stone people want photographed.

I have an Ancestry subscription and a Newspaper Archives subscription and Newsbank, so I have access to lots of obits.

I am Ukrainian, can speak a little but can't read or write it anymore (could when I was younger).

It's going to be great working with you.

Added by af on Sep 28, 2011 10:40 AM
Sacred Heart Cemetery Syr & Lakeland

I just read your profile and since I have done some work in those two cem. thought it would be nice to collaborate and not duplicate our efforts.
I photographed all the stones in the Lakeland Sacred Heart Cem. that were there through May of last year.
I have done the 2 flat sections way to the back of the main entrance, and certain little areas for photo requests.
If I send you obits will you add them to the memorials?

Added by af on Sep 27, 2011 6:32 PM
RE: Victor Tuchewicz
Morning, Rich.
I looked at my papers to refresh my memory about this family. They came from Balin, near Rypin, PL.
Zigmunt, George, Walter and Sophie were siblings. I think their mother was Maryanna based on a passenger manifest for Victor but have not been able to determine the father.
I think there were two Zigmund/Sigmund Tuchewicz that need to be sorted out. The one who was married to Sophie really traveled around in the late 40's.
They had at least three children, Joseph, Teddy and Henryka. Then there was the man who was in Poland at the time Victor died in 1936.
Zigmund and Sophie lived at 956 Emerson.
Joseph was a prisoner of war 1943 and was released. I have a newspaper article about it someplace in my files. Joseph lived on Bryant St. in Syracuse at one time. I tried contacting him with no luck. He was elderly and probably didn't want to be bothered.
Victor came here in April, 1913 but his first stop was Jersey City.
See what one obit can lead to? Thanks so much for checking around for me.
Added by vsk on Jul 13, 2011 8:01 AM
RE: Victor Tuchewicz
Hello Rich,
Thanks for the offer. I believe I found an article about a Joseph Tuchewicz who was a prisoner of war and one or two obits.
Bronislaw Tuchewicz was part of Haller's Army and I think he was from Schenectady.
Do you remember the name of the woman your dad knew from Apple Street?
Time to pull the files out again.
Added by vsk on Jul 12, 2011 6:14 AM
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