Daughter of Ivan DOWLUD and Evdokiya ANASKEWICZ. She married Felix PODLEWSKI. They had four sons: Yevgeni, Jerzy, Anatoli, and Stanislaw.
Irena's husband Felix was a carpenter before he entered military service in the Polish Navy.
When World War II began, the city of Pinsk was part of the nation of Poland. By 1945, the Soviets (Russia) controlled the city of Pinsk and that large swath of land from north to south. In effect, Poland's eastern border had been forced westward by several hundred miles.
Felix was a Polish Naval officer, and by 1945 Irena and their sons were behind enemy lines. Somehow, Felix got word to Irena to meet him secretly. The Soviet NKVD learned of the meeting; soon after, Felix was captured by the NKVD. Irena returned home after meeting with her husband, and she was found the next morning by her sons, in bed and dead. It is believed that Irena died of tuberculosis.
Within a month, the NKVD returned Felix's body to the family home in Pinks, with the instruction that the coffin not be opened. It is presumed that Felix also had died of tuberculosis, and that was the reason for the "do not open" order regarding the coffin.
With the intervention and assistance of a local Catholic priest, Irena's four sons were removed to an orphanage in Gniezno, Poland. All four sons reached adulthood. Three married; of those three, all had children. The fourth became a Catholic priest.
sister of my children's grandfather.
Felix Feliks Podlewski