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St Hedwig's Industrial School & Orphanage/Niles, Illinois

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Re: St Hedwig's Industrial School & Orphanage/Niles, Illinois

Posted: 1080892084000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1109137836000
Surnames: Kolakowski, Novak, Nowak
My grandmother Victoria Kolakowski, as well as her sister Anna and brother Walter (Stanislaus) were placed at St. Hedwig's Orphanage after their mother died and left their father with 5 children to raise. An older sister Sophie was sent to work as a servant in an unknown household, and the youngest child, Regina, was given (adopted) to yet a different family.

The three were at the orphanage from 1913 until approximately 1925 and were able to reunite with their eldest sister, but never found the youngest. They thought their father, Joseph (Jozef) Kolakowski eventually remarried, but never visited them at the orphanage. After my grandmother died in 1963, we gradually all lost touch.

Anna married Arthur Novak and lived in Chicago with her 2 sons Alexander and Theodore before moving to California. We think she died between 1965-70.

Walter changed his last name from Kolakowski to Novak, married, had five daughters and lived in Chetek, Wisconsin before retiring abt 1976 to New Port Richey, Florida. He died in 2002.

I would love to reconnect with anyone who is related to, or knew these family members.
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