Cynthia Shenette) It has finally happened! Someone has actually recognized one of my mystery brides AND was kind enough to contact me! I posted a photo of this lovely couple back in October of 2010 for Mystery Monday. Today, I am happy to report the couple has been identified by their grand-daughter as Mr. and Mrs. Walter Shenkowski. The bride is the former Sophie Choronzak, one of the children I mentioned was orphaned in my post Flu 1918 (Part 1 of 3). According to Sophie's grand-daughter, her grandparents' wedding took place at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Worcester, MA in November of 1928. Wow! How about that!
Sophie was the daughter of Antonina and Josef Choronzak, the couple who died during the flu pandemic leaving seven children orphaned. Sophie's grand-daughter remembers my aunt Helen Bulak, and I learned that Sophie worked at my aunt's store, Helen's, on Millbury St. in Worcester for many years. Sophie's grand-daughter said she Googled "Antonina Choronzak" one night and was more that a little surprised to find her great-grandparents name pop up on my blog. She was even more surprised to find her grandparents wedding picture on my blog! What's even more amazing? She has the same photograph in a frame above her computer at home!
We started a nice little e-mail correspondence over the weekend. Maybe together we can learn a little more about Sophie, Antonina, and our respective families. She said she suspects that between her and her mom, they can help me to identify many of the mystery photos in my collection. Sophie's grand-daughter's final comment to me was so poignant. She said, "I'm so glad that Antonina brought us together. Their remarkable story continues..." Indeed it does.
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