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also Hartwik/Hartwick

Descendant contact great grand daughter:  Rochelle

During the years that both families emigrated, Poland was not a sovereign nation. From the mid 1600's, the country had been occupied mostly by Russia, Prussia, Germany and Austria, with the exception of a few years during Napoleon's French reign in the early 1700's. Often it was split into three with a different foreign country occupying each section. Both Anton and Kate had been born in an area then occupied by Germany.

These occupying countries continually used the resources and men of Poland to support their own countries' needs and armies, leaving most of the native residents impoverished, ill-educated and with little hope for positive future changes. Many waves of Polish immigrated to the U.S. during the second half of the 1800's and into the first decades of the 1900's, using very scarce funds gathered by all the working members of families. It was traditional for children to be full time workers by age 10.

Anton  "Tony" Kryzanek was born in Poland on April 23, 1867. At the age of 14 he immigrated to the U.S in 1880.  He lived in Pennsylvania where he met Katarina Hartwik/Hartwick and they married in 1887.  Katarina (Kate) Hartwik had been born in Poland October 16, 1872. Her parents were Jacob and Magdalene
(Marcie) Hartwick. The Hartwick family came to the U.S. in 1882 when Kate was 10 years old. They settled in Pennsylvania. Kate's mother Magdalene was living in Unity, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania with a married daughter's family, Lena (Peter) Shensky, in 1930 at the age of 95. 

According to the children's places of birth, the Krzyzaniak (later Kryzanek) family moved frequently before settling in Mountain, Oconto County, Wisconsin. For many years before settling into general farming at Pine Stump in town of Armstrong (now Mountain), Anton was a day laborer who competed each day for a day's work and pay. There is some question as to how many children Kate and Anton had. The total number in various written material ranges from 17 to 23 births. The first child, John, died in 1888 within his first year while they were in Pennsylvania. Helen was born the year of Johns death and another child was added to the family each year for a total of 5 born in the first 5 years of marriage. Some of the places the family lived during this time included Harrisburg and Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania.

 Mother Kate had begun her career as a Midwife to help with income and because of her innate need to help the poor families they lived near; a career that was active until one year before her own death.

Three more children were born, now every other year, in Pennsylvania before the family moved to Hoffa Park, Wisconsin, in 1896 just before another child, child number 9, was born there. Their stay in Wisconsin this time was short, for children number 11and 12 were born in Pennsylvania in 1898 and 1900. Kate had worked steadily throughout this time to supplement Anton's income in supporting this large family.

By the 1910 census Kate had given birth to at least 15 children, with 12 still living
with two more were still to come by 1920, although 18 have been found and family lore gives as many as 23 children to the couple.  Kate, Anton and family moved to town of Armstrong, now town of Mountain, Oconto County, Wisconsin in 1908, living in a log house on Tar Dam Road in an area called Pine Stump. Various census entries spell their last name Krzyzanik, Kryzysman or Krzyzaniak.

Kate continued for years as a local midwife and her youngest daughter, Madge, wrote an essay about her mother's work and life for the family. Part of her essay is found starting on page 75 of 
Mountain Memories - Babies Were Her Business . Sons Lawrence died in 1909 at age 18 and Peter Kryzanek died in 1924 and, according to Kate's obituary (see below), that same year Anton left home, never to be heard from again. Katherine died in 1936 and is buried with three of her children in the Mountain cemetery (formerly Armstrong Cemetery).  

Anton  "Tony" Krzyaniak/Kryzanek
    b: April 23, 1867
in Poland
    immigration: 1880 from Poland to USA at age 14
    occupation: day laborer, farmer
    d: unknown
(notes about Anton Krzyaniak/Kryzanek: immigrated to the USA at age 14;)
Katarina (Kate) Hartwik  wife of Anton
     b: October 16, 1872 in Poland

    parents: Jacob and Magdalene
(Marcie) Hartwick
    immigration: 1882
    occupation: midwife
    d: February 9, 1936

 Children of Tony & Katherine:
        1. John Krzyzaniak
            b: 1887 in Pennsylvania
            d: 1888 in Pennsylvania; age 1 year.  

        2. Hattie (Hidoigis) Krzyzaniak - single                   
            b: 1888 in Pennsylvania
            d: 1939 in Mountain, WI
            Burial: Mountain (formerly Armstrong) Cemetery, Mountain, WI with mother, Katherine   

        3. Annie Kryzanek
            b: 1889 in Pennsylvania
            d: 1957 
        4. Julia Kryzanek - 14 children
            b: June 3, 1890 in Harrisburg, Dauphine, Pennsylvania
            d: February 14, 1962  in Green Bay, Wisconsin
        + Stanislaw Francis Klarkowski - husband of Julia
            b: March 23, 1882 in Wisconsin
            d: August 28, 1959  in Wisconsin
        5. Lawrence (Lausena) Krzyzaniak 1891-1909
Burial: Mountain (formerly Armstrong) Cemetery, Mountain, WI with mother Katherine.   
        6. Cecilia Kryzanek, 1893 in Pennsylvania - 1928   
        7. Helen Kryzanek
            Birth - March 7, 1895, Mt. Pleasant, Warren County, PA
            Death - June 16, 1990 (Age: 95), Green Bay, WI
        + Louis Klarkowski (Clark) 
            Birth March 27, 1888 in Eaton, WI
January 2, 1933 in Wabeno, WI
            Death June 12, 1972 in Oneida, WI   
        8. Tillie Kryzanek b: 1896 Hoffa Park, WI  d:1984 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; married
Kazimier  Bierbasz 1891 - 1921; burial: Mountain Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        9. Clara Longard 1898-1984
10. Julia Ann Kryzanek June 3, 1900 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania d: February 14, 1962 in Green Bay; married Stanislaw Francis Klarkowski b: 1882 d: 1959; burial: Allouez Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin; 14 children
      11. Mathew Krzyzaniak 1901-1901
12. Macy Kryzanek b: 1902 Green Bay d:1980 De Pere; married Rita Brunner,  burial Allouez Catholic Cemetery - Village of Allouez
      13. Paul  P. Krzyzanek b: 1905 d: 1981 in Green Bay, Wisconsin; Married: Adeline McCartney  b: 1905 
      14. Peter Kryzanek 1905 in Green Bay, Wisconsin -1924  in Mountain, Oconto County, Wisconsin - Burial: Mountain (formerly Armstrong) Cemetery, Mountain, WI with mother Katherine. 
      15. Irene (Kryzanek) Hansen 1907 Abrams - 1983 Green Bay; Married: Olaf Hansen
      16. Victor E Kryzanek 1909 Mountain -1964 Wauwatosa
      17. Lawrence Edward Kryzanek b: 1911 Mountain  d: 2000 Green Bay
            Married on Aug 22, 1936: Myrtle Morrow (1917 in Oconto County-1993 in Green Bay), Parents were John Morrow (Moreau) and Clemence Potier
      18. Madeline Louise Kryzanek  b: June 18 , 1912  d: August 9, 2006; Married:  Joseph Walter Kasperek at St. Ambrose Church in Wabeno, Wisconsin on January 2, 1933 


Researched by Oconto County Genealogical Society
Oconto County Reporter
Thursday, March 12, 1936
Page 8, Column 1



Mrs. Kate Kryzanek passed away Saturday, Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. at her daughter, Mrs. Olaf Hansen, Riverview, where she had lived the past 28 years. Death was due to a heart ailment from which she had been suffering the past 10 years.

Mrs. Kryzanek had been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Olaf Hansen, in Green Bay three weeks previous to her death. On Feb. 29 she was accompanied home by her daughter and had been in her home about ten minutes when she suffered a heart attack which proved fatal.

Mrs.Kryzanek was a practicing midwife, having practiced for 40 years. Due to poor health she had discontinued practice one year previous to her death.

Mrs. Kryzanek was born in Poland in 1872, came to the United States in 1878 and settled in Pennsylvania. She lived there 10 years, then came to Hofa Park, Wis., then to Green Bay and for a short time resided in Pensaukee.

She married Antone Kryzanek in 1886. To them 17 children were born, of whom four sons and a daughter preceded her in death a number of years ago. Survivors are eight daughters and four sons: Mrs. Hattie Valentine, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Mrs. Stanley Clark, Green Bay; Mrs. Louis Clark, Oneida, Wis.; Mrs. Dan Thornton, Milwaukee; Mrs. Walter Longard, Gillett; Mrs. Zigmund Kuklinski, Pulaski; Mrs. Olaf Hansen, Green Bay; Mrs. Jos. Kasperek, Appleton; Macy Kryzanek, Green Bay; Paul, Victor and Lawrence, Mountain. Her husband left home in 1924 and his whereabouts are unknown, 43 grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive.

High Mass was said at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, March 4, at the Catholic Church in Lakewood, with Rev. Fr. Leo Bartso officiating and burial took place in the Mountain cemetery. Pallbearers were John Hogan, Walter Jameson, Oscar Nelson, Fred Davis, Gust Elbe and Henry Church, Sr. Flower girls were Lucille Hogan, Ruth Elbe, Wilma Jameson, Delila Davis, Elizabeth Boysza and Harriett Nelson.

The people of the community extend their sympathy to the bereaved family in their sad hour.

            Married:  May 4, 1933. Rita Brunner in St. Mary of the Angels Church in Green Bay

Macey E. Kryzanek, 77, 666 Reid St., De Pere, died Sunday morning at his home after a long illness. He was born Feb. 18, 1902 in Green Bay to the late Antone and Catherine Kryzanek. On May 4, 1933 he married the former Rita Brunner in St. Mary of the Angels Church in Green Bay. Mr. Kryzanek was employed as a mechanic for Wisconsin Public Service for 35 years until retirement in 1965. He was a member of Wisconsin Public Ser- vice Quarter Century Club.

Survivors are his wife, Rita; two daughters, Mavis Kryzanek, Jefferson, Janet and Donald Pollack, De Pere; one grandson, Matthew Pollack; five sisters, Mrs. Helen Clark, Allouez, Mrs. Tillie Bierbasz, Milwaukee, Mrs. Walter (Clara) Longard, Mountain, Mrs. Irene Hansen, Green Bay, Mrs. Joseph (Madge) Kasperek, Iola; two brothers, Paul, Lilly, and Lawrence, Green Bay. He was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

Friends may call at Ryan Funeral Home, De Pere, after 3 p.m. today. A wake service will be held at 8 this evening. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Boniface Church, De Pere, with the Rev. Gerald Kempen officiating. Entombment will be in Allouez Mausoleum. A memorial fund has been established.



Green Bay Press Gazette
June 13, 2005

Kryzanek, Rita Ann (Brunner)

Rita A. Kryzanek, 90, De Pere, entered into eternal life on June 11, 2005, after a long illness. She was born on June 1, 1915, in Green Bay to the late Elizabeth (Alsteen) and Peter Brunner. On May 4, 1933, she married Macey Kryzanek at St. Mary of the Angels Church, Green Bay. He preceded her in death Feb. 17, 1980. Rita was a member of St. Mary Catholic Community, Ledgeview, where she belonged to the Christian Ladies Society, the funeral choir and the refunders.

Survivors include two daughters and son-in-laws, Mavis Kryzanek and Roger Bartnik, Shawano; Janet and Donald Pollack, Green Bay; three grandchildren and their spouses, Matthew Pollack and Juliet Muccillo, Chicago, Kristina Bartnik and Mark Fenlon, Appleton, and Kirk and Heather Bartnik, Sacramento, Cal.; two brothers and their spouses, Sylvester (Lucille) Brunner, Green Bay, Wis., and Roman (Janet) Brunner, Kunesh, Wis.; two sister-in-law, Donna and Evelyn Brunner, Green Bay; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Macey; her parents; one sister, Anges Duchateau; and three brothers, Arnold, Francis and Richard Brunner.

Visitation will be held at Cotter Funeral Home 860 N. Webster Avenue, De Pere, on Tuesday June 14 from 4-8 p.m. Wake service 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday June 15, 2005, from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Community, Pope John the XXIII Circle, off Sportsman Drive, Town of Ledgeview. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 Wednesday at the church with Rev. John H. Harper officiating. Entombment will be in the Allouez Catholic Mausoleum.

Rita’s daughters wish to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to ALL of those who cared for Mom through the last years of her life. May God bless each of you in a special way.


Madeline Kasperek

June 18, 1912 - August 9, 2006

Madeline passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 9, 2006 surrounded by her loving family and her dear friend, Rosalie. Born Madeline Louise Kryzanek, on June 18, 1912 the eighteenth child of Antone and Katherine (Hartwick) Kryzanek in a log house in Mountain, Wisconsin. United in marriage to Joseph Walter Kasperek at St. Ambrose Church in Wabeno, Wisconsin on January 2, 1933. Madge eventually settled near Appleton and vegetable farmed with her husband who worked at Kimberly-Clark paper mill for over 11 years. In 1944 they moved to Black Creek where Madge belonged to the Christian Mother's Society and served on the Sunshine committee for 25 years. Madge was very active in the church and was always proud of the fine flowers she provided for the church's altar from her beautiful gardens. Madge also was a member of the Cicero Homemakers Club, a leader in Cicero Busy Bees 4-H Club and a member of a square dancing club where she and Joe enjoyed many wonderful hours of square dancing. Madge and Joe retired in 1975 to Iola where they became members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manawa where Madge was a member of the church's altar society. Madge was also an active participant of the Iola Garden Club for over 20 years, where as an avid gardener she created countless prize winning arrangements. Madge loved the bountiful outdoors and embraced nature wherever she went. Madge and Joe's retirement years were spent traveling all over the USA as well as Canada and Mexico with many winters spent with friends in Florida. They fished, danced, and sang with abandon, enjoying their well-earned golden years.

Madge is survived by five children: Ronald Kasperek, Appleton; Donna (Bruce) Buttles, Waupaca; Judy (Ted) DeWitt, Rhinelander; Brad (Kathie) Kasperek, Elwood, Utah; Lori (Roger) Swenson, Iola; twelve grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relative and friends survive Madge.

Madge was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joseph in 1992, her son Greg in 2005, nine brothers and eight sisters, one great-grandson and many nieces and nephews. May they rest in peace. The Funeral Mass for Madge will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manawa with Fr. Bertin Samsa OFM Cap officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call at the Cline-Hanson-Dahlke Funeral Home in Manawa on Friday (TODAY), August 11, 2006 from 4-8 p.m. where a parish prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

The family wishes to thank Theda Care Hospice, Angelus Retirement Community staff, Sister Marie Rose, and Fr. Bert Samsa for their loving care of our mother and to the family. We also would like to thank her many dear friends, especially the Iola Garden Club and her neighbors. Also for the care she received while at the Iola Living Assistance and Caring Hands earlier in the year.


SCHMITZ, Catherine H., 84, Green Bay, died Monday, October 7, 2002, at a local nursing home. She was born June 26, 1918, in Mountain, Wis., to the late Louis and Helen (Kryzanek) Clark. Catherine was a graduate of St. John's School of Nursing in Springfield, Ill. She later attended Quincy College in Quincy, Ill. Catherine worked at several hospitals in the Midwest that are owned by The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.

In the early 1960s Catherine married Lawrence V. Schmitz. He preceded her in death. Catherine served as a Nursing Instructor at Bellin College of Nursing for many years until her retirement. She was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Community in De Pere.

Survivors include a brother, Jerome Clark, Oneida; a sister and brother-in-law, Georgia and George Braswell, Kansas; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Raphael (Joanne) Clark; a nephew and great-nephew, Steve Clark Sr. and Steve Clark Jr., who were like sons to her; many beloved nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence V. Schmitz; her parents; two sisters, Arlene Rickard, Sister Louis (Janette Clark); four brothers, Vincent Clark, Andrew Clark, Raphael Clark and Louis Clark.

Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. The Funeral Service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jack Harper officiating. Burial will be in Mountain Cemetery, Mountain, Wis.

Published 10/8/2002