The Obituary of Michael Danko

My grandfather, Michael Danko, died before I was born.  His obituary was published in the Worcester, Massachusetts Telegram:

Michael Danko, 76, of 47 Main street, formerly of 15 Henchman street, died Friday at his home.  He was a wire drawer at American Steel & Wire Co. for 38 years, retiring 10 years ago.

Mr. Danko was born in Nirnadowa, Galicia, Poland, son of the late Jacob and Agnes (Sawa) Danko, and lived in Worcester for 48 years.

He leaves his wife, Mary (Dziwrzynski) Danko;  four sons, John J. and Francis J. Danko, both of Albany, N.Y., and Michael J. and Joseph J. Danko of Worcester;  five daughters, Sophie, wife of Clark Gibson, Statia, wife of Alfred Iwaniec, and Miss Helen Danko, all of Albany, and Bertha, wife of George McGinn and Mary, wife of Oscar Yousoufian, both of Worcester;  a sister, Mary, wife of Paul Golinski of Worcester;  18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Monday morning from Karolkiewicz Funeral Home, 7 Richland street, followed by a high mass at 10 in St. Mary’s Church.  Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home are 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m. today.

SOURCE: Michael Danko Obituary, Worcester Telegram, Worcester, Massachusetts, 4 January 1953, page C19.

There are a few typos in this obituary:

  • Nirnadowa should be spelled Nienadowa
  • Dziwrzynski should be spelled Dziurzynska
  • Sawa should be spelled Sowa

Technically, grandfather was born in Nienadowa, Galicia, Austria.  The area in which he was born was controlled by Austria at the time, although historically the area was part of Poland.  Today, Nienadowa is once again in the country of Poland.

A funeral notice appeared in the same paper the next day:

DANKO, Michael, 47 Main street, today, 10 a.m., St. Mary’s Church.

SOURCE: Michael Danko Funeral Notice, Worcester Telegram, Worcester, Massachusetts, 5 January 1953, page 15.

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