Generations of Moms

Hello Friends,

Happy Mother's Day to the generations of Moms in our family. First, my beautiful Mom, Catherine Bem (Kate) Klisiewicz circa 1940's and with Dad & her children Bonnie, John, Jeanne & Bob :

My Mother-in-law Anna Wimmer Bartley. She was a marvelous Mom and Grandmother and has been a great support and friend through the years, thanks Gram!

My Maternal Grandmother, Carolina Zagata Bem, circa 1910-20. I never met her as she died when my Mom was a teenager, but she shaped my Mom through her formative years, for that I am eternally grateful, she did a fantastic job. Her favorite flowers were pansies, I plant them every spring in her honor.

She was a Polish immigrant as was her husband, my grandfather, Stanley Bem. They had 12 children. My Mom wasn't born when this photo was taken
she was near the middle of the birth order.

My paternal Grandmother, Joanne Adamczyk Klisiewicz. The only Grandma I knew. She died 7 days after her 50th wedding anniversary in 1964 when I was 10. 

Also Polish immigrants, she and Grandpap, another Stanley,only spoke Polish. They had 8 children, my Dad was also near the middle of the pack.

My Great Grandmother, Mary Krol Adamczyk Hritz, she died when I was a little child but I do have a single memory of visiting her tiny little house. She was sitting on the porch in a rocking chair and had sunflowers were taller than I was. Circa 1947

Grandma Wimmer, my boys great grandmother on Tom's maternal side. She died a year after this photo was taken, we went to visit her at her 9th Ave home on our wedding day because she was home bound and unable to attend. She was quite a character, always joking with all of us. 

I have a few cherished items from her home - an exquisite print of Christ's Agony in the Garden at Gethsemane on Holy Thursday that graces my bedroom,
a couple of depression era serving pieces that we always use at family holiday gatherings and a few very fragile vintage Christmas ornaments that adorn our tree every year. She wasn't Catholic, but had a rosary. My Mother-in-law gifted it to me upon Grandma Wimmer's death, I cherish it and still use it.

And finally, me with my sons, Tom, Rob and Brian

Wishing all the great Moms who helped to shape and form us- guided our hands to be folded in prayer, taught us the sign of the cross along with our nursery rhymes, wiped away our tears and held us in support while we struggled to walk and to write, taught us to whistle with a blade of grass and put buttercups to our chins, to pick wild flowers and tend the garden, to use our hands for the betterment of mankind, and passed along the wisdom of womanhood - a happy and blessed day surrounded by your children and grandchildren. We have been "homemade" by you and for that we are grateful.

Happy Mother's Day!


Reader's Comments

By Soapsmith on 10/20/2013 @ 10:49pmHi Courtney, I have no further information on the Adamczyk side of the family. Of course, I knew my grandparents including Joan Adamczyk who married my grandfather Stanley Klisiewicz and her brothers, my great Uncles John (married to Vicky) and Joseph (married to Sophie). I still see some of my Adamczyk cousins. I have some information on my paternal grandfather, the Klisiewicz side but not the Adamczyk side. I have found my grandfather's immigration papers and the Klisiewicz family tree one generation back before his immigration. Most of them never left Poland. That photo is the only one I have. I do recall visiting her tiny cottage home when I was a very small child, at least I believe it was her - I remember it being my great grandmother and my Dad's grandmother died in Poland when my grandfather was just 2 years old - I can only assume it was my grandmother's mother. Long time ago!

By Guest on 10/20/2013 @ 09:46pmBonnie, i have been trying to find some information on my great, great grandmother Mary Krol Adamczyk Hritz. I was so excited to find a picture of her. My grandmother Sophie, Joann's daughter, did not have any pictures of her. Do you also have any information about Mary's husdands either Florian or Casper? I would appreciate any information. Thank you so much. Courtney Stallings

By Soapsmith on 06/27/2012 @ 05:21pmHow about that, Judith. The man in the yellow shirt is my grandfather, Stanley Klisiewicz with my grandmother Joanne Adamczyk Klisiewicz. The other photo, the black and white picture with her hand on her hip wearing a babuska on her head is my great grandmother Mary Krol Adamczyk Hritz, she is the mother of the woman in the pic with yellow shirt. This is the only photo I have of her. She died when I was a little child but I have a single memory of visiting her and looking up at huge sunflowers she had. The seemed to be looking down at me as a little girl. I would be happy to photo copy the picture and send it to you. You can email me your address. My email is

By Guest on 06/27/2012 @ 05:12pmBonnie, I believe we share a great grandmother, Mary Krol Adamczyk Hritz. If the man in the yellow shirt is her husband it is the first time I have seen him. Would it be possible to get a copy of the photo? Judith Love Schwab

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