Category Archives: Frank Burnisky

A Mother’s Love

I never imagined I would be so lucky to see such a window into the heart and mind of Anna Sincavage Burnisky. I see ever so clearly what made her such a beloved Mother. A letter from “Mom” to her son Frankie.  I think about the fact that Frankie was her 5th out of 12 children.  Mom wrote this letter on February 28, 1929 from Munson.

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At this time, Mom had a 2 year old, a 5 year old, a 9 year old and more at home. Yet she found the time to write to Frankie. You can see the labor of love in the letter, the rather fine penmanship and good English considering… Does anyone know what her schooling was? She poured her love out to Frankie – evident by the fact that it is only one or two sentances, a stream of consciousness from a Mother who loves her son.  One of 12, but special, as each and every child of Anna Sincavage Burnisky was, and as each and every child knew they were.  I have paraphrased my favorite parts but you should make the effort to click for the high resolution copy and read the whole letter – it is a gem.

Dear Frankie… I thought that you forgot about me and did not like me but this letter sure surprise Frankie dear….I am sorry you send me your last money I guess you saved so hard to hold so much and now you do not have it any way…I sure was tickled… Ella said you was a fine boy and that is just wonderful… write every two week if you cant write every week… write everything at all just so I hear from you… the shortest letter will be good too

And the best part of all:

You asked me your age… you was 16 years old on the 14 Nov 1928. You are a big boy now I guess you will soon be getting married so find your self a nice girl… good by Frankie dear from your loving Mother hope to hear from very often

It is no wonder Frankie kept this letter, and his family still has it.  Thank you Billie, for sharing this treasure.

A fine young man like that, no wonder they baptised him on Christmas Day.  Note there is yet another spelling of Anna Sziemkiewicz and this time we see Burniski with an “i”.

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Visiting Frank

Who is this visiting Frank? And where? I think these are both at the same house… but I know the woman in the second photo…

Anna Burnisky visited her children everywhere.  Because they were loved…

A Gathering

Two unidentified people on the left, Aunt Evelyn, Uncle Alex, Uncle Frank and Aunt Dorothy in front.

What a Car!

The beauty of that car is almost missed when you look at the handsome man.  Is that Frank Burnisky?

It may be!  After all, he has a learner’s Permit…

The Grandaughter of Frank

I received the treasures in the preceding posts in several emails from Billie, Frank’s grand-daughter.  Uncle Frank and Aunt Evelyn had four daughters Linda, Ellen, Ruth and Jane.  Ruth’s daughter is Billie, and here she is with her Grandfather, Frank Burnisky, the 5th child of Anthony and Anna Burnisky, and a very fine son.

Thank you Billie for sharing these treasures.  I hope the descendants of Anthony and Anna Burnisky are able to feel the pride in their heritage that begins with you and goes back to Munson and Lithuania.  As I have always said, we certainly come from good stock.

The Family Visits

Mom, Uncle Martin and his wife Evie… and their son?

And this son…This has been identified!  Uncle Frank and Aunt Evelyn with their daughters Linda, Ellen, Ruth and Jane.  Ruth’s daughter Billie just told me!