Magdalena Czeczet Janiszewski was born January 1, 1913 and died December 25, 2012. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Karol Czeczet, the father of her daughters, Halina, her eight month old daughter, and her husband Frank Janiszewski. Her brother, Aleksander Krzywicki and sister, Zofia Korzeniewski. She was born in the beautiful country of Belarus (White Russia) old Poland.
The Russian revolution began shortly after her birth. The Red Army overthrew the Tsar and many people were killed or were sent to forced labor camps in Siberia. It was very bloody, especially for those that had high positions in the Tsar’s reign, priests and especially Aristocrats. In the time of the Tsar, to be an Aristocrat was a big honor because their forefathers were recognized by Kings for their bravery, but during the revolution they were considered number one enemies. Magdalena’s father was an Aristocrat and feared for his and his family’s life. He fled to his father who lived deep in the country near a forest. His father gave him a patch of land and her father built a home from lumber cut in the forest. It was a time of hardship and survival. The forest provided an abundance of berries and mushrooms. He planted an orchard with all kinds of fruit trees and he gathered honey from bee hives.
Magdalena with her sister and brother grew up there. It was a hard life without basic necessities and the constant fear of being discovered as the communists systematically tortured and killed those they were able to find. The family learned to survive under these conditions.
Magdalena was married at a very young age to Karol Czeczet. After a period of time, Stalin and Hitler began playing a tug of war because they both wanted that land. The communist took her husband to Siberia and she was left with two small children. Shortly afterward, she became paralyzed for eight months she survived with the assistance of her family and friends. She had just began walking when Germany invaded so the entire family was loaded into a cattle car and shipped to Germany. At that time, Hitler’s army either murdered its captives, sent them to a Concentration camp or shipped them to Germany to supply labor in factories or farms. The last option was available because German manpower was at war and workers were needed.
After reaching Germany, they were unloaded and the women farmers selected who they wanted to work for them. After her sister who had older kids and her mother were selected and taken away, only a crying Magdalena was left with her two small girls, ages 6 and 3 years old. No one wanted small kids. Finally, a farmer was persuaded to take them.
There were no tractors and every chore was done manually. Magdalena worked on the farm and in the fields from sun up to dark, while her small children were left all alone. There was nothing to occupy the children. She would see her daughters late at night. Her hands would shake so much that she had a hard time eating.
She thanked God for the American soldiers who freed her, her relatives and all the captive people in 1945. She was grateful to all the American people that sent their support to all the displaced war victims. She immigrated to this wonderful country in 1955 and has constantly prayed for all the American soldiers around the world.
Magdalena was a very generous person. She always loved to give. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed sharing with friends and relatives. She especially loved her Polish traditions. Traditional Polish Easter and Christmas meals are still observed by her children and grandchildren. She will be missed very much by her daughters and their families.
Her daughter Emilia is married to Richard LaBarbera. They live in Denton, TX. They have two children. Kristina, who is married to Dr. Ajay Menon. They have two children, Jason and Maya. They live in Fort Collins, Colorado. And Anthony LaBarbera who lives in Denton, TX. He has three children, Lailee, Joseph, and Leah. Their mother, Laura lives in Hickory Creek, TX.
Elwira is married to Zigmunt Czajkowski. They live in Clinton Township, Michigan. They have one child, Anita who is married to Deacon Michael Houghton. They have three children, Matthew, Mellisa, and Nicholas. They live in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
She also leaves a widowed niece, Helen Zawadski, who lives in Hamtramck, Michigan and her six children.
Visitation will be on Friday, December 28, 2012 from 6-8 pm with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 pm at DeBerry Funeral Directors. The funeral service will be on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.