May 10

In 1887, Dora Joseph was born in Romania. She was the sister of my father’s mother. She came to America in the early 1900s where she married another Romanian emigrant, Jacob Goldberg. Dora and Jacob had no children.

In 1923, my father was born as Louis Sepersky. When Aunt Dora came to see her new nephew, she told her sister, “He doesn’t look like a Louis. He’s a Leonard.” From that time forth, my father was Leonard.


May 7

In 1940, Marya Jacobs nee Zarywacz passed away at the age of 75. She was my great grandmother, my maternal grandfather’s mother. She was born in Poland, but came to America with my grandfather and another son in 1920, joining her husband and all of their living children. At the time of her death, she was living in my grandparents’ house, and died suddenly in the dentist’s chair. Mary and Isaac had 12 children, 9 of whom came to America.

April 30

In 1892, Dora Finegold was born in Poland, In 1911 she married my maternal grandfather’s brother, Julius Jacobs. Jules and Dora went on to have 9 children, 2 of whom are still living. She lived in Philadelphia after immigrating, living to the age of 86.

April 24

In 1994, Abraham Wagner, known as Al Wagner, passed away at the age of 78. He was the only son of 5 children of Freday Wagner nee Jacobs, a sister of my maternal grandfather, David Jacobs. He and his wife, Rose nee Janofsky, had 3 children, about whom I know very little. I know of spouses for each and one granddaughter and one great granddaughter.

April 22

In 1989, Frances Strauss died at the age of 73 in a fire. She was the daughter Rose Strauss nee Jacobs, sister of my maternal grandfather, David, making Frances my 1st cousin once removed. She never married or had children.