Two years ago while cleaning out my Auntie Helen’s apartment after she passed away, I found a letter from her uncle Antoni Jakiela among her papers. It was dated January 19, 1947 and addressed to her brother Steve.
It was such a shock to find it and I made feeble attempts over the last couple of years to get it translated. I even attempted myself with the help of Google but gave up quickly.
A couple of weeks ago I reached out again to Facebook and my friend Amy, my cousin Jim and friend Andrea quickly came to the rescue. I emailed a copy out to everyone and Amy’s co-worker jumped on it and nearly had it done that day!
I received the transcribed letter back and was sad to read how the war had affected him and his family. There was a sweetness to the letter and the questions he asked. I did discover three new family members when he talked about his sons but I don’t know what became of them or if they had families of their own. I’ll keep searching!