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Subject: Rajnicek family
Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Surnames: Rajnicek, Raap, Pagac, Lehr, Guse
Joseph Steven Rajnicek (7/31/1929 Milwaukee WI – 2/18/2002 Waukesha WI; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17723037 ) married Patricia Raap (4/11/1935 Waukesha WI - 9/1/2017) on 10/17/1953.
It appears Patricia divorced Joseph in 1975, based on a notice in the Waukesha Freeman on 2/4/1976.
The parents of Patricia were Vincent Raap: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=63453168 and Ann Bach: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=63453167 The obit for Patricia: http://www.gmtoday.com/obits/freeman/obits/2017/09_Sep/12/Pat-Mae-Ulrich.htm does not mention where she is buried, so I did not create a memorial for her. She had remarried to August Ulrich on 7/21/2000.
Death record for Joseph: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J1X2-TWT
I do have an obit for Joseph Rajnicek, which identifies his parents as Joseph Rajnicek and Mary Pagac, and notes that he was survived by two brothers and three sisters (all unnamed) in 2002. A niece of his has helped me fill in a lot of information on this family, and I have verified a lot of it on my own.
As for Joseph, these are his parents:
Joseph Rajnicek (12/14/1905 Chicago - 7/14/1951; https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=161855216 ) married Mary Pagac (2/17/1911 – 1/16/2000; https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=129611588 ). They had three children together.
* Joseph Rajnicek, as per above
* Mary Catherine Rajnicek (6/26/1933 Milwaukee WI - 5/13/2009 North Prairie WI) was never married.
* James L. Rajnicek (5/25/1936 Milwaukee WI - 1/17/2017; https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=182840725 ) married Cornelia M. Lehr (8/4/1937 - 10/31/2016; https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=173828320 ).
After she apparently divorced the elder Joseph, Mary remarried to his brother Stefan:
Stefan J. Rajnicek (1/23/1915 Milwaukee WI - 1/3/1985 Waukesha WI; https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=129611565 ) married Mary Pagac (as per above). They had four children together.
* Barbara J Rajnicek (11/3/1944 - 1/1/2017) was never married.
* Robert Rajnicek (born c. 1947) married Ella Guse in 1979.
* Thomas Rajnicek (born c. 1948 - died May 1950)
* Patricia J. Rajnicek (born c. 1951) was never married.
This would be the family in Milwaukee in the 1930 census with an 8 month old Joseph: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X99C-TM3 and the family in the 1940 census living in Milwaukee: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7KL-M8H
The elder Joseph Rajnicek was the "father of Jack, Mary Catherine and James"; I know that the younger Joseph went by "Jack" per his obit. The 1940 census indicates children Joseph, Mary C. and son James. A niece of his contacted me recently and told me that his date of birth was 12/14/1905, so this a birth cert for Joseph (born 12/14/1905 Chicago), parents are Stephen Rajnicek and Eva Bolik: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NQT3-VBL
The obit for Mary Pagac Rajnicek does not mention any children: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=129611588 The full obit lists her as the "mother of Jack, Mary, Jim (Cornie), Barb, Bob (Ella) and Pat" and also lists her grandchildren and many other relatives, and I would note that there are more children than were mentioned in the death notice for the elder Joseph which are from her second marriage to his brother. One weird thing is that the grandchildren and great-grandchildren listed in her obit do not match the children and grandchildren listed in the obit of the younger Joseph. The obit mentions she was predeceased by her husband Steve.
There is a Rajnicek family tree on Ancestry that indicates Stepfan and Mary were married in 1944. According to the tree, Joseph and Stefan were brothers. It would appear Mary and Joseph got divorced, and it looks like Mary and Stefan may have married before Joseph died (awkward!). Death record of Stefan: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V833-5MK All of his surviving children are mentioned in his obit, including the biological children of his older brother, as is his sister Ann Peterson.
I have an obit for the oldest daughter Mary (aka "Dolly"): http://www.gmtoday.com/obits/freeman/obits/2009/May/15/05.htm which does not mention her arrangements, so I have not created a memorial for her.
I have obits for James: http://www.gmtoday.com/obits/freeman/obits/2017/02_Feb/04/James-L-Rajnicek.htm and Cornelia Rajnicek: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?pid=182261550
I also have an obit for Barbara Rajnicek: http://www.haaselockwoodfhs.com/notices/Barbara-Rajnicek which likewise does not mention her arrangements.
I do not know where the baby Thomas is buried.
I do have obits for the elder Joseph and Mary Pagac Rajnicek, Stefan Rajnicek, Mary ("Dolly") Rajnicek, James and Cornelia Rajnicek, and Barbara Rajnicek.