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Mary (Marion) Janko - Manchester, NH

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Mary (Marion) Janko - Manchester, NH

Posted: 1146877847000
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Surnames: Bennett, Marion, Janko
Source: Bennett, William. "The Family Tree." Issue 8, Dec 1993

"MARY JANKO (1907-1986) -- Mary Janko and I grew up together. She is my cousin. Her mother was Albina Marion, the daughter of my Grandma Benett. Mary boarded with at Grandma's house. For as long as I knew her, Mary's mother lived in a room on Elm St. So we actually grew up together in the same house. We got along like borthers and sisters do. She was always running to my Grandmother complaining that I had gone into her room and had helped myself to some of her goodies. Poor grandma would scold me and ask me not to do that again. In her heart I think that my wise old gradmother may have thought that Mary was getting too chubby anyway. But we played together as children though she was three years older than I was. Being confined together in the same house made it easier for us to grow up like any brother or sister. How well I remember how Aunt Lizzie and Uncle Arthur would drive over to our house several evenings a week and take both Mary and me for a drive to Massa Besic Lake. This was a great treat for Mary and I because it meant that I would be going to the refreshment stand and would have hot dogs and orange soda. Uncle Arthur was generous. Mary married a Polish fellow named Johnny Janko. Mary never really had a happy life with Johnny for the guy rarely ever worked. Except for the time when the horses were running at Rockingham track he never had a job. I went to Mary's funeral in 1986. Johnny was there but now he was also an alcoholic. I noticed at that funeral that there wasn't too many of us left. There is a soft place in my heart for Mary. She had a tough life and so had her mother Albina Marion. Two very lonely people. I felt so blessed by the Lord. I thought of those carefree days when we were growing up as kids. It was a sobering thought. During her last years we had fallen out of touch because I was no longer living in Manchester. We really never had a chance to talk about those old days when we were kids. I see those years as wonderful times when neither of us had a care in the world."

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