This site is dedicated to sharing information and memories about the family of Henry and Maria Smarcz Merzke and their collateral relatives. Henry, Maria and their parents were all born in Stolp in the Pomeranian region of what was then Prussia. They were married, settled in Rochester, New York and eventually had sixteen children. This is the story of those people, their ancestors, descendants and the families of the people they married.
Henry & Maria Merzke Family Circa 1925 - (front) Maria, Henry, Marjorie & Floyd. (rear) Lillian, Rose, Erwin, William, Marian, Charles, Albert, Walter, Henry, Jr., & Ella
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Henry Carl Merzke, Jr.
Henry (Hank) Merzke
Henry Carl Merzke, Jr. and Ruth Maria Merzke were the tenth and eleventh children. They were born at home at 208 Berlin St. on June 6, 1902. They were baptized July 6, 1902. Henry’s sponsors were Maria’s older brother, Henry Smarcz and Johanna Regner. Ruth’s sponsors were August Brickert and Almine Sick. Ruth died November 10, 1902 at four months and 4 days of Gastro Euteritis. She is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery. Hank often introduced his youngest brother, Floyd as his twin brother. Though misleading, it was technically true. They were twins and they were brothers. They just happened to be born ten years apart.
Henry was known as Hank married Beatrice K. Koester on May 18, 1926. Their first home was at 66 Lang St. They moved to 826 Joseph Avenue in 1933 and lived there until 1967. Hank and Beatrice had two daughters. Betty and Gladys who are both still living
Hank worked as a presser for Hickey Freeman Clothing Manufacturer. Beatrice, like many other members of the Koester family, worked in several bakeries. One such place was Johnney’s Bakery on Joseph Avenue. They made wonderful light rye bread and delicious sheet cakes. Those sheet cakes were often included on the menu of the Merzke Family Reunions.
Hank died January 21, 1967. Beatrice died June 8, 1991. They are buried in White Haven Memorial Cemetery.