Two-book project results in pictorial family history
Frank Romanick and his wife from Canon City, started writing two books,
intending to publish them on their 50th and 51st wedding anniversaries.
However, Frances died of colon cancer Sept. 17, 1994 and Frank went ahead with the two-book Project as he had promised Frances he would.
Book one "The Romanick Book of Remembrance," was published on their 51st anniversary, December 23, 1995. It has 450 pages, 700 photos and features of the story of their 50 years of marriage, from the Depression through the war years to community service in Canon City.
Book two, "Are You My Relatives?" was published on their 52nd anniversary, Dec. 23, 1996. It has 500 pages, 950 photos and biographies of 58 families that are linked to Frank and Frances Romanick.
The 58 family members prepared their own narratives of experiences and memories of events: drew the family charts and submitted photos of family members, places where they lived and events in their lives.
February 17, 1997
The origin of this book began in a most interesting way. My wife Frances started to write the Romanick Book, "Are You My Relatives".
It was her idea to connect the 58 Families into a printed record with each having their own chapter. Each family would have a story to tell which includes thoughts and other materials, ambitions and their attitudes toward life.
Frances has seen too many faded, fragile, torn, old Family Bible Records to consider them durable. A printed book available to all seemed to be the only permanent solution.
However, Frances died of colon cancer on September 17, 1994 and was laid to rest on September 21, 1994 at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.
Then Frank went ahead and continued with the Book as he had promised Frances he would and now this 460-page book has been published on December 23, 1996 which would have been their 52nd Wedding Anniversary.
In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to learn of our heritage. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning, no matter what our attainment in life. There is still an emptiness and longing for family connections.
Therefore, this book is presented with the ardent hope that it will serve well to bring our widely separated families closer in mind and spirit. Then the drama of being connected will be on display and our family histories will shine through page after page.
The response time of all 58 families was tremendous. It has been only 4 1/2 months from the first call on April 15, 1996 to the printers on September 1, 1996.
A total of 460 pages of Family Unit Charts, narratives and photographs were submitted and published.
"We shape our lives not by what we carry with us, but what we leave
behind." author anonymous
|1. Are You My Relatives?||1|
|2. Biographical Sketch of Romanick Family||2|
|3. Biographical Sketch of Symochko Family||13|
|4. Biographical Sketch of Kleine Family||21|
|5. Biographical Sketch of Curtis Family||54|
|6.||Anastasia and Joseph Wimmer||61|
|7.||Barbara and Charles Garbinski||68|
|8.||Irene and Dr. Demetri Ellis||72|
|10.||Capt. Frank and Frances Romanick||80|
|14.||Ann and Philip Drago||126|
|15.||Ellie and Charles Fitz-Randolph||134|
|16.||Joseph and Nancy Drago||141|
|17.||Olga and Simon Fusiak||154|
|18.||George Romanick and Wilma Cummings||160|
|19.||Harold and Bessie Romanick||167|
|21.||Mary and Rudy Freudig||182|
|22.||Peter and Rozalia Symoczko from Poland||187|
|25.||Melania Symoczko from Poland||203|
|26.||Michael and Natalia Symochko||205|
|27.||John and Stefan Symoczko||209|
|28.||Helen and John Zanowiak||213|
|29.||Peter and Helen Symoczko||219|
|30.||John and Lydia Ryzyk||228|
|31.||Mark and Elizabeth Ryzyk||230|
|32.||Rev. Wladyslaw Kaniuk from Poland||233|
|33.||Anna and Bill Barna||235|
|34.||Maudie and Ronald Wilson||238|
|35.||Harry Walter and Margaret Kleine||246|
|36.||John Oliver and Diane Kleine||251|
|37.||Bill and Vera Kleine||258|
|38.||Larry and Anne Kleine||263|
|39.||Linda and John Herrick||268|
|40.||Albert and Florence Kleine||273|
|41.||Bernard and Katherine Kleine||285|
|42.||Rev. Larry and Deborah Knigga||290|
|43.||Bobbie and Eleanor Curtis||293|
|44.||Henry and Florence (Curtis) Culbertson||301|
|45.||Blossom Mae Markowski||308|
|46.||Harold and Nellie Ong||321|
|47.||Ruby and Earl Spicer||330|
|48.||Margaret and Robert Kulhanek||338|
|49.||Helen and Martin Shaffer||341|
|51.||Vance and Judy Curtis||359|
|53.||Lena Marie and Carl Kunze||368|
|54.||Lois Louise and Ernest Chedester||374|
|55.||Lyle and Emmett Doyal||388|
|56.||Dorothy Lee and Bill Zelmer Zordel||393|
|57.||Ronald Glen and Alice Elizabeth Curtis||402|
|58.||Bennie Eldon and Julia Curtis||408|
|59.||Shirley and Edward Downing||413|
|60.||Margaret and Billy Bob Deatherage||421|
|61.||John and Velma Ong||430|
|62.||Leota and Lonnie Kyle||436|
|63.||Mary and Howard Pedersen||440|
|Letters of Appreciation||446|
|Listing of Names||456|
This book is available in hardcover for $20 from Lou Bradshaw as of 9/2010
Frank Romanick, has passed away since this page was written in 2002.
Document URL: http://lemko.org/genealogy/romanick/
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Date Posted: March 11th, 1999
Last Revision: September 18th, 2010
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