Joseph and Victoria Szturemski Okonski
Joseph Okonski arrived in New York City with his parents Mathias and Mariana on the ocean vessel Cambria on October 4, 1873. This would be an unbelievable trip experience for anyone especially for someone who was only 2 ½ years old. Mathias, Mariana and Joseph somehow had to make several additional daring trips by boat and wagon trains and finally settled in Bremond in Robertson County, Texas.
The migration of many Polish families during 1870’s and 1880’s to Bremond, Texas in Robertson County was for a better but hardworking life as farmers and workers primarily in cotton, tomato and corn fields. Many of the families were very large and eventually made Bremond, Texas the “Polish Capital of Texas”.
Joseph’s mother, Marianna, died October 15, 1892 and is buried in St Mary’s Cemetery in Bremond, Texas. Joseph’s father Macij died September 3, 1916 and is buried in St Mary’s Cemetery in Bremond, Texas.
Joseph married Victoria Szturemski on November 16, 1892 in Bremond, Texas.
Their first child, Frank Okonski born September 15, 1893 who married Josephine Celunak (December 9, 1898 – January 5, 1972) Frank died August 6, 1966 and is buried in St Mary’s Cemetery in Bremond, Texas
Their second child, Mike Okonski born June 23, 1895 and died January 2, 1926 and is buried in St Mary’s Cemetery in Bremond, Texas. Mike returned as veteran in World War I with TB and died shortly thereafter.
The third child, Stanley “Stash” Marion Okonski born February 4, 1898 who married Louise Pauline Burda (February 22, 1902 – April 22, 1975). Stanley died November 22, 1983.
The fourth child, Bruno Okonski born February 9, 1901 and married Victoria Novak(April 24, 1907 – October 24, 1999). Bruno died August 12, 1971 and is buried in Earthman’s Cemetery on NW Freeway in Houston, Texas.
The fifth child, Theresa Okonski, was born October 14, 1903 and married Edmund Wilganowski.
sixth child, Edward L Okonski was
born August 8, 1906 and married Helen Novak on November 12, 1929 (March 5, 1912
– May 21, 2002). Edward died
November 6, 1990 and is buried in St Mary’s Cemetery in
The seventh child, Florence Okonski, was born March 23, 1909 and married John Wilganowski.
The eighth child Felix Okonski was born October 6, 1911. He died in 1914.
ninth child, Marion John Okonski, was born the December 2, 1914 and married
Pauline Nobra (born November 12, 1919).
tenth child, Pauline Okonski, was born March 7, 1918 and married L B Mushinski
on Jan 31, 1920.
ten children for Joseph and Victoria Szturemski Okonski and the seven children
for Edward L and Helen Novak Okonski were born at the “Old” Okonski Home
(still standing) on Tidwell Prairie in
Okonski was a farmer and did many various Jobs for families located in
Joseph must have been a person of many talents including digging wells,
working on bridges, farming, working a very large garden and orchard.
He even grew his own tobacco that was dried on their large porch. He
would gather some of his children to assist other families in building barns,
homes, various smoke houses, chicken/poultry houses and outdoor toilets.
Joseph loved to drive his Model T Ford on Sunday’s to St Mary’s
Church and visit other
Victoria Szturemski Okonski died July 19, 1944. Joseph Okonski died April 10, 1945 less than 10 months after his wife passed away. All of the children have passed away and all but 2 are buried in St Mary’s Cemetery in Bremond, TX.