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James Strickland Swarts was born July 18, 1916, in Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS, and died April 28, 1944, in England, at age 27. Originally buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surry, England, UK. Reburied August 5, 1948, in Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso Co., TX. He attended the Georgia Military College and the University of Georgia. His father is also buried in Fort Bliss National Cemetery. He is the son of James Waite Swarts of Springwater, Livingston Co., NY, and Katherine Claire "Katie" Strickland of Duluth, Gwinnett Co., GA. Catherine died July 20, 1916, in Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS, two days after the birth of her son, at age 36. James Strickland Swarts was a Navy Lieutenant in the Oklahoma USNR, killed in action during WWII. He and Esther lived at 2331 15th St., N. W., Washington, DC, when he died.

Esther Adele Anderson was born May 29, 1917, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wood Co., WI, and died September 4, 2006, in Chandler, Maricopa Co., AZ, at age 89. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ. She is the daughter of Gustaf E. Anderson of Finland, and Marie Ella Erickson of Finland.

Esther Adele Anderson was adopted at age six weeks, and her name was changed to Esther Adele Larson. She is the adopted daughter of Arthur David Larson of Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, and Norma Victoria Nelson of Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL. 

James Strickland Swarts and Esther Adele Anderson/Larson were married about 1942 in Unknown.

James Strickland Swarts and Esther Adele (Anderson/Larson) Swarts had no children.

After James Strickland Swarts died, Esther Adele (Anderson/Larson) Swarts, a widow, married Albert Herbert "Al" Pletenik.

Albert Herbert Pletenik was born January 2, 1916, in Lodi, Passaic Co., NJ, and died May 10, 2005, in Chandler, Maricopa Co., AZ, at age 89. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ. He is the son of Julius Miloslar "Jules" Pletenik (born March 1, 1888) of Štrba, Poprad, Slovakia (Hungary), and Margarette "Margaret" Unknown of Hungary. Margarette was born May 21, 1895, in Unknown, and died April 2, 1967, in West Covina, Los Angeles Co., CA. Julius lived in Sharon, PA, in 1913. Julius is buried in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Slovak Cemetery, Hazleton, Luzerne Co., PA.

Albert Herbert Pletenik and Esther Adele (Anderson/Larson) Swarts were married June 17, 1948, in Clifton, Passaic Co., NJ.

Albert Herbert Pletenik and Esther Adele (Anderson/Larson) (Swarts) Pletenik had two children:

  1. Diane L. Pletenik: Born February 4, 1953, in Unknown. Married December 30, 1971, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA, to Richard Ray Huffman: Born December 7, 1951, in Los Angeles Co., CA; Died September 21, 2008, in Texas (age 56). Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Randlett, Cotton Co., OK.
  2. Craig A. Pletenik: Born September 6, 1955, in Unknown. Married June 1, 1985, in Lubbock Co., TX, to Evelyn "Evie" Cortés: Born October 4, 1958, in Unknown.



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Julius Miloslar "Jules" Pletenik is buried in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Slovak Cemetery, Hazleton, Luzerne Co., PA. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Albert Herbert Pletenik is buried in National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Esther Adele (Anderson/Larson) (Swarts) Pletenik is buried in National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


James Strickland Swarts is buried in Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso Co., TX. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


James Strickland Swarts was originally buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surry, England, UK. Reburied August 5, 1948, in Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso Co., TX, where his father and stepmother are also buried.


Gust Anderson and Anna Meroimdski were married August 2, 1904, in Oneida Co., WI.

The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Arthur D. Larson (age 24) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents is a Farmer owning his own farm with a mortgage and living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Norma V. Larson (age 25) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents. Also living there is Arthur's unmarried brother-in-law: Theron Nelson (age 17) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents, who is a Farm Laborer.

The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Gustave Anderson (age 32) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents is a married Laborer who rents his home and is living in the Village of Hazelhurst, Oneida Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Ella Larson (age 23) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents; and his son, Charles Anderson (age 7) born in the United States to Swedish-born parents.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 28, 1910, shows Arthur D. Larson (age 29) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents is a Farmer owning his home and living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife of 6 years, Norma V. Larson (age 30) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents. Also living there is Albert Durant (age 34) who is a Farm Laborer Servant.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 28, 1910, shows Gustav Anderson (age 37) born in Finland to Finnish-born parents and having emigrated in 1891 is a Wood Piler at a Lumber Yard renting his home and living in Hazelhurst Twp., Oneida Co., WI. Living with him is his childless wife of 10 years, Ella M. Anderson (age 28) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1898. Also living there is his nephew: Charles E. Anderson (age 11) born in Michigan to Swedish-born parents.

On April 18, 1910, Julius Miloslar "Jules" Pletenik declared his intent to become a United States Citizen.


Julius Miloslar "Jules" Pletenik Citizenship intent.


Daily Leader, Grand Rapids, Wood Co., WI, Tuesday, July 13, 1915

SIGEL

Mr. and Mrs. Gust Anderson returned home last week from Falun, Wisconsin, where they had spending a week. They brought with them a fine five-year-old boy whom they will adopt.


Albert Herbert Pletenik was born January 2, 1916, in Lodi, Passaic Co., NJ.

James Strickland Swarts was born July 18, 1916, in Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS

Esther Adele Anderson was born May 29, 1917, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wood Co., WI.

On June 5, 1917, Julius Miloslar "Jules" Pletenik filled out the WWI Draft Registration Report.


   

Julius Miloslar "Jules" Pletenik WWI Draft Registration Report.


The Grand Rapids Tribune, Grand Rapids, Wood Co., WI, July 14, 1917

SIGEL.

Mr. and Mrs. Gust Anderson returned last week from Falun, where they had spent a week. They returned with a 6 year old boy whom they will adopt.


The Grand Rapids Tribune, Grand Rapids, Wood Co., WI, August 23, 1917

SIGEL

Mr. and Mrs. Gust Anderson came home Monday from Sheridan, having spent Sunday at the C. Lareson home.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 2, 1920, shows Arthur Larson (age 38) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents is a U. S. Mail Carrier owning his home and living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Norma V. Larson (age 39) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents. Also living there are his children: Carl Larson (age 11) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Illinois-born parents; and Esther Larson (age 2) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Illinois-born parents.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 2, 1920, shows Edith Anderson (age 3-6/12) born in Wisconsin to Finnish-born parents is a Boarder and is living in Sigel Twp., Wood Co., WI.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 8, 1920, shows Margaret Pletenik (age 23) born in Hungary to Hungarian-born parents, and having immigrated in 1909, and having applied for citizenship, is a widowed Mender in a Wool Mill, and is renting her home, and is living at 14 East Russel Street, 4th Ward, City of Clifton, Passaic Co., NJ. Living with her are: her son, Feok Pletenik (age 5-6/12) born in New York to Hungarian-born parents; and her son, Albert Pletenik (age 4) born in New Jersey to Hungarian-born parents.


The Wood County Tribune, Grand Rapids, Wood Co., WI, Wednesday, May 18, 1921

SIGEL COUPLE ARE UNITED IN MARRIAGE

Gust Anderson and Anna Johnson, both of the town of Sigel, were united in marriage Tuesday evening, April 10th, at five o'clock at the home of the bridegroom. Rev. F. G. Oleson, pastor of the Lutheran church of this city, performed the marriage service. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Lee Anderson at matron and groomsman. Following the ceremony a wedding dinner was served to fifty guests. The house and tables were decorated with spring flowers. The newlyweds will reside on Mr. Anderson's farm near Sigel. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Larson of Sheridan, Wis., were out of town guests.


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 12, 1930, shows Arthur D. Larson (age 49) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents and first married at age 23 is a General Farm Farmer owning his farm and living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Norma Larson (age 50) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents and first married at age 24. Also living there are his children: Carl Larson (age 11) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Illinois-born parents; and Esther Larson (age 12) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents. Also living there are two Lodgers: Gordon Moore (age 15); and Lawrence Oliver (age 25) a Farm Laborer.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 9, 1930, shows Gust E. Anderson (age 58) born in Finland to Finnish-born parents and having emigrated in 1890 with Al citizenship status and first married at age 28 is a General Farm Farmer living in Sigel Twp., Wood Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Anna Anderson (age 52) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1902 with Al citizenship status and first married at age 22. Also living there is his daughter, Edith Anderson (age 13) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents.

Norma Victoria (Nelson) Larson died May 8, 1933, in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, at age 53.


Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Friday, June 8, 1934

Oakland Briefs

Mr. and Mrs. Almo Larson attended the graduating exercises at Waupaca high school Friday evening. Esther Larson, a niece of Mr. Larson, was a graduate.


Esther Adele Anderson/Larson enlisted December 25, 1939.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on May 17, 1940, shows Arthur D. Larson (age 59) born in Wisconsin and having completed 1 year of High School, and 5 years ago was living in the same house, is a married Farmer owning his farm worth $3,500 and is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him are two married adults: a Lodger, Louis Mittelstaedt (age 25) born in Wisconsin and having completed 8 years of schooling, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, a Farmer; and Virginia Mittelstaedt (age 25) born in Illinois and having completed 4 years of High School, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, a Housekeeper. Census ED 68-11, Page 23 of 32. Leigh Larson note: Arthur's divorce from Caroline would become official about one month after the census was taken.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on May 2, 1940, shows Gust Anderson (age 67) born in Finland, and having completed 3 years of School, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and a Naturalized Citizen, is a widowed Farmer who owns his farm worth $1,000 and is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 12, 1940, shows Esther Adele Larson (age 22) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in Chicago, Cook Co., IL, and with 4 years of High School, is an unmarried Airline Stewardess, and is Boarding at the Sanford Hotel, 140-40 Sanford Avenue, Queens Borough, Queens Co., NY. Living with her are four Guests: William Thornton Swain, Mary L. Bean, John West Rogers, and Margaret Hart.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 11, 1940, shows Margaret Pletenik (age 44) born in Hungary, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 8 years of School, and a Naturalized Citizen, is a widowed Mender at a Woolen Mill, and is renting her home for $24/month, and is living at 226 Dayton, 4th Ward, City of Clifton, Passaic Co., NJ. Living with her is her unmarried son, Albert Pletenik (age 23) born in New Jersey, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 3 years of High School, a Butcher in the Butcher Business.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 8, 1940, shows Theodore Pletenik (age 25) born in New York, and 5 years ago was living in Clifton, Passaic Co., NJ, and with 2 years of High School, is a married Butcher, and is renting his home for $35/month, and is living at 54 Division Avenue, 4th Ward, City of Garfield, Bergen Co., NJ. Living with him are: his wife, Anna Pletenik (age 22) born in New Jersey, and 5 years ago was living in Clifton, Passaic Co., NJ, and with 4 years of High School; his son, Theodore Pletenik (age 2) born in New Jersey; and an unmarried Lodger, Alexander Yorkowsky (age 23) born in New Jersey, and 5 years ago was living in Manville, Sannut Co., NJ, and with 4 years of High School, who works in a Paper Mill.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 8, 1940, shows Clifton Hunt (age 29) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 8 years of School, is a married Railroad Laborer who is renting his home for $25/month, and is living at 709 York Street, 1st Ward, City of Saint Paul, Ramsey Co., MN. Living with him are: his wife, Sall Hunt (age 26) born in Minnesota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 2 years of High School; and his daughter, Sharon Hunt (age 11/12) born in Minnesota.


Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI, Tuesday, August 13, 1940

Air Stewardess Visits At Home of Parents

Waupaca - Miss Esther Larson, R. N., daughter of Arthur D. Larson, town of Farmington, stewardess on the American Airlines, spent the latter part of the week at her home. Selected from several thousands of applicants for the position, Miss Larson has been employed by the Air Lines for several weeks.


James Strickland Swarts and Esther Adele (Anderson/Larson were married about 1942 in Unknown.

James Strickland Swarts died April 28, 1944, in England, at age 27. Originally buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surry, England, UK. Reburied August 5, 1948, in Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso Co., TX. He was killed in a German U-boat attack on his LST during training exercises about six weeks before the D-Day. Lieutenant Swarts was aboard the LST 507 when, during a practice exercise called "Operation Tiger" off the coast of England at a place called Slapton Sands. The LST was attacked by German E-boats. At some point during this action he was killed. On the beaches of Slapton Sands, there remains a small memorial to the 946 men who lost their lives that April day in 1944.

Albert Herbert Pletenik and Esther Adele (Anderson/Larson) Swarts were married June 17, 1948, in Clifton, Passaic Co., NJ.

Albert Herbert Pletenik and Esther Adele (Anderson/Larson) (Swarts) Pletenik moved from New York to California in 1958.

Albert Herbert Pletenik and Esther Adele (Anderson/Larson) (Swarts) Pletenik moved from California to Arizona in 1998.


The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, November 9, 2001

Evie Cortés-Pletenik, a Spanish teacher turned administrator, nagged Camelback High School students to show up at a weekend study session for an upcoming AIMs graduation test. Urban youngsters had better things to do on weekends, or at least they believed. With the help of Camelback staff members, Cortés-Pletenik launched a letter-to-parents campaign last year asking them to remind their children about study sessions. The number of students who showed up for the review surprised staff members. The ability to coordinate and multitask are Cortés-Pletenik's strongest gifts. She also describes herself as a team player who is a "caring and nurturing person" who makes people feel valued and empowered. "True leadership comes when you give it away and create leaders," she said. Administration is not something I sought; it chose me," Cortés-Pletenik said. Her young background perhaps mirrors that of many Phoenix Union students. Many hopscotch among school campuses and districts. The Cortés family seemed to be constantly on the move. "There were a lot of PS's in my life," she said, referring to the way schools are numbered based on regions in the Big Apple. She ticks off a list of schools near Staten Island and the Bronx. She lacked role models and needed direction. A fourth-grade-teacher named "Mr. Epstein" latched her onto a teaching career. The North High School principal believes that teachers carry a big influence with students. After completing high school in 1979, she went to Lubbock Christian University in Texas. "I hope to have that here at North High," Cortés-Pletenik said. "I plan to lead by example." Cortés-Pletenik moved to Phoenix in 1987. She taught at Westwood High in the Mesa Unified School District, worked with a Valley education consultant and joined the Phoenix Union High School District as a human-relations specialist. She worked with an education dropout grant that allowed her to work with Phoenix elementary students and later snared an assistant principal spot at Camelback. Friends and colleagues noted her ability to lead and encouraged her to pursue an administrative position. Again, she listened, applied for the North High principal spot and got the job. Challenges that face Phoenix Union principals include new accountability issues. There is the federal "No Child Left Behind" and the state's "Arizona Learns" programs that demand improvement in urban student test scores, a higher graduation rate and a lower dropout rate. Cortés-Pletenik said she has a very dedicated staff at North High willing to face those challenges. "We will be able to deliver a quality education," she said. "It's the right thing to do."


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In his first message to Congress, on April 16, 1945, President Truman said, "The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not dominate the world." Apparently President Bush never learned this lesson and is now paying the price. -- Albert H. Pletenik Chandler


Albert Herbert Pletenik died May 10, 2005, in Chandler, Maricopa Co., AZ, at age 89. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ.


The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, May 13, 2005

Albert H. Pletenik, 89, of Chandler, passed away May 10, 2005. Born in Lodi, NJ Jan. 2, 1916 he was truly a man of our Greatest Generation. He endured the Depression, served in WW II, married an army nurse, educated via the GI bill, migrated westward to So. Calif. in 1958 where he lived until his 1998 move to AZ. A 1st lieutenant in the Army Air Corps 15th Air Force, he saw action in Europe and Africa as a B-17 navigator/bombardier. He married Esther Adele Larson in 1948. Graduated magna cum laude from NYU., Al's chosen profession was accounting, including 20 years with U.S. Borax. But family always came first. He loved to learn and pass on knowledge and interests included politics, the stock market, playing golf and following sports. His compassion and respect for his fellow man showed through in his values, friendliness, sense of humor and gift for conversation. He is survived by Esther, his wife of 57 years, children Diane and Craig (Evie) and two grandchildren, Erica and Ian. Services Sat., May 14, 11 a.m. at Bueler Mortuary, 14 W. Hulet Dr., Chandler. Interment will be at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, May 16 at 9 a.m.


The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, May 14, 2005

Albert H. Pletenik, 89, of Chandler, AZ, passed away May 10, 2005. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps WWII. Visitation 1 hr prior to service. Services May 14, 2005 11am, Chapel of Bueler Mortuary, 14 W. Hulet Drive, Chandler, AZ.


Esther Adele (Anderson/Larson) (Swarts) Pletenik died September 4, 2006, in Chandler, Maricopa Co., AZ, at age 89. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ.


The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, September 7, 2006

OBITUARIES

Esther L. Pletenik, 89, of Chandler completed a loving and fulfilling life Sept. 4, 2006. Born in Wis. Rapids, May 29, 1917, Esther Adele Larson left the farm at age 17 for Chicago and nursing school. She became an R.N. and among her positions that followed was stewardess for American Airlines and its historic DC-3 fleet. She served in WW II as a 2nd Lieutenant Army nurse. Married for less than a year to a naval officer who was killed in combat, her fortunes turned forever when she met and married Albert Pletenik in 1948. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage until his death in 2005. They moved from NY to Calif. in 1958 before coming to AZ in 1998. Esther loved, laughed and lived every day. Among her interests were her children and grandchildren, church, travel, baking, knitting, crocheting, bowling, golf, exercise, baseball, reading, scrabble, crosswords, bingo and Red Hats. She was a thoroughly modern woman 70 years ago, and never lost that style, class and independence. She is survived by children Diane and Craig (Evie) and two grandchildren, Erica and Ian. Services Fri, Sept. 8, 9 a.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chandler, and interment at National Memorial Cemetery of AZ at 1 p.m.


Richard Ray Huffman died September 21, 2008, in Texas, at age 56. Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Randlett, Cotton Co., OK.


Richard Ray Huffman
Burkburnett, TX

Died: September 21, 2008

Richard Ray Huffman 56, of Burkburnett died Sunday September 21, 2008.

Services will be held Thursday September 25, 2008 at 2:00 PM at New Hope Church of the Nazarene in Burkburnett Rev. Philip Kennedy and Dave Newton officiating, burial will be at Randlett Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Owens & Brumley Funeral Home in Burkburnett.

Huffman was employed by Hayes General Store in Burkburnett. He was born in El Monte, California December 7, 1951. He is survived by 3 brothers; Lewis Huffman of Burkburnett; Tony Huffman of Louisville, Kentucky; and Thomas Huffman of Pomona, California. and by 3 sisters; Margaret Tucker of Baldwin Park, California; Shirley Ganon of Hillsborough, Oregon; and Lissie Coy of Medford, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Wednesday September 24, 2008 from 6 to 8 PM. at the funeral home.


Theodore S. "Ted Muffin" Pletenik Sr. died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at age 74.


Theodore S. Pletenik Sr.: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Suburban Trends (Bloomingdale, Wanaque, NJ) - Sunday, May 27, 2012

Deceased Name: Theodore S. Pletenik Sr.

BUTLER - Services were held for Theodore S. "Ted Muffin" Pletenik Sr., 74, of Paterson, who died on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. He was the brother of Marguerite Evans of this borough.

Born in Passaic, Mr. Pletenik lived in Clifton for most of his life before moving to Paterson in 2005. He was a salesman for S.B. Thomas, Wayne. Also, he was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the Passaic County Golf Course, Wayne, where he was a ranger and a starter for the past 13 years. And, he was a coach for the Clifton Central Division Baseball League for many years.

Services were Saturday at the Shook Funeral Home, Clifton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to a charity of your choice.

Mr. Pletenik also is survived by his wife, the former Arlene Pirone; his son, Theodore, of Paterson; her daughters, Amy Rypkema of New York, and Lori Pletenik of Paterson; and four grandchildren.