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July 15, 2010

Finding Doris - another bracelet needs to be returned to family

Freda wrote to ask for my help in tracking down the owner or descendants of the woman whose Identity bracelet Freda has. In her email Freda said

I have a bracelet (like an identification bracelet), that I believe may have come from the stuff I inherited from an ancestor who was in WWII. It has a polish sounding name on the one side and a number on the other. I would like to not only identify this object (like IS it an ID bracelet, what is the number on the reverse, that type thing) AND if possible return it to its owners descendants.

It is heavy sterling. Small for a woman. My wrists are very tiny and it's too small for me. The links are thick--more like a man's bracelet, but the name is female.

The name on the top side is: Doris Swierczenski

The number (maybe telephone number?)--WA 8203272

Well readers this is another puzzle for us! What kind of bracelet is this? Who is Doris and can we find her or her family so the bracelet can be returned? We've had great success so far with our Lost & Found searches for family of MIA servicemen and servicemen who served and returned home but without their dog tags. Can we find Doris?


Genealogy Blogger said...

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Genealogy Blogger said...

Chris Brooks wrote:

For some reason I couldn't post to the blog so here is my response:
This is a tough one but the Wilkes Barre (Pennsylvania) under date of 27 May 2006 lists the obituary as follows:

Joseph P. Swierczenski, 82, a resident of Taylor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, formerly of Duryea, passed away Saturday at the center.
He was born in Duryea, the beloved son of the late Andrew and Sophie Parzych Swierczenski.... See More

Surviving are sisters, Irene Kojtek, Taylor; Mrs. Ronald (Mildred) Halterman, Macon, Ga.; sister and caregiver, Doris Cool, Duryea; nieces, Andrea Cool, Duryea; Susan Toole, Falls Church, Va.; Michele Lindsey, Blue Springs, Mo.; nephews, John Kojtek, Old Forge; Charles Kojtek, Laceyville; seven great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., Duryea.

He lists a sister Doris Cool of Duryea, Pennsylvania. [personal details deleted] So if this Doris maiden name was Swierczinski this may be the correct person.

Flowers said...

The bracelet is very interesting. you're doing a great service!

Genealogy Blogger said...

Betty sent the following

The following two addressess and phone numbers were located online for Doris M. Cool of PA:

[phone # removed]

xxxx BAKER RD YORK PA 17404
[phone # removed]

Note from Lorine: I removed the address and phone #s to protect Doris' privacy.