March 31 — Pick one female ancestor and write a mini-profile (500 words or less).
[Note: This post originally ran during the Fearless Females series in March 2010]
I decided to write a profile for my grandmother’s sister, Anna Fencsak Bavolar.
Anna Fencsak Bavolar was born on May 15, 1893 to Ilona and Mihaly Fencsak in Freeland, PA. She arrived in America in 1911, and was matched for marriage to George Bavolar by her sister, Mary Ceyba. Not long after the birth of her first daughter, Mary, Anna returned to Slovakia to care for her mother, who was ill and now re-married to Mihaly Zelenak. During that time Anna experienced conflict with her step-father who was a possessive person and did not want Anna there looking after her mother. Ilona died in 1917, but World War I delayed Anna’s return home until 1920. Anna and her husband eventually had four more children. Anna’s son George was killed trying to jump on a moving truck.
Anna died in 1959 from “myocardial infarction,” and “congestive heart failure.”
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