My Dad's father's name is John Bronislaus Plachta (June 11, 1884 - December 15, 1954. He was married to Helen Julia Sowa (July 26, 1893 - February 8, 1972. They were married in Detroit, Michigan and then moved to Pinconning, Michigan, where they lived until they died. John Bronislaus had three brothers, Walter, Vincent, and Louie, he also had two step sisters, Beatrice and Mary. I don't know any of my father's family who changed their last name to Plato. My father's birth name was Bronislaus, but his parents called him Ben, and he legally changed his name after he was married. My brother was named after my father, Bronislaus, and he was called Benny or Sonny when he was young, and we still call my brother Ben, but legally his name is Bruno Bernard Plachta. Which makes is bring some problems, because at work, they call him Ben, and when they look up his name in the phone directory they usually call my Dad, Ben. My Dad and brother Ben both live in the same town South Haven, Michigan.
Well, I've bored you enough. Tell me if I have given you enough information. I have been working on the family tree for only two years. I have all my Dad's family starting with John Bronislaus Plachta and his brothers, down to the last baby born. The third to last was my grandson, Joseph Francis Markun born 2/28/200l. Since then there have been three more babies, and three more on the way. I sent everyone a calendar (100 in all) and the calendar contained 318 names of relative's birthdays and anniversaries.
(Living relative's) Everyone enjoyed the calendar.
Hope to hear from you, Helene Szostak, maiden name Plachta
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