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FAUSAK, Edward Louis Sr.

Male 1913 - 2002  (89 years)


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  • Name FAUSAK, Edward Louis  
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 27 Mar 1913  Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Education Princeton Univ., 1935 
    Reference Number 100 
    Residence Hightstown, Mercer Co. NJ USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID C42D799BEE034CEE9A9FDA78ED5A7074E6B2 
    Died 22 Apr 2002  Hightstown, Mercer Co. NJ USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Godfather to Raymond A. Fausak; godmother was Bertha Look.

      SS# 145-10-3418 issued in NJ before 1951.

      He operated a commercial bakery with father (40+ employees), but he admitted that he never got along well in business with father. After WWII he began working for compressed gas supplier and retired as Manager of Customer Service.

      Had lived in Upper Darby PA but later moved back to Hightown NJ, to Meadow Lakes retirement home, according to RAF (1996).

      In U. S. Army from 1942-1946 but never saw action. Spent time in Camouflage Battalion as demolition and booby-trap instructor at several training bases in US.
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      Brief History of the Fausak Family as I Know It
      by Edward L. Fausak Sr.
      (written ca. 1994 for Ronald Friedrich Fausak and Vera Alberta Parker nee Fausak)

      I was born March 27, 1913 in Jersey City NJ.

      Don't remember much until the soldiers came home in 1918, at the end of World War I. At that time Pop had a bakery at 421 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, and I remember a parade for which Pop bought a Welcome Home flag, and we have a picture of the store with me standing in the entrance.

      At this time, there were quite a few Fausak families in the general vicinity of Jersey Avenue and they were attached to a Lutheran Church, whose pastor was named Bavandam - had a fight with his son shortly after we attended.

      There were several families headed by uncles as follows:

      1. Uncle Albert - the oldest. He had several children but I only remember cousins Gus and Wanda.
      2. Uncle Gottlieb, lived at 164 Mercer, and had cousin Albert “Lanky” (your father), Lou (sons Edward and Ray), cousin Fred killed in the Battle of the Bulge, and cousin Willie.
      3. Uncle Emil - cousin Al.
      4. Uncle Louie - no children.
      5. Aunt Martha - 2 boys.
      6. Aunt Manda - 3 girls.
      7. Uncle Adolf - moved to Michigan. Children Elsa, Ewald, Adeline, Richard.

      We lived with Tante and Uncle Kretschmann in Bayonne for a short time until Pop bought a bakery/lunch room on Jackson Avenue. Business was a great success as a bakery/lunch room and he decided to sell. He picked the wrong broker and the oven was included in the sale, unfortunately - the oven was part of the building and thus a period of Court action.

      At this time we were in touch with all of the relatives but especially with Uncle Gottlieb and the cousins, except Lanky who left Altman's and moved top the Syracuse area.

      The relationship was changed in 1923, when Pop bought a bakery in Hightstown NJ. The relatives were most critical of Pop's action. Who would sell bakery products to farmers? They predicted a failure and a return to Jersey City - attitude did not change until 1930, when Pop built a new plant with all new equipment.

      The bakery had a retail route into the country on an every-other-day basis and was run by Chet Wolfe - Sundays we took the shelves out and Chet taught Pop how to drive the 1923 Dodge truck. Pop made the business a success even though the owners had faked the sales and was waiting for Pop to back out.

      When he could drive, Pop bought a used 1923 Studebaker open sedan with curtains and built like a battleship. One night, he knocked the ice off the fenders with a 15 lb maul. Soon we were making the trip to Mercer Street and to see Uncle Look and Tante Manda. Uncle Look had a bakery on Hudson Blvd. Had three daughters, Bertha, Emily, and Natalie. It was an experience to drive there - the only markers for Route 1 were on the telephone poles - just painted bands on the poles - difficult in daylight but worse at night.

      At this time, there were four cousins about the same age - Emil's Al, Gottlieb Willie, and Adolf's Ewald, Big Ed and Little Ed (as I was called). We were well acquainted with each other until Uncle Emil died from an infection which would be nothing today.

      I was fortunate in that Pop made the business a success - soon had 10 routes out into the country around Hightstown - and the fact that Hightstown had an excellent school system, even though we went to school in two bungalows on Morrison Avenue. Was accepted in Princeton University in 1930 and graduated in 1935.

      Cousin Al didn't get along with his stepmother, got married and moved to Delaware, became President of a subsidiary of Mrs. Smith's Pies. Haven't heard from him in years - last I heard he was not well. Cousin Willie knew more about him than I do as the last time I saw him was at Lou and Sue's funeral after the train accident.

      Cousin Al - after he moved to upstate New York - saw him at the above funeral and exchanged cards until he and Vera passed away.

      Cousin Ewald was a crew chief in World War II. Lived in Stevensville with Norma his wife. Saw him at Pop's funeral in 1965 - exchanged cards for years. Lost a daughter with a heart replacement and he passed away in December 1991.

      Returning to me - after graduating from Princeton in 1935, worked with my father in Hightstown. Pop and Emma, my sister, went to Germany in 1938 and visited relatives, as Ewald had done after the war.

      In May 1941, we bought a bakery in Freehold NJ and was mine to run. Ran the bakery with good help from the bakers and sales girls, Mrs. White and Mrs. Evold, until June 1942 when I was drafted into the Army. Had 42 months of service but none overseas, so no points, and in the summer of 1943 Pop and Emma could not count on my return so they sold the bakeries.

      Marion and I were married July 1, 1945 at Moody Field, Valdosta GA - we had met at Mitchell Field NY.

      Was discharged February 6, 1946 and for a time lived with her family at Hempstead NY.

      Knew Pop was so desirous of getting back into the bakery business, even though diabetes had cost him an eye. So I got a job in April 1946 with a supermarket chain in Philadelphia - was a mess - never could do enough. Quit and we went to Bermuda for a honeymoon. What a deal - $140 for the cruise; stayed in a private home for $3.50 a night including breakfast.

      Had an apartment at 1420 W. Allegheny Ave. in Philadelphia but had to move as our son Edward was coming along. Moved to Haverstown PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Had a job with National Cylinders as a salesman. Edward was born March 10, 1949, We moved in January 1949 and lived there 44 years. Was lucky that even though I worked for a national company and moved to several offices, never had to change homes.

      Melanie, our daughter, was born December 10, 1955. She met Andy at Lafayette and they married June 18, 1977. I retired October 1, 1976 and have been happy doing so.

      Melanie and Andy moved six times and now live in Cranbury NJ.

      Ed graduated from Duquesne and married an lives in Abilene Kansas.

      We have been lucky and traveled years ago when costs were better. Have been to Europe, South America, Africa, and cruised to the Islands and south Pacific. So we do have some good memories.

      Been fortunate in health, too, even though a mild heart attack in 1981 did set me back. Marion had a gall bladder operation in 1991 and was coming along but now appears to be losing her memory. So in the Fall of 1992, we decided we would sell our home and go to a retirement community. Had two choices, one in Haverford PA and one at Hightstown NJ. So we decided on Meadow Lakes, Etra Road, Hightstown NJ 08520, as Melanie is only 10 minutes away. Established for past 27 years, beautiful grounds, all covered walkways for bad weather, excellent library, health care here, good meals, excellent programs for physical therapy, excellent library - good stuff. We have a living room, bedroom, kitchenette, and bath. Visitors such as family can stay with Melanie or an excellent guest house. Feel we will be happy here - security and healthcare. Marion still not happy here - misses her old home with lots of space. Design of rooms good with an unbelievable amount of closet storage and considering the size of the apartment.

      Note added at later time: Marion passed away January 5, 1995. She did live long enough to see (her grandson) ARJ on Christmas Eve, 1994.
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    Person ID I100  Fausack
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2004 

    Father FAUSAK, Edward Leopold,   b. 13 Aug 1886, Mogowo, Nasielsk, Mazowiecki, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jun 1965  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother WITTLIEB, Rosine (Rose) Antonie,   b. 18 Nov 1888, New Jersey USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Nov 1942  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 10 Nov 1906  Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The marriage was recorded in Book IV of St. Matthew's records, but the entry was undated. A copy of the marriage record was obtained in 2004; that document definitively shows the marriage date as 10 Nov 1906. Edward was 21 years old and Rosina was 18. Witnesses at the marriage were Otto Fausak (presumed to be Adolf Fausak) and Carl Wittlieb. At the time of the marriage, Edward resided at 180 Warren Street, Jersey City NJ, and Rosina resided at 132 Dudley Street, Jersey City NJ.
    Family ID F13  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family RUSS, Marion Patricia,   b. 19 Jul 1916, Ridgewood, Kings County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jan 1995, Havertown, Delaware Co. PA USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 01 Jul 1945 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2002 
    Family ID F78  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Mar 1913 - Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Hightstown, Mercer Co. NJ USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Apr 2002 - Hightstown, Mercer Co. NJ USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Fausak, Edward Louis Sr.; c 1942; in Army
    Fausak, Edward Louis Sr.; c 1942; in Army

    Documents
    Fausak, Edward; 1930; federal census
    Fausak, Edward; 1930; federal census
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Fausak, Edward Louis; 1935; newspaper notice of graduation from Princeton University.
    Fausak, Edward Louis; 1935; newspaper notice of graduation from Princeton University.
    Trenton Evening Times (Trenton NJ USA), Tuesday, June 18, 1935
    Fausak nee Wittlieb, Rose; 1942; newspaper notice of death in Hightstown NJ USA.
    Fausak nee Wittlieb, Rose; 1942; newspaper notice of death in Hightstown NJ USA.
    Fausak, Edward; 1965; death notice in newspaper from Trenton NJ USA.
    Fausak, Edward; 1965; death notice in newspaper from Trenton NJ USA.
    Fausak (Fausack), Edward Louis; 1941; newspaper article regarding purchase of a commercial bakery in Freehold NJ USA.
    Fausak (Fausack), Edward Louis; 1941; newspaper article regarding purchase of a commercial bakery in Freehold NJ USA.
    Fausak, Edward; 1920; US federal census record
    Fausak, Edward; 1920; US federal census record
    Shows Edward Fausak at age 33, wife Rose at age 31, and children Edward Jr. at age 6 and Emma at age 3. Edward entered the us in 1901 and was naturalized in 1911. Rose was born in New Jersey of German parentage.

    Headstones
    Fausak, Edward Louis Sr.; 2002; headstone with wife Marion Patricia Russ
    Fausak, Edward Louis Sr.; 2002; headstone with wife Marion Patricia Russ