Bio: Mikolainis, Maryona (1877 - 1901)

Contact: Don Mikolainis

----Source: Mikolainis Family Records.

Maryona Mikolainis was born May 25, 1877 in Ciziske, Vilkaviskis, Lithuania and was baptised there as an infant. She was a member of the Catholic Church. Her father was Martynas Mikolainis and her mother was Jieva Kumetaite. She came to the United States in 1900. While here she lived with her brother, Felix, on his farm in Thorp.

Her brother Petras wrote to her on April 29, 1901:

"Dear Sister:

Felix told me that you are sick and should go to a farm for your health. Forgive me for not writing, and Thank You for the gifts. Please don't send me gifts, save the money for your Doctor. You know yourself that you don't have much time.

Felix and May will look after you.

I am busy helping a friend frind a job as now he is working very hard for little money. Lots of love, Your loving Brother, Petras."

As Petras pointed out in his letter to Maryona, she was very sick with tuberculosis. No stone marks her grave, but she died June 2, 1901, while residing on the Felix Mikolainis farm/homestead in Thorp, Clark Co., WI where she worked as a "farmer's helper". She died of consumption and was just twenty-four years old. She was buried in the Sterling Cemetery in Lombard, in the town of withee, WI. I've personally investigated this burial ground and learned the state has moved the bodies to other cemeteries with the approval of their famlies. No one gave approval for Maryona's to be moved, so it is apparent that her body is still in what is now a woodland. Also, 5 infants of Felix and Mary Mikolainis are still there. (From the County seat Reg. of Deed, Neillsville, WI) If any additional information is known regarding her, please let me know!

Don Mikolainis



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