Mary Chudo Zahorec

Oct 25, 2011

mary chudo zahorec1 150x150 Mary Chudo ZahorecOn the 30th day of March, 1909, Mary Zahorec arrived at the Port of New York aboard the ship Potsdam that had sailed from Rotterdam, Holland.  She didn’t apply for American citizenship until thirty-one years later.  Her naturalization records are filled with facts about her life. She lived at 10308 Parkview Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio when Declaration of Intent No. 73213 was filed on the 13th day of March, 1940 with the Clerk of the U.S. District Court at Cleveland, Ohio.  She had a light complexion, blonde hair, brown eyes, weighed 165 pounds and stood five feet two and one-half inches tall.  Mary had been born on the 7th day of May, 1888 in Nemsova, Trencin, Czechoslovakia and was a widow. (Photo from Naturalization Record)

Petition for Naturalization No. 93277 states that Mary Zahorec , widow of Joseph Zahorec, married him on the 15th day of May, 1907 in Nemsova, Trencin, Czechoslovakia.  The document also says that Joseph died on the 5th day of April, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio. It lists all of the children, their birth dates, and where they were living on the 27th day of January, 1943.  Mary Zahorec had six children, all natives of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio:

  1. Joseph Zahorec, born 26 Jan 1910; resided in Cleveland, Ohio in 1943.
  2. Mary Zahorec, born 11 Apr 1913; resided in Washington, D.C. in 1943.
  3. Julia Zahorec, born 8 Sep 1915; resided in Cleveland, Ohio in 1943.
  4. Frank Zahorec, born 23 Mar 1919; resided in Cleveland, Ohio in 1943.
  5. Margaret Zahorec, born 28 Jun 1923; resided in Boston, Massachusetts in 1943.
  6. Agnes Zahorec (twin), born 28 Jun 1923; resided in Boston, Massachusetts in 1943.

Mary’s baptism is recorded in the Catholic Church Books of Nemšová, Trenčin, Slovakia, which was part of Czechoslovakia when Mary became a citizen.  At the time of her birth, the town had belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  Centuries before being part of that Empire, Slovakia was part of Hungary. Her baptism record states that Mary Chudo was the legitimate daughter of Mathias Chudo and Catharina Palo who lived in House No. 6 in Nemšová.  Mary’s godparents were Josef Knársek and Maria Bobosh.

Mary Chudo Zahorec died on the 8th day of August, 1962 in Cleveland.  We’d like to know more about the lives of the Zahorec children.  Please tell us about them by leaving a response to this posting.

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