Hoffmann Family

The Hoffmann Family of Suchorecz, Szaradowo Parish, Posen


The Hoffmann Family in St Joseph County, Indiana had its origins in the village of Suchorecz near the manorial farm of Clarahof.  On June 24, 1863 Christopher and Anna (Heinz) Hoffmann presented their son John for baptism at the Parish Church at Szaradowo, in the powiat of Nakielski, Prussian Poland.


In the 21st  year of his life (June 02, 1884) John will marry Franciszka Andrysiak (19) the Daughter of Casimir and Rosalia (Galas/Lengas) Andrysiak at the Parish Church near Szaradowo. The Andrysiaks are tenant farmers on the manor at Clarahof.




John and Franciszka will immigrate to America the following year and settle in South Bend, Indiana. John is employed as an Iron Molder at the Oliver Plow factory. Three children will be born to this union Walter after 1884, Bruno on July 10, 1888, and Helen on August 09, 1893. Franciszka will pass during Helens childbirth. Unfortunately no documents religious or civil mark her passing and a wedding picture does not survive.


However we believe that Franciszka is mirrored in this lovely surviving photo of the three children.


Hoffman Bruno Children of Francis Andrysiak

The John & Marianne (Niedbalski / Helminiak) Hoffmann Family


It is late in the year of 1893 and John now 30 years of age finds himself with three children who do not have the benefit of a mother.


On January 15, 1894 in St Hedwig Catholic Church in South Bend, John marries Marianne Niedbalski / Hazinski / Helminiak the daughter of John Niedbalski.


50th Wedding John & Marianne Hoffmann


Seven children will be born to this union Stanley (1894-96), Steven (1897), Joseph (1900), Anastasia / Nettie (1901), Aloizy / Alex (1902), Sophie (1903), Boleslaw / Benjamin (1907).  The family resides at 605 South Kosciuszko St., they are parishioners of St Hedwig Catholic Church and John continues his work at the Oliver Plow Factory as a welder. John will pass on October 13, 1947 following a three-year illness. Mary Ann will follow after an illness of one week on February 26, 1951. They rest together in St. Josephs Polish Cemetery.



The Bruno & Mary (Kubiszak) Hoffmann Family


Bronislaw“Bruno” was born in Germany/Poland, the second son of John and Franciszka (Andrysiak) Hoffmann on July 10, 1888. He was barely five years old when his mother passed in childbirth and only 5 when he met his stepmother Mary Ann. Family oral history suggest that all documents or pictures of Frances do not exist.  In 1906 at the age of 18, Bruno leaves South Bend to seek his fortune in Chicago, IL. He eventually resides at 8300 Brandon Ave and works as a welder for Globe Manufacturing in Chicago.


On May 10, 1910 at St. Michael's Church, Chicago, IL Bruno marries the former Mary Ann (Kubiszak) Rozynek the daughter of Albert and Michalina (Musialowski) Kubiszak.  This would be Mary Ann's second marriage.  Her first marriage was to Jon Rozynek Jr. (December 1876) on June 18, 1902.  Jon died on July 12, 1907.  One child was born to this union, Josephina, March 13, 1905-September 25, 1907.  Jon, Josephina, Bruno and Mary Ann all rest at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet, IL. 


Bruno & Mary Ann Hoffmann 1910


They will reside in Chicago on Brandon Ave for 50 years. Mary will be the proprietor of a candy store that was well known to the pupils of St. Michael’s School who patronized her shop. Her name appears on the corner stone of St Michael’s Church.

Four children were born to this union Lottie Theresa (April 06, 1911),Joseph Richard (February 25, 1913), Theophil Harry (October 06, 1915) and Loretta Josephine (February 26, 1923). Mary Ann will pass of heart disease November 17, 1950 and Bruno will follow March 09, 1966. Lottie and Joseph rest at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Theophil rests in Lower York Cemetery in Thomson, IL.  Loretta rests at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL. 

Photo's & Information by: Susan Barrows, Troy, IL

Submitted by: Jim Piechorowski

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Project Started: August 11, 2008

Project Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 04:49:05 PM