Well, I couldn't wait for April (my daughter) any longer. We were supposed to do this together but I just couldn't wait. You could say I had ants in my pants, so I went at it alone. Digging into the Kluck family history today, I found a census record, a few obituaries and a burial marker.
The census record I found was a 1930 census of Lowell Ma, ward 10. The family was living at 40 Union street. Enumerated on 7 April of that year, the head is John, age 34, first marriage at the age of 24, born in Lithuania, as are both his parents. His year of immigration is 1914 and he is an alien. He's a carpenter and he is not a veteran. John's wife Sophie is 40 years old, first marriage at age 30. She is born in Lithuania as are both her parents. Her year of immigration is 1913 and she is an alien. The oldest child is John Jr (April's grandfather), he's 13 years old and born in Massachusetts. Next is Sophie, 10 years old also born in MA. Then we have Mary, age 7, born in MA and Joseph age 5, also born in MA.
[1930 census of Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, Series: T626, Roll: 922, Ward: 10, Ed: 9-146, Page: 311, Sheet 7A, line 6]
So for today's Tombstone Tuesday I will post the burial marker and obituary of Sophie Kluck nee Malinoski, According to the cemetery records Sophie was 69 years old when she died, but the marker has a year of 1886 for her birth. The cemetery records also have her being interred on 28 Jan. 1962 and that She is buried with a Marie Kluck. Marie was interred on 16 Jan 2004 and she was 87 years of age. I do not know who Marie is at this time. Also on this marker there is an incomplete inscription for a Joseph Kluck, I do believe that Joseph is Sophie and John's youngest son and the brother of John Kluck, my daughter's grandfather. Maybe I should try and contact Joseph, if he is still alive.
Published in The Lowell Sun , Thursday, July 26, 1962, pg. 3.
Mrs. Sophie Kluck (Malinoski) Kluck of 651 Middlesex street, widow of John Kluck, died last night at Lowell General hospital. She was born in Lithuania having come to the United States at an early age and had been a resident of this city for the past 50 years.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Lithuanian parish. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Sophie Pilat of Dracut and Mrs. Mary Palermo of Lawrence; two sons, John Kluck and Joseph Kluck, both of Lowell; a sister and a brother in Lithuania; and five grandchildren.
KLUCK---Died July 23, Mrs. Sophie (Malinoski) Kluck of 651 Middlesex street. Funeral Saturday at 8am from the Miksza funeral home, 48 Lawrence street. Solemn high funeral mass at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph's Lithuanian church. Burial in St. Patrick's cemetery. Visiting hours 7 to 10 p.m. today and 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Funeral Director Walter A. Mikzsa.
I searched high and low for an obituary belonging to Sophie's husband, John, but I could not find one.