This evening after work, I learned of the passing of my distant cousin Frederick A. Wargowsky on August 2, 2012. In the early 1990s, Fred Wargowsky, and our mutual cousin, Al H.,began communicating on the phone and via the U.S. mail, sharing information about our mutual roots. We are all descendants of J. Samuel Jaensch, who was originally from the province of Posen, Germany. Fred and Al encouraged me to find out all the birth and death dates of my particular branch of the family, that of Lena Piehl Yeager. Fred provided me with a copy of the large family history which documented the descendants of J. Samuel Jaensch. Fred spent hours and hours of research, and spent his own money securing vital records, obituaries, passenger records, and valuable family stories. Without the questions that Fred and Al asked me, I would never have learned how to do genealogical research. We will miss Fred so very much. Thanks for all your years of research, persistence, and generous spirit of sharing, Fred! Your work lives on!
Copies of Fred's book, Descendants of grandfather J. Samuel Jaensch (Johann Samuel Jänsch) of Ohio; compiled by Frederick August Wargowsky (Willison, Ohio, 1995),are at these two genealogical libraries:
R. B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio
Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
My personal copy of Fred's book is filled with sticky notes, annotations, and shows definite signs of heavy usage!
Here is a page in Fred's book that features a picture of my great grandparents:
God bless you, Fred, and may you rest in peace!