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Death & Abandonment No Stranger to Chester

My uncle, John, died before I was born. Apparently my father named me after him. But I never heard my father or anyone else in the family ever talk about John.

I’ve had these birth and death certificates for about 10 years. But only today did I notice something that had never before caught my attention. John was a twin. I have no idea what happened to the other one, whatever his/her name was.

Now in my investigation into my late father’s character, I must note that to Chester Norbert Palcewski death and abandonment was no stranger. Here’s a summary:

His father, Casimir, died on Jan. 6, 1930, when he was 12.
then: death of his daughter, Roberta, my sister, on Feb. 23, 1941, when he was 23.
then: death of his brother, John, on Jun. 8, 1941, when he was 23.
then: abandonment by his wife, Elizabeth, my mother, sometime in 1943 when he was 25.
then: death of president Roosevelt, Apr. 1945, when he was 27.
then: death of his mother, Josephine, on Sept. 25, 1947, when he was 29.
then: death of his brother, Stanley, on Oct. 20, 1953, when he was 35.
then: departure of me, his son, on Aug. 1959, when he was 41.
then: death of his brother, Alec, on Mar. 22, 1969, when he was 51.

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grim. maybe this has a lot to do with him being an alcoholic? waht was his upbringing like?

also, would it be possible to ask for the other twin's hospital records? now you know where and when he was born!

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