My mother's mother and father, holding one of their grandkids, Karen
Sulich (John Jr's daughter)
My Grandfather, John Sulich
A Sulich family photo
Back row: Joe Rusnak (my mom's brother-in-law), Karen (Sulich) Juser (one of my cousins), my mom, Barbara Sulich (another cousin), John Sulich Jr. (my mom's older brother), Helen Rusnak (my mom's sister), Shirley Sulich (by clock, my mom's sister-in-law),
Front row: Bob Juser (Karen's husband), Ruth Sulich (my mom's other sister-in-law) holding Paul Juser, Brian Szymaniak, Becky (Sulich) Szymaniak (yet another cousin.)
My mother sitting with her younger brother, Michael Sulich, during one of his visits to our home in Los Angeles.
My mother's older brother, John Sulich Jr., and his wife, Ruth.
My mother's sister and her husband, Helen and Joe Rusnak
Standing: Ruth Sulich. Sitting: my mother, Mary Shoop (their cousin ), John Sulich Jr.
Mary Shoop, Helen Rusnak, Shirley Sulich
My Uncle Mike and my brother Bill.
My mother's recently wrote that her family came from an
area that is now Slovakia. "In 1975,
Czechoslovakia broke-up into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, but really,
their history goes back to the first settlers in the first half of the 15th
century. For 500 years, they managed to cope with both the vicissitudes of
nature and human beings. The inhabitants had to deal with ever
increasing taxation by landlords and overlords. In 1646, the people
were converted from the Roman Catholic religion to the Greek Catholic
faith and for them, conditions improved. A catastrophic crop failure
in the 1850's resulted in a decrease in population and a significant
emigration overseas. World War I was the next calamity. These lands
became part of the front line between Austria-Hungary and the Russian
armies. With the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918, the territories
became part of Hungary. They again became a front line in World War II
and on Oct 12, 1944 were " liberated" by the Soviet Army and became part of
Czechoslovakia. In 1974, I made a trip to the place where my
parents once lived. I recalled the name of my mother's birthplace as Zboj which is in the easternmost part of Czechoslovakia near the border of
Ukraine. My father was from the nearby village of Ulic. I remember how my
father would sign his name John Sulic with a little mark over the c to
indicate that it is pronounced ch. When he emigrated just before World
War I, the immigration officer at Ellis Island changed his name to Sulich.
I had a memorable visit with my mother's relatives over the weekend. They
spoke no English and the Russian I spoke as a child slowly returned so I
could communicate with them.
My uncle, Michael Sulich, is a veteran of the Korean War and provided lots of pictures from his military days to one of his friend's web site. You can see Mike's pictures here.
This site was last updated 06/05/11