28 March 2017

Tombstone Tuesday: Estelle Sadowsky, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York

Estelle Sadowsky was not technically a Lubiner (i.e., she was not born and/or raised in the town and she was not descended from someone who was). She was the sister of David Rosenheck and sister-in-law of Ruth Garber Rosenheck, who was born in and immigrated as a child from Labun. Ruth was my father's first cousin and daughter of Nathan and Yetta Garber.

Here Lies
Ester Chaye
daughter of Yehuda
Died 8 Nisan 5701
May her soul be bound in the bonds of the living
APR. 5, 1941

Estera Rosenheck was born and resided in Tlumachek, Kolomyya district, Galicia, Austrian Empire to Juda and Sophie Rosenheck. When she left home for the United States, Tlumachek was part of Poland.

Estera Rosenheck sailed to the United States with her older brother Dawid and younger brother Josef in December 1929.[1] She was reported as 22 (born about 1907). The siblings embarked at Southampton, United Kingdom on the S.S. Leviathan and arrived in New York harbor on 24 December 1929. Their father Juda was still living in the Old Country and they reported that they were headed to their uncle Sam Rosenheck in Monticello, Sullivan County, New York.
Estelle in 1934 [2]
Estelle Rosenheck married Max Sadowsky on 22 December 1935 in Brooklyn.[2]

When Estelle naturalized in 1937, she reported her birth date as 11 April 1907 (consistent with her age as shown on her passenger manifest).[2] 

In April 1940, when the U.S. census was taken, Max and Estelle lived with their daughter Loretta and Estelle's brother, Joe, in an apartment at 6401 24th Avenue, Brooklyn.[3] Both Max and Joe, like Estelle's other brother, David Rosenheck, sold fruit. 

Estelle died at Long Island College Hospital on 5 April 1941. Her date of birth reported on her death certificate was 18 April 1914. She birth date may have been fudged a bit since she was, apparently, older than her husband Max. At that time, it was expected that women would be younger than their husbands. Estelle died during surgery for a cancerous bowel obstruction. If she was born in 1907, she would have actually have been 34 years old at death - not 26. This was still very young and she left a small child at home. 

Her last residence was at 1565 West 11th Street in Brooklyn.

Estelle's grave is in one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association burial plots in Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York: block 5, gate 567W, line 1L, grave 4.

1. Manifest, S.S. Leviathan, 24 December 1929, stamped p. 92, line 7, Dawid Rosenheck, age 25; images, "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 March 2017).
2. Estelle Sadowsky, naturalization file no. 229053, 25 May 1937, Eastern District of New York; Record Group 21: Records of the District Courts of the United States; National Archives - Northeast Region, New York City.
"NYC Grooms Record Index," Italian Genealogical Group (http://www.italiangen.org : accessed 25 March 2017), entry for Max Sadowsky and Estelle Rosenheck [indexed as Rosenbek], Kings County marriage certificate no. 21825, 22 December 1935. Copy of record on order.
3. 1940 U.S. Census, Kings County, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district 24-1816, sheet 7B, household 166, Estelle Sadowsky; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 March 2017); citing NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2593. 

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