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Thomas Kotrba
Matej Bilek
Rosalie Kuthan
(Abt 1844-1895)
Ignatium/Ignac/Michael Kotrba
Anna Bilek
(Abt 1868-1939)
Josephine Kotrba


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James Benjamin Parkos Sr.

Josephine Kotrba 793

  • Born: 22 Jan 1899, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 13,34
  • Marriage: James Benjamin Parkos Sr. on 28 Apr 1917 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 613
  • Died: 8 May 1946, Brookfield, Cook, IL at age 47 923
  • Buried: 11 May 1946, Family Lot 31

bullet  General Notes:

It's interesting to note that I didn't find any baptismal records for Josephine at St. John Nepomucene. And shortly after this date, we find the Kotrbas living at the Mennonite Missionary Church on Union Ave. Therefore, their conversion as a family from Catholicism to Mennonite must have happened during this period.

She & her husband were expecing another baby when he registered for the WWI draft. Baby to arrive in Nov.


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Baptism, 29 Jan 1899. 387 Sponsors were Josef Bilek and his wife Josefa.

Residence, 13 Jun 1900, 478 29th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 34 Living here were Michael (spelled Mekelus in, wife Anna, sons John and Frank, and daughters Anna, Mamie, and Josephine.

Residence, 18 Apr 1910, 2930 Union Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 13 This house had a total of 20 people living in it at the time of the census, but they own it. This is the address, 2 years earlier, where the Mennonite Missionary Church workers lived, according to the book, After Ten Years.
Living here are Michael, wife Anna, daughters Annie, Josephine, and Mary, and Frank Kotrba and his wife Mary, and son Frank. The other people in the house don't seem to be any relation.

Residence, 1 Mar 1918, 1423 S. Karlov, Chicago, Cook, IL. 92

Residence, 8 Jan 1920, 2843 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 14 Living here are James as head, Josephine his wife, and son James. They were renting.

Residence, 1 May 1930, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Brookfield Village, Cook, IL. 3 Living here were James B. as head, Josephine F. as wife, and James F., their son. Lived just a few blocks from her sister Mary, who married Frank Boucek.

Occupation: Wrapper at a Creamery, 1 May 1930. 3

Residence, 10 Apr 1940, 3701 Raymond Ave., Brookfield, Cook, IL. 6 Living here are James Parkos as head, wife Josephine, and son James F.

Residence, 1940's, 3701 Raymond Ave., Brookfield, Cook, IL. 31 We know that in April, 1942, they were living at this address, verified by her husband's WWII registration card.

Obituary: Chicago Tribune, 10 May 1946, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 31 Chicago Tribune (IL) - May 10, 1946
Deceased Name: Josephine Parkos, nee Kotrba
--Josephine Parkos, nee Kotrba, May 8th, late of 3701 Raymond avenue, Brookfield, Illinois, beloved wife of James, fond mother of James Jr., dear sister of Frank Kotrba, Marie Boucek, and Anna Kocka. Services Saturday, 10:30 a.m., from funeral home, 3745 Grand boulevard, Brookfield, Illinois, to St. Barbara's church. Interment family lot. Call Brookfield 3800.
Chicago Tribune (IL)
Date: May 10, 1946
Edition: Chicago Tribune

Burial, 11 May 1946. 54 According to Illinois, Deaths & Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947, she's buried at Forest Park in Cook County.


Josephine married James Benjamin Parkos Sr. on 28 Apr 1917 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA.613 (James Benjamin Parkos Sr. was born on 4 Mar 1896 in Wesley, Rice, Minnesota 3,93,150 and died on 30 Oct 1989 in Brookfield, Cook, IL 93.)

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