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Wielkieś mi uczyniła pustki w domu moim,
Moja droga Orszulo, tym zniknieniem swoim!
Pełno nas, a jakoby nikogo nie było:
Jedną maluczką duszą tak wiele ubyło.
 
  Your flight, my dearest, caused
This vast emptiness in my house.
We are a crowd yet no one's here:
One tiny soul and so much is gone.
- "Treny VIII" by Jan Kochanowski (1530-1584)
Adam Czerniawski (Trans.)
     

Florentyna Chojnacka Tomalska was born in Dzwierzchno, Bydgoszcz, on August 15, 1931, died in Solec Kujawski on November 25, 2001, and is buried in Solec Kujawski cemetery.

Waleria Chojnacka was born December 16, 1920, in Konary, parish of Pieranie, Bydgoszcz. She died November 13, 2006, in Bydgoszcz and is buried in the Solec Kujawski cemetery with her mother and youngest sister.

Father (ks.) Lucjan Zgorzelak was born October 17, 1923, in Wrzesnia. This photograph of ks. Zgorzelak was taken in Pieranie in front of the altar in the church of St. Nicholas the Bishop  where he spent most of his 50 years as a priest. The photo was taken on the day of his Jubilee in 2000.  ks. Zgorzelak retired soon after to Gniezno. He died November 21, 2006, in Gniezno and was buried in the Wrzesnia village cemetery.

Bronislawa Grzes Kseniak was born in November, 1925, in Bukowsko, parish of Bukowsko, Krosno. She died at home in Bukowsko in December, 2010, and is buried in Bukowsko cemetery.

Stanislaw Zytka was born in 1937 in Bukowsko, parish of Bukowsko, Krosno. He died in Bukowsko in December, 2010, and is buried in Bukowsko cemetery.

Stefan Tomalski was born in January, 1955, in Solec Kujawski, parish of Solec Kujawski, Bydgoscz. He died in Bydgoscz in January, 2011, and is buried in Solec Kujawski cemetery.

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Floral bars from Nevr2L8
Polish text of extract from "Treny VIII," Jan Kochanowski

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English extract from Treny: The Laments of Kochanowski, Adam Czerniawski, Trans. (2001)

All else:
Debbie's Polish Pictures

Last update: 7 February 2011