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Obituary Coordinator: Dennis Bauer
Est. 13 May 2009 by Dennis Bauer, publication 13 May 2009 at DVHH.org by Jody McKim Pharr.

Last updated: 19 Jul 2021

CESNAK - Anna ORBAN (nee Cesnak) of Akron, passed away at her granddaughter's home in Madison Heights, Mich., on May 30, 2017, at age 103. She went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Born to Andrew and Anna Cesnak on June 12, 1913, in Backa Palanka, Yugoslavia, she came to Akron at the age of seven. Married to George Orban (deceased), Anna was the mother of  Jeanette (John - deceased) Coch and Richard (Susan - deceased) Orban. Beloved grandmother of six grandchildren: Roger (Leta) Coch, Johnny Coch, Karen (Vince) Parisi, Kristine Coch (deceased), Monica (James) Kulaga, and Cathleen (Matthew) Hrtanek. Also sadly missed by seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews. Anna had a long, well-lived life. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends with her delicious cooking and baked goods. She had many friends at the Akron Senior Center and traveled throughout the United States. Playing cards with family and friends was one of Anna's favorite pastimes. The family will receive friends Friday, June 2nd from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 3rd from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the Anthony Funeral Home Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel, 1990 S. Main St., Akron, Ohio 44301. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Mark Hanchett officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery and luncheon following. (Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel, Akron). Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Thursday, June 1, 2017

CHRISBACHER - Ernest Chrisbacher 1933-2020 On the evening of May 13th, 2020 Ernest Chrisbacher of Wayne, NJ died peacefully in his home following a courageous battle with cancer.  Ernie was born to John Chrisbacher and Anna Chrisbacher, nee Meinzinger, in 1933.  He grew up in Hawthorne, NJ and attended Newark College of Engineering (now NJIT) where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. After graduating, Ernie joined the Air Force and was stationed at Sculthorpe AFB in Norfolk, England.  Following his service, he began a rewarding career with several engineering firms, including his own startups.

Ernie met the love of his life, Marian, dancing at their 10th high school reunion, and they settled at Packanack Lake in Wayne, NJ to raise their three sons.  In his spare time, he was an avid reader, hiker and skier.  After finding arrowheads in local farm fields as a child and later as an adult, he developed a passion for, and expertise in flintknapping, the art of crafting an arrowhead from raw stone.  He also had a passion for discovering his ancestry, and extensively researched his family’s genealogy for over 50-years.  As a result, he became an expert on the German immigrants from Veszprém county, Hungary, and wrote and published a book on the subject that has sold out over 3 printings.  He also wrote a lighthearted book titled Noontime Dancing with short stories from his childhood. 
When Ernie was 8, he discovered the world of butterflies and moths. With the help of a neighbor, he learned to catch, preserve, and display his insects, and later how to raise them. Ernie’s interest turned into a full-fledged hobby; he spent nearly his entire life as an amateur lepidopterist, raising and collecting butterflies and moths with his sons.
Ernie taught himself to ski as a young man. He joined, and later became President of Twin Hickory Ski Club of Nutley NJ, and taught his three sons to ski at an early age. Every winter, Ernie and family enjoyed a week of skiing in Vermont or Colorado.  Ernie was still skiing with his sons and granddaughters at the age of 81.
Ernie enjoyed a nice glass of wine and loved to participate in blind wine tastings with his sons and family.  In his retirement, he became a talented, self-taught winemaker and perfected his technique for top-notch, Dry Riesling.
Ernie was predeceased by his brother, John, who passed in March, 2019.  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marian, sons and daughters-in-law, Peter & Kathy, George, and Carl & Janeene, as well as his five beautiful granddaughters, Leah, Katie, Julia, Anneliese, and Claire.   A private memorial service will be held for immediate family.
Please click here for a slideshow of Ernie throughout the years.


CSENDEKOVICS – Elizabeth Schilly (nee Csendekovics), 39, of  Cleveland, OH, died 19 January 1916.  [Born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary of Franz & Magdalena Csendekovics, wife of Anton Schilly Buried at Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland]. Ohio Deaths 1908-1932, Ancestry.com.

DAUTERMANN -  Eva Flint Sklena (nee Dautermann), Age 96, of Flint , died Friday, November 6, 2015. Funeral services will be held 11AM, Tuesday, November 10, 2015, the United in Christ Lutheran Church, G-6330, Corunna Rd., Flint. Pastor Steve Stahlhut officiating. Burial to follow at Flint Memorial Park, Mt. Morris. Visitation will be held 1 PM-8 PM Monday at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Road, Swartz Creek and 10 AM until time of service at the Church. Those desiring may make contributions to United in Christ Lutheran Church or to Home and Hospice Advantage. Eva was born in Obresch, Yugoslavia, on October 1, 1919 the daughter of the late Philipp and Magdalena (Federmann) Dautermann. Eva married Johann "John" Sklena on February 2, 1941 in Nikinci, Yugoslavia. She and John came to the United States on November 24, 1951. Mrs. Sklena enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and retired from Mclaren- Flint in 1976. Surviving are: 3 daughters, M. Theresa (Al) McKee, Magdalena "Leni" Jennings, Eve (Norm) Brown; 7 grandchildren, Paul Mayers, David (Terri) Mayers, Bill Jennings, Charlie (Debra) Jennings, Alana (Gary) Crum, Alyssa Brown and Adam (Cathy) Brown; 11 great-grandchildren, Lani, Jonathon, Jacob, Haylee, Kora, Cody, Channing, Jazalynn, Adalyn, Breanna, Dylan and one on the way. She was also preceded in death by her son, Johann; daughter, Katharina; great-granddaughter Victoria and several siblings. Online condolences may be posted on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.

DAVID – Nicholas David, 54, of Bordentown, NJ, died 23 February 1985.  Born in Philadelphia, PA, husband of Sophie Teichmann David [Palankaer]. Survived by daughters, Diana Grover of Browns Mills, NJ, Rosemary Molton of Willingboro, NJ & Annette David of Bordentown and son, Kenneth David of Bordentown. Palanka OSB Family #11875. The Times, 24 February 1985 issue.

DEAK, William Harold, b. 1923 - d. June 20 2003 - 80 Years old; residence: Cincinnati, Ohio - USA. Submitted by Jody McKim. Bill was very cheerful and helpful to all researchers.  He passed away at the age of 80.  He sure maneuvered the computer well for his age!  His wife Rose Ann has fond memories of Bill.  She shared with me that he was a talented man, among her favorites, he was a carpenter, photographer, made vases and one of his last accomplishments was to leave behind a family tree which he had researched and constructed.  Rose Ann lost her best friend, but she knows he is no longer in pain and suffering.   No one in Bill's family, has picked up where Bill left off working on the family tree. Long after Bill is gone, his footprints are still among us, Html Gear - Guest Gear View Guestbook - he comments "I believe in Angels" I still have a copy of a message from Bill sent to me, dated March 2001, he loved helping people......

From: WHDEAK5710@aol.com
To: jodymckim@worldnet.att.net
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2001 6:31 PM
Subject: 1828 CENSUS

Hi Jody,
What a day!!!!!
I finally received a reply from Beth Long - Temesvar had its own census taken that is why it is not in the county book.  I did receive many requests for look ups.
In Mehala I found : Marmon Jakob - House # 453 Pg 148 & Marmon Johan - House # 454 & Marmon Peter  - House # 459. LDS Film # for these three #623,133   
In Fibis (Fibisch) I found: Marmon Joanes - House # 101   LDS Film # 623,130  
In Merrzsidorf (Mercydorf) I found: Ingris Joanes   House #139        LDS Film # 623,133  & Schuck Joseph  House # 302       "      "        "      "    
I thought I would list these other spellings, they could be your people. My mother Klara Kuppis is from Shag -Temes County & My father Jozsef Deak is from Magyar Szente Marton  Torontal County.
I do hope this helps your research.     
Bill - Surnames Deak, Kuppis, Virag, Draga, Bodnar and Fodor.

Family Photos: Klara Draga Bodnar ---b.&d. Dates unknown Married Joseph Kuppis Mother of Louis (D) Kuppis; Joseph Kuppis Married Klara Draga Bodnar Mother of Louis (D) Kuppis; Louis (D) Kuppis Married Zsuzanna Draga.
Bill's website remains online: "The William Deak Family" Last Updated September 5, 2000 

DICKMANN, Maria (nee Graf), 74, widow of Adam, Pennsburg, formerly of Philadelphia, died Dec. 2, 2009. Born in Schag, Romania she was the daughter of the late Edmund and Katharina (nee Berg) Graf. Beloved mother of Rose, wife of Pete Greskoff of Paoli, Adam Dickmann Jr. of Pennsburg, Tony Dickmann and wife, MaryAnn of Lansdale and Joseph Dickmann and wife, Jen Teichman of Chardon, Ohio; beloved daughter-in-law of Katharina Dickmann of Pennsburg; beloved brother of Josef Graf of Charleroi, Edmund Graf and wife, Erna of Jamison and beloved grand-mother of Julie, Peter, Michael, Kathryn and Matthew. Mass 11 A.M. Dec. 7, 2009 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 1325 Klinerd Rd., Pennsburg. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Pennsburg. Call 10 to 11 A.M. in church. Memorials to The Danube Swabian Foundation USA, 710 North Carlyle Lane, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. (THE MANN-SLONAKER FH 215-679-9589) Published in Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on December 4, 2009

DIEL - ELISABETH DIEL of Ridgewood died on January 24, 2010 at the age of 93. A native of Sekitsch, Yugoslavia, she was the beloved wife of the late Jakob and devoted mother of Jakob Diel and Elisabeth Roth; also survived by 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Services were officiated by Rev. Thomas Goodhart at the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Ave., Ridgewood, followed by interment in Maple Grove Cemetery. Submitted by Noelle Giesse.

DIENES (Tinnes) - Anna Dienes Link, 87, of Brooklyn, NY, died 10 April 1988.  Born in [Palanka] Austria-Hungary, widow of Arthur Link and daughter of late Jacob & Mary Dienes [nee Engl].  Survived by nephew, Frank J. Dienes of Trenton, NJ.  Buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #12224.

DRES(S)NER – Thomas Dresner, 75, of St.Louis Missouri, died 24 Aug 1940. Born 27 Dec 1864 in Apatin, Austria-Hungary, son of late Thomas Dressner and Anna Gerschbacher, husband of late Rozalia Holenecz; daughter of  late Anna Kastner, sons: Thomas, Joseph, late Charles, Matthew, John and Michael. Buried 24 Aug 1940, at STS Peter and Paul Cemetery, St.Louis, Missouri. Sources: Missouri Death Certificate. Submitted by Josip Trezner.

DROBNEK - Anton M. Drobnek, 83, of Trenton, NJ, died 27 July 1982.  A native of [Gajdobra, Batschka] Yugoslavia, he was an area resident for 61 years.  Father of late Michael Drobnek, survived by wife, Magdalena Rohrbacher [Palankaer]; daughter, Madeline Woodrow; sister, Anna Abel; grandchildren, Thomas & Michael Woodrow, Mary Ann York & Patricia, all of Hamilton, NJ.  Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton. Palanka OSB Family #2165.  The Trenton Times, 29 July 1982 issue.

DROBNEK – Madalene A. Woodrow (nee Drobnek), 84, of Hamilton, NJ, died 15 August 2015. Daughter of late Anton & Magdalena Rohrbacher Drobnek and sister of late Michael Drobnek. Survived by husband, Edward Woodrow, Jr. of Hamilton; children &spouses, Thomas Woodrow of Morrsiville, PA, Michael & Mary Woodrow of Hamiltonand Mary Ann & Fred York of Hamilton; grandchildren, Edward & Laura Woodrow, Eric & Ashley Woodrow, Maura Woodrow and Samantha and Alex York. Also survived by niece Patricia Drobnek of Annandale, VA. Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton. Palanka OSB #2165 & 9820.  The Times, 17 August 2015 issue.
DROBNEK - Michael A. Drobnek, 55, of Hamilton Square, NJ, died 16 January 1981. [Born in Gajdobra, Yugoslavia]. Survived by wife, Thelma C. Stannard Drobnek; daughter, Patricia A. Drobnek of Falls Church, VA; parents, Mr. & Mrs. Anton Drobnek [mother, Magdalena Rohrbacher, Palankaer] of Trenton, NJ and sister, Mrs. Madelene Woodrow of Hamilton Township, NJ. Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton. Palanka OSB Family #2165. The Trentonian, 19 January 1981 issue. 

DUACSEK - Francis J. Duacsek, of Trenton, NJ, died 1 April 1930.  [Born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary]. Survived by parents, Frank & Anna [nee Busch] Duacsek ; brother, George Duacsek; sisters, Mary & Anna and uncle, John Oswald. Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #2167.  The Trenton Evening Times, 5 April 1930 issue.
DUACSEK - Rose [nee Duacsek] Haras, 26, of Trenton, NJ, died 12 December 1924. [Born in Gajdobra, Austria-Hungary, wife of Palankaer Robert Haras]. Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #4043.  The Trenton Sunday Times-Advertizer, 14 December 1924 issue.
DUPP - Maria Kunert [nee Dupp], 66, of Hamilton, NJ, died 11 April 2002. Born in [Gajdobra] Yugoslavia. Daughter of late Josef & Anna Weiss Dupp [both Palankaers]. Survived by husband, Albert Kunert; sons & daughter-in-law, Michael Kunert of Hamilton and Robert J. & Marianne Kunert of Hamilton; daughter & son-in-law, Helga & Richard Travaglini of Hamilton; grand children, Gregory, Timothy & Robbie Kunert and Lauren, Ricky & Brian Travaglini; brother & sister-in-law, Josef & Barbara Dupp of Hamilton and sister-in-law, Gerda Kurowski of Pennington, NJ. Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton. Palanka OSB Family #2187 & 6513.  The Times, 13 April 2002 issue. 


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