The Family of John Smik

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First Generation

1. John Smik was born year unknown in Old Hungary. He died year unknown. He was married year unknown to Anna Baluch. Anna Baluch died year unknown.

Nothing is known about the parents of John Smik and Anna Baluch


  • i. John Smik ( 2 ) Born 23 October 1857. Died 08 January 1926.
  • ii. Anna Smik ( 3 ) Born __ ___ 1864. Died 17 March 1912.
  • Second Generation

    2. John Smik, son of John Smik ( 1 ) and Anna Baluch, was born Friday 23 October 1857 in Slovakia. He died Friday 08 January 1926 in Massilon, Ohio. He was 68 years old at his death. He was married 1885 to Maria Capak, born 1852. Maria Capak died Saturday 08 May 1920. They were married in Koterbach, Slovakia.

    He was married second circa 1921 to Maria (Unknown), born year unknown. Maria died year unknown.

    From the Youngstown Vindicator, January 9, 1926 issue:

    John Smik, aged 69, died at the Massillon State Hospital Friday night. He resided at 81 Washington Street, East Youngstown.

    Mr. Smik was born in Czecho-Slovakia and came to Youngstown 33 years ago. He had lived in East Youngstown the greater part of the time since with the exception of a few years spent in Lowellville. He was employed by the city of East Youngstown. Following the death of his first wife 5 years ago he remarried. He was a member of Saint John the Baptist Church and Saint Stephen's Lodge No. 234, J.K.S.J. A daughter, Mrs. Stephen Saluga, preceded him in death 13 years ago.

    He leaves his wife, Maria, three grandchildren, and two stepsons; John and Andrew Krispinsky. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

    From the Youngstown Vindicator, May 10, 1920 issue:

    Funeral services for the late Mrs. Maria Smik, wife of John Smik, a widely known and highly esteemed pioneer slovak resident of this city, who died Saturday morning in the home of her son, Andrew Krispinsky, 926 Franklin Ave., following a three months' illness of a complication of diseases, will be held at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius church. The Rev. Francis Kozelek will officiate. Interment will be made in Calvary cemetery.

    Mrs. Smik was born in Koterbach, Czecho-Slovakia, 65 years ago, the daughter of Peter and Maria Capak. She was first united in marriage to Andrew Krispinsky, who died ten years later, leaving her with two small sons, Andrew and John Krispinsky. Thirty-five years ago she was married the second time to John Smik, and immediately after her marriage she came with her husband and two small sons to America and located in this city, where the family has continued to live ever since. Their first residence was at the corner of Basin and East Federal Sts. To the second union was born one daughter, Mrs. Stephen Saluga, who died nine years ago.

    Surviving with her husband and two sons, Andrew and John Krispinsky of this city, are 17 grandchildren, of which all but one, the Rev. John Krispinky, assistant pastor of St. Wendelen's church, Cleveland, live in this city.

    Mrs. Smik has been a faithful member and an active worker in Sts. Cyril and Methodius church since it was organized. She possessed a noble character and was loved by all.


  • i. Mary Smik ( 4 ) Born __ ___ 1886. Died __ ___ 1911.
  • 3. Anna Smik, daughter of John Smik ( 1 ) and Anna Baluch, was born 1864 in Old Hungary. She died Sunday 17 March 1912 in Youngstown, Mahoning Co., Ohio. She was married to John Sandor, born 1870 (We believe the correct year is 1860). John Sandor died Tuesday 07 November 1944.

    Anna lived at 95 Edgewood Avenue in Youngstown, Ohio. The family came to Youngstown about 1896. She died of tuberculosis of the lung at home. Anna is buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, Ohio. Funeral arrangements by Joseph G. Voscheck.

    John Sandor (Sanders), husband of Anna, came to America about 1884 and Youngstown, Ohio about 1896. He was born in Odorin, Slovakia and worked as a janitor at the Steel mills in Youngstown. He was retired at the time of his death. He died of a heart attack at his home at 2516 1/2 Hunter Ave. in the city of Youngstown. Funeral arangements were handled by A.A. Kubina. He was buried on 11-10-1944 at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, Ohio.

    From the Youngstown Daily Vindicator, March 18, 1912 issue:

    Mrs. Anna Zandor, aged 48 years, wife of John Zandor, 95 Edgewood Street, died Sunday at 7 a.m. after a prolonged illness from a complication of troubles. There are with the husband the following surviving children: Mrs. Joseph Bujnak, Mrs. Michael Smotrila, Anna, John Jr., Joseph and Peter. John Smik of East Youngstown is a brother.

    The family has resided in Youngstown during the past 17 years. Previously for thirteen years they were in Colorado. Mrs. Zandor was a member of the Ladies' National Slovak society and of Sts. Cyril and Methodius church. She was one of the oldest and most highly respected Slavish residents of the valley.

    Funeral services will be from Sts. Cyril and Methodius church Wednesday at 8:30. Interment will be in the Calvary cemetery.


  • i. See children of John Sandor
  • Third Generation

    4. Mary Smik, daughter of John Smik ( 2 ) and Maria Capak, was born 1886 in America, possibly Youngstown. She died 1911 in Mahoning County, Ohio. She was married to Stephen Saluga. Stephen Saluga died year unknown.


  • i. Helen G. Saluga ( 5 ) Born 12 December 1906. Died 26 July 1988.
  • ii. Dorothy M. Saluga ( 6 ) Born __ ___ ____.
  • iii. Joseph W. Saluga ( 7 ) Born __ ___ 1905. Died __ ___ 1948.
  • iv. Lawrence W. Saluga ( 8 ) Born __ ___ ____. Died __ ___ ____.
  • v. Margaret Saluga ( 9 ) Born __ ___ ____. Died __ ___ ____.
  • Fourth Generation

    5. Helen G. Saluga, daughter of Mary Smik ( 4 ) and Stephen Saluga, was born Wednesday 12 December 1906 in Youngstown, Mahoning Co, Ohio. She died Tuesday 26 July 1988 in Youngstown, Ohio. She was 81 years old at her death. She was married 1933 to Frank Ferreri. Frank Ferreri died Sunday 02 June 1963.

    From the Youngstown Vindicator, July 28, 1988

    Mrs. Helen G. Ferreri; nurse at Republic Rubber Co. Services will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Saint Patrick's Church for Mrs. Helen G. Ferreri, 82, of 858 Parkview Avenue, who died of a heart attack Tuesday evening at her home. Mrs. Ferreri was born Feb. 12, 1906 in Youngstown, a daughter of Stephen and Mary Smik Saluga. She was a graduate of Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing and worked as a private nurse before becoming the nurse at Republic Rubber Co.

    She later worked as a nurse at Saint Patrick School during the 1970's. She was a member of the church. Her husband, Frank, whom she married in 1933, died June 2, 1963. She leaves a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Cronie of Austintown. Two brothers, Joseph Saluga and Larry Saluga, and a sister Mrs. Margaret Cherney are deceased. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at McCauley & Sons Memorial Funeral Home.

    6. Dorothy M. Saluga, daughter of Mary Smik ( 4 ) and Stephen Saluga, was born year unknown. She is living in Austintown, Ohio. She was married year unknown to Joseph B. Cronie.

    In 1940 the family is shown as living at 17 N. Whitney Ave. in Youngstown, Ohio. Joseph was working at Sheridan Company.

    7. Joseph W. Saluga, son of Mary Smik ( 4 ) and Stephen Saluga, was born 1905. He died 1948 in Mahoning County, Ohio. He was married to Helen S. (Unknown), born 1905.

    The family lived at 611 Alice, Youngstown, Ohio, in 1941 and Joseph worked at Republic Steel Corp.

    8. Lawrence W. Saluga, son of Mary Smik ( 4 ) and Stephen Saluga, was born year unknown. He died year unknown. He was married year unknown to Charlotte T. (Unknown).

    The family lived at 144 Maywood Drive, Youngstown, Ohio, in 1941 and Lawrence worked at General Fireproofing Company.

    9. Margaret Saluga, daughter of Mary Smik ( 4 ) and Stephen Saluga, was born year unknown. She died year unknown. She was married year unknown to Gay Cherney.

    The family lived at 2634 Hunter Street, Youngstown, Ohio in 1940 and Gay worked at Republic Steel Corp.

    For additional information on some other family members:

    Sandor / Smik Family Index

    Slovakia Research Page

    The Family of John Sandor

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