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WARGIN Family History, Part III

April 2013

Bernardine Dorothy (KRAWIECKI) MANCHECK (1924-)

11A1. Bernardine Dorothy Krawiecki was born on June 2, 1924, probably in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. She married Norbert A. Manchek and had one son who survived after as many as nine pregnancies.

11A11. Ronald J. Manchek      

Bernadine and Norbert MACHECK Bernardine Dorothy (Krawiecki) Manchek died on January 8, 1987, in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin at the age of 62. She is interred at Saint Adalberts Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Norbert A. Manchek died three years later on October 15, 1990, in Milwaukee County. He was 66 years old and is interred along side Bernardine at Saint Adalberts Cemetery.

  • Cen 1930: 10 Apr 1930 Census, 599 Fourth Avenue, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Eugenia (KEMPINSKI) PAWLAK (1923-1987)

11B1. Eugenia Kempinski was born on November 23, 1923 in Wisconsin. She married Walter Pawlak and had three children:

11B11. Kathleen Pawlak      
11B12. Janice Pawlak      
11B13. Richard Pawlak      

Eugenia (Kempinski) Pawlak died on March 29, 1987, in Wisconsin. She was 63 years old.

Walter Pawlak died later that same year on December 8, 1987. He was 73 years old.

  • Cen 1930: 5 Apr 1930 Census, 606 Dakota Street, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Lawrence "Lars" Roman WARGIN (1922-1967)Blue Star

Lawrence WARGIN, 1938 11F1. Lawrence "Lars" R(oman) Wargin was born on January 12, 1922, in Washington, District of Columbia, the first grandchild of Jan and Ludwika Wargin. After his father committed suicide when Lars was only seven years old, he and his mother moved in with his mother's sister's family, Oscar and May Winter, in Maplewood, St. Louis County, in the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri. He attended the University of Maryland and afterward enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as an aerial navigator with Marine Transport Squadrons from the end of World War II and through the Korean War. He married a woman named Elinor M. by 1947 and had at least one son:

11F11. (Rene Patrick) Wargin 1954    

Lars attended Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School, Class of 1941. The above picture is from his sophomore year yearbook, "Maple Leaves 1938," in which he was named as "Laurence Wargin."

Lars appears to have attended the University of Maryland, as mentioned in the Class of 1942 "Reveille Yearbook," which listed him as a pledge in the Alpha Sigma chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity (p. 120).

U.S. Marine Corps, World War II and Korean War[USMC]

Lars enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a private at the age of 22 by April 1944 when he mustered in with the First Recruit Battalion at Parris Island, South Carolina. Throughout his nine-year career in the Marines his name as recorded as "Lars R. Wargin." After basisc training, he proceeded to his first duty station at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina, and was assigned to Aircraft Engineering Squadron 44 by July. Come October he began studies as a navigator with Marine Aircraft Group 62 (MAG-62) of the 9th Marine Aircraft Wing (9th MAW). He continued his studies with the MAG-34 in January 1945.

Lars was transferred to MCAS Miramar near San Diego, California, in April 1945. From there he was assigned to MAG-42 at MCAS El Centro, California, and was assigned the military occupation code (MOS) 973 or 974. (The two MOSs alternate over time. 973 is believe to be an artillery mechanic and 974 is an avionic repairman. He was most likely an avionics repairman.)

As World War II drew to a close, Lars returned to MCAS Cherry Point in July 1945 and assigned to Marine Operational Training Squadron 814 (MOTS-814), under the Mobile Operational Training Group 81 (MOTG-81). He was promoted to Technical Sergeant by October and reassigned to sister squadron MOTS-813. His service number of 920917 is first noted at this time.

Come the new year, Lars took a brief holiday furlough and then returned to MCAS Miramar and assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 1 (MACS-1). From there Lars apparently went overseas in October with the Marine Transport Squadron, when he recorded as being served by the Fleet Post Office (FPO) at San Francisco. It is not yet known where he went and there are no muster rolls for 1947, but Lars' wife Elinor returned from Pearl Harbor, Hawai'i, as his dependent aboard the USS Le Jeune (AP-74) bound for San Francisco on February 26, 1947.[Pass 1947] Later Lars' date of arrival in the States is recorded as March 1947.

The National Security Act of 1947 was a year of change for the military. Among those changes was the Marine Corps' revision of the enlisted rank structure. Under this new system, Lars' rank as Technical Sergeant was reclassified as Staff Sergeant (E-5).

After returning from overseas, Lars was reassigned to MCAS Cherry Point by January 1948 where he took holiday leave and then reported to the Casual Squadron to await a new assignment. In the interim, Lars served as the NCOIC of the station newspaper.

Lars took an opportunity to pursue a commission and was accepted to the Fifth Basic School Class at Marine Corps School (MCS) Quantico, Virginia, and promoted to Second Lieutenant by October 1948. Unfortunately, with the draw-down after World War II, the Secretary of the Navy revoked the class's appointments and Lars reverted to the rank of Staff Sergeant, effective April 13, 1949. He stayed on at Quantico and was assigned to the Aircraft Engineering Squadron in July. While there the Marine Corps changed their MOS system and Lars was converted from a 973 to a 6400, avionics occupational field. It was also around this time that Lars' Expiration of Obligated Service (EOS) was noted as June 1953.

2nd MAW, MCAS Cherry PointLars returned to MCAS Cherry Point by April 1950 and assigned to the Headquarters Squadron under MAG-14 of the 2nd MAW. From there he transferred to Marine Transport Squadron 252 (VMR-252) under MAG-14 of Air Fleet, Marine Force, Atlantic (AirFMFLant) in October. From this point forward Lars is carreid as MOS 6761, an aerial navigator.

Perhaps around February 1953, Lars deployed with VMR-352 at MCAS El Toro in Santa Ana, California, under MAG-25 of the Air Fleet, Marine Force, Pacific (AirFMFPac). VMR-352 flew personnel and supplies to troops in Korea. He returned to VMR-252 at MCAS Cherry Point in April, just months before his EOS and the armistice in Korea. At the time Lars' enlistment was ran until June 1953, but he ultimately continued to serve for a total of over 20 years in the Marines.

After the Korean War, Lars remained near Cherry Point, in Craven County, North Carolina. He and Elinor were living there when their son was born in 1954. Lars and Elinor's marriage later ended and Elinor may have remarried to a man by the name of Rogers.

Lars moved to Sarasota County, Florida, around 1960 where he remarried to Dorothy E. (Mullins) Young, a native of Missouri, in November, 1961. They resided at 4011 Fruitville Road in Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, south of Tampa, where Lars worked as an insurance salesman.[Dth]

Lars' mother and stepfather both passed away in May 1966 in Sarasota.


Entered into Eternal Rest, Friday, July 21, 1967

Lars Roman Wargin, 45, of 4011 Fruitville Road, died early Friday monring in Bay Pines Hospital. He was a veteran of World War II and served two years in the U.S. Naval Academy and over 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mr. Wargin was born in Washington, D.C., and had lived in Sarasota for the past 7 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Wargin of Sarasota.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at the Hawkins Funeral Home, 135 N. Lime Ave., with the Rev. Russell A. Buffaloe of Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church officiating.

Military graveside services will be held by Sarasota Bay Post 30 of the American Legion.

Interment will be in Palms Memorial Park. Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today at the Hawkins Chapel.

Lawrence "Lars" Roman Wargin died at 2:30AM on July 21, 1967, at the Veterans' Adminstration Medical Center in Bay Pines, Pinellas County, Florida, near St. Petersburg and across the bay from Tampa. He was only 45 years old. Lars was buried at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Sarasota, about a mile and a half east of his residence, on July 26.[Dth]

Lars' widow, Dorothy, lived on in Sarasota and nearby Brandenton, Florida.

Dorothy E. (Mullins Young) Wargin died on November 23, 2011, at the age of 92.

  • Bir 1922: 18 Jan 1922, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
  • Cen 1930: 9 Apr 1930 Census, 7355 Big Bend, Maple Wood, Saint Louis County, Missouri
  • USMC: U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1893-1958
  • Pass 1947: 26 Feb 1947, Honolulu, Hawaii, Passenger and Crew Lists, USS Le Jeune (AP-74) to San Francisco, California
  • Dth 1967: Death Record 67-037577, Veterans' Administration Hospital, Bay Pines, Pinellas, Florida, filed 23 Aug 1967

Deacon John R. WARGIN (1937-2006)

11G1. John R. Wargin was born August 7, 1937. After serving in the U.S. Army he made a career as a vocational counselor at the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MTAC). He later entered the Catholic priesthood in 1979. A year after retiring from active service with the Church, John died in a tragic car accident on June 11, 2006.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob Purvis, 11 June 2006
"Deacon killed, auxiliary bishop hurt in Dodge County crash
Pair were traveling to Catholic church for confirmation event"

Deacon John R. WARGIN "A retired Catholic deacon, John Wargin, died Sunday afternoon and Milwaukee Auxiliary Bishop Richard J. Sklba was injured when the car they were driving to a confirmation ceremony collided with another car near Mayville."

"Wargin, 68, was driving Sklba to St. Andrew Parish in the Town of Leroy where there was a 2 p.m. joint confirmation ceremony with St. Mary of Mayville and Sacred Heart Parish of Horicon, said Gerald Ponec, Wargin's close friend and a deacon at Nativity of the Lord Church in Cudahy."

"Wargin was driving west on Highway 28 about 1 p.m. when his automobile failed to stop at a stop sign at the Highway 175 intersection, said Lt. Douglas Ninmann of the Dodge County Sheriff's Department."

"The car was struck on the driver's side by another vehicle, Ninmann said."

"Initially, Wargin's injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening, Ninmann said, but he died while being treated at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac."

"The cause of death was not immediately known."

"Sklba, who had cuts on his head and body, was treated at Aurora Medical Center in Hartford, officials said. Two people in the other vehicle involved also received minor injuries in the crash."

"Wargin was ordained as a deacon in 1979 and was assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish in Milwaukee. He also served as Sklba's master of ceremonies and regularly accompanied him to church functions, Ponec said."

"Wargin was a retired vocational counselor at Milwaukee Area Technical College, according to an article in the Milwaukee Catholic Herald that ran in honor of his 25th ordination anniversary."

"Wargin, a Milwaukee native, went to Bay View High School, the article said."

"He was known to his colleagues and parishioners for his humor and deep spirituality, Ponec said."

"'It is a rare quality to be able to blend your spirituality and your personal life and humor,' said Ponec. 'John was a real person.'"

"Ponec, whose wife, Lynn, was involved in a car crash in August that caused her to use a wheelchair for months, said that Wargin helped to console him through a trying time, checking in regularly to see how she was doing and offering to help with household chores."

"'John was such a good guy.' He said, 'Put your dirty laundry outside the door. I'll take care of it,' Ponec recalled, 'And that was John - a very caring, compassionate man.'"

"'John was just a good person to be with. He had a well-rounded spirituality where he could help you through things,' Ponec said. 'He is going to be terribly missed by a lot of people.'"

"Sklba was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon, said Jan Nowak, an Archdiocese of Milwaukee spokeswoman."

"'Anytime something like this happens to someone who has been so involved with the church, it is a tremendous loss. The archdiocese is categorically saddened by something like this,' Nowak said. 'Our prayers are with all the people that were involved in the accident and their families.'"

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Wargin, Deacon John R. Born to Eternal Life on Sunday, June 11, 2006, age 68 years. Beloved son of the late Bernard A. and the late Helen A. Wargin. Also survived by cousins, other family and many friends."

"Visitation Thurs., 3-6:45 PM at The Church Of The Immaculate Conception (S. Kinnickinnic Ave. and E. Russell Ave.). Mass of Christian Burial Thurs. at 7 PM, the Most Rev. Richard J. Sklba, Principal Celebrant. Entombment services Fri., 11 AM at St. Adalbert Cemetery (please meet in the parking lot inside the cemetery's 6th Street entrance at 10:50 AM)."

"John was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired guidance counselor at MATC. Deacon Wargin was ordained on June 16, 1979 by Archbishop Rembert G. WEAKLAND, OSB at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist after completing the diaconate program at St. Francis Seminary. After ordination, he was assigned to Downtown Campus Ministry. He also assisted at St. Benedict the Moor on weekends. On October 5, 1981, he was assigned to the Permanent Diaconate Office at the seminary to work in the formation of programs and deacons. John would assist in this capacity throughout the rest of his life no matter what his assignment was. On September 3, 1983, he was assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish in Bay View. John retired from covenanted ministry on August 7, 2005. In 1987, he became the master of ceremonies for Bishop Richard J. Sklba, they traveled together throughout the archdiocese as John assisted Bishop Sklba, who presided at numerous confirmations. What began as a part-time working relationship, developed into a very deep friendship."

"In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to The Church of the Immaculate Conception."

Robert "Bob" Wayne WARGIN (1938-2006)

Robert Wayne WARGIN 11J1. Robert "Bob" Wayne Wargin was born on March 8, 1938, in Burbank or Glendale, Los Angeles County, California. He married Joyce Johnstone in 1967 but divorced in January 1975. He later remarried to Sandra C. in June 1982 in California. He had no children.

Bob left home at the age of 16 and started working for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) in California as a lineman. When he was 18 he joined the United States Army and served in Juneau, Alaska for a hitch. Afterward he resumed work with PG&E and retired after 35 years. Bob later moved to Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas, west of Little Rock.

Sandra C. Wargin died on September 27, 2003, in Hot Springs. She was 63 years old.

Robert Wayne Wargin died three years later on December 9, 2006, at his home in Hot Springs. He was 68 years old.

Hot Springs Village Voice, December 13, 2006
"Robert Wayne Wargin of Hot Springs Village, widower of Sandra Wargin, died at home Dec. 9, 2006. He was 68 years old. Mr. Wargin was born March 8, 1938, in San Pablo, Calif. (sic), to the late Casimer and Blanche Sikorski Wargin. He served in the United States Army and retired after 35 years with Pacific Gas and Electric in California."
  • Cen 1940: 15 Apr 1940 Census, 1629G Bordeaux Street, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana