Maria Celestyna Piątkowska (1911-1982)
Maria Celestyna Piatkowska, daughter of Waclaw and Waclawa, was born 17th May 1911 in Warsaw. I do not know why this happened in Warsaw, but probably it was caused by the fact that Piatkowski's relatives were living there. There is a chapel in Kolbiela with ashes of Piatkowski family. There is also a village Sufczyn nearby, where Suffczynski family had their courtyard and other property. Position of Sufczyn and Kolbiela is marked on map below.
If I had listened more carefully to my Mother's stories I wouldn't have to
search and guess. But children don't listen to what Parents are trying to pass
on and Parents don't think about writing down anything. Everything is postponed
and later it is already too late. Serious thoughts about importance of history
come with time. In normal countries it is possible to search in national
archives but this country was never normal. If not a revolution then rebellion,
if not rebellion then occupation - and so on for centuries... No one occupied
himself by things as documents, genealogy and other similar things.. And such
things make national identity, raise patriotism...
When Maria Celestyna was 2, in 1913, she moved with her parents to Ploskirow.
In 1918 Waclaw Piatkowski died. Maria was 7 at that time. Soon after Waclaw's
death, Piatkowski family moved to Staszow. By that time Maria already had
younger sister Janina. Maria Celestyna finished primary school in Staszow and in
1926 moved with family to Suchedniow. There she finished secondary occupational
school in 1931 and worked for a year in local bank. In 1937 she found work in
ammunition factory in Skarzysko-Kamienna where she worked until the war was
declared. She married Jan Kurkiewicz 9th August 1939, at the age of 28, and
moved to Skarzysko-Kamienna.
Maria Celestyna Piatkowska is shown on those photographs during her happiest years of life, most probably in Ploskirow.
Paradoxically, there are many more
photographs from distant times than from modern times. And Her beloved son was
enthusiastic photographer... seemingly he hadn't time for such "silly" things,
same as now his children don't have. History likes to repeat. I am really
ashamed of period when I hadn't time for my own Mother...