Joseph Frank SIMCHICK , born 18 Aug 1912 in Larksville PA.
Son of Frank Simchick and Bronislava (minnie) Zelinkski - Simchick. Brother of Frances Simchick- (Genesky)
Pitkevich), Albert Simchick, Mary Simchick-Litwak and Bridget Simchick.
My dad served in the us army air corps, stationed at Langely field VA and march field
in riveside CA. He was assigned to the 54th air corp Sq school. He joined the army 17 july 1926
out of philadelphia Pa. He lied about his age to get in. he was only about 15 and not 17 yrs old. I don't know what
he did, perhaps a mechanic. and I don't know how long he lived in CA after 1932 or where he met my mother, probably
between 1943-1947. She was from olean NY. I'm still looking for anybody who might had known my dad.
Dad married Careene Mae Shattuck daughter
of George William Shattuck & Mary Edna Connor. They were married at the Peoples Methodist church in Allegany
NY. They had three childlren: Virginia Mae Karban- Berdoff , Marie Catherine Karban and Joseph Frank Jr. Born
24 nov 1958, He died in May 1961. and he is buried in Pinelawn Memorial cemetery Farmingdale Long
Dad was a bldg maintenance super for several places where we lived. My sister and I were born
in Manhattan NY, (Manhattan gen hosp) my parents lived on 120 christopher street in the villiage. We lived on 35 Orange
street in brooklyn heights NY for many years . He died 6 Oct 1976. in Manhattan NY at the University
hosp. Mom went to live with my sister shortly after in Medford Long Island.
Mom told me that she and dad had worked the resorts upstate NY around the catskills mountains. Dad
was a super at a apt bldg on woodlawn ave, in the Bronx before we moved to Brooklyn. He also worked nights as a hotel
Dad changed our last name to KARBAN in 1955, reasons only known to my parents.. He never spoke much
about his family, and I never knew he had sisters, just the one brother, uncle Abert Simchick. I met my grandfather
a few times when my sister and I were little kids back in the late 1950's , around 1956- 1957, grandpa died in
June 1958 Edwardsville Pa.
Growing up in brooklyn, we spent alot of time in the parks, prospect
park in Bklyn, central park in Manhattan, coney island, bronx zoo. Battery park in Manhattan NY, Ice skating madison
sq garden and some ponds on long island. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge on sundays, 5th ave, 42nd street and broadway
window shopping. We'd also go to Palisades Park and Asbury park . Christmas we'd go to Macy dept store, they had
raindeer in stalls up stairs back then.
In he late 1950's, we were on a pond in long island. A young
girl fell through the ice and my dad jumped in and pulled her out. we left very quick and never knew who she was. Dad
loved the boats, and we would go watch the ships go by the Brooklyn bridge, we lived three blocks from the promanard and
had the NY skyline to look at.
Careene & Joe are also buried at Pinelawn memorial cemetery
Farmingdale long Island NY, close to the national cemetery fence.