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  Frank Adelbert Balcer, Jr. (1889-1965) — also known as Frank A. Balcer — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark., December 9, 1889. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 16th District, 1940, 1946, 1950; major in the U.S. Army during World War II; school teacher; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Wayne County 8th District, 1961-62; candidate in primary for Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 8th District, 1962. Catholic. Member, American Legion; Polish Legion of American Veterans; Disabled American Veterans; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Polish National Alliance. Died November 26, 1965 (age 75 years, 352 days). Interment at St. Teresas Catholic Cemetery, Harrah, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Balcerkiewicz and Elizabeth Balcerkiewicz; married to Anna Pascko.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Don Binkowski (b. 1929) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich.; Warren, Macomb County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., October 26, 1929. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from 2nd Senatorial District, 1961-62; district judge in Michigan 37th District, 1969-86. Catholic. Polish ancestry. Member, American Civil Liberties Union; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Polish Legion of American Veterans; American Bar Association; Delta Theta Phi; American Judicature Society; Knights of Columbus; Polish National Alliance. Still living as of 1999.
  Relatives: Son of Alex Binkowski and Helen (Wojtowicz) Binkowski; married to Sharon J. Hromek.
  Edward Joseph Derwinski (1926-2012) — also known as Edward J. Derwinski — of Illinois. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., September 15, 1926. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of Illinois state house of representatives 24th District, 1957-59; U.S. Representative from Illinois 4th District, 1959-83; speaker, Republican National Convention, 1960 ; U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 1989-92. Catholic. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Polish Legion of American Veterans; Amvets; Catholic War Veterans; Knights of Columbus; Moose; Kiwanis; Polish National Alliance. Died January 15, 2012 (age 85 years, 122 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
John D. Dingell John David Dingell, Jr. (1926-2019) — also known as John D. Dingell; "Big John"; "The Truck" — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich.; Trenton, Wayne County, Mich.; Dearborn, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colo., July 8, 1926. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1955-2003 (15th District 1955-65, 16th District 1965-2003, 15th District 2003); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1956, 1960, 1968, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Catholic. Polish and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Polish Legion of American Veterans; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Knights of Columbus; National Rifle Association. Died, from prostate cancer, in Dearborn, Wayne County, Mich., February 7, 2019 (age 92 years, 214 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Grace Blossom (Bigler) Dingell (1894-1962) and John David Dingell; married 1952 to Helen Henebry (1927-2016); married 1981 to Deborah Ann Insley; father of Christopher D. Dingell (1954?-).
  Political family: Dingell family of Detroit, Michigan.
  Cross-reference: Doug Ross
  John Dingell Drive, in Detroit Metro Airport, Romulus, Michigan, is named for him.  — The John D. Dingell Jr. Memorial Bridges, which take Stadium Boulevard over State Street and the Ann Arbor Railroad tracks, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — Ballotpedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58
  Bernard Francis Grabowski (b. 1923) — also known as Bernard F. Grabowski — of Bristol, Hartford County, Conn. Born in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., June 11, 1923. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; municipal judge in Connecticut, 1955-60; U.S. Representative from Connecticut, 1963-67 (at-large 1963-65, 6th District 1965-67); defeated, 1966. Catholic. Member, Disabled American Veterans; Polish Legion of American Veterans; Civitan; Elks; Knights of Columbus. Still living as of 2001.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  John T. Kelsey (b. 1921) — of Warren, Macomb County, Mich. Born in Hamtramck, Wayne County, Mich., December 22, 1921. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; tool and die maker; real estate sales; municipal judge in Michigan, 1958-61; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Macomb County 1st District, 1961-62; member of Michigan state house of representatives 70th District, 1965-82; defeated in primary, 1992. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Disabled American Veterans; Polish Legion of American Veterans; Eagles; Exchange Club; Sigma Nu Phi. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1945 to Anne Ambrowski.
  Peter Paul Kezon (1906-1977) — also known as Peter P. Kezon — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Scarbro, Fayette County, W.Va., February 19, 1906. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1956, 1960, 1964. Catholic. Polish ancestry. Member, Knights of Columbus; Polish National Alliance; Polish Roman Catholic Union; Polish Legion of American Veterans. Died May 24, 1977 (age 71 years, 94 days). Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Kezon and Mary (Jarosz) Kezon; married, April 21, 1957, to Ann M. Glista.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Raymond W. Krolikowski (b. 1928) — also known as Ray Krolikowski — of Hamtramck, Wayne County, Mich.; Birmingham, Oakland County, Mich. Born in Hamtramck, Wayne County, Mich., July 25, 1928. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Wayne County 14th District, 1961-62; member of Michigan State University board of trustees, 1975-82. Catholic. Polish ancestry. Member, Polish Legion of American Veterans; Polish National Alliance; Lions; American Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Rotary. Still living as of 1982.
  Relatives: Son of Walter Krolikowski and Regina (Wypijewski) Krolikowski.
  Edward E. Mahalak (1921-1994) — of Romulus, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Wyandotte, Wayne County, Mich., September 25, 1921. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1965-84 (38th District 1965-82, 37th District 1983-84). Catholic. Polish ancestry. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Polish Legion of American Veterans. Died in 1994 (age about 72 years). Burial location unknown.
  Edward K. Michalski (1920-1984) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Hamtramck, Wayne County, Mich., January 6, 1920. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 2nd District, 1944; member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1949-51; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1961-66 (Wayne County 7th District 1961-64, 13th District 1965-66); defeated in primary, 1954 (Wayne County 7th District), 1956 (Wayne County 7th District), 1958 (Wayne County 7th District), 1966 (13th District), 1982 (11th District). Catholic. Polish ancestry. Member, Polish National Alliance; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Polish Legion of American Veterans; Knights of Columbus. Died in 1984 (age about 64 years). Burial location unknown.
  Ted Mrozowski (b. 1921) — of Hamtramck, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Hamtramck, Wayne County, Mich., November 19, 1921. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives 2nd District, 1969-72; defeated in primary, 1965 (2nd District), 1966 (2nd District), 1972 (19th District). Catholic. Polish ancestry. Member, Federal Bar Association; Polish National Alliance; Disabled American Veterans; Polish Legion of American Veterans. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Joseph R. Peterson — of Wyandotte, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Delray, Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war; police detective; mayor of Wyandotte, Mich., 2009-. Catholic. Polish ancestry. Member, Holy Name Society; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Vietnam Veterans of America; Polish Legion of American Veterans; Rotary. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married to Janice Tomocik.
  David A. Plawecki (b. 1947) — of Dearborn Heights, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November 8, 1947. Democrat. Member of Michigan state senate 12th District, 1971-82; candidate in primary for Governor of Michigan, 1982; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1988. Polish ancestry. Member, Jaycees; Polish Legion of American Veterans; Knights of Columbus. Still living as of 1988.
  John Stanley Ptaszkiewicz (1911-1966) — also known as John S. Ptaszkiewicz — of Hamtramck, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., March 11, 1911. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 3rd District, 1947-50; defeated in primary, 1950, 1952; candidate in primary for delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Wayne County 14th District, 1961. Catholic. Member, Polish Legion of American Veterans; Eagles. Died in 1966 (age about 55 years). Burial location unknown.
Antoni N. Sadlak Antoni Nicholas Sadlak (1908-1969) — also known as Antoni N. Sadlak — of Rockville, Tolland County, Conn. Born in Rockville, Tolland County, Conn., June 13, 1908. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; U.S. Representative from Connecticut at-large, 1947-59; defeated, 1958, 1960; probate judge in Connecticut, 1966-69; died in office 1969. Catholic. Polish ancestry. Member, Moose; Knights of Columbus; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Polish Legion of American Veterans; Elks; Farm Bureau. Died in Rockville, Tolland County, Conn., October 18, 1969 (age 61 years, 127 days). Interment at St. Bernard's Cemetery, Rockville, Conn.
  Relatives: Married, May 30, 1939, to Alfreda Janina Zalewska.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Connecticut Register and Manual 1950
  Sherman R. Sobocinski (b. 1927) — of South Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in Cudahy, Milwaukee County, Wis., January 12, 1927. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; hydraulic lift operator; shipping clerk; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Milwaukee County 24th District; elected 1956, 1958. Catholic. Polish ancestry. Member, International Association of Machinists; Polish National Alliance; Holy Name Society; Polish Legion of American Veterans. Still living as of 1960.
  Marvin R. Stempien (b. 1933) — of Livonia, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., July 26, 1933. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives 35th District, 1965-66, 1969-72; defeated, 1966; Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 2nd District, 1972, 1976 (primary); circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1985; candidate for justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1988. Catholic. Member, Jaycees; Knights of Columbus; Polish Legion of American Veterans. Still living as of 1988.
  Relatives: Married 1955 to Corinne J. Lotowski.
  Leonard S. Walton (b. 1929) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., February 28, 1929. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; candidate in primary for delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Wayne County 12th District, 1961; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1963-72 (Wayne County 12th District 1963-64, 18th District 1965-72); defeated in primary, 1954 (Wayne County 12th District), 1956 (Wayne County 12th District), 1958 (Wayne County 12th District), 1960 (Wayne County 12th District), 1972 (3rd District), 1982 (3rd District), 1982 (2nd District); candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 6th District, 1974. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; American Legion; Polish Legion of American Veterans. Still living as of 1982.
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