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Alice (Kazmiera) Jankauskas Orlikowski Marquette
28 October 1902 – 5 May 1992

My maternal grandmother, Alice Marquette, would have celebrated her birthday this week, so I chose to feature her tombstone today. She was born 28 October 2009 in Lithuania , a daughter of Francis Jankauskas and Marcijona Savickaite . Her birth name was Kazmiera Jankauskas, and at some point she changed her given name to “Alice” after a favorite movie star; the surname became Jankowski. She lived in Boston, Massachusetts until she was about 12 years old when she was sent to Detroit, Michigan to live with her brother, Julius. She worked at various factory jobs in Detroit, one of which was at a button factory. In 1918, she married Edward Orlikowski in Detroit. They were parents to five daughters, and life was good for all of them until the Depression arrived and Edward sufferered a series of strokes and was eventually hospitalized. My grandmother went to work to support the family, and she did so by taking two streetcars and a bus to get to the far side of Detroit. Edward died in 1943, and Alice was briefly married after that to a Mr. Marquette. She is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Detroit.

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