Theresa Dado Kovacik

1871/1872 - 24 June 1942 This reference indicates
Surname Given Date Page
Kovacik Theresa (Mrs.) June 25, 1942 16
Hammond Times - 25 June 1942 P. 16
Mrs. Kovacik Succumbs at 70; Service Set for Saturday Morning
Mrs. Theresa Kovacik, 70, two of whose sons are bank and school officials in Whiting, died in her home at 1731 Center street yesterday afternoon after a long illness. She was a Whiting resident for 40 years.

One of her four sons, Stephen Kovacik, is vice president and cashier of the American Trust and Savings banks. Another son, Andrew Kovacik, is treasurer of the Whiting school board.

Other survivors are her husband, John; sons, John, Jr., and Joseph; four daughters, Mrs. Anna Hajduch, Mrs. Theresa Grenchik, Mrs. Irene Vrabley and Miss Mary Kovacik; two brothers, Frank and Martin Dado, all Whiting residents, and two sisters, Mrs. Sophie Zrenchik of Whiting and Mrs. Susan Tryol, Europe.

Mrs. Kovacik was an active member of the Immaculate Conception church, having belonged to the church’s Rosary and Altar societies. She also held membership in the Pennsylvania Slovak Catholic Ladie’s union.

Funeral services are scheduled of 9 a. m. Saturday at the Kovacik residence and at 9:30 at the Immaculate Conception church with Rev. Lach officiating. Six grandchildren of the deceased will serve as pallbearers. Interment will be at Calumet Park cemetery, Crown Point.

One son, Joseph Kovacik, was scheduled to leave for Indianapolis today for induction into the army but was allowed a postponement because of his mother’s death by Lake county selective service board No. 2.

Family Tree

John Kovacik, Sr.

Arrived in US about 1897 Obituary

Obituary indicates his wife (unnamed, likely Theresa) died in 1942.

The Hammond Times Indiana Jan. 19, 1958

John KOVACIK Dies; Pioneer Of Whiting

John KOVACIK Sr., 87, a pioneer resident of Whiting, died Friday afternoon in his home at 1731 Center St., Whiting, where he had resided for 60 years. He had been ill since October.

Mr. KOVACIK was among the oldest retirees of the Standard Oil Refinery in Whiting, having retired on pension in 1920.

He and his wife, who died in 1942, came to Whiting in 1897. He was born in the province of Slovakia, in what then was the Austro-Hungarian empire and came to America as a young man with his wife. They settled briefly in Joliet, then went to Whiting.

Mr. KOVACIK was active in the Holy Name Society of Immaculate Conception Church, the Rosary Society and the First Catholic Slovak Men’s Union. He had a life long interest in American history and political affairs.

Services will be held Tuesday from the Baran Chapel in Whiting and in the Immaculate Conception Church.

A grandson, Rev. John L. LACH, the pastor, will deliver a sermon in Slovak, and Father Hajduch will give a sermon in English.

Internment will be in the Calumet Park Cemetery, Crown Point.


Sons: Stephen J., of Munster
John S. KOVACIK Jr. of Hammond
Joseph A. and Andrew S., both of Whiting

Daughters: Mrs. Andrew HAJDUCH Sr. (Anna?)
Mrs. Theresa GRENCHIK 1940 Census
Mrs. Joseph VRABELY Sr.
Mrs. Edward J. LAWLER, all of Whiting

19 Grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
Stephen is vice president of the American Trust and Savings Bank in Whiting.
Andrew, former Whiting mayor, is Lake County auditor.

Pallbearers will be six grandsons:

Andrew HAJDUCH Jr.
Richard C. HAJDUCH

Baran Funeral Chapel.

Theresa Grenchik

This genealogy may be related. It indicates a Steve Grencik married "Theresa." In the same genealogy there are references to "Mary Dado" and the Kovacik name.


James N. Grenchik

James N. Grenchik, 46, of Whiting, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2001. He was the beloved son of Norbert and Ann (Stasny) Grenchik of Baileys Harbor, WI, Dearest Brother of Marilou (James) Hildebranski and Jennifer (John) Protolipac, both of Whiting, Michael Grenchik of Baileys, Harbor, WI and Norbert (Mari) Grenchik of Fish Creek, WI; Dear Uncle of Nicole and Peter Protolipac, Sarah and Thomas Hildebranski and Molly Grenchik. Many aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by his sister, Jessica Grenchik, maternal grandparents, John and Genevieve (Gaburiak) Stasny and paternal grandparents, Joseph & Theresa (Kovacik) Grenchik.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 23, 2001, 9:30 a.m. at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th Street, Whiting; A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting, Rev. John E., Kalicky, C.PP.S., officiating; Entombment, St. John Cemetery, Hammond. Visitation at the funeral home Wednesday, 3 to 8 p.m. Members of the parish will offer prayers at the funeral home Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Jim Grenchik was born on August 2, 1955 and was a lifelong resident of Whiting. A member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting, a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, class of 1973 and he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Calumet College of St. Joseph. An employee of the American Trust and Savings Bank, Whiting, with a service of 27 years. (219)659-4400.

Delphine M. Essary

Delphine M. Essary, 59, of Highland, IN. passed away on Monday March 18, 1996 at her home. Survived by husband, Charles K.; two sons, Charles S. (Rose) Essary of Chesterton and Brian Essary of Munster; parents, Mildred and John Kovacik of Hammond; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Funeral services Thursday, March 21, 1996 at 9:15 a.m. from the Virgil Huber Funeral Home Hessville Chapel and 10 a.m. at St. John Bosco Church, Hammond, with Rev. Stanley Dominik Celebrating the Mass. Entombment, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends are invited to call at the Virgil Huber Funeral Home, 7051 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN., Wednesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Mrs. Essary had been a resident of Highland for the past 22 years; lifelong resident of the Calumet area and a member of St. John Bosco Church.

Mildred Kovacik

Mildred Kovacik, age 93, of Munster and Hammond, IN, passed away on Friday, March 14, 2003 at the Hartsfield Village, Munster. She is survived by one son-in-law, Charles K. Essary of Schererville; two grandchildren: Charles S. (Rose) Essary of Breckenridge, CO and Brian Essary of Munster, IN; two great-grandchildren: Will and Kevin Essary. Preceded in death by her husband, John and daughter, Delphine Essary.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 17, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. DIRECTLY at the St. John Bosco Church, 7113 Columbia Ave., Hammond, IN, with Father Rick Orlinski officiating. Friends may meet with her family on Monday, one hour prior to services at the church. Cremation to follow. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Chapel, Hammond. 219-931-1057

Mary B. Kovacik


Mary B. Kovacik, nee Zyara, age 93, of Munster passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of the late Stephan J. Kovacik who passed away November 24, 1982. She is survived by seven devoted grandchildren, Carl (Sharon) Paunicka of Munster, Dr. Mark (Ruth) Paunicka of Champaign, IL, Becca Kovacik and Robert Kovacik both of Los Angeles, CA, David (Magaly) Kovacik of New Jersey, Lisa (David) Jesse of Florida, and Stephen Kovacik, Jr. of Ohio; eight cherished great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Christina, Matthew, Andrea, and David Paunicka, Thomas Kovacik, and Elizabeth and Walker Jesse; devoted caregiver, Maria Protz. She was also preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Louis Paunicka; son, Stephen J. Kovacik; sister, Ann Rybnick; and brother, Charles Zyara.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 31, at 11 AM at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235 - 119th Street, Whiting. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 AM at the Immaculate Conception Church, Whiting with the Rev. Charles W. Niblick officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Visitation at the funeral home Friday 2 to 8 PM. Prayer service at the funeral home Friday at 7 PM.

Mary Kovacik was born on December 8, 1907 in Stanford, Connecticut to John and Ann (Chernick) Zyara and was a lifelong resident of the Calumet Region; a member of St. Thomas More Church, Munster. She had great pride in her Slovak heritage and promoted Slovak culture by being a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Br. 452, serving as its secretary for 70 years. She was also secretary of the Helen Kocan District and a member of the Slovak Catholic Sokol Wreath 81. The St. Ann's Sodality of the Immaculate Conception Church will offer prayers Friday at 7:15 PM. 219-659-4400.

Becca Kovacik

A Becca Kovacik is a publicist in Los Angeles who represents Salma Hayek, William Macy and Elizabeth Berkley.

Robert Kovacik

A Robert Kovacik in Los Angeles in a reporter for NBC.

Margaret Poulson

Grandmother of Eric Vater married to Anne Hiduke.

Obituary provide names of great-grandchildren Evan and Caiden Vater.

Teresa Dado Kovacik Family Tree

Anna Kovacik/Andrew Hajduch

Other Hajduch

Raymond S. Hajduch
Probably a descendant


Florida / Calumet area

Raymond S. Hajduch, 58, formerly of the Calumet area, passed away May 4, 2001 in Longwood, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Georgia; two sons, George Andrew "Drew" Hajduch of Schererville, IN and Raymond Hajduch (Tammie) Hajduch of Clearwater, FL; one grandaughter, Kelsey; sister, Helen (Michael) Svonavec of Hammond; brother-in-law, Dr. J. Vega of Chicago; many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on May 26, 2001 in Fern Park, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to charity of donor's choice.

Mr. Hajduch was employed with Home Depot in Florida, and formerly employed with Ace Hardware and Jansen's Fruit Market in Highland, IN.

My grandfather Andrew Hajduch was born in Chlebnice around 1895. He married in the United States. He came to the US around 1914. Can anyone help me find any relatives in the area? My great grandparents were Andrew Hajduch and Christina Maslokova from Chlebnice. They never came to the United States. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
email: Gail Hiduke - - Posted 29 January 1999

Ellis Island arrival of an Andrew Hajduch, 1923. Estimated birth 1886.
Buried at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cemetery

Andrew Kovacik

A former mayor of Whiting, Indiana, his biography indicates his mother was Theresa Dado.


Andrew S. Kovacik
(Served As Mayor From 1948-1954)

Andrew S. Kovacik was born on October 28, 1916. His father, John Kovacik, Sr. and his mother Theresa (Dado) were born in Czechoslovakia. Andrew began his education in the Whiting public schools. He graduated from Northwestern University, where he attended night sessions, with a bachelor's degree in 1941. While in college he began a two-way career: he went into the business world as an employee at Standard Oil and he began service as a member of the Board of Education. Kovacik was a master of seven languages, and in 1942, he joined the United States Army where he served as a member of the Counter-Intelligence Corps. Five years later, Andrew Kovacik was elected mayor of Whiting on the Democratic ticket. During his term as mayor, Kovacik established seven playgrounds, built a municipal softball field, appointed a full time public nurse, renovated the entire sewage disposal system, and fought for and won a better lighting program for the city. Mayor Koacik married Victoria Fliesher on June 10, 1948. As mayor, Kovacik was an advocate for character-building and delinquency-prevention programs.

Victoria Fliesher Kovacik

Victoria I. Kovacik


Victoria I. Kovacik, 75, of Hammond, IN. passed away Monday, March 4, 1996. She is survived by four sisters, Mary Ann Brant of Hammond, IN., Anne Bulfa of Hobart, IN., Elizabeth Elish of East Chicago, IN. and Sylvia (Richard) Stephens of Highland, IN.; one brother, Nicholas (Edith) Fliesher of Radcliff, KY.; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Andrew S. Kovacik.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 7, 1996, 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Hammond, IN. Visitation will be Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 3 p.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, Indiana. Interment, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, Indiana.

Mrs. Kovacik was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and the St. Patrick's Senior Citizens Club.