Petronia Jasaitis Uknavage

and Mosteiko family

Uknavage Mosteiko familys

Front left to right- Ona Anna Mosteiko, Sarah Mosteiko, Joe Savickey, Frances Uknavage Mosteiko, Petronella Lepietas Mosteiko (mother of Louis), Petronia Uknavage. Back row- Man partially hidden behind Frances is Frank Mosteiko, Sarah's husband, to Frances' left is her husband Louis Mosteiko. Woman in back row is Anna, a cousin to Louis Mosteiko


Uknavage Mosteiko families

front row - l to r - Louis Mosteiko, Sarah Mosteiko (wife of Frank), Frank Mosteiko

back row - l to -r Frances Mosteiko (wife of Louis), Anna Mosteiko, Petronia Uknavage

Petronia Jasaitis (Jesaitis) Uknavage is my great-grandmother, my father's father's mother. Born June 11, 1860 in Lithuania, she came to the U.S. in 1889 with her husband and three children, Petronia, Frank, and Joseph. The family lived in Pittston, PA for several years where Joseph worked in the coal mines and where two more children were born, Frances, and William. By 1900 the family had relocated to Westville, Illinois. Sometime shortly after the census of 1900 the father, Joseph Uknavage, died or disappeared. By the 1910 census Petronia is listed as widowed head of household and owner of her home, on Bridge Street. I've never found any record of Joseph's death. Petronia lived out her life in Westville before dying March 6, 1938. She was well known in the community, a member of St. Peter's and Paul's Catholic church, the Rosary Society, and several lodges.

Petronia's obituary listed a brother named Joseph Sites of Columbus, Ohio, and a brother William Sites in Pennsylvania. Her maiden name is spelled so many different ways - Jeschaitis on the ship's passenger list, Jusaitis and Jesaitis and Sites on other records. A file at Lakeside-Urbas Funeral Home in Westville listed her father as Antonas Yasaitis.

Petronia's daughter Frances Mosteiko also lived in Westville most of her life and I believe Petronia lived with this daughter for several years before she died.

Go to: Uknavage, Joseph Uknavage, Frances Mosteiko, William Ukanavage, Galesky,

 Petronia Galesky, Mosteiko, Galesky family unknown, Joseph Sites family, William Sites family, Frances Gillis family