Croatian

Robert Luketic

by stlucas on September 16, 2017

Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Date of Birth: November 1, 1973

Ethnicity:
*Croatian (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Robert Luketic is an Australian director.

Robert has stated:

My parents thought that I could be creative and expend my energy in other ways if I couldn’t play sports. I grew up watching a healthy diet of classic Italian movies – everyone from Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini, to Luchino Visconti – because my mother, who grew up in an Italian family, had a love for movies. That was the real connection.

Source: https://www.tportal.hr (in Croatian)

Photo by s_bukley/www.bigstockphoto.com

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Judah Friedlander

by stlucas on August 25, 2017

Place of Birth: Gaithersburg, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 16, 1969

Ethnicity:
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Croatian (mother)

Judah Friedlander is an American actor and comedian.

Judah is the son of Shirley (Sestric) and Arthur Michael “Art” Friedlander. Judah’s father was of Russian Jewish descent. Judah’s mother has Croatian roots.

Judah’s maternal grandfather was George N. Sestric, Jr. (the son of George N. Sestric, Sr. and Mary A. Pavlic). Judah’s great-grandfather George was born in Croatia. Mary A. was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Rosopajnik and Kunić, Croatia, Janko Planinac-Pavlic and Jela Furlic.

Judah’s maternal grandmother was Margaret M. “Babe” Bross (the daughter of Frank Bross/Bros and Antonia T. Mufic). Frank and Antonia were born in Yugoslavia, and were likely of Croatian descent.

Sources: Marriage record of Judah’s parents – http://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Judah Friedlander (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Marriage record of Judah’s maternal grandparents, George N. Sestric, Jr. and Margaret M. Bross – http://www.familysearch.org

Judah’s maternal grandfather, George N. Sestric, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Judah’s maternal grandmother, Margaret M. (Bross) Sestric – http://www.legacy.com

Photo by s_bukley/www.bigstockphoto.com

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Mariee Sioux

by bablah on August 23, 2017

Birth Name: Marie Sioux Sobonya

Place of Birth: Humboldt, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 4, 1985

Ethnicity:
*Hungarian, Polish, Croatian (father)
*Mexican [Spanish, Indigenous], Paiute Native American (mother)

Mariee Sioux is an American folk singer and songwriter.

Mariee’s paternal grandfather was probably Paul Joseph Sobonya, son of Hungarian immigrants Steve Sobonya and Elizabeth Muska.

Mariee’s paternal grandmother is Catherine Dorothy Bistrovich, daughter of John/Izidor Bistrovich/Bistrović-Pić and Victoria/Wiktoria Money/Pieniadz. Izidor was from Bednja, Yugoslavia, and was of Croatian ancestry, while Wiktoria was Polish from Januszkowice, Podkarpackie Voivodeship. Izidor was the son of Franjo Bistrović-Pić and Jana Češnjaj.

Her mother is said to be of Mexican and Paiute Native American descent. Her maternal grandparents are Henry Holguin and Carolina B. Salazar.

Sources: Mariee’s paternal grandmother Dorothy Bistrovich on 1930 U.S. census – familysearch.org

Baptism record of Mariee’s paternal great-grandfather Izidor Bistrović-Pić – familysearch.org

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Pete Ploszek

by stlucas on August 11, 2017

Pete Ploszek – “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Regency Village Theatre – Westwood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / HollywoodNewsWire.net / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Peter D. Ploszek

Place of Birth: Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 20, 1987

Ethnicity:
*Polish (paternal grandfather)
*Croatian (paternal grandmother)
*Slovak, Hungarian, German, Irish (mother)

Pete Ploszek is an American actor.

Pete is the son of Karen (Sofranko) and Michael “Mike” Ploszek.

Pete’s paternal grandfather was Charles Frances Ploszek, Jr. (the son of Charles Frances Ploszek, Sr. and Genoveva/Genevieve Magdalena/Magdalene Pankiewicz/Pankerwicz). Pete’s great-grandfather Charles was born in Illinois, to parents from Poland, Joseph Ploszek and Veronica/Weronika Hoppe. Pete’s great-grandmother Genoveva was also born in Illinois, to parents from Poland, Franciszek/Franciscus/Frank Pankiewicz and Magdalena/Magdalene/Magda Czubak.

Pete’s paternal grandmother was Rose Matias/Matijas (the daughter of Michael “Mike” Matijas/Matias and Maria/Mary Bjocich/Biocic/Brocia). Rose was born in Illinois, to parents from Yugoslavia, likely of Croatian descent. Michael was the son of Mihajlo Matijas and Maria.

Pete’s maternal grandfather was Eugene Michael “Gene” Sofranko (the son of John Emery Sofranko and Elizabeth M./Catharina Kish). John was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Imrich/Emro/John Sofranko and Mary/Maria Catherine/Kathryn/Katherine/Katarina Uhrin/Gretchko, who were from Spisská Nová Ves, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of parents from Hungary, Stephen/Steven “Steve” Kish and Theresa Gulyas/Guyas/Goulish/Gulish.

Pete’s maternal grandmother was Betty Jane Kosman (the daughter of Anthony “Tony” Kosman and Helen B./Leona Weck). Anthony was born in Ohio, to parents from Hungary, John Kosman and Marie/Maria Schmotzer or Susan Schroll, who were ethnic Germans. Helen was also born in Ohio, the daughter of William Weck, whose parents were German, and of Mary Marshall Disley, whose parents were Irish.

Sources: Birth record of Pete’s paternal grandfather, Charles Frances Ploszek, Jr. – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Pete’s paternal grandfather, Charles Frances Ploszek, Jr. – http://www.legacy.com

Birth record of Pete’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Frances Ploszek – http://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Pete’s paternal great-grandmother, Genoveva/Genevieve Magdalena/Magdalene Pankiewicz/Pankerwicz – http://www.familysearch.org

Genealogies of Pete’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Franciszek/Franciscus/Frank Pankiewicz and Magdalena/Magdalene/Magda Czubak – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Birth record of Pete’s paternal grandmother, Rose Matias/Matijas – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Pete’s paternal grandmother, Rose (Matias/Matijas) Ploszek – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Pete’s maternal grandparents, Eugene Michael “Gene” Sofranko and Betty Jane Kosman – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Pete’s maternal grandfather, Eugene Michael “Gene” Sofranko – http://www.loraincounty.com

Obituary of Pete’s maternal great-great-uncle (great-grandmother’s brother), Stephen J. Kish – http://www.morningjournal.com

Pete’s maternal great-grandfather, Anthony Kosman, on the 1920 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

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Gino Anthony Pesi

by stlucas on August 11, 2017

Gino Anthony Pesi – “Battle: Los Angeles” Los Angeles Premiere – Photo Credit: Glenn Harris / PR Photos 

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 3, 1980

Ethnicity:
*three quarters Italian [including Sicilian], one quarter Croatian (mother)
*publicly unknown (father)

Gino Anthony Pesi is an American actor, producer, and writer.

Gino is the son of Regina (Pesi) Mensch Abel.

Gino’s maternal grandfather was Ector A. “Jack” Pesi, Jr. (the son of Ector A. Pesi, Sr. and Bessie Bongiorno). Gino’s great-grandfather Ector was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Italian parents, Carl/Carlo Pesi and Assunta Mazzi/Mazzei. Bessie was also born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Italian parents, Phillip Bongiorno and Anna Campana/Campanella/Campbell, who were born in Roccapalumba, Palermo, Sicily.

Gino’s maternal grandmother was Joan Louise Ceci (the daughter of Henry E. Ceci and Mary Kesman). Henry was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Italy, Luciano/Louis Ceci and Sara Bonazzi. Mary was also born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Yugoslavia, John Kesman and Mary Kuzela/Kuzula/Komla, who were of Croatian descent.

Sources: Marriage announcement of Gino’s maternal grandparents, Ector A. “Jack” Pesi, Jr., and Joan Louise Ceci – http://newspaperarchive.com

Gino’s maternal grandfather, Ector A. “Jack” Pesi, Jr., on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Gino’s maternal great-grandparents, Ector A. Pesi and Bessie Bongiorno – http://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Gino’s maternal great-grandmother, Bessie Bongiorno – https://www.ancestry.com

Obituary of Gino’s maternal great-grandmother, Bessie (Bongiorno) Pesi Sutch – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Gino’s maternal great-grandparents, Henry E. Ceci and Mary Kesman – http://www.familysearch.org

Gino’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Kesman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Gino’s maternal great-great-uncle (great-grandmother’s brother), William Andrew Kesman – http://www.newspapers.com

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