Sacred Heart of Jesus was the third Polish speaking parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The church, convent, and school were dedicated by Bishop Joseph Richter on Thanksgiving Day 1904. A new church building was begun in 1920. Masses were held in the basement of the new church from 1921 to Christmas Eve 1923 when the first mass was celebrated on the church proper. This is the church in which Michael Korenkiewicz and Mary Anna Liberacki were married in 1925.

Michael Korenkiewicz

Michael Korenkiewicz is the grandfather of Susan Lynn Baxter, Jeffrey P. Baxter, and Thomas Alan Baxter.

Michael Korenkiewicz was born in Poland1 on 30 September 1893. He emigrated from Poland in 1913 or 1914.2

Michael married Mary Anna Liberacki in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 17 November 1925. They were married in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.

According to the 1930 census, Michael and his wife owned a $6,000 home in Grand Rapids. At that time, he worked as a plater in a showcase factory.

Michael died in Grand Rapids on 30 November 1983.

1Michael was technically born in Russia of Polish nationality.

2The 1930s census lists his year of arrival as 1914 and there is a ship's manifest showing that a "Michal Korenkiewicz" arrived on May 6 of that year. But this could be the Michal who lived in Pennsylvania. A "Michael Korenkiewicz" arrived on June 1, 1913.


Jacob Koronkiewicz
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Mary Anna Liberacki


Irene Korenkiewicz
Edward Koren
Eleanor Korenkiewicz
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