Croatian Marriages — pre 1950

Catherine Kucinic Salopek bride
My grandmother Catherine Ann Kučinić Salopek. 14 July 1929

After my grandmother passed away, I acquired a plastic bin full of old photos.  Initially I glanced through the photos, and then I put them away in a very, very safe place never to disturb them again.  It must have been ten years ago, or maybe it was longer….. Grandma died in 1987, so potentially the photos remained in the bin for over twenty years before I took them seriously.  Perhaps you have a similar bin, box, or large manila envelope hiding in a “safe place”.  Two years ago I posted these wedding photos on a Facebook page to preserve them and share them with other Duquesne Croatians and their descendants.  I decided to transfer them to a more permanent home on this site in hope that they might reach more people.

Take a few minutes to search for familiar faces, and more especially share them with older generations of current and former Duquesne residents to see if they recognize anyone!  If you have information regarding these photos or want to contribute additional pre-1950 wedding photos, please comment below or contact me via the “contact” tab.  I plan to update information and keep these photos posted as a CELEBRATION of our past!  Many thanks to those people who already have helped identify faces of their relatives or who have contributed other information.

(c) 2013 to present Patricia J. Angus

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Ivan and Stanislava (Sylvia) Vojvoda married on 11 September 1919 in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia: 

Although this is not a photo of their actual wedding, it was among the treasures in my grandmother’s collection.  Prior to the steel mill expansion, Ivan and Sylvia were the proprietors of the Milford Beer Garden located at “below the tracks” at 108 East Milford, Duquesne.

Vojvoda John and Sylvia
Ivan and Sylvia Vojvoda married 11 September, 1919 in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia

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Joseph S. Vučetić and Catherine R. Salopek (daughter of Miko Salopek and Mara Tomsavic) married in 1929.    

Joseph S. Vučetić and Catherine R. Salopek 1929J
Joseph S. Vučetić and Catherine R. Salopek married in 1929

Bottom Row Left to Right: Kata Salopek, Tomo Salopek and their children; Rose Salopek Lokmer, Ivan/John Salopek (who died in a mill accident when he was 18 in 1941), and Mary Salopek Semago Esek. groom Joseph S. Vučetić and bride Catherine R. Salopek.

Middle Row Left to Right:  3rd from left is Rose Vučić Tuchak

Back Row Left to Right: 2nd from left is Anthony J. Salopek

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Anthony Joseph Salopek (son of Mate and Jaga Salopek) and Catherine Ann Kučinić (daughter of Mijat Kučinić and Ana Puškarić) married on 14 July 1929 at the Sacred Heart Church, McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. 

Anthony was an early activist in the formation of the Duquesne Lodge 187 of Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers.  He became the first financial secretary of the Steelworker’s Organizing Committee, Duquesne Lodge 1256. 

Salopek Tony and Kucinic Catherine wedding
Anthony Joseph Salopek and Catherine Ann Kučinić married on 14 July 1929 at the Sacred Heart Church, McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania

Bottom Row Left to Right:  Male in foreground unknown, Jaga Puškarić Vučić, Sylvia Vojvoda, NEW: Franjo Salopek, bride Catherine Ann Kučinić and groom Anthony Joseph Salopek, Bara Salopek, unknown, Rose Vučić Tuchak (foreground), unknown.

Middle Row Left to Right:  7th from left is Frances Salopek Bekavac, 10th from left is Mary Sucevic Lončarić ?

Back Row Left to Right:  6th from left is Edward J. Puskarich,  7th from left is Mate Bekavac, 8th from left is Peter Lončarić

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Pete Lončarić and Mary Sucevic (daughter of Franjo Šušević and Kata Blašković) married 26 January 1930 at the Sacred Heart Church, McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

The Loncaric family owned and operated Green Gables for many years.  Situated across the street from Kennywood Amusement Park, Green Gables was a social gathering place for Duquesne Croatians and countless others from surrounding communities.  

Loncaric Pete and Mary Wedding for pja website
Pete Lončarić and Mary Sucevic married in 1930.

Bottom Row Left to Right:  unknown, unknown, groom Peter Lončarić and bride Mary Sucevic

Middle Row Left to Right:  8th from left is Rose Salopek Baić, 9th is Catherine Kučinić Salopek

Back Row Left to Right:  6th from left is Joseph Sucevic (brother of the bride), 7th is Anthony Sucevic (brother of the bride), 8th is Anthony J. Salopek

Very Back Row:

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George Baić (son of Janko Baić and Mara Bosiljevac) and Rose Salopek (daughter of Mate and Jaga Salopek) married on 12 April 1931 at Rankin, Allegheny, Pennsylvania .

Rose passed away two years later on 20 December 1933 of acute appendicitis and was buried in the All Saint Braddock Catholic Cemetery in Braddock, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

Baich George and Salopek Rose wedding
George Baić and Rose Salopek married on 12 April 1931 in Rankin, Allegheny, Pennsylvania

Bottom Row Left to Right: Catherine Salopek Kisiel, unknown, unknown, groom George Baić and bride Rose Salopek

Middle Row Left to Right:  7th from left is Rose Vučić Tuchak

Back Row Left to Right:  3rd from left is Anthony J. Salopek, 4th from left is Katie Kučinić Salopek

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George Baić (son of Janko Baić and Mara Bosiljevac) and Mary Migalić (daughter of Mijo and Jana Migalić) married after 20 December 1933.

Baic George and Mary Migalic wedding
George Baić and Mary Migalić married sometime after 20 December 1933.

Bottom Row Left to Right: unknown, unknown, unknown, bride Mary Migalić and groom George Baić,  Mary Sucevic Lončarić, unknown, Katie Kučinić Salopek.

Back Row Left to Right:  2nd from left is possibly Andrew Kashlak ?, 5th from left Pete Lončarić, 7th from left Anthony J. Salopek, 8th from left possibly Joseph Vučetić ?

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Nick M. Vučić (son of Mijo Vučić and Jaga Puškarić) and Caroline C. Tuchak (daughter of Mike and Magda Tuchak) married ……..

Vucic Nick and Caroline Tuchak wedding
Marriage of Nick M. Vučić and Caroline C. Tuchak

Bottom Row Left to Right:  unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, bride Caroline C. Tuchak and groom Nicholas M. Vučić, Sylvia Vojvoda, unknown, unknown, Rose Puskaric Carr

Back Row Left to Right:  2nd George Karačić, 5th Ivan Vojvoda, 6th Walter Salopek (son of Anthony and Marija Salopek), 8th unknown Salopek.

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Andrew Szabo (son of Andrew and Florence Szabo) and Rose Salopek (daughter of Joso Salopek & Anna Salopek) married on 12 October 1940 at Sacred Heart  Church, McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.  

Szabo-Salopek wedding
Andrew Szabo and Rose Salopek married on 12 October 1940 at the Sacred Heart Church, McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
Photo and information courtesy of J. Semago

Left to Right:  Stanley Nabinsky, Rose Salopek Lokmer (daughter of Tomo Salopek & Kata Salopek), Unknown, bride Rose Salopek and groom Andrew Szabo, Mary Salopek, Unknown, Rose Salopek Marcic (daughter of Anton Salopek & Marija Poljak)

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Frank J. Lokmer (son of Mike Lokmer and Catherine Prse) and Rose A. Salopek (daughter of Tomo Salopek and Kata Salopek) married on 7 February 1943 at Sacred Heart church, McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

Frank should be a familiar face to many Duquesne Croatians.  We will remember him as long time president of the American-Croatian Club of Duquesne.   

Lokmer Frank and Rose Salopek wedding
Frank J. Lokmer and Rose A. Salopek married on 7 February 1943 at the Sacred Heart church, McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Photo and information courtesy of J. Semago.

Bottom Row Left to Right: Rose Salopek Link (daughter of Miko Salopek & Mara Tomsavic), Mary Salopek Kanski (daughter of Franjo Salopek & Bara Salopek), Kata Salopek Vucetic (daughter of Miko Salopek & Mara Tomsavic), groom Frank Lokmer and bride Rose Salopek, Kay Matjevic, Mary Salopek Semago Esek (daughter of Tomo Salopek & Kata Salopek), Helen Brletic Nari

Back Row Left to Right: Miller Tarbuck, Peter Dragi, Joseph Vucetic, Joe Brletic, Michael Lokmer, Bud Nari

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Thomas G. Salopek (son of Franjo Salopek and Anna Salopek) and Cecelia P. Machek (daughter of Anthony Machek and Mary Olich) married on 25 July 1946 at St. Peter’s Church, McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

Salopek Tom and Cecelia Wedding
Thomas G. Salopek and Cecelia P. Machek married on 25 July 1946 at St. Peter’s Church, McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

Left to Right:  Anthony J. Salopek, Catherine Kučinić Salopek, bride Cecelia P. Machek and groom Thomas G. Salopek, Ann Buszko, Paul Salopek

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Joseph S. Semago (son of Michal Semega & Zuzanna Senko) and Mary M. Salopek (daughter of Tomo Salopek & Kata Salopek) married on 7 October 1946 at Sacred Heart church, McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania           

Semago Salopek Wedding
Joseph S. Semago and Mary M. Salopek married on 7 October 1946 at the Sacred Heart church, McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania

Seated Left to Right: Anna Salopek Bradich (daughter of Nick Salopek & Kata Turkovic, wife of Jacob Bradich), Unknown, Helen Borgan, George N Bradich (son of Jacob Bradich & Anna Salopek), groom Joseph S Semago (son of Michal Semega & Zuzanna Senko) and bride Mary Salopek (daughter of Tomo salopek & Kata Salopek), Jacob (Jack) Bradich (husband of Anna Salopek), Mary Salopek Kanski (daughter of Franjo Salopek & Bara Salopek), unknown Vucetic, Agnes Salopek Tomac (daughter of Franjo Salopek & Bara Salopek).

Standing Left to Right: Rose Salopek Lokmer (daughter of Tomo Salopek & Kata Salopek), Thomas N Salopek (son of Tomo Salopek & Kata Salopek), Zuzanna Senko Semega (Slovak), Unknown, Michal Semega (Slovak), Steve Lesko (Married to Mary Salopek, daughter of George Salopek & Bara Kalcecic), Unknown, Tomo Salopek (son of Ivan Salopek and Roza Salopek), Unknown, Frank Lokmer, Marie Bradich Salopek (daughter of Jacob Bradich & Anna Salopek, wife of George Max Salopek)

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Unknown Duquesne Croatian Wedding #1 — late 1920s

Unkown Duquesne Croatian Wedding

Back Row Left to Right: : 3rd from left is Anthony J. Salopek

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Unknown Duquesne Croatian Wedding #2 — late 1920s

Unknown Duquesne Croatian Wedding 2

Back Row Left to Right: 3rd from left is Joseph Vucetic, 7th from left is Anthony J. Salopek

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Unknown Duquesne Croatian Wedding #3 — late 1929s

Unknown Duquesne Croatian Wedding 3

Back Row Left to Right: 3rd from left is Joseph Vucetic, 6th from left is Pete Loncaric, 7th from left is George Karačić, 9th from left is Anthony J. Salopek

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Unknown Duquesne Croatian Wedding #4

Unknown Duquense Croatian Wedding 4

Bottom Row Left to Right: 3rd from left is Ann Esek Wrobleski, 6th from left is Catherine Kučinić Salopek

Back Row Left to Right: 4th from left is Ivan Vojvoda

If you have information regarding these photos or want to contribute additional pre-1950 wedding photos, please comment below or contact me via the “contact” tab. ~ Thank you!

4 thoughts on “Croatian Marriages — pre 1950

  1. Just saw my Grand-Father on my Dads side & My Uncles, Tommy,Matt & Paul Salopek…My Grand-Father is Franjo Salopek, My Dads Name is Joseph John Salopek. My Maiden Name is Mary Ann Salopek…unbelievable, your Grand-Mother had all these Pictures. The unknown Salopek on the top Picture Front row next to the bride is my Grand-Father Franjo Salopek…( My Dad Looked just like him.)

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  2. So amazing .. I’m just diggin into the family history… Sadly most of my immediate relatives have passed.. I too am a Salopek… thank you for posting

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    1. Thanks for viewing the site Janet! Feel free to contact me with any info you might have about your Salopek family, and I would be glad to help you dig a little deeper!

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