Mary Bertha Mruzik nee Levda
Born: March 12, 1864 in Czechoslovakia (formerly Austria-Hungary)
Passed: May 18, 1934 in Ashtabula, Ohio
Her father was Andrew Levda also born in the Czech Republic (formerly Austria-Hungary and later Czechoslovakia).
The family story was that Mary Bertha eloped to America with George Mruzik, Sr. to escape being forced into marriage with another man. The rest of the family noted that the couple occasionally claimed not to have been married. And later when Mary’s original intended husband died, they were finally formerly married or re-married.
Her family nickname in life was simply “Baba.” She raised chickens in the back yard and kept a flower garden. She was a wonderful cook and famous for her chicken soup and homemade German noodles. At Easter and Christmas she served traditional meals of “bo-bi-kies” and “hall-lus-skees.”
Mary Bertha survived her husband by about six months and is buried next to him in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Ashtabula, Ohio (Ohio Death Certificate 28162, Volume 7815).