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The original spelling of surname is Vranik. My great uncle & my grandfather changed the "V" to a "W" when they became naturalized. This spelling should not be confused with the "WRANIK" families from Germany.

These are the three children of Matej (Mathew) Vranik & Anna Skulan:

I am following four family lines. Maria, Joseph Sr. and Paul Sr. were siblings. They were the only three of the six siblings that came to America.

Maria, born in 1881 and the eldest sibling, was a mail-order bride for Joseph Hosmanek in 1904. She was the first to arrive in the states. Her future husband, Joseph Hosmanek, was also from Lysa' pod Makytou, SK. He came to the USA in 1903, settled in Cudahy, Milwaukee Co., WI. When he knew he could provide a stable home for a family, he wrote home to the old country, and asked them to send him a lady from home to become his wife in the USA.That woman was Maria Vranik, my great aunt. I do not know if Joseph & Maria knew each other prior to this, but I was given the impression that they were not "boyfriend/girlfriend" in Slovakia.

Next came her brother, Joseph Sr., born in 1887. Joseph came in 1906 and was married to Josephine Plevak. Joseph is third in birth order of the six children.

In 1907, Paul Sr. , born in 1895 and the "baby" of the family, came to the states for a brief stay. He came again in 1914 permanently. He was single when he arrived and eventually married Maria Prska. I have learned that Prska was an alias used and the family surname was Sieklik.

The surname was originally spelled Vranik, but Joseph and Paul changed it to Wranik when they applied for citizenship in Wisconsin. It is assumed this was done to "Americanize" it and spell it phonetically, since the Slovak "V" is pronounced similar to the American "W".

There is another Vranik family that kept the original spelling. Ferdinand Vranik. He was from the same village in the "old country," immigrated during the same time frame and settled in the same vicinity as our Vranik family. However, I have not been able to connect the family line.....yet.

All of these Vranik's were from a small farming community (they were farmers) in what was originally known as Lissza, Hungary, part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire or Dual Monarchy. Today it is known as Lysa' pod Makytou, Slovakia. We are all of Slovak nationality - different than Czechoslovakian, but the language is similar. I have traced both of these Vranik family lines back to the 1700's. But right now, it is only a bunch of names and dates. I need your help and participation to create our true Family Story, giving "personality" and validation to our ancestors. Please pass on any anecdotes or memories you may have on any of the family members. There are so few of us left to leave our footprint in the hearts, heritage and minds of the future generations. Thank you, Denise

We also have a private family website, available by invitation and password.

Please contact me to share info.
VRANIK (Wranik) of Lysa' pod Makytou, SK to Cudahy, WI. USA
Updated April 16, 2014


Denise Wranik McLoughlin

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  • Maria, Joseph & Paul Vranik (Wranik) (178 KB)
    The three siblings that came to USA. Maria was the first to come as a mail-order bride to Jos. Hosmanek. Joseph married Josephine Plevak and Paul married Maria Prska/Sieklik (Perska). All resided in the Cudahy, WI area.
  • Andy Prska and Denise Wranik (42 KB)
    Andrew Prska, son of Rosa Skulan and Jan (John) Prska/Sieklik (Prska was an alias used by this Sieklik family line). The baby is Denise Wranik, daughter of Geo. Dennis Wranik, son of Paul Vranik. Photo ca 1950
  • Ann Wranik Bykowski & Family (37 KB)
    Ann Wranik descends from Joseph Vranik, son of Matthew Vranik & Anna Skulan. I am searching for Richard Wranik shown in this photo. Last known address was in New York.
  • Ann Hosmanek York & son, Frank York 2002 (27 KB)
    Ann is the daughter of Joseph Hosmanek and Maria Vranik. They lived in Cudahy, Milwaukee Co., WI
  • Rosa Skulan Prska and Denise Wranik (68 KB)
    Rosa Skulan m. Jan Prska/Sieklik (Prska was an alias this Sieklik family line used). We called her "Baka" - a variation of the slovak word for "grandma" which is "babka".
  • Joseph Hosmanek (35 KB)
    Joseph Hosmanek, son of Stephen Hosmanek and Veronica Gabik, m. Maria Vranik. They had 12 children: Joseph (m. Ann Zavadsky), Lawrence (m. Pauline Gabor), Ann (m. Franklin York), Mary (m. Harry Butler), John, Katherine (m. Steve Jankowski), Francis (m. Leonard Olsewski), Christine, Rosemary (m. Walter Marszalek), Steven (m. Gladys Heis) and Stephanie.

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