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Maryann Ellen
(Ceranek) Wilder

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Ceranek-Wilder Families 1904

The Ceraneks are on the left, the Wilders on the right of the photo. Charles L. Wilder holds baby George on his lap.
His wife Mary stands behind him. Sons Walter and Charlie are at right. Marie sits next to her father and Minnie stands
next to him. Ivan is sitting next to little Marie. Grandparents Stanislaw and Balbina Ceranek are in the center.

Maryann Ellen Ceranek

Charles Wilder's wife Mary Ceranek came from Poland with her family. They traveled from the east coast to
Iowa in a covered wagon. The family settled on a farm in Iowa. Young Mary was a maid in a hotel when she met
Charles Wilder. She spoke only Polish and he spoke only English. They were married for more than 50 years.
The big trunk that held the Ceranek family's clothing and supplies in the wagon ended up in the house in Cicero
for more than half a century. Eventually Marie Ashworth donated it to the Historical Society.

(Margot Ashworth)

Charles Lowell Wilder and his wife Mary (Ceranek) Wilder (both seated), raised six children.

They are, left to right: George (Cubby's father), Walter, Marie (Ashworth) , Minnie (Herman), Charles Lowell, and Ivan. Another child, Freddie, died in infancy.

(Margot Ashworth)

Near right: Charles and Maryann Ellen Wilder, 1916

Far right, clockwise
from upper left:
Minnie, Marie and Maryann

Photos were taken
at some occasion,
about 1916

Left, from left: Ivan,
his wife Ella, Walter (holding baby Henry), Marie, unknown guest,
and Maryann

Photo taken after Henry's baptism, in 1927

Right: Charles and Maryann Ellen (Ceranek) Wilder on their 50th wedding anniversary, August 5, 1943

Family Stories

Since it was clear that Maryann and Charles were standing in front of a church at their anniversary, I asked Diana if she knew what the "family" religion was. She replied: 

I don't know for sure what Charles and Maryann were. Some of the family was Protestant, some Methodist, some Catholic. I know my Grandparents were Methodist, Grandpa was a Mason and Grandma was in the women's group [Eastern Star]. Dad always hated religion for two reasons: his Grandparents took him when he was young to one that was very severe. You worked and studied the Bible. There was no fun, no dancing, music, skating, etc. That was all [viewed as] evil and he disagreed. And he said you could sit in church on Sunday with people who professed Christianity and on Monday they cheated on their taxes, on Tuesday they lied to their boss and by Friday they were beating their wives, but come Sunday they were pious and held in esteem.