My Quest

If you are interested in learning more about my personal mission to reunite each signature card with it's original owner click here. I hope you'll browse through the names listed here and will enjoy doing so! I respectfully request that you contact me if you happen to recognize, know or are related to anybody on the list that appears at the bottom of this page. Thank you very much!

Tuesday, October 9

The Calling Card Quest

I first encountered the calling cards in the spring of 2003, a few months after my grandmother, Ida Turkovich, AKA "Nanny" passed away. Nanny’s death brought upon me a sorrow greater than any I had ever experienced; and I knew that my life would not be the same without her. I miss her every day.

Sorting through her belongings was a task that I personally did not take part in, but this painful job was completed by my mother and my Aunt Kathleen. Nanny had a fairly large, two story, 3 bedroom house with a full basement and attic that she had lived in most of her adult life. In that very house she raised her family, witnessed her husbands last breath, and helped raise me and my brother after our parents divorced. The house had been the one steady, common place for all family get-togethers and the setting for many birthday parties, holiday celebrations, graduations and other such gatherings. One can only begin to imagine the memories tied to that beloved home and all that filled it. Nanny had lots of room and lived a long life; she left a lot of precious memories and personal effects behind when she parted from this world.

After months of sorting through it all, my mother set aside a few of nanny’s belongings she thought I might like to have. There were several large cardboard boxes leftover, even after holding a house sale, and mom asked that I sort through them with her. That is where I first encountered the calling cards. They were kept in a small, thick blue cardboard box, which appeared to have at one time contained Jewlery. The box was yellow with age and smelled musty, like an old book. I was surprised to find a stack of “signature cards” inside and as I went through them, it became obvious that these were Nanny’s friends from high school. In addition to the cards I also found a few lunch passes from South High School (dated Feb 10 and Feb 11 1936) and an invitation to high school graduation commencement scheduled to take place on June 19th 1936 at Carnegie music hall. Instantly, I became overwhelmed with a strong sentiment that I cannot quite describe. Nanny kept these cards for so many years and they must have been very dear to her. As I looked over each of the embossed names, I realized that when every card had last been in the possession of it’s originally owner, he or she had been fresh out of high school; each young life just beginning to unfold. Those represented on the cards had long ago passed through the dawn of their earthly lives and are now in the twilight of life’s journey. I felt overcome with feelings of, fascination, admiration, and an overpowering curiosity; I truly wanted to know what became of each person and what could be learned from their experiences.

As a Christian I know that the Bible tells us there is a purpose for each of us and that we are wonderfully made. It's no coincidence that I have found these cards and I feel "called" to reunite each card with its original owner or if that’s not possible, with a close family member. It is my personal mission to pursue this quest in an effort to serve God’s purpose and to be a blessing to others.


Peter Daszynycz said...

I am the nephew of Milton K Daszynycz. I am currently searching for my Daszynycz family. When I locate Uncle Milton's family I will make them aware of your Quest. Thank you for this site.
Peter Daszynycz

Anonymous said...

How very kind of you to seek out your grandmother's friends via the calling cards. I am not aware of any connection between my Stanich/Stanish line and your Emil Stanich, but the surname is right and they did live in the Pittsburg area. Had there been a connection, I would have been thrilled to have his calling card.

Thank you for your good work.

Dorothy Jacobs

Anonymous said...

Gary Milkovich
I am the son of Milan Milkovich.He passed away in Jan of 2005 at age 89. I would love to recieve the card and any other item about him