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Mary Stepic and Andrew Slak
January 19, 1903

Andrew Slak is Faith's maternal great-great-grandfather. He was from a family of eight boys in Dobrava, Slovenia, which was then part of Austria, but is now an independent former state of Yugoslavia. He emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1901. He met his wife at church and they were married in 1903. They lived in Cleveland for the rest of their lives.

Andrew helped start a new parish in their neighborhood. St. Lawrence was small and new, with a young priest, and Andrew helped canvas and raise money for the new church building. He was very active in other local Slovene organizations as well.

Andrew and Mary had ten children: nine girls and one boy. Their daughter Anna was Faith's great-grandmother.